Friday, December 14, 2007

Chocolate Covered Pretzels

One of the simplest things I made to include in my holiday gift packages was chocolate covered pretzels. The saltiness of the pretzels is wonderful with the chocolate. You can use the regular sized pretzels, or for more deluxe gifts, use the jumbo ones. I made approximately 50 chocolate covered pretzels using the amount of chocolate indicated below. You could probably get more than 50 intact pretzels out of a store-bought bag, but 50 was more than enough for what I needed.

Chocolate Covered Pretzels
from Me!

2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 tsp shortening (i.e. Crisco)
1 bag of pretzels

Melt the chocolate chips and shortening in a double boiler. If you do not have one, melt them in your microwave on high heat for 1 minute, at 30 seconds intervals, stirring well between each interval. If the chocolate is not completely melted, continue heating it in your microwave in 10 second intervals, stirring well between each interval, and being careful not to burn the chocolate.

Dip each pretzel completely in the chocolate, carefully shaking off the excess. (I find that using a fork or chopsticks works really well.) Place each chocolate covered pretzel on a baking sheet lined with wax or parchment paper. Refrigerate until set.

Yield: 50 pretzels


  1. Hello, I really love all of your pictures, they are beautiful. Do you take them yourself? Also, what is the crisco for? I am pretty sure it doesn't say anything about it in the recipe. Could you email me why? Thank you

  2. Hi Paula - To answer your question, yes, all of the photos in my blog are taken by me, unless otherwise noted. The pictures of the chocolate covered pretzels are actually among the worst ones in my blog :P If you read here, I talk about how my photos have come a long way in the last year :)

    Thanks for pointing out that I forgot to mention the shortening in the recipe - that's what happens when you "write" your own :P The crisco helps thin the chocolate out a little and seems to help it set better too. at least that is my experience and I have seen other tips to do that on other recipes too. I've updated/corrected the post to include the shortening, thanks :)