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The chocolate covered pretzels are a favorite this time of year.  Great as gifts and just to have on hand to fill out the cookie and candy plate. Here is an easy way to do them that will save on
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Chocolate Covered Pretzel Rods

posted at 12/7/2011 3:00 PM EST
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The chocolate covered pretzels are a favorite this time of year.  Great as gifts and just to have on hand to fill out the cookie and candy plate.
Here is an easy way to do them that will save on clean up.
Melt 2/3's of the chocolate that you plan on using.  Melt the chocolate in a clean (obviously) glass jar. I find that a quart canning jar works very well or a tall glass.   Once the chocolate has melted add the rest of the chocolate.  This is a sneaky way to temper the chocolate without having to monitor the temperature.
Dip the pretzel rod into the chocolate tipping the jar to cover as much of the pretzel as you can.
Lay the coated pretzel on a piece of parchment paper.  If you want to add sprinkles add some to the parchment paper and then sprinkle more over the rods before the chocolate sets.

If you want to do peanut butter covered pretzels melt peanut butter.  Dip the pretzels in the melted peanut butter allow to cool and firm.  Then dip in chocolate.

Re: Chocolate Covered Pretzel Rods

posted at 12/7/2011 5:03 PM EST
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I love chocolate covered pretzels, but never tried to make them.  Thanks for sharing this.  I just might try to make some.

Re: Chocolate Covered Pretzel Rods

posted at 12/7/2011 5:19 PM EST
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Great idea - thanks for sharing!

Re: Chocolate Covered Pretzel Rods

posted at 12/7/2011 6:06 PM EST
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Thanks for such a great useful recipe -- such good ideas!
And that peanut butter one ....... I didn't know that was possible - WOW!!
Nikki - you sure are useful around here -- bless your heart and bless your ability!!

Re: Chocolate Covered Pretzel Rods

posted at 12/7/2011 9:27 PM EST
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Nikki:  Thank you so much for the info.  Will have to try them.

Re: Chocolate Covered Pretzel Rods

posted at 12/8/2011 1:05 AM EST
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I also dip twisted pretzels in white chocolate. Before the white chocolate sets, you can sprinkle them with chopped peanuts, or chopped M&Ms (green and red).

Re: Chocolate Covered Pretzel Rods

posted at 12/8/2011 6:12 AM EST
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In Response to Chocolate Covered Pretzel Rods:
The chocolate covered pretzels are a favorite this time of year.  Great as gifts and just to have on hand to fill out the cookie and candy plate. Here is an easy way to do them that will save on clean up. Melt 2/3's of the chocolate that you plan on using.  Melt the chocolate in a clean (obviously) glass jar. I find that a quart canning jar works very well or a tall glass.   Once the chocolate has melted add the rest of the chocolate.  This is a sneaky way to temper the chocolate without having to monitor the temperature. Dip the pretzel rod into the chocolate tipping the jar to cover as much of the pretzel as you can. Lay the coated pretzel on a piece of parchment paper.  If you want to add sprinkles add some to the parchment paper and then sprinkle more over the rods before the chocolate sets. If you want to do peanut butter covered pretzels melt peanut butter.  Dip the pretzels in the melted peanut butter allow to cool and firm.  Then dip in chocolate.
Posted by nikki p


Niki,
What a delicious way of giving to friends and neighbors! I love the simplicity of the recipe. Thanks and Merry Christmas!

Re: Chocolate Covered Pretzel Rods

posted at 12/8/2011 6:42 AM EST
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Thanks for the info.  My husband loves pretzels and chocolate.

Re: Chocolate Covered Pretzel Rods

posted at 12/8/2011 7:26 AM EST
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they are easy to make and they are very good .

Re: Chocolate Covered Pretzel Rods

posted at 12/8/2011 8:35 AM EST
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 I give away a lot of candy at Christmas and I think these pretzels NEED to be included.
One question - how long to they stay fresh and good?
Thanks

Re: Chocolate Covered Pretzel Rods

posted at 12/8/2011 10:12 AM EST
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In Response to Re: Chocolate Covered Pretzel Rods:
 I give away a lot of candy at Christmas and I think these pretzels NEED to be included. One question - how long to they stay fresh and good? Thanks
Posted by Nancy G


They don't last long enough around me to go "bad"Innocent
I would guess that they would last a few weeks.  I keep pretzels that long and they stay good. 
I buy my pretzel rods at Aldi's they are $3.99 for a 36 ounce container.  I got them about 2 weeks ago and the use by date is Feb 6, 2012.  They will be loooong gone by then!

Re: Chocolate Covered Pretzel Rods

posted at 12/8/2011 10:31 AM EST
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Great idea!!  In my book, anything covered with chocolate is fair game!!  Pretzels go on my shopping list for today.  Thanks!

Re: Chocolate Covered Pretzel Rods

posted at 12/8/2011 11:05 AM EST
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Thanks Nikki --- I'm buying some pretzle rods my next trip to the store.
And, of course, one more question ............... What/how do you do with the chocolate that will be left in the dipper container?
I just hate wasting chocolate.  When I made that Nestles Gingerbread Truffles a lot of melted choco chips with shortening
were left over.   I had no idea what to do with chocolate mixed with that so I tossed it.  Ugh,

Re: Chocolate Covered Pretzel Rods

posted at 12/9/2011 12:24 AM EST
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Thanks Nikki! Will have to try this one!

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posted at 12/9/2011 7:47 AM EST
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Thank you Nikki!! Sounds fun and yummy!

Re: Chocolate Covered Pretzel Rods

posted at 12/9/2011 8:20 AM EST
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OK Nikki -- It's 7:20 AM ....... I've already made my shopping trip this morning, bought some pretzels and sprinkles.  I'm ready to go ..... right after I go out for breakfast.

Re: Chocolate Covered Pretzel Rods

posted at 12/9/2011 10:10 AM EST
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In Response to Re: Chocolate Covered Pretzel Rods:
Thanks Nikki --- I'm buying some pretzle rods my next trip to the store. And, of course, one more question ............... What/how do you do with the chocolate that will be left in the dipper container? I just hate wasting chocolate.  When I made that Nestles Gingerbread Truffles a lot of melted choco chips with shortening were left over.   I had no idea what to do with chocolate mixed with that so I tossed it.  Ugh,
Posted by Nancy G


No, no, no! Do not toss perfectly good chocolate just because it is "left over"!  I stir something like coarsely chopped nuts or crushed candy cane or  even cookie crumbs into it and scoop out onto waxed paper or parchment, chill and voila! candy bites!  Not quite bark, more like nuggets.  They usually don't make it to the candy dish as I usually use those bites as "cook's reward".

Re: Chocolate Covered Pretzel Rods

posted at 12/9/2011 11:01 AM EST
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this sounds like a fun thing that kids could do

Re: Chocolate Covered Pretzel Rods

posted at 12/9/2011 11:07 AM EST
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In Response to Re: Chocolate Covered Pretzel Rods:
In Response to Re: Chocolate Covered Pretzel Rods : No, no, no! Do not toss perfectly good chocolate just because it is "left over"!  I stir something like coarsely chopped nuts or crushed candy cane or  even cookie crumbs into it and scoop out onto waxed paper or parchment, chill and voila! candy bites!  Not quite bark, more like nuggets.  They usually don't make it to the candy dish as I usually use those bites as "cook's reward".
Posted by Frances M


It is a SIN to throw chocolate away.  If I can't think of anything to do with it at the time, I just get me a spoon and go to it!!  However, I am now making a note to do as you do, by adding something and making those "bites".  Thanks!!

Re: Chocolate Covered Pretzel Rods

posted at 12/9/2011 11:32 AM EST
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Spread the "leftover" chocolate on a sheet of parchment and sprinkle with nuts or crushed candy cane.  Or stir into the next cake you make.
Worst case scenario....sit down with a spoon and a good book.
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