December 18, 2011

Christmas White Chocolate-Dipped Pretzel Rods

White Chocolate-Dipped Pretzel Rods gets all dressed up for Christmas with the help of beautiful holiday sprinkles!  Or, change the sprinkle colors to match any occasion.


Need a quick-and-easy Christmas treat?  Here's an idea for you!  These White Chocolate-Dipped Pretzel Rods are perfect for little treat gifts, or for get-together nibbles.  Not to mention, they're just fun... both to make and to eat.

And, again, I'm realizing that I've been on a total pretzel kick this Christmas baking season.  So far,  four out of my five posts for December have included pretzels!  That was not at all intentional.  First there was Dark Chocolate Pretzel Fudge for the December Crazy Cooking Challenge, followed by Pretzel Cookies with Chocolate & Peanut Butter Chips, and then Yuppy Chow with ... you guessed it ... pretzels!  Now I've moved on to simply dipping pretzels in chocolate.  White chocolate.  With colorful sprinkles.  Ya know, to deck them out for Christmas and all.

Don't they look cute?  I think these White Chocolate-Dipped Pretzel Rods came out pretty good, if I do say so myself.

I whipped these up at the last minute one night.  I was asked to make a batch of cake pops (like these Salted Chocolate ones) to include as a little "giftie" with the gift cards our teacher staff was giving the office staff for Christmas.  Now, I love to make cake pops ... but any of you out there who've made them know they aren't the quickest things to make.  They happen to be just a teeny tiny bit tedious and time-consuming.  So, I quickly said that wasn't going to happen at this point in the busy Christmas season.  But ... I did have another idea for a cute tasty treat.  And that's how these white chocolate-dipped pretzel rods came to be.

I think I whipped up (or dipped up!) an entire bag of pretzel rods in less than 30 minutes.  So quick.  So easy.  Then I put five of them in a cellophane baggy, tied it with a colorful ribbon, and voila! ... Christmas white chocolate-dipped pretzel rod bouquets!

All you need to make these beauties is a bag of pretzel rods, some white chocolate bark coating, a tiny bit of shortening, and an assortment of colorful sprinkles.

Melt some bark coating together with a tiny bit of shortening.  The shortening thins the coating out a bit and makes it so you get a nice, smooth layer of white chocolate.  Use a tall, skinny container that is tall enough to fit most of the length of the pretzel rod in it.  I had a hard time finding something in my kitchen tall and skinny enough, and ended up using a pottery cup.

Once you've melted your coating, dip a pretzel rod in.  Tilt the container a bit if you need to to get the coating as far down the pretzel as you can.

Dipping

Take the pretzel out of the coating, gently shake off the excess, letting it drip back into your container.  Then, sprinkle with your chosen, well .... sprinkles.

I started off with my sprinkles laid out in shallow platters, thinking it would be best to roll the pretzel rods in the sprinkles.  Not the case.  It turned out to be easiest just to grab a pinch of sprinkles and sprinkle it over the pretzel rod with my fingers.  Just make sure to do this over a bowl or something with a bit of a side ... not the flat platters like I did.  Why?  Because the sprinkles tend to bounce when they land back on whatever dish you're sprinkling over.  I've swept my kitchen floor three times since making these pretzels, and I'm still finding little sprinkle balls hiding around my linoleum!

See my finger marks in the green sugar sprinkles below?  Yup, much better way to go than rolling.

Sprinkle, sprinkle, sprinkle

Lay your dipped-and-sprinkled pretzels out on a sheet of waxed paper or parchment, let the coating set up, and then ... there you have it!  A beautiful, festive platter of White Chocolate-Dipped Pretzel Rods.



Tie a few up with a bow for a cute and tasty little give-away treat.


Ribbon makes everything just that much more fun!


Christmas White-Chocolate-Dipped Pretzel Rods
Source:  I'm sure I saw them somewhere, but I have no idea where!

Ingredients
1 (10 oz.) bag pretzel rods
1 (24 oz.) package white chocolate bark coating or 1 (1 lb.) bag white candy melts (you'll only use about 10 or 12 oz.)
1 to 2 T. shortening
Assorted sprinkles


Directions
1.  In a tall skinny container (such as a pottery cup or perhaps even a small glass vase), melt bark coating or candy melts and shortening together in the microwave per package directions (typically in 30 second intervals, stirring in between).

2.  Dip each pretzel rod in the candy coating, letting excess coating drip off back into the container. Sprinkle with sprinkles, as desired.

3.  Place on waxed paper and let stand for coating to set up.

I pour the leftover white chocolate coating into a plastic storage container and save it for another use later.  All you have to do is heat it back up in the microwave, omitting the shortening (since it's already in there).

Enjoy!



Place in a cellophane baggy for a sweet little bouquet


This post is linked with Sweets for a Saturday hosted by Sweet as Sugar Cookies, Sweet Indulgences Sunday hosted by A Well-Seasoned Life, Sundae Scoop hosted by I {heart} Naptime, Think Pink Sundays hosted by Flamingo Toes, Savvy Homemade Monday hosted by Home Savvy A to Z, Cure for the Common Monday hosted by Lines Across My Face, Market Yourself Monday hosted by Sumo's Sweet Stuff, Mangia Mondays hosted by Shine Your Light, Crazy Sweet Tuesday hosted by Crazy for Crust, Tasty Tuesday hosted by For the Love of Blogs, Tuesday Talent Show hosted by Chef in Training, Tea Party Tuesday hosted by Sweetology, Mrs. Fox's Sweet Party hosted by Mrs. Fox's Sweets, These Chicks Cooked hosted by This Chick Cooks, Creative Juice Thursday hosted by Momnivore's Dilemma, Share Your Creations hosted by Kristen's Creations, Foodie Friday hosted by Designs by Gollum, Christmas Link Party.

23 comments:

  1. Tracey, These are so pretty! I have to add these to my list of goodies to make for this week, just need to buy the pretzels. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. I LOVE chocolate dipped pretzels!

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  4. These are beautiful! My kids would love them. Pretzels are their favorite snacks. Thanks for sharing on Sweet Indulgences Sunday.

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  5. So pretty! I love the idea of using white chocolate. Chocolate and pretzels are the best combo. I discovered this week that pretzel rods don't seem to be available here in Canada. I guess I'm dipping regular old pretzels this year.

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  6. Tracey we are so on the same wavelength right now - my kids are dipping pretzels as I type! How funny. I found long treat bags at ACMoore that are perfect for the rods. Also the sprinkles come out so much better on your white chocolate vs. regular chocolate that we are using....gotta get me some white chocolate chips for next time :)

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  7. So pretty! I love pretzels dipped in chocolate. Best snack ever! Thanks for sharing on Crazy Sweet Tuesday!

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  8. I made them last weekend, with regular chocolate, just haven't got around to photographing.. haha. I like the white on white :]

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  9. I used to make these but haven't for the past few years and I don't know why! Thanks for the reminder. Yours look beautiful!

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  10. I love dipped pretzels, these look so festive! Thanks for sharing at Mrs Foxs Sweet Party :) Have a wonderful Christmas!

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  11. these are always a crowd pleaser! Thx for linking up

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  12. very pretty but what is the best thing to bag these in? i wanted to make treat bags but give everyone more than four

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    1. They make special pretzel rod treat bags that are long enough for the pretzels, which is what I used. But they only hold about 4 to 6 pretzels. I would think you could use any plastic or cello-type bag that's long enough. Two ideas that come to mind are:
      1. Plastic bread loaf bags - sold in the baggie/plastic wrap aisle of some grocery stores.
      2. Birthday party favor/treat bags - I *think* they would be long enough.
      Enjoy!

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  13. These are so beautiful. I've made them before, but they didn't look as good as yours. So happy you linked up all of your treats at our party. Don't forget the first winner will be announced on Friday :) ~ Julie

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  14. I made these rods and some regular pretzels today with this recipe and took them to Thanksgiving dinner at my daughter's house.....WOW, they didn't last long...Thanks

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    1. Isn't great how something so easy can be such a hit??? I'm so glad you and your family enjoyed them. And thank you so much for stopping by to let me know ... you made me smile!

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  15. We make these treats in Youth Ministry and gift them to our local Soup Kitchen. Fun Fun Fun kids bring in their favorite sprinkle we provide the chocolate and rods

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  16. Yum! These look so delicious :)

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  17. Do you really have to use shortening, made these a few tears ago & don't remember using shortening! Thank You Ann

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    1. You don't absolutely have to use shortening, Ann ... it makes the white chocolate a little easier to handle and tends to create a smoother white chocolate surface. But dipping will work without it ... the chocolate will just be thicker and a bit more 'finicky.' Enjoy!

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