Tinkerbell Birthday

Last Friday was baby girls 2nd birthday. Where did those two years go?!?
We had fun celebrating on Saturday with a Tinkerbell themed birthday. The first and easiest thing that I made Saturday morning were the “magic wands.” If you follow this blog, you know that one of my favorite things to make is chocolate covered pretzels because they are delicious and super easy. These are just pretzel rods, covered in melted white chocolate and then covered in blue or green sugar (Tinkerbell colors.)

I like how colorfully they turned out!

magic wands

magic wands

Stay tuned for more updates about her pixie party!

Simple is best

This school year has been a good one but an incredibly stressful one. Most nights, I have enough energy to get the girls fed and ready for bed…..and that’s pretty much it. So, now that I’m on Christmas break and I have more time to get stuff done, I still want to keep things nice and simple. I actually have time to get stuff done….but I’d much rather use that time getting the girls fed and ready for bed. ūüôā

I love Christmas-y snacks and one of my favorite pairings is salty and sweet so, of course, one of my favorite Christmas-y snacks is chocolate covered pretzels.¬† Not only are they yummy, they are also ridiculously easy. And they are a great way to use up random sprinkles/sugars that you’ve got in the cupboard.

Yummmmmmm

Yummmmmmm

  1. Melt chocolate.
  2. Dip pretzels. (I tend to just stir a handful of pretzels in the melted chocolate. I do not have the patience to do one at a time.)
  3. Sprinkle the top of the pretzels with fun sprinkles or sugars. (Be sure to do this fairly quickly. The chocolate sets up pretty quickly and you want the chocolate to still be melty so that the sprinkles stick.) Adding sprinkles adds a little extra crunch and it’s also a great way to use up any of those sprinkles that you bought specifically for a birthday or to decorate cupcakes. I currently have a ton of sprinkles and decorating sugar so I’m always on the look out for a way to use up some of them.

This batch ended up a bit too chocolatey, if that’s even possible. You can’t really see the openings on the pretzels because every nook and cranny is covered in chocolate. Oops. But, they were still good. I am not sure how too much chocolate could actually be a bad thing.

I made a huge batch so I was able to give them as a gift and still have a bunch to keep at home.

Surprise: I already ate all of the ones at home.

Pretzel Chocolate Goodness

Chocolate covered pretzels. Peppermint bark. And now‚ĶPretzel/chocolate/M&M yummies. ¬†Ok. I don’t have a name for these. ¬†Does anyone have a name for these? ¬†If not, I’m just going to go ahead and call them yummies. ¬†Because they really are. ¬†And they are easy. ¬†Super, super easy.

The most time consuming part of this whole process is unwrapping the Kisses.  Anyone have an idea of what one can do with a giant pile of Kisses wrappers?

Big pile of empty wrappers

Big pile of empty wrappers

1) Set your oven to 250 degrees.

2) Cover a cookie sheet with pretzels. ¬†I would like to make these with round pretzels but can’t find those anywhere. ¬†The square ones work just fine.

3) Put a Hershey Kiss on each pretzel.

4) Place in the oven for 1-2 minutes.

5) When the Kisses are very near melting, push an M&M onto the Kiss. ¬†The M&M should sink down into the Kiss without much resistance. ¬†If the M&M doesn’t sink easily, put the pretzels back in the oven for 1 minute. ¬†(Keep an eye on them and test them frequently. You don’t want to have chocolate soup covering your pretzels‚Ķ….or maybe‚Ķ‚Ķhmmm‚Ķ..chocolate pretzel soup‚Ķ..)

6) Allow them to cool completely before enjoying. The salty and sweet combination is delicious!

Yummies!!!

Yummies!!!

Chocolate covered pretzels – or – The easiest dessert ever

I love chocolate covered pretzels.  Yummy! And they are, luckily, super easy to make. I found that the most important part of prepping to make these is to have everything that you will need set up as soon as you start.

1) Cover a cookie sheet with wax paper to rest your finished pretzels.

2) Melt the white chocolate in the microwave.  I found that using 10-15 second increments works best.  Microwave, stir, repeat until the chocolate is completely melted.

3) Most recipes say to use a fork and dip pretzels into the melted chocolate one-by-one. I did that at first but it seemed to take a long time. ¬†I’m going to tell you to go ahead and dump a handful of pretzels in the chocolate, stir until coated, and then use the fork to fish the pretzel out of the chocolate.

Mmmmm.  Chocolate.  Mmmmm. Pretzel.

Mmmmm. Chocolate. Mmmmm. Pretzel.

4. Wait until the excess chocolate drips off.  Shake the pretzel on the fork slightly to aide in this process.

5. Put the pretzel on the wax paper.

6. Quickly, fish out the rest of the pretzels from that last handful.

7. Sprinkle with sprinkles or sugars if desired.  If you are going to do this, you need to work quickly so that the chocolate is still wet when you add the sprinkles or sugars.

Mmmm. Chocolate. Mmmm. Pretzel. Mmmm. Sugar.

Mmmm. Chocolate. Mmmm. Pretzel. Mmmm. Sugar.

8. Let the finished pretzels set up.

9. Try not to eat all of them in one sitting.

Mmmmm. Soooooooo good.

Mmmmm. Soooooooo good.

10. If you managed to not eat them all in 30 seconds, store them in a covered container.

Pretzel and Chocolate Yumminess

I needed a treat to bring to my sister’s 30th birthday.¬† And I needed that treat to be something that was easy to prepare and would travel well.¬† I found two different yet similar recipes online for a treat made by heating up Hershey Kisses on pretzels and then squishing them with an M&M.¬† Sounded easy enough.

One recipe said to set the oven to 225F and another said to set it to 170F.¬† Well, the lowest setting actually labeled on our oven is 260F.¬† So, I improvised by setting it at what I thought was probably 240F.¬† After that, the recipe couldn’t be easier.

  • Arrange pretzels on a cookie sheet.
  • Unwrap many (!!!!!!!!) Hershey Kisses.
  • Place a Kiss on each pretzel.¬† I couldn’t find the round ones so I used waffle ones instead.
  • Place in oven for 3 minutes.
  • Check the Kisses.¬† If they give easily when you press an M&M on to them, they are ready.¬† If the M&M doesn’t easily smoosh to the bottom, let them go another 1-2 minutes. (But check them after 1 minute).
  • Press an M&M onto the top of each Kiss.¬† You might want to give each Kiss a bit of a wiggle as you are pressing down to ensure that it is stuck onto the pretzel.¬† If you have a waffle pretzel, this will help to ensure that the chocolate gets into the little squares of the waffle shape.
  • Let them cool completely before storing in a plastic container.¬† This is where I ran into trouble.¬† I was not very patient so some of them were stuck together as they had not completely cooled before I packed them up.
  • Enjoy!¬† These are so yummy!¬† My nephew may have eaten a dozen of these in a matter of minutes.

    Pretzel + chocolate + more chocolate = yummmmmm

    Pretzel + chocolate + more chocolate = yummmmmm