Sunday, December 26, 2010

Chocolate Peppermint Pretzel Rods

I love the combination of sweet and salty...don't you?  So, I thought I'd whip up some really easy tasty snacks for my boyfriend's staff that just fit the bill.

These are really a "semi-homemade" goody since you don't really cook anything...but you do melt the chocolate.  Does that count??

These make a wonderful gift or a fun sweet at a party.  They look great when they are all grouped together and displayed standing in a glass jar or container.  Kids love them too!

I hope you enjoy this holiday treat!

Chocolate Peppermint Pretzel Rods

Makes about 2 dozen

4 full squares of Baker's semi-sweet baking chocolate ( 8 squares to a box)
9-oz. package of large pretzel stick rods (I used Snyder's)
12 red peppermint candies crushed

Melt chocolate in a 1 cup glass measuring cup, microwave safe such as Pyrex, between 1-2 minutes stirring every 30 seconds, until smooth. (Mine took about 1 min)

Take a small rubber spatula, or any size you have, and paint on the melted chocolate to cover about 1/3 of the pretzel.  You can cover more if you like but you'll end up with a lesser quantity of rods in the end!  I had 24 when I finished but found out that my boyfriend had sneaked a few while I wasn't lookin'...hhhmph!

Make sure the excess chocolate drips off and then sprinkle with the crushed peppermints on all sides.  I tried rolling them and that was too sprinkling is best.   Stand each pretzel, coated side up, in a coffee mug or any short glass until candy coating hardens, about 1 hr.

Happy days are here again!

Let me know how you looooove these goodies!

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