October 1, 2013
I know this seems like an unnecessary recipe..chocolate, pretzels, sprinkles. You can't get much simpler than that. Still, sometimes I feel like it's worth posting this sort of recipe just to remind people how easy so many delicious things are to make.
The salty and sweet combination is hard to beat. As long as you don't burn the chocolate while melting it you should have no problem creating perfect chocolate covered pretzels. I usually just melt regular chocolate chips in the microwave for these, but if you want to make this more foolproof I'd suggest using white melting chocolate. This is especially helpful if you are using white chocolate, which can be pretty finicky and burn easily. You can find melting chocolate near the chocolate chips in most major grocery stores now. You can cover the dipped pretzels with sprinkles, chocolate drizzle, candy cane pieces (the holidays will be here before we know it!), etc.
Chocolate Dipped Pretzels
1 12oz bag white chocolate chips (melts or squares work too)
1 15-ounce bag mini twist salted pretzles
Lay out one large baking sheet and line with parchment paper. Melt the chocolate in 30 second intervals in a microwave safe bowl, stirring at each interval until smooth and melted. Be very careful not to keep burn the white chocolate, as this happens very quickly. You can also melt it in the top of a double boiler.
If you are making half-dipped pretzels, dip one half of each pretzel into melted chocolate, tapping lightly on the bowl to shake off excess chocolate. Set on baking sheet and add sprinkles before chocolate dries. To make fully dipped pretzels, it's the same process, but you dip the entire pretzel (as I'm sure you would've guessed). Shaking the excess off in this method is more important because it will give you the chocolate dipped pretzel look where you have a very clean coverage without the holes being half covered in chocolate. When you set the pretzel on the baking sheet, you will need to slightly smooth over the place where your finger was. Cover with sprinkles and you won't be able to tell there was an imperfect spot. You can also toss the pretzel in the chocolate and use a fork to dig it out so you avoid this, but as the chocolate starts to thicken this method may be more difficult.
Sometimes I also like to drizzle more melted white chocolate over the top of the pretzels if I'm not using sprinkles. Put the melted chocolate in a ziplock bag and cut off just a small bit of the corner. Then just drizzle the chocolate back and forth over the pretzels. This is an especially pretty tactic if you are decorating for something with a two color theme and you use the colored candy melts.
Place in refrigerator for at least 15 minutes.