Saturday, December 11, 2010

Christmas Cookie #11- Chocolate Dipped Pretzels

Today we made a very simple recipe. I first made these the year after we were married. I remember making them in our little condo and how quickly they disappeared... hmmm... hopefully they'll last until Christmas this time!

Normally I tend to stick to my "bunny trick" when it comes to melting chocolate, but this time I decided to try something a little different. I bought two bags of Hershey Kisses. One original and the other candy cane flavor. I love the taste of them, but was a little surprised at how they candy cane one turned out pink! I guess it makes sense..... white chocolate with red stripes... yup I should have guessed as much :)

My son and I made this one together and I have to say having him in the kitchen was especially helpful today. He had a ton of fun unwrapping the chocolates. A task that I would have found a little annoying :)

He was also a big helper in the dipping process, spelling out the message... oh, and the sampling. He was VERY good at that part!

Our lesson:
As we were dipping each pretzel I pointed out that a pretzel is in the shape of a heart. My big boy was quite surprised by this. We talked about all the people we love and about how much God loves all of us, which is the reason why He send His son Jesus to save us.
These pretzels remind us how much God loves us!

Chocolate Dipped Pretzels

1 bag white chocolate (Hershey Kisses- candy cane flavor)
1 bag milk chocolate (Hershey Kisses- original)

Chop kisses in quarters (to help melt faster.)
In a heat safe bowl, melt white chocolate over a pot of simmering water (to keep chocolate from burning.)
Dip one half of pretzel in chocolate and lay on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper to cool.
*I ended up putting them outside (after about an hour) for just a few minutes because they were taking forevvvvvvver to cool.

Melt milk chocolate using the same method. Dip the other side of pretzel and lay on wax paper to cool.
*Again I put them outside to quickly harden the chocolate. It took less than 5 minutes!

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