These quick and easy Halloween pretzel treats are the perfect snack for a party. You might even want to munch on them while you entertain trick-or-treaters.
These Halloween pretzel treats have me in the mood for trick-or-treating! Now that really says something because typically, Halloween does NOT rank as one of my favorite holidays. Why you might ask? Well, perhaps it's the impossible task of finding the perfect Halloween costume. Or maybe it's that right after Halloween it seems as though Christmas decorations hit the stores. Or perhaps it's that I just really hate haunted houses and anything that involves me being scared.
What I am loving right now are these Halloween pretzel treats. Because lets be honest, who doesn't like the mixture of salty + sweet. It's a winning combination that always works! The best part is that you can choose whatever sprinkles you'd like to decorate your pretzels. I'm really loving these and these at the moment.
Technically, you could use whatever type of chocolate you'd like for this recipe. I'm a big fan of white chocolate but you could go with milk or dark chocolate as well. You could even use orange candy melts and get festive with things if you wanted. That leads us to an important debate in the world of chocolate...
Is White Chocolate Really Chocolate?
The rumors are true… which chocolate is NOT chocolate. If you take a peek at your ingredient list on a package of white “chocolate” you will see that it typically contains cocoa butter, sugar, and milk solids. However, you will see that it does not contain any cocoa solids—the main component of real chocolate. The same goes for when you use candy melts... technically they aren't really chocolate. Take a look at the back of that ingredient label.
Tips for Melting Chocolate
Melting chocolate, and especially while chocolate, can be a tricky process. Chocolate scorches easily, making it grainy and ruining the flavor, so care should be taken to melt it slowly, over very low heat. Try removing your chocolate from the microwave before it has melted completely and stirring it briskly away from the heat. You can always place it back on the stove to melt a few final lumps that remain.
How to Make Halloween Pretzel Treats
Once your chocolate is melted, add your pretzels to the bowl in batches. Toss the pretzels in chocolate and then move them onto a baking sheet lined with waxed paper or a silpat baking liner. You may need to return the chocolate to the microwave for 15-30 seconds if you notice that's it's getting a cooler and thickening up too much.
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Halloween Pretzel Treats
- 12 ounces white chocolate
- 2 tablespoons shortening
- 16 ounces pretzels
- sprinkles for decoration
- Melt chocolate and shortening in a microwave safe bowl in 15 to 30 second intervals. Stir between each interval until smooth.
- Toss batches of 10-15 pretzels in chocolate mixture, until coated. You may need to re-heat your chocolate if it begins to thicken up. You can also add more shortening if you want a thinner mixture.
- Remove pretzels using a fork or tongs and place on a baking tray lined with waxed paper.
- Immediately apply sprinkles. Refrigerate 1 hour or until set.
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