Tuesday, December 7, 2010

More pretzels!!!

256713I've noticed that candy-coated pretzels are showing up at many of the local coffee stands--they look amazingly decadent, enrobed in chocolate (white, milk, dark, or all of the above), and covered in sprinkles or crushed candy canes. And....they're EXPENSIVE!

Why? I think these would be soooo easy to make and a great activitiy for the little people in your life. So gather your kids, grandkids, nieces and nephews or the kids next door and see how creative you can be.

One bag of pretzel rods, twists, or other shape of your choosing
1 pkg almond bark (white, milk, or dark "chocolate")
Assorted toppings (finely chopped nuts, crushed candy, sprinkles, coconut--use your imagination)

Take the pretzels out of their bag, shake off the excess salt, and set them aside. Prepare several baking sheets by lining them with waxed paper.

Melt almond bark in a heat-proof bowl over a pot of simmering water, stirring occasionally. (Yes, I know that the instructions on the back of the product say that you can melt the almond bark in the microwave, but half of the time I end up burning it. A bowl over simmering water takes a bit longer, but it's well worth it in my humble opinion).

Once the almond bark is melted and smooth, it's time to get the kids ready to do their part. If you are working with very young children you will probably want to be in charge of dipping the pretzels into the almond bark. Dip one pretzel at a time, shake off the excess, and lay it down on a waxed paper covered baking sheet. Now, its time for the kids to take whatever topping they want and toss it on the pretzel. They need to work quickly as the almond bark sets up quickly.

The "finished products" can be further decorated with a drizzle of melted chocolate piped on from the snipped corner of a zip-lock sandwich bag.

Have fun, and if you have any comments or suggestions, please let me know!

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