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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Chocolate dipped pretzels



As I've mentioned before, we have a tradition of exchanging homemade gifts with hubby's side of the family.  I had a good start on my gifts in November and then hit a bit of a creative block.  I've set it aside and will perhaps bring it back next year.  I don't know.  So it was on to Plan B.  We worked on Plan B and we did eventually finish it but we came awfully close to Plan C - which I figured would be a personalized interpretive dance or mime show.  I was SO out of ideas.  But we pulled it off.  Ana asked for some ideas for her contribution and we came up with the chocolate dipped pretzels pictured above.  We simply melted some semi-sweet chocolate chips over a double boiler and then painted on chocolate, leaving a handle of plain pretzel.  We then sprinkled on a variety of toppings - chopped pistachios, toasted coconut, crushed candy canes and toffee bits.  I love the picture above - it makes the pretzels looks like trees that were hit by a wintery storm of nuts and candy.   It was tricky getting them into the glasses for drying - a test tube rack would have been handy.  Once the chocolate was hardened we packaged them up in cellophane bags and sealed them with a gold seal.


Our Plan B gift was in keeping with the repurpose/recycle theme of last year.  What we made this year were bags out of old t-shirts for taking to the grocery store, library etc.  They are lined with duct tape (which essentially cancels any green credibility but makes them strong and long-lasting).  Everybody got three bags each and I'd tried to find t-shirts that were similarly themed.  We were actually putting the finishing touches on these on Christmas Day before we left for our family celebration.  So much for planning ahead.  

We had a great Christmas day and were the recipients of far more creative (and well-made) gifts.  Next year....

6 comments:

Simply Life said...

oh those pretzels are beautiful and look delicious!

Guinnah said...

Thanks Simply Life - I was partial to the ones sprinkled with toffee. Yum!

Caleb said...

I found your food blog going through a few links. Glad I ran into it. Didn’t know that the food blog/recipe community was so big online. I love your posts!

I was wondering if you would like to exchange links. I’ll drop yours on my site and you drop mine on yours. Email at ramendays@yahoo.com or stop by my site and drop a comment. Let me know if you would like to do a link exchange.

Cheers,
Caleb
http://www.ramendays.com

Noelle said...

I found your blog on the Foodie Blog Roll...awesome photos, creative vegetarian dishes, AND you have a Vizsla??? I had to become a follower! I look forward to reading your older posts, thank you!

-Noelle
www.potbelle.com

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

Love those pretzels!!! Happy New Year!

Guinnah said...

Thanks Jenn - Happy New Year to you too!