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.
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.
- 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.
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.