Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Chocolate Dipped Pretzels: Kid Friendly Christmas Treats!

Who doesn't love a good chocolate dipped pretzel?! Here are the instructions to a fun and frugal gift idea for neighbors, teachers, friends and pretty much anyone else! Best part? Its easy, minimally messy and the kiddos can help you!

What you need:

- Pretzels - any kind, I got a big 1 lb bag for $2

- Almond Bark - 1 package chocolate flavored, one package vanilla flavored (These were a little over $2.50 each at Walmart)

- Christmas sprinkles - I have had these for years and can't remember how much they cost!

- Microwavable Bowl + Small bowl for sprinkles

- Foil or Wax Paper

- Treat Bags & Ribbon

Start by breaking off about 3 squares of Almond Bark and microwaving for a minute. Take out, stir and then microwave in increments of 15 seconds until its completely melted. You can also use a double boiler on the stove but if you are working with your kids, microwaving is best because they aren't by the stove. I don't recommend doing more than a few squares at a time or you'll find the almond bark starts to harden and isn't dippable anymore.

Naomi had fun dipping!

Take a pretzel, dip it in chocolate.... or vanilla.... or 1/2 and 1/2 would be cool too!

Immediately dunk in a bowl of sprinkles to give them some Christmas cheer!

Lay out on wax paper or foil to harden. These dry so fast, probably only about 15 min total before they are ready for bagging! Much better than melting chocolate chips, they seem to take forever to harden up, this whole process of doing chocolate and vanilla took only about 40 min from start to finish. Perfect for a kid craft because they don't lose intrest!

Scoop up some chocolate, then vanilla, then chocolate and so on to make sure you get even amounts in each bag. Nothing worse than getting a bag full of vanilla with only 3 chocolate!

Tie the bag with some fancy dancy ribbon and pair with a cute Christmas ornament or add to your gift baskets this year and everyone will be in Chocolate Pretzel Heaven! My daughter had so much fun giving a bag of these to her teacher at preschool yesterday along with a card that she helped to write out!

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