Re-Creating Chocolate-Covered Pretzels for Easter

I was in Balducci’s last week stopping in for a fresh-brewed cup of their wonderful coffee on my way to the office. I noticed the gorgeous display of chocolate-covered pretzels. Price: $15.99 for 20 ounces of hand-dipped pretzels cleverly decorated with colorful toppings. I don’t know if prices are high this year or I’m feeling frugal, or just wanting to do things myself, but for whatever the reason, I re-created the pretzels, Easter style.

I took some ordinary, bagged Easter candy and used them for the pretzel toppings. Whoppers’ mini Robins Eggs and egg-shaped M&Ms are easily ground in a food processor. Or, put them in a Ziploc bag and smash them with a rolling pin. (The kids love to do the smashing.) I also used some spring-looking toppings.

In the end, I produced about 100 chocolate-covered pretzels for around $20 max. I won’t even attempt to do the math to figure out what 100 Balducci’s pretzels would cost. I did the math in my last blog and got the calculation wrong. So, now you all know, I don’t do numbers, I do letters.

Crush candies for topping after you dip the pretzels in chocolate.

Be creative, use various toppings, different-shaped pretzels, bag them in cellophane with ribbon similar to the Kids Kandy Kabobs for Easter, and give them as gifts. This is a great project to let the kids help with. Messy but easy.

Ingredients

  • Pretzels
  • Chocolate for dipping. I used white and dark chocolate. You can buy the Wilton Candy Melts where cake baking/decorating supplies are sold or Dolci frutta meltable chocolate from your grocery store. Check the baking aisle for other brands.
  • Various toppings: crushed candies, mini M&Ms, nuts, mini chocolate chips, sprinkles, and more.

    I used four different toppings on white and dark chocolate.

Have at It!

Melt the chocolate according to directions. Dip a pretzel in the chocolate, and then dip in the topping. Place on waxed paper to cool.

That’s it! Have fun! And, please, don’t get me wrong, Balducci’s is great.

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8 thoughts on “Re-Creating Chocolate-Covered Pretzels for Easter

  1. These are so darned cute! If only I had thought to look here on your blog before my final store run before Easter this afternoon, I could have done some cute stuff myself. Well, there’s always next year.

    Maybe I should tell the EB to leave a calculator in your Easter basket ;-).

  2. Hi, Barbara,

    I know you won’t believe this because anytime someone says this, the listener refuses to believe it, so I won’t say it even though it’s true. At one time during my military career I held the lofty title of Materiels Estimator. I had only four tools, namely a pencil, paper, slide rule and a clunky Friden calculator, a machine that took two non-commissioned officers to carry it, but one commissioned officer could handle it—well, handily).

    However, I can estimate the value of your beautifully decorated pretzels based merely on the materials used. I believe that your pretzels would average about four to the ounce, thus your twenty dollars produced five groups of decorated pretzels with 20 ounces in each group. At Balducci’s price of $15.99 for twenty ounces, your five twenty-ounce groups would take in a total of $79.95, plus tax of course. I did not estimate the cost of your labor, the costs of driving around for all the ingredients, nor the cost of kitchen implements needed—items such as pots, pans, ovens, mixers, knives, forks, costs of heating and cooling the workplace, etc.

    Note: I know you know this, but perhaps one or more of your legions of readers may not be aware that materiel is a component such as a desk, chair, orange juice or chewing tobacco, and material is just that—the material of which an item is made. The quantity of orange juice needed would be materiel, described as x-number of pints or quarts or gallons, etc. The oranges and the water and the chemicals added would be the materials of which the orange juice was constituted, thus a materiel item to be estimated in terms of how many pints, quarts, etc. would be needed.

    The photos are splendid as always, especially the first image, the one with the pink and white capule sprinkles. The pink ones resemble Ioamin diet pills, but the shape and color would not deter me. The only problem would be that I wouldn’t want anything else to eat for a day or two.

    I know, I know—I have a lot of time on my hands, but the paper and the ink are so cheap that I can’t resist using them.

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