Do you ever feel a little embarrassed to share something that looks complicated and fancy, but you know it is the easiest thing in the world?
The only reason I say this is because I brought these to ALL of our Christmas parties this year. Anything that requires minimal effort is riiiiiight up my alley these days.
Here’s my basic set up. And yes, I did repurpose the paper tray that the candy coating came in for my dipping station. It's nice, because after you're finished, the sprinkles and candy coating in the bottom of the tray can be broken into pieces and served as almond bark candy.
You will need:
+ 1 Package of Vanilla Candy Coating (or chocolate if you prefer!)
+ 2 Packages of Pretzel Rods
That's it. You don't even need patience. It all comes together in about 15 minutes.
The first thing you'll want to do is roughly chop the candy coating into small pieces. I like to chop it in the paper tray it comes in. I'm ALL about minimizing dirty dishes. Chopping it helps the coating to melt evenly in the microwave. I have found that a wide mouth mason jar works really well for melting the vanilla coating. It's nice and tall and allows the coating to be more like a deep swimming pool to dunk the pretzels in.
Put all of the small pieces into the jar, then slowly microwave on a defrost setting. In my microwave, it takes about six minutes. I do stir it at four minutes, then again around five. If you happen to overheat the candy coating, it will not be smooth and you might need to start over... so keep an eye on it!
After the coating is melted and stirred until smooth, begin dipping and swirling the pretzel rods. I like to line a cookie sheet with parchment paper, then prop the un-dipped side of the pretzel up on the ledge of the cookie sheet. This keeps the candy coating nice and thick at the top end of the pretzel.
While the candy coating is still soft, sprinkle the dipped pretzels with sprinkles. After you've finished all of the pretzels, I like to take a spoon and drizzle the remaining candy coating over the pretzels in a back and forth motion. It adds some fun and pretty texture.
That's it, folks. Let it harden for about thirty minutes, then serve them in jars or your favorite serving piece. These work well for kid birthday parties and those 'bring a snack to work' days. I usually make a double batch and do one vanilla, one chocolate and then drizzle both on some of them for an pretty (and tasty) variation. I didn't get a good after picture, but you get the idea!
Enjoy and have a happy day!