Its Valentine’s Day, its February, Its chocolate month! One thing I’ve always loved that’s made with chocolate is chocolate covered pretzels. I can’t remember ever having them store bought when I was a kid. They were always around especially around Christmas time. I’ve never really understood why so many people by those little bags for $6 at the grocery mart or worse yet the tins of them at fancy-pants stores! Although the cost of chocolate is higher than it used to be these are still very cost effective and delicious. Its another wonderful handmade gift that would be wonderful for kids valentine’s, or grown ups they’re great. Everyone loves the salty sweet combination of chocolate and pretzels. They can be wrapped into little bundles with cards, they can be given in a decorative tin. No matter how you give them its always the homemade thought that counts.
We most often had the regular heart-like shaped traditional pretzels, they were made with white chocolate and semi-sweet. They were and are spectacular however I’ve come to adore making them in rods and white chocolate is pretty much forbidden around these parts. I find that its much easier to handle the pretzel rods and its less messy. Frankly I’m just lazy. They’re so much easier to handle and you can swirl as much or little chocolate on there as you like. If you want a 50/50 ratio pretzel to chocolate then by all means blob it on there thick or even dip and chill, then dip again. These are something fun and easy to make. You can let the kids help, you can pop them in a tin and keep them around or give them to someone special, or you could hide them and keep them to yourself. I wouldn’t blame you one bit. I may have done that a time or two, maybe? Ok yes, I think it’s an unspoken law of motherhood. You hide candy anywhere and everywhere.
Chocolate Covered Pretzels
You can use dark chocolate, semi-sweet or even white if you dig it. White chocolate is banished from my home and its very rarely used. If it is used its usually colored and flavored. I don’t mind it so much but I don’t like making batches of candy no one else will eat. Its a lose-lose situation. You make the stuff everyone likes and you have none left, you make something only you like and you end up realizing you’ve eaten it all.
You can use pretzel rods, jumbo sized or regular pretzels. Sometimes you can even find heart shaped pretzels that are quite adorable. Using regular small pretzel sizes you will use a bamboo skewer, fork or even a chopstick to swirl the pretzel into the chocolate. Lift it up and allow the excess to run off.
- One package of pretzel rods
- 1 1/2 cups semi-sweet or dark chocolate
- sprinkles or decorative bobbles
In a double boiler or microwave safe bowl gently melt the chocolate. In the microwave I do 30 seconds at a time up to 1 1/2 minutes and allow the chocolate to rest a little, then I mix it.
For a double boiler you will want to find a bowl that fits on top of a small sauce pan. Fill the pan with approximately 1″ of water and simmer over medium or medium low heat with the bowl filled with chocolate on top. Stir the chocolate until smooth. If you do it over a double boiler the chocolate should stay warm the entire time however you will want to be careful as the bowl empties you do not want to scorch your chocolate.
Line a baking sheet with parchment, wax paper or a silicone baking mat.
Using a spatula (rubber scraper) take each pretzel rod and smear chocolate onto it. Place the spatula at the beginning of the chocolate and spiral the pretzel downwards until you’ve evenly coated the entire thing. Place onto the baking sheet and sprinkle with decorations. Repeat this process until you’ve run out of chocolate (or pretzels)
Once I’ve made enough pretzels or I have a very little bit of chocolate left in the bowl you can hand it over to lingering spouses or children. I like to pour hot milk into the bowl and voila, chocolaty milk and a clean bowl.