I am firm believer that at some point early in childhood our special talents begin to manifest. For example, I can’t remember a time when I haven’t been cooking something – just ask my little brother how delicious my mudpies looked! So kids who are called to cook naturally love the kitchen.
Even if times are tight at your house Valentine’s Day is a great time for them to get “cooking” and make something special for their loved ones – like chocolate pretzels. The pretzels are delicious, easy and they look just a good made by little hands as their storebought counterparts. In short, a great confidence builder!
If you plan ahead you order good quality couverture chocolate online. Otherwise, if time is short you may need to settle for something like the Wilton candy melts that you can find in craft stores like Michael’s or JoAnn’s. You will end up with several large bags of pretzels for less than $6.00.
One bag of mini pretzel twists
One 12 oz. bag candy melts (white or chocolate)
Cover a large work surface with waxed paper or parchment paper. Pour the candy melts into a bowl and microwave for one minute. Stir and microwave for another 40 seconds. Stir until melted and smooth.
Dip each pretzel halfway into the chocolate and lay it on the paper. After you’ve dipped a few sprinkle them with the decorations before the chocolate hardens. If the chocolate starts to harden while you are working just warm it up again and keep going until you run out.
You can drizzle some chocolate over the top instead of sprinkles. I like to put the pretzels in pretty clear bags and tie them with ribbon.
If you’re working with short attention spans you can break the pretzels in pieces, stir them into the chocolate and spread it out on the paper in a single layer. Let it harden and break into pieces for pretzel bark!