Sweet ‘n salty aficionados, welcome to the easiest, most fun holiday activity ever.
Honestly, it really could only be more simple if you bought these, but with 3490 cups of hot coffee to drink and a Sim City community to attend to (what, you haven’t been playing Super Nintendo all week?), who wants to leave the house?
Let’s talk about supplies. The essentials here, quite obviously, are pretzel rods and chocolate (chips).
Your most important instruction is as follows: make sure you’ve got a sturdy, good quality pretzel rod. Otherwise, you might end up with broken rods and then the world as we know it will be over. Just kidding… unless you’re making these tomorrow (December 21, 2012). 😉
As for the decorations… you can literally do whatever you want… endless possibilities!
For this batch, I rolled (pun intended) with various holiday sprinkles, graham cracker crumbs, and Heath bar toffee baking bits.
My favorite so far has been the toffee pretzels. Chewy, crunchy, sweet, and salty… they’ve got it all!
[print_this]Chocolate Dipped Pretzel Rods
Makes 30 dozen pretzel rods
Prep time: 30 minutes
Cook time: 1 minute
- 30 pretzel rods
- Sprinkles and assorted decorations
- 1 1/2 to 2 cups chocolate chips (any flavor)
- 1 tablespoon vegetable shortening
Prepare your decoration station (!). Place the pretzel rods on a plate; set aside. Place the sprinkles and decorations in their own dishes. Place a piece of waxed paper or parchment paper on a flat surface (this is where you will set the pretzels to dry).
In a small microwave-safe bowl, microwave the chocolate chips and shortening on high for about 60 seconds, stirring occasionally, until the chocolate is melted. Transfer the melted chocolate to a heatproof cup or mug (the taller sides will allow for easier dipping).
Dip each pretzel rod into the melted chocolate, coating about half of each pretzel rod with the chocolate. Immediately sprinkle your decorations over the chocolate, then set onto the waxed paper. Allow the pretzels to dry completely before packaging.[/print_this]