It’s that season of sweets, and what better way to treat your guests, surprise your neighbors or just charm your family.
For dipping, you’ll need:
- 12 oz. cooking chocolate, white chocolate and chocolate
- 1 bag of pretzel rods
- Sprinkles (get creative)
Start by arranging a place to put the pretzels once they have been dipped. Lay out parchment paper on a flat surface, such as a cookie sheet.
To melt the chocolate, put a small amount of water in a large pan, not even an inch up the side. Heat until boiling, then turn the fire down to medium. Place another smaller pan inside the large pan. Place your chocolate pieces inside the smaller pan and melt. Continuously stirring until the chocolate is completely melted, then turn the heat down to low. The double-broiler method seems to be fool-proof in not burning the chocolate.
Next, take a pretzel rod and using your spoon, thoroughly cover the entire stick. Leave a small chocolate-free tip at the end to hold on to. When completely covered, place on your preset parchment paper.
Now comes the fun part! Cover the warm chocolate in your favorite colored Halloween sprinkles. Mix and match. Add chopped nuts if you’d like. You can use them sparingly or coat the whole thing like a peanut Taffy Apple. If you have kids, let them help out and get their creative juices flowing.
Repeat until all the white chocolate is gone. You can even dye the white chocolate orange with red and yellow food coloring to have orange and dark brown (close enough to black for baked goods) for Halloween. Repeat with the regular chocolate. We bought Almond Bark baking chocolate, the cheap version, and you can really taste the difference between the more expensive real dipping chocolate. It’s overly sweet and has a slight plastic, fake taste to it. So, spend the extra couple of dollars to buy Ghirardelli or even the Kraft brand Baker’s chocolate has a higher quality taste.
Another trick to try when the chocolate on the pretzel dries is to drizzle the white chocolate atop the chocolate and vice versa. It adds a fancy swirly look you might find in a bakery. Don’t forget to share with others! I’d suggest individually wrapping these and passing them out at Halloween, but these days, you can never be sure where the chocolate came from. So you can do this for, say, a Halloween work party where you know the other people or a family gathering.