Dec 13, 2011

Homemade Christmas Gift (easy!)

Handmade Chocolate Covered Pretzels
(easy peasy!)

Grabbed this container at Target

my homemade double-boiler

Putting on the chocolate

The  berbere action shot!

Get the kids involved in this!

Oh, YUM!

Pretzel Rods (can do dried fruit too!)
Chocolate (pick the kind you want) We used Ghirardelli 60% cacao, bittersweet chocolate chips.
We used about 2 cups worth.

1-2 Tbs. coconut oil (you could use Crisco shortening if you don't have coconut oil.
Cinnamon and sugar mix
Berbere (Ethiopian spice mix...kickin' hot)
Chopped up nuts (we used some smashed up peanuts)
wax paper to let them cool on
transparent gift bags
pretty ribbon
handmade gift labels

Make a double boiler if you don't have one.  Basically a pan with an inch or two of water that will host a bowl of chocolate above it.  Warm chocolate and oil until melted.  (stay with the just want it to melt).  Turn it off once chocolate is melted.  Put back on double boiler if chocolate begins to harden.

Grab pretzels and baste with chocolate. Making sure to only cover 1/2- 3/4 of each pretzel rod. Allow excess to drip off.

While chocolate is still wet on pretzel, coat with desired coating.  (The berbere is yummy. Cayenne would work too.)  We tried bits of dried cherries, but they were just too heavy.

Lay out on wax paper, making sure they don't touch each other.  Give them time to dry and then bag those beauties up!

I didn't get a shot of ours before we blessed our friend Robin with a beautiful bundle of love!

We used all the left over chocolate to make some Bark.  We spread a cookie sheet with wax paper, poured out the remaining chocolate, spreading it fairly thin with a spatula.  We sprinkled all the goodies that were left over the top.  We set it into the fridge for a few hours and then broke it into bits and bagged it up too!

Merry Homemade Christmas!


Kathy C. said...

That's a good idea. Great teacher gift (even if you're home schooled : ) )

Renata said...

YUM!! I'm sure your friend just loved it!!
What a great idea & so very easy ~ I could see my children really enjoying it ~ I don't know where we'd find the pretzel rods, but I'm imagining any savoury biscuit would work.
I'd better go ~ crying child

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