Chocolate Dipped Pretzel Recipe {DIY Holiday Gift}

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Need to make something quick for a holiday party but are burned out on baking Christmas cookies?  I have just the recipe for you!  It’s a sweet treat that they kids will love to make, plus it looks all kinds of purdy when you put them on a plate or wrap up for a DIY gift the receiver is sure to love.

Easy Chocolate Dipped Pretzel Recipe {DIY Holiday gift, Christmas party food}

Chocolate. Dipped. Pretzels.  Oh, yeah…

The ingredients are simple:

  • bag of small-sized pretzels
  • chocolate for melting (I used Wilton Candy Melts, I assume chocolate chips will work as well)
  • sprinkles

The most difficult part is melting the chocolate.  It’s not even that hard if you follow these helpful chocolate melting hints:

  • microwave on 50% power (or your microwave’s ‘melt’ setting) in 30-45 second increments
  • stir each time– chocolate will hold it’s shape unless you stir it so don’t do a visual scan to see if it’s ready, stir stir stir!
  • use a rubber spatula for stirring
  • don’t let it get too hot– low and slow is the formula for melting
  • if the bowl is too hot for you to handle, then it’s too hot for your chocolate; switch to a new bowl and continue melting if necessary (that’s what I had to do)
  • chocolate and water don’t mix well, so be sure all your implements and utensils are free from water before you start
  • make in small batches for two reasons: one, you don’t want to have too much leftover and two, if you happen to mess up a batch you won’t ruin the entire bag of chocolate (I’m guilty as charged on that one)

You can find more helpful hints (and the double boiler method) in this About.com article.

Are you ready?  Let’s go!

First, get everything set up so when the chocolate is ready you can quickly dip– have your pretzels, cookie sheet, and sprinkles ready.

Next, melt the chocolate.  It should go from solid to creamy and shiny when done.

Before:

Chocolate Dipped Pretzel Recipe {DIY Holiday Gift, Christmas Party Food}

After:

Chocolate Dipped Pretzel Recipe {DIY Holiday Gift, Christmas Party Food}

Then, simply dip the pretzels in the chocolate and quickly into the sprinkles.

Chocolate Dipped Pretzel Recipe {DIY Holiday Gift, Christmas Party Food}

Lay them on a baking sheet covered in foil to dry for a few minutes.  Try not to eat them all as you go (sorry, that’s probably just me.)

Chocolate Dipped Pretzel Recipe {DIY Holiday Gift, Christmas Party Food}

My kids love to make these, in all different color combos, for all different holidays.  But they have a slight sprinkle addiction: “one for the pretzel, two for me, one for the pretzel, two for me!”

Chocolate Dipped Pretzel Recipe {DIY Holiday Gift, Christmas Party Food}

Pretty much the perfect party food, right?  Plus, not quite as bad as cookies on the waistline.

Chocolate Dipped Pretzel Recipe {DIY Holiday Gift, Christmas Party Food}

Disclosure: I just ate two handfuls of them while writing this post. Sigh.  Let the holiday indulging begin!

What’s your favorite holiday treat to make and/or give?  Did anyone else just eat two handfuls of them while writing a blog post?  {wink}

 

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12 Comments

  1. YUM! We just made these with long pretzel rods for A’s class birthday treat! And, yes, I consumed way too many!!!

  2. I am going to have to get the kids to help me make and EAT some of these. We usually buy them but your are much cuter!

  3. I just picked up ingredients yesterday to do pretzels dipped in peppermint chocolate. Yum, yum!!

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