(Day 3 of the 12 Days of Christmas)
I mentioned in my first post of the 12 Days of Christmas series that “literally everything that could go wrong did go wrong with my holiday party production only one day before the event!” I am not exaggerating here. Stress (and, seemingly, stress-induced sickness) resulted in ruined doughnuts and cookie dough, curdled Jell-O shots, and hours that should have been spent on production instead being used to try to recover. However, my friend Amanda was responsible for most of the production of these delicious treats, so they turned out awesome. I’m telling you, there’s no Christmas present in the world that is better than a friend lending a helping hand when you need her. Thanks again, Amanda!
If you’re feeling overwhelmed and don’t have time to make some elaborate meal for guests, or if you would like an easy, affordable, yet adorable gift to give to neighbors and acquaintances, I highly recommend that you make chocolate and peppermint dipped pretzel rods. These pretzel rods look and taste wonderful, but can be put together almost as quickly as they are devoured. After you make these, you should even have time to enjoy a nice Peppermint Mocha White Russian Martini with them!
I wouldn’t necessary say this is a “recipe” as much as I would regard it as a “guide for assembly”, but perhaps that’s just me. Whatever you want to call it, it’s here, calling out your name, yelling, “Please don’t spend a ton of money and time on food this year! Make me instead!” Relax, whip these up, and enjoy!
Nothing else during the holiday season will be this easy and this fantastic.
- 36 oz tub of pretzel rods, or 2–3 bags of pretzel rods
- 2 bags of Candy Melts*
- ½ lb crushed peppermint**
- Pour the crushed peppermint into a bowl for dipping.
- Line two cookie trays with parchment paper to set the rods on.
- Microwave the Candy Melts at 50% power for a minute. Stir well, and then repeat for 30-second intervals until your Candy Melts are smooth and entirely melted.
- Dip each pretzel rod into the melted candy so that half of the rod is covered and half of the rod is bare. Twirl slowly as you raise to stop the rod from dripping.
- Dip immediately in the peppermint and roll the rod to coat. Then place the pretzel rod on the parchment-lined cookie tray and continue until finished.
* I used the white vanilla, but you can use dark cocoa or colored vanilla if you’d prefer
** You can find this at Wegman’s or order online. If you can’t get crushed peppermint, simply put 15 candy canes in a bag and hit with a mallet until broken up into very small pieces.
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