I've got an idea for your 4th of July recipes today. My inspiration hit me the other day when I was walking through Crate & Barrel. They had the cutest 4th of July displays. As I was walking past, I saw white chocolate covered pretzels with red, white and blue sprinkles. Of course, I thought, “How hard can that be to make myself?” I'm not paying $8 for 6 of them. I can totally make them for less and it will be easy. It didn't really work out that way.
I think in the end the pretzels turned out darling. My girls and I have enjoyed eating them…so they are yummy. They just didn't come out like the ones I saw at Crate & Barrel or what I had pictured in my mind.
If you want to make patriotic pretzels to snack on while watching fireworks, you will need:
- Pretzel rods
- White chocolate chips
- Red, white and blue sprinkles (affiliate link)
- Treat bags
Start by melting your chocolate.
It is best to do this with a double boiler, but if you have super low heat burner like I do, you can turn it on low and it will melt slowly and evenly like a double boiler.
While your chocolate is melting, prepare a tray or cookie sheet by lining it with parchment paper. This will keep the chocolate from sticking to the tray and ruining your pretzels when you pull them off.
The best method is to pour your melted chocolate into a 2 cup measuring cup. This will allow for dipping the pretzel rods into the chocolate and allow you to get decent coverage on the pretzels.
I did not do that and dipping my pretzels into the pan seen above didn't work out to look at all like I wanted them to look.
Since they didn't look like I wanted to with dipping, I tried squeezing the chocolate out of a bag onto the pretzels.
This was not a good idea.
The chocolate is hot and the only way to squeeze it is to have your hands on the bag. It hurt a little bit, but for the name of yummy 4th of July recipes, I kept going. I was also fighting the chocolate cooling and clumping up in the bag. ::sigh:: The final straw for this method was when the bag popped open and the white chocolate went everywhere. Yay!
The good news about that was that the bag didn't fully break, so I just started putting pretzel rods into the remaining white chocolate in the bag and twisting them around. I got pretty good coverage this way….and made a huge mess in the process.
Whichever method you use for covering your pretzels, you need to be fairly quick with the sprinkles if you want them to stick.
Once you have the chocolate and the sprinkles on your pretzel rods, you need to place them in the refrigerator for about 15-20 minutes until the chocolate hardens and sets up.
Last year for 4th of July, I made cute snack bags to take with us to the fireworks. Everyone really liked them. I'm going to make them again this year. I plan to put these pretzels in our snack bags this year along with some yummy popcorn. If you want to do something similar, place your white chocolate dipped pretzels into a treat bag, the kind you can put favors in for a birthday party. That way the chocolate won't get knocked off or melt next to the other items you put in your snack bag.
Tie the bags shut with baker's twine or ribbon and one of the cute tags I have for you at the end of this post.
I made them the size that you can use a 1.5″ circle punch to cut out. Makes it super easy!
We have eaten almost all of these pretzels because they are so yummy! I know I love the salty and sweet combination and apparently so do my kids. I will have to make more for 4th of July. Yum!
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