On Wednesday we invited a couple of the neighbor kids over for a fun little treat making!
I’d just seen these cute Candy Cane Chocolate Covered Pretzels over at Cookin’ Canuck, one of my favorite cooking blogs. –Just a little plug here–Dara, the author of Cookin Canuck, is wonderful, an amazing cook, great photographer, and a truly great person! Make sure you check out her blog.
For this project our candy maker extraordinaires were an 8 year old, 6 year old, 5 year old, and 2 year old. The 2 year old needed considerable assistance, but the other kids pretty much did theirs on their own.
Here is what you’ll need for this project:
- 1 bag of Pretzels (we use Glutino, Gluten Free Pretzels–they’re yummy!)
- White Chocolate for melting
-Milk Chocolate or Semi-Sweet Chocolate for melting
-2-4 Candy Canes
-Wax paper lined cookie sheet
I’m not including any amounts for this. Just make as much or as little as you’d like. We made about 2 dozen pretzels. I used 2 candy canes, 1/2 the bag of semi-sweet chocolate, and a similar amount of white chocolate. We had enough chocolate left over in the bowls that we are going to make some more today.
To make simply melt the chocolates according to the instructions on the box or bag. In a glass bowl I microwaved each chocolate flavor on high for 1 minute, stirred, then microwaved again for 1 minute.
To make the candy cane crushing fun for the kids I double bagged 2 candy canes in ziploc snack bags, and then let the kids take turns throwing the bag as hard as they could on the tile floor. Feel free to use whatever method you like.
To make simply drop a pretzel into the chocolate, flip it over so both sides are coated in chocolate, then scoop it out with a fork. Make sure you let the excess chocolate drip off through the fork prongs before placing it on the wax paper.
Once the pretzel is on the wax paper, have your kids take just a pinch of crushed candy cane and sprinkle on the pretzel.
When you’ve finished the pretzels, place the baking sheet in the refrigerator for at least 20 minutes.
If you can keep yourself from eating them all, these would make great gifts for neighbors and teachers!