Saturday, December 24, 2011

Candy Coated Pretzel Rods

This is actually easy. I often say that things are easy and people argue with me that they aren't - but this really is!   I swear!

Pretzel rods (1 bag, or as many as you care to prepare!)
Almond bark (vanilla and chocolate, or either)
Toppings (let your imagination go wild - mini chocolate chips, colored sprinkles, chopped nuts, toasted coconut, cookie crumbs, crushed candy canes, etc)

Lay out a long piece of wax paper. Place almond bark in a microwavable bowl and microwave at 30 second intervals, stirring after each interval, until chocolate is melted and smooth.

Dip half of each pretzel rod into melted chocolate, then sprinkle with, or roll in, toppings. Do this quickly, before chocolate hardens, then place carefully on wax paper. If you do not want to add a topping, or for a different look, drizzle dipped pretzel rods with a contrasting color or flavor of melted chocolate.

Place decorated pretzels on wax paper and let dry, about 5 to 10 minutes. These do not need to be refrigerated, in fact, they are better if they are not, as almond bark tends to crack if exposed to moisture.

Don't worry too much about how the backs of the pretzels look - just add the toppings as fast as possible, let them dry, and then if needed, add additional chocolate or toppings to the back to cover any imperfections.

These make great gifts. Lay them on a platter, place them in a jar and decorate with ribbon, or make a "bouquet" of pretzels and wrap in cellophane.

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