Saturday, December 6, 2008

Jenn's Chocolate Covered Pretzels

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This is such a yummy treat with no cooking or baking. It makes a great holiday gift for relatives and friends. I used Snyder’s pretzel sticks which I bought at Von's (Safeway) and packages of white and semisweet chocolate chips. It's easy -- all you do is melt the chocolate, spread it on the pretzels and roll them in your favorite topping. Refrigerate them for a few minutes until the chocolate sets, and then package them up in a cellophane bag with a festive bow. Store at room temperature. They are delicious. I got this recipe from my friend, Jennifer, who bakes the best Christmas cookies each year. Pictured here is Den and Jenn's daughter, Katie.

Ingredients:
--1 package of Snyder's pretzel sticks
--1 package (12 oz) of chocolate chips (semi-sweet, white or milk chocolate)
--Sprinkles (from the cake decorating section, chopped chocolate, nuts or crushed Oreos)

Microwave a large package of chocolate chips for one minute. Mix until the chips are fully melted. (As the chocolate cools, it gets thicker which makes it easier to spread.) Use a butter knife and coat the pretzel generously with the chocolate. Immediately roll them in the chopped nuts or sprinkles until the chocolate is covered. Place each one on a cookie sheet lined with tin foil (do this right away) in the refrigerator for a few minutes to harden. For a gourmet version, dip the pretzel in caramel topping, Rice Krispies, then melted chocolate. Pretzels can be stored at room temperature.