Chocolate and Pretzels, the Perfect Combination

July 26, 2007 at 5:56 pm 4 comments

chocolate-pretzels.jpgimg_0230.jpgimg_0230.jpgimg_0230.jpgI’ve written about my love of pretzels, hence the “Pretzelgirl” handle, but I have yet to tell you about my favorite foods to combine with them.  Nothing goes better with the salty crunch of pretzels than the smooth, creamy, chocolatey taste of any kind of chocolate.  White chocolate, dark chocolate, milk chocolate or even chocolate flavored chocolate, you can’t beat chocolate covered pretzels, a famous treat, which chocolate-pretzels.jpgchocolate-pretzels.jpgmakes a perfect snack. 

In trying to come up with a clever idea to bring to my nephew’s college graduation celebration, I decided to make my own chocolate covered pretzels.  I had seen them made once before but forgot how simple they are to make.  All you need is some good chocolate, pretzels shaped to your liking, a microwave oven, and some wax paper.

First you melt chocolate in a bowl in the microwave for one to two minutes or until most of the chocolate has melted.  Stir the chocolate until all of it is smooth and creamy.  Dip, submerge or spread the chocolate on pretzels and lay the finished product carefully onto a wax paper lined baking pan.  Decorate with sprinkles, nuts, cookie crumbs or whatever you want and let sit until chocolate sets. 

You can chill the pretzels in the refrigerator but be careful that the temperature change is not too dramatic after you take them out or the chocolate will develop those nasty white spots or streaks.  While there is nothing wrong with the taste, it will just look bad. 

The other two most important steps to remember are to not over heat the chocolate and make sure you don’t disturb the pretzels until the chocolate has set. 

You can use colored chocolate wafers, which work great, and mix colors, drizzle or double or triple dip the chocolate with a combo of milk, dark and white for a true gourmet candy.  Wrapping then in cellophone bags tied with ribbons  also gives them a professional look.  The bags are ususally available at most baking supply stores or on line.

Whether you make them or buy them, if you have never tasted chocolate covered pretzels, you are in for a treat.

Here are links to some of my favorite chocolate covered pretzel companies:

Asher’s – Traditional chocolate covered pretzels in milk, white and dark.  They also make yummy chocolate covered potato chips (try them – you’ll love them)

Fretzels – I have never tasted these but they look absolutely amazing.  You can order them online for gifts or as a pretzel of the month club.  What a great idea? Fretzels all year round.

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. mustardinapplesauce  |  August 5, 2007 at 5:20 pm

    looks delicious…..dipping a pretzel in ice cream is equally good.

    Reply
  • 2. Mr. Buzzy  |  August 6, 2007 at 8:38 pm

    And don’t forget a yummy heap of Spaetzel!!! Mrs. Buzzy eats ’em with hot buttered groat clusters!

    Reply
  • 3. Rachel  |  May 22, 2009 at 12:10 am

    Thank you!! I had the Asher’s chocolate covered pretzels from my local harlem grocery store and they were the BEST I had ever had. My store no longer carries and I couldn’t remember the brand name. I’m going to order some now. Can’t wait for my delivery!!

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  • 4. Nina  |  September 2, 2010 at 10:15 pm

    Chocolate covered pretzels and coffee icecream: all those contrasts are fabulous. Crunchy and smooth, salty and sweet. Lots of oral stimulation!

    Reply

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