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.
Enter the chocolate covered pretzel rods.
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!
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
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!