Do you want an to see an easy way to make Chocolate Covered Pretzels? Seriously, this is one of the easiest recipes to make at Christmas time. But the best part is, they look all fancy dancy and everyone will wonder how you did it.
The key to making easy Chocolate Covered Pretzels is the microwave. Microwave your chocolate, peeps! I don’t know how many times I’ve seen the food network showcasing someone melting chocolate over a double boiler. Dishes, anyone? I’ve been microwaving my chocolate my entire life and I’ve not burned the chocolate once. Not once! Follow along as I show you the easy technique to making these easy fancy dancy Chocolate Covered Pretzels the hit of the night!
What you’ll need to make chocolate covered pretzels:
Snyders Pretzels (Homestyle) – There is no substitute. I’ve made Chocolate Covered pretzels over the years with different types of pretzels and Snyders is by far the best. The shape of the pretzel to the texture make it hands down numero uno. The only difficulty will be finding it! We found two bags at a nearby grocery store. It was sold out at all others last week. WOW. I had to settle for another kind in addition to my Snyder find.
(For those who are curious. You can find the Rold Gold Pretzel displayed in chocolate within the last picture of this post.)
Candy Chocolate or Chocolate Chips – Do not confuse this with baker’s chocolate. Baker’s chocolate will melt in your hands after you make the pretzels and will take FOREVER to harden. The best place to get candy chocolate is at a bulk food store. You can find it in a variety of colors at the best price.
Update: You can also find a wide variety of Chocolate to melt at JoAnn’s and Michael’s.
Wax Paper – You need a place to place your Chocolate Covered Pretzels while they harden. Wax paper = no chocolate sticking to the surface.
Peppermint and Sprinkles – Optional addition to the Chocolate Covered Pretzel Masterpiece.
Melting the Chocolate
I told you you could do it in the microwave. You can! Follow these steps VERY closely and you’ll have success with less mess!
1. Fill microwave safe bowl with candy chocolates.
2. Microwave on high for 1 minute.
3. Stir. Stir. Stir.
4. Microwave for 30 seconds on high.
5. Stir. Stir. Stir.
6. IF NEEDED microwave in increments of 15 seconds until the chocolate is ready. (See below tip.)
IMPORTANT TIP: Microwaving the chocolate will be successful based solely on the fact that you want to stop microwaving BEFORE all the chocolate is completely melted. The remaining smoothness of the melted chocolate will be achieved as you STIR. Therefore, your last few seconds in the microwave will get the chocolate melted into little nuggets and then the stirring action will naturally melt the remaining chocolate.
Dip and Tap, Tap, Tap
Once the chocolate is melted, dip your pretzels. Lift your pretzel with a fork and tap. tap. tap. The tapping will even the chocolate surrounding the pretzel. It will also help save chocolate. (Please notice how pretty the Snyder’s pretzel is.)
Place the Pretzels on the wax paper to keep them from sticking to a surface as they harden. If you don’t have wax paper, saran wrap will work just as well.
Now for the embellishments.
You can crush candy canes and sprinkle their peppermint goodness on your pretzels for a nice twist. I personally like the peppermint surprise on the white chocolate pretzels.
You can also be-swirl them with chocolate. And it is so easy! Just melt a different color of chocolate using the tips above. Dip a fork into the chocolate and let the chocolate fall onto the pretzel as you wave it in a back and forth manner. This is a fun step for kids!
Sprinkles are also a nice addition! Just make sure to add them quickly before the chocolate begins to harden.
And there you have it! My husband and I started at 10pm(ish) last week and were done with all of the pretzels within 15 minutes! Seriously fast and seriously delicious!
My last tip: Dip the broken pretzels into the remaining chocolate. Yum!
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