Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Food Gift Idea-Chocolate Pretzel Bites


When I first saw these at a friend's party, like 4 years ago, I was intrigued.  Chocolate covered pretzels are one of my favorite sweet/salty snacks but I only make them during the holidays because they are a bit tedious.

Then I ate one.  It was kind of like that old Pringles commercial, once you pop you can't stop.  They were just the right combination of sweet/salty/crunchy that one looks for in a snack.  I managed to make my way past the table for just one more, about every 3 minutes.

Fast forward to now, I finally got around to making them.  And I realized what a cute little holiday food gift they would make.  Pile a bunch in a jar, stick a ribbon and a tag, and bam, food gift conducive to mass production.  Also super easy.


Chocolate Pretzel Bites

The amount it makes depends on you.  You need 1 pretzel, to 1 Candy Melt, to 1 M&M.

  • Pretzel "Snaps" (the square lattice pretzels)
  • Candy Melts (I've also seen it done with Hershey's Kisses, but they will take longer to melt.  I used white chocolate peppermint candy melts for more holiday flare)
  • Holiday M&Ms


Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees.  I first tried doing this on broil and burt them to a crisp.  Don't be like me.

Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.  Line up pretzels on parchment.  Depending on the size of your baking sheet, you could get 30-40 pretzels on a sheet.  Place one candy melt on top of each pretzel.

Bake for like 1 minute.  Watch these babies like a hawk.  Seriously.

Don't be like me, burnt chocolate stinks-literally!

When the Candy Melts are shiny all over pull them out of the oven.  Press one M&M into a soft Candy Melt.  If the M&M doesn't sink in, return the pan to the oven for another 30 seconds to a minute.

Place 1 M&M on top of each Candy Melt.  Allow to cool completely.  Slide off pan and into a jar.  Enjoy!


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