Homemade gifts really are the best kind. You add such a personal touch to your gift giving by creating tasty gifts right from your own kitchen. Package them up with bows, bags and baskets. Who can resist a pretty package of dipped holiday pretzels, cookies or fudge? Your thoughtful gift will be remembered long after the holidays are over.
If you love the flavors of sweet and salty together, try dipped holiday pretzels. After you dip them, use your imagination to sprinkle on more flavor with coconut, candies or nuts. They are simple to make, are completely addictive, and are perfect as gifts! Your friends will love them!
You will only need a few ingredients to make these. You can be as inventive as you like. For my gift giving, I made several varieties using chocolate and vanilla candy melts as the coating. I used CandiQuik, in both Chocolate and Vanilla for this project, from the baking aisle at the grocery store. Using the enclosed tray for dipping my pretzels made it so easy to do.
Ingredients You Will Need To Make Dipped Holiday Pretzels:
Candy Melts in Chocolate and Vanilla
Sprinkles (Coconut, Mini Chocolate Candies, Sliced Almonds, Colored Sugar, crushed peppermint candy)
To Make the Dipped Pretzels:
Lay out several sheets of wax paper to lay the pretzels on to set. I like to use a separate sheet of wax paper for each different type of sprinkle. According to package directions, melt your candy in the microwave right in the dipping tray. When the coating is ready, dip the pretzel rods into the tray while holding onto one end of the rod. Turn to coat. I found that using a spoon to drip on the coating farther up the rod made it easier to coat the pretzels.
Once coated, allow the excess to drip off in the tray. After the excess has dripped off, lay the coated pretzel rod on the wax paper and quickly apply your desired sprinkles. You will need to work fast because the coating begins to harden quickly. Allow to lay on the wax paper until the coating with sprinkles is set.
Just a Note** You may need to remelt your candy coatings in the microwave several times during the process to keep it warm enough to spread.
Just package a bundle of these in a clear bag, tie with a bow and you will have a homemade gift that everyone will love. These are such a favorite at my house that I never got to gift wrap any of them. They were eaten before I got the chance. I will need to make a batch of these when no one else is home!
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There are so many other treats that you can use to make these extra delicious. How about sprinkling the chocolate with mini marshmallows or popcorn? Sounds yummy!