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· Pretzels – 1 bag
· Vanilla Almond Bark – 24 oz block
· Peanut Butter – ½ cup
· Sprinkles – for decorating
I love sending treats to the kids for the holidays. I have made cookies, fudge, caramels, spiced nuts, caramel corn, popcorn balls and candy-coated pretzels.
What is the first thing that they eat and wish they had more of? The candy-coated pretzels.
So I don’t think I need to tell you how many pretzels I make every season.
I’ve learned tricks on how to do them since I have to make so many.
Yes, they are easy, but time consuming. If you have any helpers around, they can do the sprinkles. This is the job that has to be done while the candy coating is still warm so a helper is always good.
Start with finding pretzels. I live in the sticks so it isn’t easy to find them. I like the large ones because the job goes faster, but often all I can find is the tiny twists (1 lb bag) or the Christmas shapes they sell at Walmart.
Next melt the Almond Bark in a large heavy bowl. A bowl that stays warm works best. There will be melting directions on the back. Just don’t overcook it. You want it melted enough that it coats but is easy to shake off the excess.
I melt the entire 24 oz block then I dump in about 1/3 of the pretzels and stir. You want to be able to stir so you can coat the pretzels. Too many pretzels just makes it harder.
I’ve learned a great trick. Use a metal skewer to hook onto a dozen of the coated pretzels. You can let the excess drop off, then slide off one after another onto a cookie sheet covered with foil. When full, just slide the foil off on the table and get another sheet.
The block of Almond Bark makes a bunch of pretzels. I often get over it when I still have coating left. Just add some peanut butter. Put some pretzels on a sheet of foil and pour the rest of the coating onto them. They will set up and you can break off chunks. The peanut better makes it seem almost healthy.
Trust me when I tell you that you can’t just eat one! Don’t eat while reading or they will all disappear and you won’t know where they went. J
Have a wonderful holiday.
Thank you for joining us today, B.J.!
Readers, do you have a favorite holiday recipe you'd like to share?
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