What can I say?!? I LOVE making desserts that are super easy and always a big hit! There's something that really seems to draw people to the whole "sweet and salty" concept, so I've been making chocolate covered pretzels lately, for different functions/get-togethers. They are incredibly simple to make and you can be as creative as you want, as far as what you choose to dip them in. I made these for my son's birthday party yesterday and chose to do three different varieties: nuts, miniature M&M's and a Nonpareils Mix (Dessert Sprinkles). This is a perfect thing to make when you're short on time or just want to add a little extra "color" to your table!
Chocolate Covered Pretzels
1 bag pretzel rods 1 bag semi-sweet chocolate chips assortment of toppings
Break pretzel rods in half. Melt chocolate chips over medium heat, until smooth and creamy. Dip broken end of pretzel into chocolate and coat approximately half of the rod. Place pretzel immediately onto wax-covered cookie sheet and sprinkle with desired toppings. Allow pretzels to cool/set in refrigerator for at least 10 minutes and then store in an airtight container.
***You can substitute white chocolate if you prefer, but I would recommend using the white baking discs--I didn't have very good luck with the white chocolate chips!***
Source: Rachel Guajardo
Last, but not least...a very sweet girl, Heidi, from Tried-and-True cooking with Heidi, passed along three awards to me. The awards given were the "Lemonade and Friends Award", "The Friends Award" and the "E for Excellent Award". I greatly appreciate her thinking enough of my blog to make mention of it and highly suggest that everyone take a look at her blog--she has some WONDERFUL recipes! Along with the awards, it was requested that I pass along this message..."These blogs are exceedingly charming. These kind bloggers aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated."It also says : "Please give more attention to these writers. Deliver this award to eight bloggers who must choose eight more and include this cleverly-written text into the body of their award." I would now like to share these three awards with 8 blogs that I feel are most deserving and that I have greatly enjoyed reading...
If you were to look up the word "picky" in the dictionary, you would see a picture of my husband off to the left. Growing up, I was exposed to all sorts of different foods and encouraged to experiment with different flavors, but after meeting my husband, I somewhat locked myself into an eight to ten meal rotation and was reluctant to deviate. I have since given birth to two of the least picky eaters on the face of the Earth, thus inspiring me to transform my cooking style. I know many people, like myself, lead such hectic lives, so I strive to find recipes that are quick and easy--especially those that you can whip up with ingredients that you ordinarily have on hand!
A bit about me...I married my husband, Marcus, on June 1, 2003 and we welcomed our son Jacob on March 22, 2005. Our daughter, Madeline, was born on March 1, 2008. I stay home with the kids for the most part, but also work occasional shifts as a registered nurse at a local hospital. I truly hope you enjoy my blog. A special "thank you" to my sister, Sarah, for giving me the idea! Her creativity is hard to live up to, but I'm a very determined person and hope to make her proud :)