So you all know that Jenny and I are both just a teeny, tiny, itsy bitsy bit addicted to Pinterest and maybe a teeny tiny bit addicted to crafting and creating right? Well Pinterest was a life saver for me this Christmas! I was trying to figure out something homemade that I could do for all the people that we want to spread some Christmas joy and appreciation to and I could NOT come up with anything original this year!
Here is what I did last year: Hershey’s Nuggets (chocolate candy) wrapped in scrapbook paper and stuffed into pretzel bags with cute tags. They were fun, easy, cheap and I thought they were pretty cute. (I totally stole the idea from my great friend, Char, that is what we did BP- Before Pinterest!)
I had NO idea what to do this year! And we have A LOT of people we like to give a tiny blessing to- Teachers, Sunday school teachers, Awanas teachers, Tae Kwan Do Teachers, church office volunteers, etc…. you get the picture, A LOT of people who pour into our family on a regular basis that I would just like to thank and give a small gift to without going broke!
Luckily, this year I had been storing up some ideas on Pinterest and quickly was able to find my inspiration!!!
Chocolate covered pretzels!! SO pretty, so easy to find the ingredients for, so cheap, and who are we kidding?! SO YUMMY! (Unless you are my husband, who can’t STAND pretzels or Jenny’s husband who doesn’t get the whole sweet/salty mix, he wants you to pick a side- sort of like either Team Edward or Team Jacob! (What?! I have NO idea who those people are! )
So back to my GREAT gift idea…. and truly they did turn out SO great! They were just as easy as I thought they would be, and really cute too. So I thought I would share my steps with you so you can try your hand at these bad boys!
Here are ALL the ingredients you’ll need:
Bakers Chocolate to melt (semi-sweet was my favorite! One box-8 squares will do 20 pretzels for me!)
White Chocolate (I like Bakers or Ghiradelli’s) (to drizzle over the top, totally optional)
Sprinkles, M&Ms, nuts, whatever tickles your fancy to decorate your pretzels
Pretzel Bags (Wal-Mart had them for $1.79/20)
Our adorable FREE PRINTABLE TAG!!
I totally melt all my chocolate in the microwave! It is the easiest way to do it! Go for 30 second intervals and stir in between. I think it only took me a total of 2 1/2 minutes (but make sure you don’t just set your microwave for 2 minutes and walk off, do the 30 seconds at a time or you might scorch your chocolate and that is NO good!)
Once your chocolate is all melted, tip the bowl on its side to let the chocolate all gather on the side to roll your chocolate in. You can put as much on as you like! Place them on the wax paper covered cookie sheet. If you are decorating with sprinkles, you can start once all your pretzels are dipped. But if you are using M&Ms, you’ll want to let your chocolate harden a bit or your M&Ms will just slide right off!
Once they are decorated, put them in the fridge for about 1/2 an hour to help the chocolate harden. I then melt my white chocolate (you’ll only need a couple squares of it) and drizzle it over, then place the pretzels back in the fridge for another 1/2 hour before packaging in your pretzel bags.
The pretzels below I brought to our Women’s Christmas Party!
And then my FABULOUS friend and blogging partner in crime, Jenny, made me some beautiful tags to go along with my pretzels that I wanted to give away as gifts and she then made it into a FREE PRINTABLE for all of you!!!
And I must apologize for the quality of the above picture! I was literally getting ready to leave and deliver a bunch of these when I realized I hadn’t taken a final picture so I grabbed a couple, threw them on the counter and snapped a picture! (Always oh so prepared and organized I tell ya! )
Here are Jenny’s adorable tags that you can now download and add to YOUR pretzel gifts!! (just click on the picture below!)