Chocolate-dipped pretzels are a quick and easy treat that kids can help make. Recipe developed by Gale Gand, a nationally acclaimed pastry chef, restaurateur, cookbook author and television personality. Photo credit: Katie Goodman from Good Life Eats.
For the Red Colored Sugar, place sugar in large resealable plastic bag. Add red food color. Seal bag. Knead sugar until the color is evenly distributed. Spread colored sugar on large rimmed baking sheet. Let stand 25 to 30 minutes or until sugar is dried. Store in airtight container.
For the Pretzel Sticks, melt chocolate as directed on package in 1-cup glass measuring cup. Dip each pretzel rod into melted chocolate, tilting glass so that half of the pretzel rod is covered in chocolate. Allow excess chocolate to drip off. Holding chocolate-dipped pretzel rod over a plate of Red Colored Sugar or crushed candies, spoon sugar or candies over pretzel while turning to coat evenly. Place pretzels on wax paper-lined tray.
Refrigerate about 15 minutes or until chocolate is firm.
• Arrange Chocolate Dipped Pretzel Sticks upright in a tall glass for an edible holiday decoration.
• For a simple homemade gift, package Chocolate Dipped Pretzel Sticks in clear cellophane bags and tie with a festive ribbon.
• For an assortment of Chocolate Dipped Pretzel Sticks, dip pretzels in melted white and/or bittersweet chocolates.
How to Crush Peppermint Candies: To make 1/2 cup crushed candies, you will need about 25 peppermint candies. Place peppermint candies in large resealable plastic bag. Close bag tightly. Pound with rolling pin, mallet or heavy skillet until coarsely crushed. Or, process in food processor using pulsing action.