Yes, I know you can buy them in the store, but what's the fun in doing that? When you've got all the ingredients at home, just mash them all together and have a party.
Which is what I'm doing later this evening.
The first step is not admitting you have a problem, but making sure you have everything correct.
The list of ingredients:
- Pretzel Rods (any will do, honestly. I happened to have Benzel's available).
- Chocolate Chips (again, any will do; I had some Toll House left over from my last excursion).
- Wax Paper (because you'll need one sheet to leave the pretzels on to dry, and one for jimmies).
- Jimmies (rainbow is the best. But if you're doing this for a themed party, get different colors and make each rod a solid color).
- Whoppers (I think the last time I had some of these malt balls, I was 7. "I haven't had them in years!!!!!" I said out loud).
- A short glass (I happened to have an Old Fashioned type of glass. guess we're drinkers here. You're going to need this to stand the pretzels in the Whoppers in the end),
- A microwaveable safe bowl (because you're going to need to melt the chocolate).
I'm not going to go step by step with pictures, as any person who attempts to cook, will understand what to do (I hope).
After you get everything out and on the kitchen counter or dining room table, get the wax paper set up. Two pieces near each other - one has a mound of jimmies on it (so you can roll the newly melted chocolate rod), and the other has nothing (so you can put it down to dry).
Pour some Whoppers in the short glass and set it to the side.
Pour the chocolate chips in the microwaveable safe bowl, and microwave for 40 seconds. Take out and stir (with a spoon, duh). Put it back in for 45 seconds and when it's done, take it out and stir. It'll start to become melty and hot, so if you're doing this with kids, have them use pot holders from this point on. If the chips are still lumpy, keep repeating the process until the chocolate is smooth.
From this point on, you can start dipping the pretzels in the chocolate, and then roll them in the jimmies. It's best to have a helper, as the chocolate will harden quickly; therefore you need to keep it stirred (or at least kept warm so it stays a liquid form).
If you have a lot of pretzels and not enough chocolate, don't go all the way down the rods with it. But if you have equal amount, you can certainly go halfway down the stick with the melted goodness. You can even choose where you want the jimmies rolled on it - be creative.
Let it all set for a few hours, if not over night. If you have time, set it on an oven pan (with the wax paper) and put it in the fridge if you're not using them right away.
Once you're set to stand them up for your party, take the glass you filled with the malted balls, and stick the pretzels (non chocolate jimmies side) in the cup. Voila, neat little party snack!
Have fun baking!
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