December 21, 2009

 

Candy Coated Pretzels

I had a casserole recipe all ready to share with you this week, but it didn’t seem appropriate for Christmas week.  I don’t have any great dinner ideas for you (I’m still working on that myself) so I though I would share an easy peasy snack idea that also makes great little gifts.

While these are very easy to make, it does take a little time.  After all, pretzels are pretty small and you can only do one at a time.  If you have kids, get them involved.  It’s fun and you’ll get them done faster.

Candy Coated Pretzel Recipe

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Instructions
I bought two bags of candy wafers ($1.79 each in case you’re wondering).  I didn’t know how much I would need, but they actually go a long way.  It is the sprinkles that I have run out of. 

candy coated pretzels - wafers

Start by melting a small handful of wafers in a bowl.  Follow instructions on the package for melting in the microwave.  Don’t use too many, because it starts to cool and harden after a while.  Once the wafers are melted, I find it easiest to use a soup spoon to dip up some of the coating .  It is easier than getting the pretzel down into the bowl, but do whatever works for you.  Spin the a pretzel stick around in the coating covering about half the pretzel.

candy coated pretzels - coating

Have some sprinkles pour out onto a plate.  Lay the pretzel on the sprinkles then lift it up and turn it. Put it down again and continue until it is cover in sprinkles.  If you try to spin the pretzel, the coating will bunch up so it works better to lift and turn.  Place the pretzel on a piece of wax paper and keep going until you run out of coating.

candy coated pretzels - red

The above picture shows red sprinkles on a red coating.   I found that the colored coating didn’t make a lot of difference and it limited me to using a matching color of sprinkles.  Next time I will buy only white and skip the food coloring.  Red sprinkles on white coating looked almost as good.  Can you tell the difference?

candy coated pretzels - reds
You probably see a little white showing on the bottom one, and the red color isn’t quite as strong, but really no one will care.  I also added green sprinkles to the white coating and mixed colors.  I like the mixed colors with the white showing through.  I achieved the look by dropping or shaking sprinkles onto the wet coating.

candy coated pretzels - red & green
Once the pretzels have cooled to room temperature the coating should be hardened.  You can them store them in an airtight container or try putting them in candy bags to give a gifts.

Note:  I tried using twisted pretzel shapes, but it was much more difficult and not worth the trouble.

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This recipe is linked to Tempt My Tummy Tuesday and Tasty Tuesday.

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I find that it is easiest to dip pretzels (or any long item like peppermint sticks) in a small cup of the candy or chocolate. A straight sided cup or mug works best and you only have to use a small amount of the coating.

I did a whole bunch of regular pretzels dipped in chocolate and drizzled with the opposite type of chocolate (two different colors). Unfortunately I can't get the glutino (or any other gf) pretzels at my local store.

Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays, all that jazz!
 
What a fun and festive holiday gift!! I used to make these yearly before going gluten-free. I haven't made them in years but I love them.
 
This would be perfect to take to a holiday party!
 
How pretty!

Enjoy!
 
Yum! I LOVE Glutino pretzels. They're as close to the real thing as I can imagine being possible. These look great!
 
Such fun! I love how simple this is =D. I've never heard of candy wafers, but I'll keep a look out!
 
Love the salt and sweet!Thanks for the recipe and linking to TMTT. Have a blessed Christmas with your family and friends.
 

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