Monday, October 29, 2007

Chocolate Covered Pretzels (Ghost Poo too)-Foodie Friday

Better late then never......

I finished the pretzels this AM.

Ingredients used:

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"


Tracie said...

I use semi-sweet chocolate chips for mine and haven't ever had to add Crisco or any other oils to it. (Yuck.) They've always worked well for me. I've never used just milk chocolate, so maybe that's the difference.

The marshmellow ghosty poo is a good idea for the leftover chocolate.

Sheila said...

All that choocolate is making me hungry.

Kathy said...

Well, this post isn't doing my diet any good, but at least you and the family are eating them, not me. Enjoy one for me!

Linda said...

I agree about not wasting chocolate. It would be a crime to throw away chocolate in any form.

Mimi said...

Now I'm craving those choc-covered marshmallows...

Mandi said...

Holy hell, ghost poo? You're one sick genius, I love it...and so will Geof! Thanks for sharing.

April said...

I've never tried that chocolate before. When I make my peanut butter dipped cookies I also use semi-sweet and haven't had a problem so long as I keep the heat low and constant on the stove top. Where do you purchase your chocolate, a candy/cake decorating store?

Jewels said...

What a great recipe to make when you have to bring goodies somewhere.

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