Valentine’s Day is coming upon us. Cupid is busy at work, ready to sprinkle love over all of us. I never have made Valentine’s Day a big deal, but it always ends up being fun.
In 2005 I had a few girlfriends over and we made lots of Valentine’s treats for friends, who loved their baked goods. We made X&O brownies, slice and bake sugar cookies, and more! It was one of my first ventures into what I then called “baking”, but what was really just making fun treats… from a box.
In 2008 I almost forgot about Valentine’s Day, but my husband-to-be (boyfriend at the time) did not. He called my dad on Valentine’s Day and said he was going to surprise me for dinner but wanted to get a drink with him first. My dad, not knowing that PhillyBoy wanted to use that opportunity to ask for my hand in marriage, made an elaborate dinner plan last minute. He told me I **had** to go to a dinner meeting with him and a potential employee because she was due to start the following week and he needed my approval. I complained that it was awkward to have a dinner date on Valentine’s Day, but went anyway…. and who showed up? PB! That wasn’t the end of it though. The next day I came home from work and found some penguins waiting at the door with gifts. SO creative. Oh, and the penguins were from his personal collection… no joke.
For Valentine’s Day last year, PB and I went to LaCroix in Center City (Rittenhouse Square) for lunch. We had such a nice time, and the food was delicious. I still remember parts of our conversation from that lunch.
This year I decided to make some extra special chocolate covered pretzel rods for PhillyBoy. He doesn’t like sweets that much, but I know he loves these. Chocolate covered pretzels are inexpensive to make, and a great way to spend a snowy afternoon! During the storm on Saturday I tackled my to do list before being lazier than I have been in years. First on my list? Making these for PB and for the winner of the auction in The Chic Life’s Bake Sale for Haiti!
Steal My Heart Double Dipped Chocolate Covered Pretzel Rods
10 Pretzel rods
A good amount of medium dark chocolate (I used 2 large Ghirardelli bars)
1/2 cup red (or pink) peanut M&Ms
2 tbs red sugar crystals
2 tbs Valentine’s sprinkles
1. Place the M&Ms in a large ziploc bag and seal. Smash using a mallet until every piece is broken up into fairly small pieces. Pour out onto a piece of wax paper and add the red sugar crystals and Valentine’s sprinkles. Mix together.
2. Lay out a sheet of wax paper to put your completed pretzel rods. Break up the chocolate bars with yuor hands and place in a large heat and microwave safe vessel. I used a large water glass. Microwave on high in 30 second increments, stirring the chocolate each time. For 2 bars of chocolate, I microwaved for one minute total. You want a few chunks to still be visible. The heat from the melted chocolate will help to melt the rest. Stir vigorously until all chocolate has melted.
3. Dip your pretzel rod into the vessel until 90% is covered. Pull the pretzel rod out while twirling it to remove excess chocolate. Place on the wax paper to dry. Repeat until all the pretzel rods are covered in one layer of chocolate.*
4. When all the chocolate has dried on the first layer of chocolate, dip them a second time (heat your chocolate again if necessary), removing excess chocolate by twirling the rod and using a spatula to help, if necessary. Place immediately in the M&M, sugar crystal, and Valentine’s sprinkle mix and cover completely. Place back on the wax paper to dry. Repeat until all the pretzel rods are covered. Share with your loved ones on Valentine’s Day, and enjoy!**
**When I finished these I mixed the excess chocolate with some melted peanut butter and dipped some pretzel nuggets into it. They are delicious!
**After dipping the chocolate once, they should look like this:
After dipping them a second time and adding your topping, they will be much thicker (shown here dipped in crushed Oreo cookies):
Previous chocolate covered pretzel rod posts, for inspiration:
My trip to New York has been amazing, and I will be writing complete recaps for you later this week. I just didn’t want to leave you without a Valentine’s Day activity to do in the snowstorm. This is the perfect way to spend the snow day and to get ready for Cupid’s visit!