Cooking With Kids
Nothing tastes better than a salty and sweet treat. Chocolate covered pretzels not only taste great and are easy to make, if you wrap them in colored cellophane with a ribbon they make a great holiday gift as well. While the 13-year-old boy I care for was able to make the chocolate covered pretzels that are pictured without my help I had to help my younger charges roll the pretzel logs in the sprinkles and small candies. I didn't allow the young kids to work with the melted chocolate. Here's what to do:
What You Need:
1 12-Ounce Package Milk Chocolate Chips
1 12-Ounce Package White Chocolate Chips
2 Dozen Pretzel Rods
Assorted Sprinkles or Small Candies
Microwave Safe Bowls
What to Do:
1. Line a baking sheet with waxed paper.
2. Place the milk chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl and the white chocolate chips in another bowl.
3. Put sprinkles and candies in a shallow bowl or baking pan.
4. Microwave one bowl on high for one-minute. Remove and stir with a rubber spatula. The chips should melt while you are stirring, but if they don't, you can continue to microwave for 15 more seconds, then stir again.
5. Dip one pretzel rod into the milk chocolate using a spoon to spread the chocolate halfway up the rod. Twist the rod to let the excess chocolate drip off.
6. Roll the pretzel in the sprinkles. Place the pretzel on a piece of wax paper to dry.
7. Once you have used up the milk chocolate repeat the process with the white chocolate chips.
8. Let the pretzels dry for several hours before wrapping them to give as gifts.
My mother's recipe box and photos by Stephanie Felzenberg