Chocolate Pretzel Rods ~ Yummy!

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This year Rob, P, and I are visiting my parents for the holidays which means attending our family’s Christmas Day party. For those of you who don’t know me in real life, I come from a fairly large family. This year there will be about 45 family gathered together on Christmas Day. One of the newer traditions we have started is a cookie exchange. It’s a great way to share recipes and take a yummy variety of treats home to enjoy on New Years Eve. There are some amazing bakers in my family so I really had to step up my game and find something yummy. I wanted to make something a little different and ended up finding this beautiful image on Pinterest of chocolate covered pretzels. Turns out, it was from a favorite blog of mine, My Blessed Life.  Since salty-sweet is a favorite of mine, I knew this was the one!

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What’s great about this recipe is that there really isn’t one at all! Just buy your favorite pretzel rods, Almond Bark chocolate and any toppings you fancy.

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I chose peppermint pieces, Oreo cookies, sprinkles and pecans. I used my Ninja to finely chop everything. This is really important because bigger pieces won’t stick to the chocolate covered pretzel rods. I used a double boiler to melt the chocolate. In a perfect world, I would have melted the milk and white chocolate at the same time but I am still a novice baker. I melted the milk chocolate first and then the white chocolate later.

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Now, before you get all frustrated, take a look at what my first few looked like. After these first few, I was ready to give up because they looked terrible! Figuring out the best way to get the chocolate onto the pretzel was a little tricky.

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With the help of Rob and my Mom, we kept at it and 2-3 rods later, we had figured out a good rhythm.  I held the pretzel rod over the pot and used a spoon to evenly pour the chocolate on. Then I laid it on parchment paper so I could later trim the excess off and pick up the finished rod without it sticking. I did about 10 at a time and then sprinkled them with a topping. I found that if you sprinkle them too soon the toppings slips right off and too late they won’t stick at all. Make sure to have enough to practice on a few to get into a good rhythm.

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I have to admit these came out pretty good and they were very yummy! I got several positive comments on Christmas Day and was asked to bring them again next year.

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