Saturday, February 9, 2013

Funky Dipped Pretzels...OMGeezy these are Easy!

We all have a friend who pays a cople dollars a pop, for a dipped pretzel rod...
what a rip off!  These tasty treats are so easy to make!  

What you need to create these treats:

2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

22 pretzel rods

Then all the goodies you can think up for topping the dripped pretzel rods...there are no limits to the possibilities!  My little sous chef (Logan) and I whipped these up while Zac and our friends from MN are up mountain, skiing for the day.  I just know they will love the Samoa-esque (yes, the Girl Scout cookie) goodies we top the chocolate pretzel rods with.  

 Fill a sauce pan with a couple inches of water,
then place a glass or stainless steel bowl over the sauce pan.
Make sure the bottom of the bowl does not touch the water.

Over medium heat, slowly melt 1 and 1/2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips.

(if you don't have a way of doing this, pop the chips in the
microwave, but be diligent...20 second intervals in the
microwave, and give a stir after each interval.)

Stir often. Be patient. You don't want to rush the
process, or the chocolate will burn.

 Heat until completely smooth.  Remove the
bowl from the sauce pan.

Stir 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips into the melted 
chocolate.  This will help temper the chocolate (this is not
the proper way to temper, but it works just fine for this treat!).

I placed sweetened coconut flakes in a dry saute pan and toasted
over medium heat, keeping them moving in the pan with a fork.
Keep a watchful eye on the pan as the oils and sugars from the 
coconut will go from toasted to burnt in a jiffy.  

 After I removed the toasted coconut from the pan, I put in some
chopped raw pecans (yes, I recognize these are not in the beloved
cookies, but I think they make for a legit dipped pretzel).  Use
the same technique as for browning the coconut, as the pecans will
also go from lightly toasted to burnt wildly fast!

For the caramely goodness of the Samoa cookie, I decided to use
Heath Bits-o-Brickle (which is just the toffee bits, no 
will find the bag of bits in the same area as chocolate chips at the market)

All the goodies, ready for assembly!

Dip the pretzel, using a spoon to coat and then using the spoon to 
drag off excess chocolate.

If your chocolate starts to set up in the bowl, as you 
are working on dipping the pretzels, pop the bowl
in the microwave for 10 seconds, or pop the bowl 
back on the double boiler to make it smooth again.

Place the dipped pretzel on a Silpat or parchment
lined baking sheet.

Immediately sprinkle with the toppings.

The nice thing about me doing this, and working the 
kinks out before I share with you is that instead of sprinkling,
I ended up placing all the toppings on a plate and rolling the 
chocolate dipped pretzel in the goodies, then placed the 
fully dipped stick on the Silpat to set.  Easy Peasy!!! 

Allow the chocolate to set, and enjoy!

Report back the tasty treats you roll your dipped pretzels in!


1 comment:

  1. OMGeezy, these WERE super easy! Made them for a dinner party last night and they were a h-i-t! Thanks!