Chocolate Covered Pretzels

Looking to bring a holiday gift to a party you may be attending this season? I never understood when people stop by a store and purchased a pre-made gift basket that is 80% stuffed with tissue and has maybe $25 dollars worth of goods in it and its marked for sale at $100. It’s silly and honestly impersonal.

Wouldn’t it be great to spend a few extra minutes and make your own gift present for a friend for a fraction of the cost? They will be impressed with your creative skills and touched for the personal gesture. I give you chocolate covered pretzels! Plain chocolate on pretzels are very ordinary, which is why I had some additional ingredients.

Any normal person who enjoys baking would invest in a double boiler. Unfortunately for me,  I always seem to forget to purchase one for when I want to dip chocolate.  I use a small metal pot and bowl that fits on top the pot.  Melt half the bag of peanut butter morsels in the bowl.

Until it gets a consistency like this… Note! The chocolate below does not appear too smooth, however that is because I added chopped peanuts already to the mix.  If you’re not adding nuts, you are going to want your chocolate to look a lot smoother.

Dip the pretzel in the chocolate and use a spoon to spread the chocolate evenly over the pretzel, but leave the tip approx. 1 ½ inches bare.

After dipping your pretzels, roll them in nuts or whatever you think your guest would like. For one batch of my pretzels, I chopped up the peanut butter morsels finer and rolled the pretzels in them as well!  Below are pretzels with caramel drizzled on top. I later rolled the peanut butter morsels over these ones because the caramel would have smeared in the bags if they weren’t covered.

Here are ones rolled in hazelnuts.. yum!!!!

Once you have rolled your pretzels, put them in the fridge for 20-30 minutes until they are harden.

Now, you can dress up your gift basket however you may. I bought small cellophane bags to place my pretzels in, added a bit of colored tissue to place under the pretzels to make the basket festive and tied ribbon to each bag. Take this basket to your next holiday party and your host/hostess will adore it!

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