Unsure what to give your neighbors, friends, colleagues? I have the BEST idea for you. Back in October when I made chocolate covered pretzel rods I brainstormed ideas for a Christmas version. I though about using colored sugars and different types of chocolate, and in fact a reader emailed me telling me of all the different combinations she made (Hi!!!!), but ultimately, the classic one won: CANDY CANES.
Candy canes are so pretty with their red and white stripes, and peppermint and chocolate are such a great pairing. I wasn’t going to do chocolate covered pretzel rods for Christmas, but I just couldn’t resist.
The basics of how to make chocolate covered pretzel rods can be found here.
I made 8 bags of 3 pretzels/bag. These make a perfect stocking stuffer or Christmas gift this year. Cost:
$5.95- Cellophane Cello Bag 4″ x 11″ 100 each/pkg (used 8 bags, or $0.48) Country Kitchen Sweet Art
$1.99- 1 box of 12 candy canes (used full box) Toys R Us
$3.50- 1 12 oz bag dark chocolate chips (used 1/2 package, or $1.75) Nestle Toll House
$1.79- 1 box of 25 pretzel rods (used full package)
From the house: ribbon, wax paper
Total cost for 8 bags: $0.48 + $1.99 + $1.75 + $1.79 = $6.01
Cost per bag: $0.76
How’s that for inexpensive?
The Christmas music came on, the apron too, the workspace was cleaned, and the fun began.
Unwrap all of your candy canes and put in a large ziploc bag. I cut the top and bottom of the plastic off each candy cane and the wrappers came off easily that way. Seal the ziploc bag and crush the candy canes using a mallet or rolling pin. Again, don’t be afraid to really crush them. You want a combination of very small pieces and a few chunkier ones for the best presentation. Pour the candy cane bits onto a piece of wax paper.
Make sure your full workspace is ready. Set out a few sheets of wax paper within easy reach so you can place the finished pretzels there to dry. Heat your chocolate chips in a deep, narrow vessel in the microwave until almost melted and then stir to complete the melting process. Don’t overheat in the microwave! If your chocolate is too thick, feel free to add a tablespoon of vegetable oil and stir well.
Coat your pretzel rods with the chocolate, using a small spatula to remove the excess. Roll in the crushed candy cane and place on the wax paper to dry fully.
When all the pretzel rods are completely dry, place three to a bag and seal well with a ribbon or sticker. I chose ribbons this time. I also added gift tags for some of them.
Also, don’t forget about my Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride Tea Giveaway! It is a sugar cookie in a mug!