28 April 2013

Black and White Pretzel Mix

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Black and White Pretzel Mix
Black and White Pretzel Mix

A bag of mini pretzels, some white chocolate, some dark chocolate and a microwave. What can be easier?



This is a KINDA healthy snack mix.  It doesn't overdo the chocolates, pretzels are really a better choice than chips and dark chocolate is pretty healthy so they say.

OK, I'm a nut for white chocolate, and I think this tastes better with it.  But that's just my opinion so try both flavors!!

For this you will need REAL white chocolate if that's what you choose to use.  It must contain cocoa butter to melt and drizzle correctly.  White baking morsels don't, and I don't think those disks that Wilton puts out do either, but I did read the package and it says that it melts and drizzles nicely, but there will be a caveat here with it and I do recommend using the real deal.  

Baker's® Premium White contains the cocoa butter and so does the Ghiardelli® *BAR*.

Microwaving the white chocolate at 30 second intervals is the way to go.  It will not look like it's melting, so you do have to stir.  I didn't make too much mix, and used 2 squares.  It melted nicely to the right consistency in a total of 1 minute, 10 seconds.

As to the regular semi-sweet chocolate, use the same microwave times and remember, do not get a speck of water in either, or the chocolate will seize.  You can correct that somewhat by adding vegetable shortening (Crisco, for example) by the teaspoon until it's smooth again, but it just won't be the "same" so best advice I can give is, be patient, and do it slowly!!!

I used butter-flavored "waffle" pretzels and mini unsalted twists here.  A new-wave flavor combo recently has been salt and dark chocolate, so by all means, use a salted variety if you like that.

FYI the little nonpareils are a pain YOU-KNOW-WHERE rolling around all over the place, but they do look pretty.  But since they add no flavor and are only a decoration, leave them out if you're making this as a snack for a family movie nite or something.

I used 1/2 a bag of each variety pretzel here, and use any amount you wish and as much chocolate as you wish.  My instructions are a guide from what I did.

Black and White Pretzel Mix
  • 4 cups mini pretzels (shape your choice)
  • 2 squares white chocolate (see above regarding white chocolate)
  • 2 squares semi-sweet chocolate
  • colored decors (optional)

Line a work surface with either baking parchment or wax paper.  

Lay pretzels on parchment/wax paper with a small space between each pretzel.

Melt chocolates in separate microwave-proof bowls, according to melting directions on each package, usually this is 30 seconds for each square plus 10 seconds for each additional square.

Drizzle chocolate(s) over pretzels either with a spoon or a pastry bag fitted with a small round tip.  You can also use a plastic sandwich bag in place of the pastry bag and just cut a teeny bit off one corner.

Sprinkle with decors if using.  Let set.  This will take about 2 hrs OR refrigerate for about 15 minutes.

Makes 8 servings (approx)


Black and White Pretzel Mix
Black and White Pretzel Mix
Black and White Pretzel Mix
Black and White Pretzel Mix

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