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Monday, September 10, 2012

EASY PUMPKIN PRETZELS

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It's a cool, dreary day today here in Utah, so I officially deem it Fall. My favorite season! Fall also equates to pumpkins in my book, so I thought I'd post these cute little pretzel pumpkins today.

Aren't they cute?! Couldn't be easier either- melt chocolate, color orange, dunk pretzel. OK, there are a few more steps, but really, it's easy! I love pretzels and chocolate together too- sweet and salty is a great combination.


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Pretzel Pumpkins

  • 1 bag mini pretzels {you won't use the whole bag, only about 1/4}
  • 1 bag M&M's candy, needing only the green ones {fun separating activity for kids!}
  • orange food coloring, I used about 1/8th tsp of Wilton's gel colors
  • 1 bag White Chocolate chips, melted slowly {directions below}
  • 1 TBSP shortening, to thin out chocolate

First step is to melt the chocolate. I used 10 oz of baking chocolate squares, but you can use a bag of white chocolate chips- the process is still the same. Before you even put it in the microwave, add about 1 TBSP shortening. You need to thin out the chocolate prior to dunking the pretzels or else the chocolate will be so thick you won't even be able to tell it's a pretzel under there! Shortening is the ONLY thing that will do this- don't add water, butter, etc. Shortening!

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Go slowly! White chocolate seizes easily, and you don't want to coat your pretzels with grainy chocolate, right? Go slowly and stir minimally. I put mine on for 1 minute, stirred gently, then put it in for an additional minute. When I took it out, the chocolate still looked solid. It wasn't! Add your orange coloring and stir gently, until it's nice and smooth.


I've tested out a few ways to coat pretzels in chocolate and none of them really work as well as simply using your fingers. So I took a picture above of my elaborate technique.

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Once you've dunked your pretzel, adding a nice coating, lay it out on a piece of wax paper. While it's still wet, take a green M&M and set it in the crook of the pretzel, on it's side. See? Now it's a cute little green stem.

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If you see a few bare spots on your pretzels, while they're still wet, dab some more chocolate on them using your finger.

I love how these end up looking like Jack-O-Lanterns! See the little face? Eyes? Mouth? Am I just dreaming this up?

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Feel free to color another 2 oz of white chocolate green and melt in a plastic baggie. Squish it around to spread the green, then add some curly stem pieces. I did a few then deemed it too much work...

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Also- check out the Peppermint Chex Mix- it's another 3-ingredient recipe that's super easy and fun for the holidays!







43 comments:

  1. These are so cute - what a great idea! I am a follower of your blog on Facebook and would love if you could hop over to my blog (http://sarahsaturdiy.blogspot.com/) and share the blog love. Have a happy Monday!

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  2. What a cute idea! You're right--they DO look like little Jack-o-lanterns with a face and eyes. Too much fun. :-)

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  3. Thanks ladies!

    Sarah- I'll stop by tonight for sure!

    Erin- I was starting to think I was a little loopy! You see it too?! Oh thank heavens...

    Jessica

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  4. cute idea! Im over at Running With the Deviled Eggs - love for you to stop in sometime!

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  5. These are so cute! Thank you for sharing. Visiting from Creations by Kara. Would love it if you would share this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. http://thededicatedhouse.blogspot.com/2012/09/make-it-pretty-monday-week-14.html Hope to see you at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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  6. Thanks for this easy and cute idea! I make coated pretzels at Christmas and use white almond bark and sprinkle with red and green sugars. I could do these the same way except color the white bark orange! I use tongs to dip my pretzels, throw some in the bowl stir them around to coat and use the tongs to pick up and shake excess off. Then sprinkle with sugar.
    Linda W

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  7. Hi Kathryn- I stopped by your blog- super fun! I left a link- thank you!

    Linda- great idea with the sprinkles! You could even leave the bark white and color with orange and black sprinkles! I have to admit though- the M&M's make them super tasty...

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  8. These are SO cute! I hope you'll link up to my Wickedly Creative Halloween Ideas Party (fall ideas too).
    http://www.itsybitsypaperblog.com/2012/09/2012-wickedly-creative-halloween-ideas.html

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  9. This is adorable! I will have to try this.

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  10. Would be even better with pumpkin pie spice in the chocolate! YUM!

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  11. You could also use the orange candy melts they sell at most crafts stores and even in Walmart instead of adding the additional food colour. I love this idea, especially the little M&M stem, I think I will DEFINITELY be making some soon, especially if I go to the store tomorrow! Thanks for the inspiration! :)

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  12. These are super adorable. And, kinda genius too!! Pinned!

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  13. So cute- just pinned these. Found you through Positively Splendid. Have a great day!

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  14. These are so cute!! Going to make them for a treat 2 put in my little princess's lunch.

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  15. These are just adorable! Can't wait to try them with my grandkids...love it!

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  16. What kind of food coloring is that?

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    1. I used about 1/8th tsp of Wilton's gel colors

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    2. Or you could use green tic tacs instead of the m&ms.

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  17. It's the Wilton's Gel colors. I bought it as part of an 8-pack of basic colors at Walmart for around $7. It's super nice not having to make the orange or purple type of colors on your own- mine never turned out right!

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  19. The gel doesn't make the chocolate seize? I thought you could only use candy colors? I know Americolors makes a Flo-coat to use with their gel colors so the chocolate won't seize. Great idea, I can't wait to try it!

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  20. I just made these with my daughter, for her girl scout troop....Well, that's what we were originally going to do with them. I doubt these will make it out of the house! We used white chocolate chips. Soooo cute!!! and sooooo easy! Will definitely be trying out the Chex mix, too!

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  21. How long do they have to sit to harden?
    Neat idea!

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  22. I just wanted to let you know I featured you today on Blissful and Domestic. Stop by and check it out:>

    Danielle @ Blissful and Domestic
    http://www.blissfulanddomestic.com/2012/09/20-fall-treats-feature-friday-linky.html

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  23. Love love this idea!! Pinning and sharing on FB!

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  24. I dip pretzels during the holidays and use a plastic fork. I break out the two middle tines and use the fork to retrieve my pretzels from the chocolate. Then I use the plastic tines that I broke off to hollow out the holes of the pretzel while it's hanging on the fork. I too have tried many ways to dip and didn't like the finger marks. My husband actually stumbled on to this idea and I have used it ever since.

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  25. Guess what I whipped up this morning? :) Took advantage a few weeks back to pick up 1/2 off Wilton candy melts in orange (save me a step) at JoAnn's just for this project. Can't wait to hand them out to my ladies at church!

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  26. I made these with my daughters today. Instead of orange food coloring, I used the Duncan Hines Frosting Creations Pumpkin Spice Flavor Mix shown at www.duncanhines.com/products/frostings/frosting-creations-pumpkin-spice-flavor-mix. It made the perfect orange color AND added a pumpkin pie smell and spicy taste to the recipe.

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  27. These are adorable!! I found them on pinterest from a friend's pin. Can't wait to try these.

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  28. Jessica, what a great idea! I love the combination of salty and sweet and I’m sure these will hit the spot. The ideas to add sprinkles and almond bark are wonderful, too. A pretzel-dipping bar with examples would be a fun party idea! – Ramona from Sam’s Club

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  29. These were so cute! Thank you for the idea. We used green Mike & Ikes since that's what we had on hand.

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  30. I don't want to buy shortening (That's Crisco, right?) just for this. In 25+ years I've never had a use for it. It seems like such a waste... Do you think I could use coconut oil instead? Its solid at room temp

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    1. Sallie- I think Coconut oil would work perfectly!!

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    2. I know this is a lot after the original post, but the dipping recipe I have calls for using vegetable oil with white chocolate 2Tbsp vegetable oil to 2 cups white chocolate chips and uses shortening with the semisweet chocolate chips.

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  31. I am going to make these for our 31 Days of Halloween at work where each day somebody brings in a snack. I definitely think my co-workers will like this.

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  32. About how many pretzels does this make?

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    1. I'd say it makes about 3-4 dozen pretzels. But I didn't use anywhere near the entire bag of pretzels- so if you use more chocolate, you'll get more pretzels!

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  33. Could these keep for a few days or do you think they will turn mushy?

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    1. They keep well for even a couple weeks! Just store them in a tupperware-like container or ziplock bag.

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  34. What a hit!!! Especially on pumpkin carving night... Everyone loved them. Thank you for sharing. Katherine

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