Chocolate and Caramel Dipped Pretzel Rods

pretzel rods

In my not-so-humble opinion, the best party favor is an edible one. Recently, I was delighted at a friend’s baby shower when our delectable take-aways were these long, crunchy pretzel rods that looked as if they took a swim in a fine pool of chocolate. Once I bit into the sweet treat, I was in for an absolutely pleasant surprise, as concealed beneath the sheet of chocolate was the silkiest, stick-to-your-teeth coating of caramel. Although these dipped rods are reminiscent of a classic Twix candy bar, the specks of salt that decorate the pretzel elevate the whole flavor profile, making them nothing short of gourmet.

I quickly dreamed up ways to decorate these in my own style, and after a  jaunt to my local specialty food store, I found “Judaica” sprinkles. While these chocolate-caramel sticks made for great baby shower favors, they can also impress guests at your next adults-only event, and can be decorated with countless possibilities. Easily wrapped in cellophane bags or an air-tight container, these can be stored for up to one week.

Chocolate and Caramel Dipped Pretzel Rods
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 16
 
Impress your dinner guests with these decorative gooey, salty, and sweet treats
Ingredients
  • 1 bag long pretzel rods
  • 1 bag soft caramel candies
  • 1 bag good quality chocolate chunks
  • 2 tbs water
  • sprinkles to decorate (optional)
Instructions
  1. Place unwrapped caramels and water in a large microwave-safe bowl, and microwave for 1 minute at a time, until melted. Mix well between each interval.
  2. Once caramel is melted, dip pretzel rods in the caramel until the caramel reaches the midpoint of the rod. Use a spoon to remove excess caramel from rod. Place rod on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, and let the caramel set.
  3. Melt chocolate in a double boiler. Once the chocolate is sufficiently melted, dip the caramel-coated rods in the chocolate, and let the excess drip off. Lay on parchment-lined baking sheet to set, and add sprinkles if wanted. You can put them in the refrigerator to speed up the setting process.
  4. Store in an airtight container for one week.

 

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