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_ William Morris
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Monday, December 2, 2013

Pintastic! Chocolate Covered Pretzel Rods


 Happy 2nd Anniversary to This American Home!

I thought I would celebrate and kick off the most festive month of the year with a new blog category tenatively entitled, Pintastic!

The gist: to feature stories and ideas from my Pinterest  boards that are getting the most re-pins.

If you haven't visited the online inspiration site yet, I highly recommend checking it out; and if you're already a pinner yourself, you know the zippy feeling you get when a like-minded soul re-pins something from your collection. A kind of a cosmic high-five!

Anyway, for the past few weeks, chocolate covered pretzel rods have really been feeling the love.


Ironically, the photos and the post which I wrote back in June of 2012, were inspired by a recipe I had seen on Pinterest in the first place.

I wanted to contribute to a local bake sale with something special. But easy. Easy and special. And cute, did I mention, cute?

Enter the chocolate covered pretzel rods.
After reading through several recipes, I settled upon a hybrid process of my own -and it worked! In fact, I highly recommend it! 

Please feel free to pin these photos onto your own Pinterest boards and follow me on the site at BonHome!

 If you're a pinner, leave your information in the comments below and I'll follow you too!

 

Ingredients
Bag of pretzel rods
semi sweet chocolate chips
sprinkles, mini chocolate chips, or crushed candy bars
cookie sheets lined with wax paper or aluminum foil
Here is the process I used:
1.  Pour about  2 cups of chocolate chips into a bowl and microwave on high in 30 second intervals. Stir chocolate every 30 seconds until almost smooth. There should be a few partially melted chips remaining. Careful not  to overheat and burn the chocolate.  If the chips do overheat the chocolate will not be as easy to work with -and you won't get the desired  results (or at least that is what several other recipes warned. I was so paranoid of burning the chips I probably erred on the side of under-heating).
You may need to melt more chocolate, but I think by working in smaller amounts you have less risk of  heating more than you need and wasting chocolate! Sacrilege!

2.  Next,  hold a pretzel rod over the bowl of chocolate and, using a spoon, pour/cover 3/4 of the rod completely (leaving 1/4 of the rod uncovered  for gripping).
3.  Then tap the rod with the spoon and shake off excess chocolate back into the bowl.
4.  Next over the cookie sheet lined with wax paper or aluminum foil, shake sprinkles over the chocolaty part of the pretzel. Turn the rod to get a nice, even coverage. Some recipes suggested rolling the rods in the sprinkles or crushed candy bar bits, but I liked the way this turned out -and it prevented the melted chocolate from getting mixed up in all of the sprinkles. I did end up wasting a lot of sprinkles using this method, so if anyone has a better idea I would love to hear it!

2 comments :

  1. Congratulations on 2 years sending great shots, ideas and style into the world. Keep it up! I am hungry now for those pretzels! Keep up all that you are doing.

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  2. Thanku! Doing this tomorrow!!! You can shake the sprinkles over a tray or bowl and collect them. :) I'm definitely going with your method.

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