Hand Dipped Pretzels
Each year I try and make a treat to bring to work for some coworkers and students. This year I decided to make hand dipped pretzels.
Supplies needed are a tub of pretzel rods (I prefer the kind in the tub as opposed to the bags because the ones in the bags tend to be broken), 1 bag of each kind of chocolate you'd like to dip the pretzels in, and any kind of coating to sprinkle on top. The kinds I made were white chocolate sprinkled with nonpareils, semi-sweet chocolate drizzled with white chocolate, chocolate coated with crushed peppermint candies, and chocolate rolled in Heath toffee bits.
I used a double boiler on the stove top to melt my bag of chocolate. This was a really tricky process...I wish I could share some words of wisdom when it comes to melting chocolate but it was pretty much trial and error. I will say that my first batch seemed to melt quickly then harden up before I could get it off the stove but adding a splash of canola oil seemed to smooth it out again making it easy to dip the pretzels in. After dipping each pretzel and coating it with candy, I placed them on wax paper to cool.
Putting them out in the cold garage firmed them up quickly and then they were ready to be packaged. I bought little bags at Wally World (I think a package of 20 was $1) to put them in for gift-giving. A tasty, pretty, and inexpensive gift!
Greetings! I'm a high school teacher, photographer, and lover of all things crafty and creative! When I'm not planning lessons or grading papers, you'll find me tackling home improvement projects or new craft ideas. Thanks for taking the time to visit!