We have been in Chocolate Dipped Pretzel heaven at my house lately. I've tried out a few really delicious recipes this week, which will be posted over the course of this month. I wanted to start with a chocolate and peanut butter version.
In the past I have tried to use regular chocolate for dipping pretzel rods and other treats, but chocolate can be quick a pain. It hardens up quickly, can get clumpy and seize up, even burn in the microwave. These days I have been completely won over by the Candiquik line of coatings. I have gotten them at Walmart in the chocolate and vanilla flavor. They melt beautifully smooth and best of all, it takes a long time for the coating to harden up when it is warm in a bowl, so you don't feel as rushed when dipping/coating your foods.
On the flip side once you lay your dipped pretzel rods out on the parchment, it sets up within a few minutes. All around a great and tasty product to try out. I'm sure I sound like this is a sponsored post but it isn't, I just love their products.
Chocolate and Peanut Butter Pretzel Rods
Makes about 20 pretzel rods
- 1 bag large pretzel rods
- 1/2 pkg. chocolate Candiquik (7 oz is half of the 14 oz. pkg)
- 1/2 pkg. vanilla Candiquik (7 oz is half of the 14 oz. pkg)
- 1 large spoonful of creamy peanut butter (I didn't measure it, just eyeball a large spoonful)
- sprinkles for garnish
- parchment paper (I once tried subbing waxed paper and it didn't work well.)
- Lay out a large sheet of parchment paper on the counter. Lay out the pretzel rods to make sure you have enough room to lay them all out on the paper once they are dipped in chocolate.
- Put the chocolate Candyquik in a microwaveable bowl and heat for about 60 seconds, then stir well. If it needs additional time, heat for about 10 seconds at a time and stir well after each interval. Take each pretzel rod and using a spoon, pour the melted chocolate over the rods, using the back of the spoon to smooth and distribute over the pretzel. Be sure to leave an area at the bottom of each pretzel rod free of any chocolate so that they can be held mess-free. Lay out each rod on the parchment and let set up for about 15 minutes.
- Put the vanilla Candyquik in a microwaveable bowl and heat for 60 seconds, then stir well. If it needs additional time, heat for about 10 seconds at a time and stir well after each interval. Add the peanut butter and stir well to combine. Spoon the mixture into a Ziploc back and cut a tiny piece of the corner of the bag and drizzle over the pretzel rods. Immediately garnish with sprinkles if using. Let set up for 20 minutes. The rods can be stored in a Ziploc back at room temperature, or if it is too hot in your kitchen/house, you can store in the fridge.
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