Sunday, December 16, 2007

Holiday Chocolate Pretzel Wreaths

The following recipe was made for my Holiday Food Gifts cooking class. You can read about it and get more holiday food gift ideas HERE.

Holiday Chocolate Pretzel Wreaths
Almond bark or confectionery coating candy melts
Mini pretzels
Sprinkles

Place almond bark or confectionery coating candy melts into a microwave proof bowl; microwave according to package directions until melted and smooth.

Dip rounded bottoms of five miniature pretzels, one at a time, into bark; shake off excess.

Lay pretzels onto Parchment Paper in a circular pattern with sides touching and rounded
sides toward center.

Repeat with five additional pretzels, placing directly on top of first circle in a staggered
circular pattern.

Decorate wreath as desired with sprinkles, nonpareils or colored sugar.
Let stand until set.

Tips: Any color almond bark or confectionery coating candy melts can be used to
create wreaths.

Unlike regular chocolate or chocolate morsels, almond bark and confectionery coating candy melts are made using other fats in place of cocoa butter. This helps the coating melt easily, eliminates the need for tempering and prevents blooming.

Store the wreaths at room temperature in an airtight container up to 1 week. Do not refrigerate or freeze wreaths or pretzels will lose crispness.

Thread wreath with ribbon to use as an ornament or place card holder, if desired.