Peanut Butter & Chocolate Covered Pretzels
By Bob Sherman
This project came about recently when I was preparing to make one of my favorites - chocolate covered pretzels after eating another of my favorites - peanut butter cups. Like the proverbial light bulb switching on, it occurred to me that combining the two would be a taste treat. These do look a bit chunkier than traditional chocolate covered pretzels, but they sure taste good.
A note about the peanut butter. This technique relies on being able to coat the pretzels with peanut butter for dipping in chocolate. A near impossible task with real peanut butter, but it is easily done with Mercken's peanut butter coating wafers. This product tastes like peanut butter, but can be used like any other chocolate coating. Fair warning though - if you love peanut butter, this stuff is irresistible
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PLEASE NOTE!! - Although chocolate making is relatively safe for the entire family to participate, adult supervision is required.
I prefer to use chocolate wafers designed for molding chocolate. My preferred brand is Merckens which works well with all chocolate molding projects and tastes great.
For a small project like this either melting method may be used.
Double Boiler - See Double Boiler Usage Instructions.
A microwave may also be used but care must be taken not to overheat the chocolate.
- Place the chocolate in a microwave safe bowl.
- Heat for 30 seconds (small amounts will require less - start with 15 seconds).
- Remove and stir.
- Repeat steps 2 and 3 until the chocolate is creamy.
- Optimum pouring temperature is about 90 degrees F. Do not place the thermometer in the microwave!
Chocolate Making Supplies And Materials
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- Chocolate Coating - Dark chocolate was used here.
- Peanut Butter Coating - Equal amount.
- Dipping Fork - I find these work much better than regular forks for these.
- Thermometer - One.
- Double Boiler - For melting chocolate.
- Thin Pretzels - The coatings build up fast so a thin pretzel was used.
Step By Step Instructions
These build up to a high thickness so I used very thin pretzels.
Melt the peanut butter flavor coating in a double boiler. Bring the temperature to 90 degrees F.
Use your dipping fork to ensure good coverage on the pretzel.
Allow the excess to drain back into the pot.
Lay them on wax paper or parchment to cool. Do not proceed until these have fully cooled.
Melt some dark chocolate (or milk chocolate if you prefer).
Use your dipping fork to cover the pretzel. Important: Do not leave the pretzel in the melted chocolate any longer than necessary since it will melt the peanut butter coating off.
Allow to drain before laying on wax paper or parchment to cool.
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Disclaimer: The information presented here is accurate to the best of my knowledge and common chocolate making practices as of the time of this writing - originally published in September 2006 and updated in November 2010. The author and the publisher accept no liability for the use or misuse of any of the information presented in this article. This article is presented for informational purposes and is used at your own risk.
Author: Bob Sherman
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