Chocolate Dipped Pretzels

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Looking for a quick chocolate fix?

I made this treat for my family this evening. It took all of five minutes & my kids were thrilled – if they hadn’t been weeding the garden (yes, my slave labor crew was hard at work while I was playing in the kitchen) I would have let them help as this is very kid friendly (& finger licking friendly as well).

I love the crunch of the pretzel & the marriage of the salty & sweet in this simple treat.

15-20 pretzels
1 c. chocolate chips (semi-sweet gives a darker chocolate flavor, milk chocolate a sweeter taste, white chocolate chips may also be used)
1 T. vegetable shortening (Crisco etc.)

Place chocolate chips & shortening into a microwave safe bowl, & heat at half power for 1 minute. Remove & stir with a spoon. Repeat until completely melted. Check & stir every 30 seconds after 2 minutes so that chocolate doesn’t scorch.

Once chocolate is melted, dip pretzels into chocolate, covering both sides. Fingers can be used, or a fork or spoon. Place dipped pretzels onto waxed paper & allow to cool (if in a hurry, place waxed paper on cookie sheet & place in the refrigerator to speed up the setting process).

If desired, repeat this process with a coating of white chocolate as well after the chocolate has cooled & set, or dip half of pretzel with white chocolate, & half of pretzel with brown chocolate. My kids would love to be creative & cover these with sprinkles as well.

Pretzel sticks may also be used in this recipe.

Chocolate mixture can be used with fruits, cookies, candy, nuts, etc. as well.

Source Recipe: http://triedandtruefavoriterecipes.blogspot.com

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