I made these simple Valentine's Day treats for my kids and some special friends. One of my kids' favorite activities at Disneyland is watching the candy makers make chocolate and caramel dipped pretzel rods and marshmallows at Pooh Corner. They were SO excited to watch these Valentine's Day treats come together at our house. Since I had the chocolate all ready, I also made some chocolate-dipped strawberries.
Chocolate and caramel dipped pretzel rods, and chocolate covered strawberries are two treats that are VERY highly marked up. I made a pound of strawberries and 2 dozen pretzel rods for $15, including leftover chocolate, pretzel gift bags, and a whole jar of sprinkles. The pretzel rods are $2.99-$3.99 each at the candy shop.
Making this treat isn't difficult, but it is a little time consuming because the pretzels have to cool between steps.
Valentine's Day Treats: Chocolate-Caramel Covered Pretzel Rods
- 1 bag pretzel rods
- 1 bag chocolate chips (I used milk chocolate and white chocolate)
- 1 bag caramels (found in the candy aisle)
- First, get a sheet ready to put your pretzels on to cool. You will need space in your refrigerator or freezer. I was able to fit approximately a dozen pretzel rods on one baking sheet. Cover the baking sheet in parchment paper or even better use a Silpat. Don't use wax paper. Trust me.
- Unwrap the caramels and put them in a microwave safe bowl with 1 tablespoon of water. Microwave in 30 second intervals until melted, stirring every 30 seconds (about 2 minutes).
- Dip each pretzel rod in the caramel. Use a spoon to cover the pretzel, leaving just the end uncovered. Lay the caramel-covered pretzels on the baking sheets and allow to cool in the fridge or freezer.
- Melt the chocolate chips in a double boiler, or in a microwave safe bowl, stirring every 30 seconds. Dip the caramel-covered pretzel rods in the chocolate, spooning to completely cover the caramel.
- Lay the chocolate-covered pretzels back on the baking sheet. Sprinkle with Valentine's Day sprinkles before the chocolate cools. If you wait too long the sprinkles won't stick (this is why you don't see any pictures of white chocolate pretzels, even though I said I made some). I also tried using colored sugar, but the nonpareils looked much better.
- Put the pretzel treats back into the fridge to cool.
I found these "pretzel bags" in the wedding supply/Wilton aisle at Walmart. They are just the right size!
With the rest of my melted chocolate, I dipped some fresh strawberries. Once again, these are $1 or more each at a candy shop. I dipped an entire pound of strawberries for about $2.50. What a perfect Valentine's Day dessert!
PS: If you ignored by earlier advice and used wax paper, you can remove it from the caramel by microwaving each pretzel for 10-15 seconds and then peeling it off.