I finished the pretzels this AM.
2 boxes (8 ounces each) of pretzel rods
2 bags (14 ounces each) of Wilton Chocolate-Light Cocoa
5 large cookie sheets lined with waxed paper or parchment paper
I've seen others use chocolate chips, but sometimes you have to add Crisco to thin out the chocolate and I've used Wilton's for ages now-for homemade peanut butter cups and peppermint patties, chocolate covered strawberries, etc and it works best for me.
Pour two bags of Wilton's chocolate discs into a microwave safe bowl.
Microwave on 50% power for 2 minutes, stir. Microwave for one minute increments at 50% power, stirring in between each increment until melted (be careful-if you nuke it too long or too high it will scorch!)
Working semi-quickly, dip pretzel rod into chocolate and use a wooden spoon (or whatever you prefer) to run the chocolate up and down the pretzel-hold it down and let excess chocolate drip off pretzel and place on waxed paper lined cookie sheet. If you are adding jimmies (which I didn't because I couldn't find any Halloween ones over the weekend), sprinkle them on right after dipping.
2 bags of chocolate will be enough for 1 lb of pretzel rods (I did four boxes, so I had to do the process twice).
Chocolate will be shiny and then "dull up" when hardened.
Let sit about 20 minutes until you no longer see any shiny spots on the chocolate
Then you just bag em up!
Now, inevitably, there is some melted chocolate leftover-would be sinful to just toss it (IMHO)-I usually grab whatever I have around and toss it in and mix it. Last year it was nuts and raisins, this year-mini marshmallows.
Every year I make chocolate covered Peeps for Easter and since I love chocolate covered marshmallows, why not? Using a tablespoon, spoon onto the lined cookie sheets and let em sit about 20 minutes and that's it. Since they're for our personal consumption here, I'm calling em "Ghost Poo"