Chocolate Covered Pretzels
This snack is as delicious as it is gorgeous. It's a perfect centerpiece to adorn any table.
We have a custom to have a little get together on the Friday night after a baby boy is born – called a “shalom zachar”. In our moshav when someone gives birth, all the friends prepare the treats for the shalom zachar – cookies, cupcakes, brownies, rugelach, popcorn…
This week, a friend of mine from the Yishuv had a baby on Thursday. All of the friends started WhatsApping back and forth about who can make what for the party Friday night. T was making chocolate chip sticks and brownies and honey cookies. R was making black and white cookies and cupcakes. S was bringing a bakery cake and L was trying not to overlap with everyone else. I was still trying to decide what to make.
This is the first weekend after daylight saving time. Fall back! We get an extra hour of sleep – or that’s what they say… not quite true when you have a houseful of kids on their own schedules, waking up when they want to wake up. The kids don’t care that we changed the clocks back.
Besides not getting any (extra) sleep, changing the clocks also means early Shabbat! All of a sudden, Shabbat is coming in at 4:30. 4:30!!! That’s so early. It requires a whole other level of organization and advance planning, and that takes getting used to!
So, the first Shabbat after we change the clocks, time is not something I have extra of. But I was determined to send something nice to the “Shalom Zachar”. In between cooking the green beans, schnitzel and meat pie, I was trying to think of what I could make in no time and all, but still be yummy and celebratory.
Chocolate covered pretzels. The perfect answer to all my problems. They can be made in just a few minutes, they look fantastic, and salty crunchy pretzels with chocolate and sweet sprinkles – delicious!!!
Bonus benefit – everything I need to make them can be found in my pantry (almost*)!
Originally, I thought I would dip the pretzels in white chocolate, the blue sprinkles would really pop on a white background. But… there wasn’t enough white chocolate chips in my pantry (*) 😉 so… improvise improvise improvise! Semi-sweet chocolate chips would have to do!
Making this favorite treat could not be easier! And little helping hands can do most of the work. I got my crew to help out so that I could snap a few photos for you guys.
I found 14 whole pretzels in the pretzel bag. For the platter I was bringing to my friends I only wanted to use the whole ones, but don’t worry - the broken pieces in the bag didn’t go to waste, my kids dipped and ate them dripping with chocolate on the spot!
The whole process takes just a few minutes from start to finish. First, I melted the chocolate chips in the microwave, dipped each pretzel into the chocolate and shake off them off. Then cover with sprinkles and place in the fridge for 10-15 minutes until the chocolate hardens. That’s it!
Friday afternoon, with half an hour to spare before Shabbat, I ran this beautiful tray of chocolate covered pretzels with blue sprinkles over the home of my friends with the new baby and they were so happy! The little boys couldn’t wait to dig in!
14 whole large salted pretzels
250g semi sweet chocolate chips
· Melt the chocolate chips in the microwave in 30 second intervals.
· Dip pretzels halfway into melted chocolate.
· Shake off excess chocolate.
· Sprinkle on sprinkles.
· Refrigerate for 10-15 minutes, until chocolate hardens