Happy Friday, friends!
As we speak, I’m sitting at home with Ella on my lap, the Christmas tree lit up, and a warm blanket wrapping me up. It was my plan to go back to the high school today, as my students were going to have a end-of-the-semester party with me, but school was closed due to treacherous roads. I never thought I’d say this, but I am actually bummed we have a snow day!
It does give me a chance to catch up on a bit of blogging, though, which is always nice.
Today I wanted to share a quick, simple, and inexpensive recipe that has been a Christmas tradition in my family for years.
I’ve given bags and boxes of it to teachers, friends, and family throughout the years, and more recently, I’ve given prettied-up little Christmas tins filled with it to my neighbors.
White Chocolate-Covered Pretzels (egg-, nut-, possible gluten-free)
- 1 lb. pretzels (GF if necessary) – I use Rold Gold tiny twists
- 2 cups white chocolate chips
- red and green sprinkles OR mini M&Ms
- Working in batches: pour half of the pretzels onto a sheet of wax paper (for easy clean-up).
- Melt 1 cup of the white chocolate chips in the microwave. I do this in 30-second increments, and stir in between, just to be sure they don’t burn.
- Pour the chocolate over the pretzels, and stir with a spatula to coat.
- Before the chocolate dries, sprinkle the sprinkles (or M&Ms) over top, and stir again if necessary.
- Allow to dry for about 5-10 minutes before packaging.
- Repeat with the next 1/2 pound of pretzels and 1/2 cup of chocolate.
For packaging into the tins:
If you’re so inclined (and I say, why not?), rinse out the tins before putting in the pretzels.
I use parchment paper, but wax paper would work well, too. I took a 12″x10″ rectangle of the paper, folded it in half, and then fit it to the inside of the tin. Of course, depending on the size of your container, the amount of paper you use will differ, but this is a rough estimate.
I think it looks pretty if a few corners of the paper are poking out, so make it as home-y as you’d like.
One pound of pretzels yielded four tins, so section out the goodies as evenly as possible, top with the lid, and discretely tape the lid on to avoid spilling.
I got the tins at Jo-Ann Fabrics for $3 a piece, so even including them, this gift will not cost you too much – especially good for poor post-college people like me!
The combination of the sugary sweetness and salty crunch is wonderful. Maybe these pretzels will become a holiday tradition for you, too!
Have a great day, everyone!