We've all done it, realised at the last minute that we've forgotten to buy a gift or contribution to a party. Well here's a very quick and easy gift idea that costs very little, and is oh-so-easy to put together!
.....Chocolate dipped & decorated pretzels.
I make these every christmas, and by request for special occasions throughout the year, they're definitely a number one treat in these circles!
You need only the most basic ingredients, and technically there is no baking required. Just a heat source to melt the chocolate.
List of things you will need:
- Pretzels (any kind, your choice!)
- Chocolate (Regular works better than 'baking' chocolate for this)
- Sprinkles and toppings of your choice.
I used dark, milk, and white chocolate to make sure there was something for all tastes, along with desicated coconut, chopped nuts, glitter sugar, chocolate chips, honeycomb, and hundreds & thousands for the toppings.
You will also need a lot of worktop space for allowing the chocolate to set, and atleast an hour setting time unless your kitchen is very cool and dry.
I lay baking paper or cling film on the surfaces so I can just put the freshly dipped pretzels straight down to set, and remove them easily once they've set.
It's a good idea to dip some, and then sprinkle, before dipping some more and sprinkling some more so that the chocolate doesn't start to set before you can get the toppings on.
You can use the microwave to melt the chocolate, or use a make-shift Bain Marie using a glass jug set in a pan of boiling water. Do not let the water touch the chocolate or it'll be all over. Chocolate and water do not mix.
Once they're set, they will easily peel away from the surface they've dried on, and are ready to wrap up for giving away.
They look really pretty stacked in cello bags and tied up with a ribbon (I wish I'd taken a picture of them like this!) or in a large tin lined with some coloured tissue paper.
Here's my glittering sparkling pretzels all laid out to dry (using up all available kitchen space!)
All in all it took me half an hour to dip and decorate the pretzels, and it took them an hour to set completely at room temperature. If you wanted to speed up drying time, simply lay on trays and put in the fridge.
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