Thursday, December 06, 2012

Chocolate-covered pretzels? Sounds great

I had seen chocolate covered pretzels in my American cake group (online), and loved the idea of salty and sweet mixed together.  In fact, I think I may well have eaten some - perhaps bought in a small bag for a high price from somewhere like Marks & Spencer or the like...
Anyway, I was really keen to try them out, and bought some red and green Wilton Candy Melts especially, from my local Hobbycraft store, as they have the best price.  And lots of white chocolate too.  Can you see where I'm going with this?  Red, green, white... yep, Christmas was the look I was going for.  We even had red sanding sugar and white sanding sugar to give a little bit of sparkle to the edges.  I knew this would be an easy one to do with the girls, and had lovely images in my mind of a new Christmas tradition at Becca Towers.  They were really keen to get started too...
We did the white chocolate dip first, laying  them out on a tray covered in baking paper.  They weren't hardening quickly enough for the girls, so I popped the tray in the freezer to speed up the process.
We then went on to the coloured chocolate dipping.  You'll notice at this point how much the girls were involved.  I mean, obviously if it had just been me dipping the pretzels, the chocolate wouldn't have clumped so much in areas.  It would have had a much cleaner, neater appearance.  Yeah, right.  ;)
Before the final colour of chocolate dried, many were dipped in the sprinkles.  That was probably the girls' favourite part - apart from eating them of course!  Now, do you think they look Christmassy?  Or Italian?  
 I may need to source some red, white and green hundreds and thousands for next time...