Monday, June 10, 2013

Chocolate-dipped Pretzels

This is one of the easiest go-tos for an impromptu get together in the backyard or a well-planned over-the-top birthday party. They're fun, finger food that has a crunchy salty taste with decadent sweet as well. Pretzel rods are easy to keep in your pantry for months, as well as chocolate chips, so this is a snack with ingredients you can stash for a party day. Make ahead of time or the day of your event.

Chocolate-dipped Pretzels

1 bag semi-sweet chocolate chips (12 oz or so)
1 package of pretzel rods
Decorations: sprinkles, mini M&M's, shredded coconut, chopped peanuts, candy buttons

Step One:
Lay out a large sheet of wax paper for the finished product to cool. Have a saucer or bowl ready with each topping.

Step Two:
In a microwave-safe bowl, pour in 1/2 of the chocolate chips (6 oz). Heat on high for 1 minute in the microwave, stirring afterward. Then, heat in 30-second increments, stirring in between, until all of the chips are melted. Be careful to stir the bottom of chocolate so it won't burn!

Step Three:
Grab a pretzel rod. Using the stirring spoon, carefully dip and coat melted chocolate onto half of the rod. Twirl it around and carefully tap it on the side of the bowl to remove any excess chocolate. Then, sprinkle the topping of your choice all over the chocolate part of the pretzel rod. Lay onto the wax paper for cooling. Repeat this process with all of your pretzel rods: Tip: it is cleaner to stick to one topping per rod (coconut or M&M's, etc.).

Step Four:
Let cool for at least an hour. Serve upright in juice classes for a fun party display or package in clear plastic bags for gifts/party favors. Yippee! You can store these in an airtight container for up to 3 weeks.

Happy eating!

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