As homeschool moms, we’re almost always incorporating learning into every day activities. One of the easiest, and most fun, ways is while in the kitchen. Who says we don’t use what we learned in algebra and chemistry in every day life? By having children work along side you in the kitchen, we’re you’re introducing them to important concepts including fractions, reading, chemistry and following directions.
Since there’s snow and the ground and Valetine’s Day is just around the corner, it’s a great time to have a little fun in the kitchen. This tasty recipe is healthier than most Valentine’s treats and easy to make. It’s so much fun and inexpensive, you might want to bring enough to share with your friends at co-op or next homeschool group event.
Chocolate-Dipped Pretzel Rods
Yield: 30 Treats
- 1 Bag Synder’s of Hanover Pretzel Rods
- 12 ounces milk chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
- Optional toppings (mini M&Ms, sprinkles, etc.)
- Melt chocolate chips in a double boiler or in the microwave*
- Dip each pretzel rod into the chocolate. 2/3′s of the way is usually good.
- Place the rods on waxed paper and allow to set, but not dry completely.
- In the meantime, melt white chocolate in a double boiler or microwave*
- Drizzle the white chocolate over the milk chocolate portions of the coated pretzel rods.
- Sprinkle rods with topping choices (optional).
- Allow to dry completely.
*If melting chocolate in the microwave: be sure to choose a microwave-safe bowl. For best results, use the microwave at half (50%) power. Melt in increments of 30 seconds to 1 minute, stirring between each session in the microwave.
For extra fun, you can try using a pretzel mold from Wilton, for around $5, and use different colors of candy melts. For gift-giving, slip each rod into a pretzel rod bag, and add a pretty ribbon. The possibilities are endless!
If you just can’t get enough of the salty/sweet combination of pretzels & chocolate, you can try your hand at pretzel bark too. It’s one of the easiest treats to make.
Yield: Approximately 1.5 pounds
- 1 lb white chocolate, broken into chunk (or white chocolate chips)
- 1.5 teaspoons oil
- Your favorite mix-ins (broken pretzels, dried cranberries, etc.)
- Prepare a baking sheet by lining with tin foil and coating with cooking spray.
- Melt chocolate in a double boiler or in the microwave, following the tips above.
- Add your favorite mix-ins.
- Quickly spread onto prepared baking sheet.
- Allow bark to cool at room temperature, then break into pieces.
Do you have a favorite Valentine’s treat to make with your children? We’d share the love in the comments section below!
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