Dec 18, 2010

Chocolate Covered Pretzels with Candy Cane Topping

What you will need: 
1 pound bag of pretzels (we used Utz Pretzels
2 Blocks of Almond Bark (Milk Chocolate or White Chocolate and we use Plymouth Pantry)
At least 20 miniature Candy Canes for topping (or 10 regular size) crushed

Start by removing the wrapping from the candy canes and place them in a zip-lock bag. Next seal the bag and begin crushing the candy canes into pieces. This will be used as the topping for the pretzels. 

After you crush the candy canes, empty the contents into a small bowl and set aside to use for the sprinkle topping. 

When you are shopping for Almond Bark in the store, here is what it looks like, in case you don't know: 

I like to use the thin regular sized pretzels, but you can also use miniature pretzels. Be sure to sit the broken pretzels pieces off to the side. No one likes broken pretzels and they won't be as pretty. You can use these at the end if you have any left over chocolate. 

Take the Almond Bark (1 block at a time) and melt it in the microwave in a glass bowl on high for about 2 minutes. Check the chocolate every 30 seconds to ensure that it is melting and stir with a metal spoon. After 2 minutes, you can melt at 30 second intervals until completely melted. 

Next you are ready to begin dipping the pretzels in the melted chocolate - one by one, using tongs to shake off the excess chocolate. 

After you shake off the excess chocolate, place on waxed paper to dry. Sprinkle immediately with the crushed candy cane topping. 

Please note that chocolate covered pretzels are easy to make, but they take time. I would allow 1.5 hours for the process. They make great gifts! 

This is what your finished product should look like: 

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