Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Gourmet Pretzel Favors ~
How to make them

We have gotten all sorts of questions about the pretzel favors that were made for the surprise wedding on Sunday. They are very easy and they are a HUGE hit with people. You could make them for any occasion, not just a wedding.

The white chocolate was purchased in the food aisle at Michael's. The pretzel rods were Snyder's and purchased at the grocery store. I purchased the sugar from a place on line, Country Kitchen Sweet Art, since it was much cheaper and they had a larger selection. I highly recommend ordering from there as it came through regular shipping in just 3-4 days and they sell 1 lb. bags for $2.30 each versus getting them at a local place for MUCH more money and a lot LESS product!

I had Larry take photos of me making them so I could demonstrate it here and show you just how EASY it is:

I don't have a double boiler (I need one!) but made a little makeshift one with two pans in the church kitchen. If you have one, fantastic but if not you can probably make one out of two pans in your kitchen like I did. I put some water in a pan on the bottom and put a smaller pan on top with the white chocolate. I brought the water to boiling, put the chocolate in, then turned it to low for the duration. Stirring it well and getting the chocolate fully melted I then twirled each pretzel in the chocolate, holding it sideways.

Holding the pretzel over waxed paper, sprinkle sugar over it while turning it and continue to do this, coating it. (Pick up the wax paper periodically and put the sugar back in the cup to keep using it and get the most out of it.)

Next, lay the newly dipped and sugared pretzels on sheets of wax paper in the fridge and let them harden for about 15 minutes. It's important to check to see if the chocolate is completely hardened before taking them out. At such time as they are ready to come out they can stay at room temperature.

BEAUTIFUL!

We purchased "pretzel bags" from Michaels to wrap each one individually and then tied them with thin purple ribbon, also from Michael's which I purchased for 50 cents a roll, and a little card with the bride and groom's names, with a hole punched in the card and the ribbon attached. I also made two wine glasses filled with 8 pretzel sticks each, and then wrapped them in clear cellophane and white tulle, as a special treat for the couple to take with them.



5 comments:

Melissa said...

Those look very yummy!

Leanne said...

We made those for Christmas as gifts for our deacons and their wives - we used a combination of white almond bark, chocolate almond bark, and Christmas sprinkles. They were a huge hit!!

[If you don't have a double boiler, you can use a microwave-safe dish to melt the chocolate, too - do it in 30-second increments to avoid burning it. If you don't have a double boiler AND your microwave dies in the middle of making them? It's still possible, but it makes a huge mess and you burn yourself a lot. The above is a true story.]

Debbie said...

I love those!!!!!Yuuuuuummmmmmmyyy!!!

Erika Soto said...

Im thinking about making these too :) Here's a silly question for you because I have never eaten a pretzel dipped in chocolate; do you leave the salt of the pretzel on or do you take some of the salt off? What kind of pretzels do I buy? The really thick sticks? I have cabin fever and im thinking baking will take my mind off of my recovery time. Thanks,Erika

Deanna Shrodes said...

You do nothing to change the pretzels - leave the salt on. You buy the "pretzel rods" - they are in most every grocery store. I get mine at ALDI's normally - they are cheaper and taste great. Yes you are getting the thick "pretzel rods" just like in the photo.