By: Missy Sorg
I am a baker. I like to play with new recipes. I like to try new things. I like to try intricate things. I’m the one that prefers a from-scratch cheesecake recipe that you bake in a springform pan in a water bath to the kind you make with cream cheese and Cool Whip and refrigerate.
There are times though, when it makes sense to do something that I consider easy. Either it makes sense for whatever function I’m doing it for, or it’s something that has been specifically requested. It’s when I do something “easy” and it gets oohs and aahs that I sometimes forget – not everyone else is a baker.
This was particularly noted while preparing for a friend’s bridal shower recently. It was a Harry Potter themed event. The venue was providing a cake, so my usual go-to contribution was off the table. While looking at options, the bridal party liked the idea of chocolate covered pretzel wands as table favors. I happily accepted the task. It was the closest thing I would see to an edible item, and I could practically make them with my eyes closed and a hand tied behind my back. For me, they were that easy.
It wasn’t until one of the other girls asked me what we would need to make them that I realized chocolate covered pretzels are not something that everyone just does. To be honest, I was a little taken aback.
(And, this is where I want to take the time to apologize for my assumptions.)
I promise, I wasn’t judging her. It was just a foreign concept to me that someone wouldn’t know how to make a chocolate covered pretzel. For me, it was literally as easy as dunking a pretzel into melted chocolate. It was simply something I hadn’t considered someone would not comprehend in the same manner I did. When I stepped back and looked at it, I realized in comparison it would be like my husband assuming that everyone knows how to operate a video camera because it’s one of those seemingly simple tasks for him – that can be completely foreign to someone like me because I don’t live in that space.
It was with this knowledge that I took a look at some of the recipes I usually share. While I realize that most of them are the fun and intricate things I like to do, I wanted to share the chocolate covered pretzel one, too. For starters, they’re fun and easy. And, they can work well as an afternoon snack or a party favor.
For this particular batch of pretzels, I used pretzel rods. They were supposed to resemble sorcery wands, after all. You can use either pretzel rods or regular twisty pretzels for yours.
- Chocolate (You can use melting disc chocolates, a chocolate bar, or chocolate chips.)
- Tall Cup (Or a bowl if you’re going to be doing pretzel twists instead of pretzel rods.)
- Wax Paper
- Lay out a length of wax paper to place pretzels on once they are dipped.
- Place chocolate in a microwave-safe tall cup. Microwave 15-20 seconds. Remove cup from microwave and stir chocolate. Return to microwave and heat for an additional 10-15 seconds – repeating stirring and microwaving steps until chocolate is melted.
*NOTE: Do not keep spoon in the cup while microwaving, and do not try to microwave for longer than the 10-15 seconds to avoid burning the chocolate. (It’s temperamental like that.)
- Once chocolate is melty remove the cup from the microwave and lean it toward you so the chocolate starts to run toward the top of the cup, without spilling over the edge.
- Take the end of one of your pretzel rods and place the pretzel into the cup, dipping it down into the length of chocolate in the cup. Roll the pretzel rod in the chocolate until it is covered.
- Remove chocolate covered pretzel from the cup and place on the wax paper to cool and harden.
NOTE: If you’re doing the twisty pretzels instead of pretzel rods, you can use a bowl for your melty chocolate. I recommend using a small fork or chopstick to fish them in and out of the chocolate – unless you have one of those fancy fondue sets.
Congratulations! You now have chocolate covered pretzels. If you’re feeling super fancy, you can decorate them a little bit, too. If you want to use some edible glitter or sprinkles, for instance, sprinkle the glitter or sprinkles on the chocolate after placing it on the wax paper. The key is to get it on there before the chocolate starts to set back up. You can also drizzle more chocolate on it. For the Harry Potter wands, I dipped some in milk chocolate and some in white chocolate. After the chocolate had dried, I then drizzled white chocolate on the milk chocolate wands and milk chocolate on the white chocolate wands to give them a little bit of dressing.