Listen. Do you hear that? It’s the sound of me eating the last of the peppermint chocolate covered pretzels in our house. We were home this past weekend and wanted to infuse our day with some chocolatey treats. And yes, chocolatey is a word. I know because I typed it and then questioned myself and double-checked the dictionary. Apparently you can spell it with and without the “e!” I digress. Let’s get back to the chocolate.
Chocolate and Peppermint
I was testing a recipe for chocolate dark chocolate chip cookies (how many times should a recipe contain the word chocolate before it becomes absurd?), and I hit a snag and decided to take a break and spend some time with my family. In a spur-of-the-moment decision, I decided to revisit the peppermint bark from last week and adapt it to pretzels and popcorn.
Chocolate-covered snacks covered in crushed candy canes seems to be the new favorite thing around here. I can’t help it, my grandmother used to own a candy store. She made her own chocolate and sold ice cream. I have fond memories of visiting the store and eating chocolate Figaro Truffles and wondering how she managed to make everything look so beautiful. A mutual love of chocolate runs as deep as any bond in our family.
Anyway, fast forward and we had a whole metal tin (and then some) filled with peppermint chocolate covered popcorn and a number of peppermint chocolate covered pretzels that I immediately tried to start hoarding without being too obvious about it.
Today we are focusing on the pretzels because I had originally planned cookies for this week, but a friend mentioned she was looking for food gift ideas, and I thought this may be timely for others as well! These pretzels are the perfect combination of peppermint and chocolate. Make them for yourself (definitely do this), or make them as gifts (but still save some for yourself)!
You can use a double boiler or the microwave to melt the chocolate. If you are going to use the microwave, make sure you microwave the chocolate at 50% power. Place unwrapped chocolate in a glass bowl or microwave-safe bowl, uncovered. The power level on your microwave should be set to 50%. Depending on the amount of chocolate in the bowl and the microwave, melting the chocolate may take a couple of minutes, at 30-second intervals.
I recommend starting with 6 ounces of crushed candy cane. You may use less, but I think it’s better to have more than enough ahead of time than to discover you have less than you need to cover the pretzels. If you do not use all of the crushed candy cane you can always set it aside for another recipe.
I used medium-sized pretzels for this recipe. Each pretzel weighed about 10 g. If given as gifts, I think a larger pretzel is more of a showstopper, particularly if it is covered in chocolate and larger pieces of peppermint.
Peppermint Chocolate Covered Pretzels
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
Total time: 40 minutes
Makes about 15 to 17 pretzels*
*The final number of pretzels is dependent on the size of the pretzel.
- Microwave safe bowl
- Sheet pan or baking pan
- Parchment paper
- 1 package (10 ounces) of dark chocolate melting wafers
- 6 ounces crushed candy canes (alternatively, 12 peppermint candy canes coarsely chopped)
- 15 to 20 pretzels
- Line a baking sheet or pan with parchment paper.
- Place the dark chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave for 30 seconds at 50% power. Stir and repeat as needed until smooth.
- Using a fork, dip each pretzel into the chocolate and flip to cover the pretzel as needed. Place the chocolate covered pretzels on the parchment-lined baking sheet.
- Using a spoon, generously sprinkle the crushed candy canes over the top of the pretzels.
- Refrigerate for about 20 minutes. Enjoy!
(Adapted from Peppermint Bark. Inspired by family and shared with love.)