Aren't these cute?
These little treats are so easy to put together but they are impressive. You could use milk or dark chocolate, white or colored chocolate, and a variety of sprinkles or drizzles.
Package them in a treat bag with pretty ribbon for an easy gift.
You will need:
choice of chocolate (dark, white, pink, etc.)
shortening (only for milk or semi-sweet chocolate)
choice of sprinkles (m&m's, red hots, pink sugar crystals, the list goes on)
What to do:
1. Melt chocolate. If you use semi-sweet or milk chocolate or even dark chocolate, you will need to add shortening to it for a proper melting and dipping consistency; use 1 cup of chips with 1 tablespoon of shortening. I use a Pyrex glass measuring cup and microwave for 30 seconds then stir; continue to microwave at 15 second intervals until chocolate is completely melted, stirring after each heating period. You could also use a double boiler or simply a small metal bowl over a small pan of boiling water.
2. Once chocolate is melted, dip a pretzel rod in and twist. I use a rubber spatula to scoop some of the chocolate up the side as I twist the pretzel rod. Gently shake off excess chocolate.
3. Immediately sprinkle chocolate pretzel rod with your choice of topping. Twist as you top to get an even coating. Do this over a plate to catch what falls for further use.
4. Place pretzel sticks on the cooling rack and allow to set for at least 10 minutes. Package to give as a treat to a friend or family member, or enjoy yourself!