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Christmasy Chocolate Dipped Pretzels

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I’m a big fan of sweet-and-salty flavor combinations! So of course I love chocolate covered pretzels! I like dipping them in white and dark or milk chocolate, then coating with a variety of holiday sprinkles or crushed candy canes. Since these are only half-dipped, they’re easy to handle and quick to make. They make a great snack or homemade gift for the holidays!

CHRISTMASY CHOCOLATE DIPPED PRETZELS by NancyCreative

Makes about 47 white chocolate and 47 semi-sweet chocolate dipped pretzels

  • 1 (4-ounce) bar semi-sweet baking chocolate, chopped (or use a milk chocolate baking bar)
  • 1 (4-ounce) bar white baking chocolate, chopped
  • optional: 1/2 teaspoon coconut oil mixed into each small bowl of melted chocolate to make it smoother for dipping (stir in the coconut oil after the chocolate is all melted!)
  • 94 small pretzel twists
  • Different kinds of holiday sprinkles put in very small bowls or tea cups, for coating the chocolate (I used crushed candy canes as one of the coatings)

Place the two kinds of chocolate in separate small microwaveable bowls, breaking each bar into 4 pieces. Heat each bowl at 30-second intervals on medium, stirring after each time, until the chocolate has melted, about 1 1/2 to 2 minutes (melt one bowl of chocolate at a time, and when you use up the first bowl, melt your second bowl). If desired, stir in 1/2 teaspoon coconut oil into each bowl of melted chocolate (stir in after chocolate is all melted) to make it even smoother for dipping.

Dip each pretzel twist into the white or semi-sweet chocolate, and shake off any excess chocolate. Then dip in one of the sprinkle toppings or the crushed candy cane topping. Place on parchment paper or waxed paper until chocolate sets.

These are really super-easy to make and they’re a fun snack for Christmas! What fun and easy treats have you been making this holiday season?

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Really Easy Peppermint Bark

Friends have given me Peppermint Bark at the holidays, but I had never made it myself. It’s something I’d been wanting to try, but I was actually a little intimidated by it. For some reason, I thought Peppermint Bark was hard to make. Well, after searching for some recipes on the web, I found a really easy recipe at AllRecipes. It’s unbelievably easy…even for a novice candy-maker like me! I added some peppermint extract to give the bark a little more peppermint flavor and used crushed candy canes instead of peppermint candies. I was really happy with how it turned out, and received good reviews from my friends who taste-tested it! This recipe uses an 11 x 7″ pan and makes about 1 pound of bark. If you want to make a larger batch, you can double the recipe and use a 9 x 13″ pan.

Here’s the recipe…happy candy-making!

REALLY EASY PEPPERMINT BARK by NancyCreative, adapted from AllRecipes and Nestle®

  • 1 (12 ounce) package NESTLE® TOLL HOUSE® Premier White Morsels
  • 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 6 candy canes (or 24 hard peppermint candies)
  • Waxed paper or parchment paper (for lining your pan)

Line an 11 x 7″ baking sheet with waxed paper or parchment paper; set aside.

Place candy canes (or peppermint candies) in a heavy-duty plastic bag (I used a gallon-size Ziploc® freezer bag). Crush candy canes or candies using a rolling pin; set aside.

Microwave morsels in a medium-size microwave-safe bowl on MEDIUM-HIGH (70 percent) power for 1 minute; stir. Continue to microwave and stir morsels at 10- to 20-second intervals until morsels are melted; stir until smooth (be careful not to overheat the morsels). Add peppermint extract to the melted morsels and blend well.

While holding a strainer over the bowl of melted morsels, pour crushed candy into strainer. Shake strainer to release all small candy pieces, letting them fall into the bowl of melted morsels, and blend the candy-morsel mixture well. (Reserve the larger candy pieces for the top of the bark).

Spread the mixture in your wax paper-lined 11 x 7″ pan. Sprinkle with reserved larger candy pieces, pressing in lightly.

Let stand for about 1 hour or until firm. Peel off the wax paper from the bottom side of the bark and break into pieces. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.

Now that I’ve been successful at making Peppermint Bark, I’m ready to take on more candy recipes! 🙂

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