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Chocolate Covered Pretzel Shamrocks

Chocolate Covered Pretzel Shamrocks

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New twist on a classic!  Chocolate covered pretzels are always a hit at my house… and I imagine they are at your house too.  It’s sweet, it’s salty, chocolate is involved… you really can’t go wrong with that kind of dessert.

So the only thing left to do is figure out fun ways to make chocolate covered pretzels festive for whatever holiday or season you want to celebrate.  And we’ve done just that for St. Patrick’s Day!  Here you have it, chocolate covered pretzel shamrocks!

Chocolate Covered Pretzel Shamrock // Money Savvy Living

These chocolate covered pretzel shamrocks are so easy to make!  You really only need 5 things to get started:

  • green colored chocolate melting wafers
  • pretzel twists
  • pretzels sticks
  • shortening
  • wax paper
  • sprinkles *optional*

You just get a bag of green chocolate melting wafers and melt according to the instructions.  Then add a little bit of shortening to the melted chocolate.  That will help to thin it out a bit and give it a nice gloss.

**Tip: A good rule of thumb for melting chocolate is to do so in 30 second increments at 50% power until melted that way you avoid burning it**

Cover table or counter with wax paper.  This works great because the pretzels can lay on the wax paper to dry and then they will easily peel off when the chocolate has completely set.

To make each shamrock, you will need 3 pretzel twists and 1 pretzel stick.  Dip them in the green melted chocolate to even coat and as you lay them on the wax paper, start forming your shamrock!  Make sure sides are touching so that the chocolate dries and holds the shape intact.

This was even a fun little project that my kids helped with!  So have fun and make some memories with your kids in the kitchen!

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Double Chocolate Chip Cake Mix Cookies

The best chocolate chip cookies you'll every eat!

The best chocolate chip cookies you’ll every eat!

Not only are these the best cookies you will ever eat, they are super easy and inexpensive to make! One of the reasons that I love them is because they taste homemade… but actually start out with a box of cake mix. Another reason I like these is because you only have to add 3 ingredients to them and you are ready to bake. Like I said, super easy!

Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • Servings: 3 dozen
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 1 box chocolate cake mix (my favorite is Betty Crocker Chocolate Fudge cake mix)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup oil (canola oil or vegetable oil)
  • 1 cup chocolate chips (I use white chocolate chips, but any flavor is delicious– chocolate, mint, peanut butter, etc)

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Spoon onto cookie sheet.

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Bake for 9 minutes at 350 degrees.

 

 

And the best part is, the recipe yields approximately 3 dozen cookies. The cost of ingredients is about $2.50, making them approximately $0.80 per dozen! That is a huge savings from buying a package of cookies from the store, which start at $2.00 per dozen.

 

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Valentine’s Day the SUPER-hero way

Make beautiful, gourmet chocolates for Valentine's Day

Make beautiful, gourmet chocolates for Valentine’s Day

 

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner.  Whether you are looking to make a homemade treat for your love or trying to figure out what treat to send to school for you kids, chocolate covered pretzels and heart-shaped rice crispy treats dipped in chocolate can make the perfect indulgence!

 

Valentine heart rice krispie

 

These homemade treats look festive and delicious. The best part is that they look fancy, but you won’t have to pay the expensive price tag that comes along with buying them from a gourmet shop. Here’s what you will need:
• Chocolate candy wafers
• Pretzel rods
• Rice crispy treats
• Assorted sprinkles
• Double broiler (or similar set up)
• Wax paper

Heart-shaped Rice Krispie Treats

Making a heart-shaped rice crispy treat is not as hard as it looks:

  1. Cut larger corners off one side to form the point at the bottom of the heart
  2. Cut very small corners off the other side to round the top edges of the heart
  3. Cut a small “V” in the middle of the top
  4. Use your hands to mold the rough edges

heart krispie collage

Set the heart-shaped krispie treats aside.  Once the chocolate is melted, you can dip the top in or drizzle with the melted chocolate and decorate with sprinkles.

 

Melting the Chocolate

You don’t need to buy a double broiler to melt chocolate properly. All you need is a regular pot; fill it about 3/4 full with water and boil. Make sure you have a large, glass bowl that will sit on top of the pot without falling in, but the bottom of the bowl needs to fit down in far enough to touch the water as it boils. Pour the chocolate melts into the bowl. The boiling water will do most of the work, but you can stir occasionally to keep the chocolate melting evenly.

*You can also melt the chocolate wafers in the microwave at 50% power, in 30 second increments.

 

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Once melted, the chocolate should look smooth and shiny. It should be free of any lumps and pour freely. Pour out onto a piece of wax paper. Roll pretzel rods in the chocolate until fully coated. Dip the heart shaped rice crispy treats in the chocolate or drizzle with a fork. Sprinkle with festive Valentine’s Day colors before the chocolate starts to harden.
I decided to get creative with some of the leftover chocolate and make a heart-shaped chocolate wafer. Start with a small circle of chocolate and use a butter knife or toothpick to move it around into the shape of a heart. When the chocolate hardens and dries, it will peel off the wax paper easily.

 

Chocolate Pops

Another fun and easy treat to make for your kids’ Valentine’s Day parties are chocolate pops.  Having boys, they definitely DO NOT allow me to make pink ones, but they like the red ones, white chocolate, or milk chocolate.  Attach a Valentine with a ribbon ad your treat is ready to go!  I can make these chocolate pops for about $0.10 each!  That is a huge savings from any ready-made candy that you might buy for your kids to hand out.

 

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Valentine Cards
Nothing says Happy Valentine’s Day like Captain America! I knew that my boys would like these Valentine’s Day cards when I bought them… last year, after Valentine’s Day. I got them on clearance, 90% off! So instead of paying $3.00 for the box of 27 valentines, I got it for $0.30! I also bought a few other boxes that I thought they might like since they were such a good deal. So instead of paying $12.00 for the 4 boxes of valentines that I bought, I only paid $1.20.

Valentine Cards
Time to put it all together!

Place two pretzel rods and one heart-shaped rice crispy treat in a treat bag, tie a ribbon around the top, and attach the valentine card! Great treat bags for my boys to hand out at their school parties, all for about $0.30 per bag!  Money Savvy and Delicious!

Treat Bag 2

Treat Bag

Happy Valentine’s Day

Homemade Gourmet Chocolate

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Chocolate covered pretzels and marshmallows are always a big hit. By using different colors and toppings, these made a great take-home treat for my son’s birthday party! Not to mention that it was so much cheaper than buying party favor toys (which never seem to work or break easily) or having the bags of candy made at the bakery. Even buying just one chocolate covered pretzel stick at the grocery store is $1. Each goodie bag cost less than $0.40! Get creative with the colors and toppings and these can be delicious treats for birthdays, showers, or holiday parties!

So easy to make. Just melt the chocolate in the microwave, half power, in 30 second increments. Make sure you stir it between each 30 second heating stint to keep it melting equally throughout. If you don’t stir it each 30 seconds, it may get too hot on the edges and not be melted at all in the middle. You could also use a double boiler if you have one, but if you don’t, no worries… the microwave works just fine!

Once your chocolate is melted, dip your pretzels or marshmallows in the chocolate, let the excess drip off. Place on wax paper. Sprinkle with any decorative topping you want: sprinkles, chopped nuts, crushed candy… You can also use a contrasting color of chocolate to drizzle across the top. Just dip a fork into the chocolate and gently move it back and forth over the top. So many ways to decorate!