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How to Make Chocolate Covered Pretzels
If you love the combination of salty with sweet, you’ll love snacking on chocolate covered pretzels. The rich sweetness of the chocolate coating over the crunchy, salty goodness of the pretzel makes for a delicious – and addicting! – treat. Another great part about these treats? They’re a cinch to make! With only a few ingredients and a little bit of time, you can whip up your own chocolate covered pretzels in no time.
Makes enough chocolate to coat 20 oz (about 567 grams) of pretzels
2 cups (475 mL) semisweet chocolate chips
1 tablespoon (15 mL) heavy whipping cream
20 ounces (567 grams) of pretzels (sticks, rods, or twists)
Optional toppings (sprinkles, crushed candies, chopped nuts, caramel, white chocolate, etc.)
Making the Chocolate Coating
Use a double boiler.If you aren’t familiar, a double boiler is a set-up that almost looks like two pans in one. You fill the bottom pan with water and bring it to a simmer, which gently warms and melts the chocolate in the pan nestled on top. This works best for melting chocolate because chocolate can burn easily. Melting it slowly and carefully is key.
- You can fashion your own double boiler by following the instructions here.
- If you would rather melt your chocolate in the microwave, you certainly can. Place your melting chocolate into a microwave-safe bowl. Set the timer for one minute, and set the heat to 50% power. After one minute of heating, remove the bowl and stir your chocolate. If it needs to melt more, put it in for 15-second intervals.
Add your chocolate chips and cream to the double boiler.Set your stove to a low heat. Continue to stir as your mixture heats and begins to melt.Make sure to run your stirring utensil along the sides of the bowl so that all of the chocolate is being stirred thoroughly.
- You can use milk chocolate, dark chocolate, or white chocolate variations.
Remove the chocolate from heat.Once the chocolate is thoroughly melted and creamy, turn off the stove or remove the pot from the stovetop. You will want to dunk your pretzels in the chocolate while it is still very warm, but removing it from direct heat will ensure that it doesn’t burn.
Dipping the Pretzels
Use tongs to pick up each pretzel.Tongs work well for this step because you can pick up the pretzel and fully submerge it in the chocolate without making a huge mess. However, you can certainly use your hands, a fork, or another utensil if you don’t have tongs.
- You can eliminate the need for tongs if you use pretzel sticks. You can hold the pretzel stick at the end, dipping it as far as you want into the melted chocolate.
Dip your pretzel in the chocolate.Cover it completely in the melted chocolate, making sure that the entire surface is coated. If you’re holding the pretzel with tongs, be careful to switch where you’re gripping the pretzel in order to expose the entire pretzel to the chocolate.
- Make sure to do this step slowly and carefully to ensure you do not burn yourself on the hot chocolate.
- You aren't limited to using standard pretzels. You can play around with the large pretzel rods, small pretzel sticks, twisted pretzels, chunks, and more.
Allow the excess chocolate to drip off.After you’ve fully dipped the pretzel, raise it above the pot. Let the extra chocolate drip off the pretzel and back into the pot, so that you’re left with the proper amount of chocolate on the pretzel.If you skip this step, your pretzel may dry with uneven chunks of chocolate, which isn’t as aesthetically pleasing.
Finishing the Pretzels
Lay your chocolate-coated pretzel on wax paper.Once you’ve let the excess chocolate run off, gently place it on a piece of wax paper or parchment paper.Take extra care setting your pretzel onto the paper, trying not to mess up any of the warm chocolate. Fill up the entire sheet of paper with pretzels, making sure they aren’t touching.
Add sprinkles or other toppings.If you want to give your pretzels a little extra flair, add toppings while the chocolate is still warm. You can add things like sprinkles, crushed candy, chopped nuts, or anything else that will stick to the chocolate as it hardens. You can also drizzle things across the pretzels, like melted caramel or white chocolate. Get creative with this step!
Let your pretzels harden.To speed up this process, you can pop the trays into your refrigerator. Allow the sheets to sit for a few hours, checking them sporadically by touching them with your fingertips. Once you’re sure that the chocolate has completely hardened, you can serve them however you like! Put them on platters to serve at parties, give them out in clear little bags as party favors, or just eat them straight from the tray – they’re just that good!
- Store your leftovers in an airtight container in a cool place. Do not place them in a refrigerator, as the chocolate will "sweat" when they are brought to room temperature. The chocolate will actually seal the pretzel and keep it fresh longer, so they will last for a couple of weeks.
QuestionWhy are my pretzels so sticky?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerStore the pretzels in the fridge for longer, and then they will not be sticky. Do not store in a warm/hot place.Thanks!
QuestionWhat if I don't have a double boiler?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerA double boiler is just a glass bowl on top of a sauce pan filled with water, but if you don’t have access to that, you can microwave the chocolate in 15 second intervals, stirring it between intervals.Thanks!
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