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Pumpkin Pretzels

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It's Fall, y'all! 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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Step 1: Ingredients

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You'll need:

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

Step 2: Melt the Chocolate- go slowly!

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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!


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 just made these for my co-workers tomorrow. We're having a Halloween potluck where I work.
poofrabbit2 years ago
Congratulations on being a finalist in the Halloween contest!!! Can’t wait to see if you win! Good luck!
So I made these for my son's birthday party and about 200 of them were gone in about an hour.

Couple of comments:
Dipping form: The best I found was to hold horizontally with your thumb on the point and your forefinger on the crux of the top. Keeping it horizontally and then gently shaking off the excess.

Required shortening:
I did not use shortening, but instead used Vegetable oil. 2-3 Tablespoons per bag of white chocolate chips. Add 1 Tbsp before initial heating (1 minute) and then adding a tablespoon if it began to be too firm on subsequent heatings (30 seconds).
I would think that the addition of powdered pumpkin spice would be something to consider to give it an authentic flavor. My wife knows that fall is my favorite season and one reason is because of increased access to pumpkin flavored stuff is much easier (and I am a sucker for pumpkin flavored everything).
Bubbler2 years ago
Great! I like choccy, pretzels, and I like M&M's as well. I'm thinking of something dark to dab into the eyes and mouth. Mybe plain chocolate or a dried currant. Well done.
JessicaLovesButter (author)  Bubbler2 years ago
I tried a few things in as the eyes and mouth but they all looked weird. :) Maybe something smaller would be good- a mini chocolate chip??
Kira042 years ago
When melting white chocolate in microwave, did you use "high" setting? Not sure as you said to go slowly. Thanks.
JessicaLovesButter (author)  Kira042 years ago
Yes- I just used the normal 'high" setting. I'd put them in for 30 second increments, stirring lightly between to test.
star folder2 years ago
Wonderful, can't wait to make.
riwai2 years ago
Very cute, thanks for sharing!

I've found the electric chocolate melting pot by Wilton (about $20 at fabric and craft stores) is great for this, don't have to worry about ruining good chocolate.
bajablue2 years ago
CUTE!
NickGriffin2 years ago
Just sent this to 2 of my 6 sisters...with the comment that they could think about colouring the chocolate Xmas colours for the Holidaze as well...
Very cute, and yes I see the little face. I'll have to try these. Thanks.
such a simple yet awesome idea, and I just love pretzels. :)
Carleyy2 years ago
Awesome idea!
MaryT8M2 years ago
Thanks so much.....I have a friend who LOVES pretzels, & I just saw some like these on Pinterest....now I'll get them made for her
scoochmaroo2 years ago
Looks as tasty as it does adorable. Thanks for sharing these here!
This is just a genius idea! So simple and oh so cute!