Friday, September 3, 2010

Chocolate dipped pretzels

Looking for a quick chocolate fix?


I made this treat for my family this evening. It took all of five minutes and my kids were thrilled - if they hadn't been weeding the garden (yes, my slave labor crew was hard at work while I was playing in the kitchen) I would have let them help as this is very kid friendly (and finger licking friendly as well).

I love the crunch of the pretzel and the marriage of the salty and sweet in this simple treat.

15-20 pretzels
1 c. chocolate chips (semi-sweet gives a darker chocolate flavor, milk chocolate a sweeter taste, white chocolate chips may also be used)
1 T. vegetable shortening (Crisco etc.)

Place chocolate chips and shortening into a microwave safe bowl, and heat at half power for 1 minute. Remove and stir with a spoon. Repeat until completely melted. Check and stir every 30 seconds after 2 minutes so that chocolate doesn't scorch.

Once chocolate is melted, dip pretzels into chocolate, covering both sides. Fingers can be used, or a fork or spoon. Place dipped pretzels onto waxed paper and allow to cool (if in a hurry, place waxed paper on cookie sheet and place in the refrigerator to speed up the setting process).

If desired, repeat this process with a coating of white chocolate as well after the chocolate has cooled and set, or dip half of pretzel with white chocolate, and half of pretzel with brown chocolate. My kids would love to be creative and cover these with sprinkles as well.

Pretzel sticks may also be used in this recipe.

Chocolate mixture can be used with fruits, cookies, candy, nuts, etc. as well.
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