I am a last minute lady and decided to whip up some things to give out on Christmas. I found this recipe on Shutterbean for White Chocolate Peppermint Sticks and was inspired to make them, adding some of my own touches. Sweet and salty treats are my favorite and these chocolate covered pretzels are yummy!
The pretzel sticks that were at the store were a little longer than the ones she used. They reminded me of Pocky! I also used milk chocolate, dark chocolate, crushed toffee chocolate bars, sliced almonds, toasted macadamias and chopped mixed nuts. All these things can be found in your baking aisle at the grocery store and require little to no prep work. This is a super quick and easy recipe that you can do the night before! I highly recommend setting them on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper after dipping them in chocolate and throwing them in the freezer to harden. We let a couple batches just sit and they never hardened in our warm little house. Plus we started running out of room when we figured we were making 120 pretzels or so. I also made a double boiler with a metal bowl and pot to melt the chocolate because microwaving wouldn't of worked for the large amount we were making.
Three bags of pretzel rods, one bag of regular pretzels, lots of chocolate tasting and messes later...
I am also making these mushroom ornaments, with some of my own touches of course. I added more natural looking stitches for the spots and embroidered some gills on the bottom half. You can't tell in the photo but they are brown and beige with orange gills. I joked on twitter today that I want to make hundreds of them! I really like them and I memorized the pattern after the fourth one and caught myself reciting the pattern in the car today.
Have you guys been working on last minute handmade gifts too?