Boy do I have stuff to show you from the quilt show! But that will have to wait because I want to show you the other thing I did today. No, not the house cleaning! Yes, I did that TOO, but there's nothing special about that. Nope, I clean house just like everyone else--with three bottles of bleach and a pressure washer. What I really wanted to show you is some easy to make, last minute Valentine's Day treats.
First the ingredients:
You'll need some sprinkles (or chopped nuts), some white chocolate or vanilla candy melts (you could use regular chocolate, but I have issues with bloom--that's where the chocolate turns white--so I stick to the white stuff when I melt it), and some pretzel rods. While you're at Trader Joe's picking up those chocolate croissants for your Valentine's Day breakfast, buy some of their Honey Wheat Pretzel Sticks too. (I'd guess there are around 100 sticks in each bag--just so you can figure out how many bags you might need. Seriously. I got two.)
No, you don't have to get Trader Joe's pretzels, but I like their taste and the length--which is around 5" long. Here's what they look like up close:
I set up a bit of an assembly line. I melted the chocolate/vanilla chips in the microwave (follow the directions on the package) in a coffee mug, filled a small bowl with sprinkles, and lined a cookie tray with waxed paper so I could lay the pretzel sticks down to set.
I just dipped and twirled the stick in the melted chocolate/vanilla candy melts so the candy was about half way up the sides of the pretzel. Next, I held it over the bowl of sprinkles and used a spoon to apply the sprinkles. Easy!
Here's what they look like after they've been dipped and sprinkled, while the candy's hardening.
Once they set, I packaged five pretzels in each cellophane bag and tied it closed with a ribbon.
Don't they look good enough to eat? They taste pretty good too!