North Pole Pretzels
by Heather H. of Kitchen Concoctions: www.kitchen-concoctions.com
Prep Time: 30 minutes Wait Time: 30 minutes Yields: 12 pretzels
White chocolate covered pretzels with peppermint pieces decorated to look like the North Pole!
25 peppermint candies
12 ounces vanilla almond bark or white baking chocolate
2 teaspoons coconut oil or vegetable oil
12 pretzel rods
12 small round red or white candies (round cinnamon or chocolate candies)
North Pole sign printable
Long plastic food gift bags (made for chocolate covered pretzel rods)
Line baking sheet with wax paper. Set aside.
Place peppermint candies in food processor. Pulse several times until coarsely crushed. Alternatively, place peppermint candies in a large resealable plastic bag. Seal bag tightly. Using a rolling pin or meat mallet, pound until candies are coarsely crushed. Sprinkle crushed candy onto a plate or over a separate sheet of waxed paper and set aside.
Place vanilla almond bark and oil in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave for 30 seconds, stir and return to microwave, heating for an additional 30 seconds. Repeat melting and stirring process until almond bark is melted and smooth. Pour melted almond bark onto a plate or into a shallow dish.
Working quickly, roll pretzel rods in melted almond bark, covering only about half the pretzel; allow excess almond bark to drip off. Roll almond bark covered pretzel in crushed peppermint candies. Place one round red or white candy on the top of the pretzel.
Place covered pretzels on prepared sheet. Let stand until set, about 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, cut out North Pole printable. Using clear tape, adhere one twist tie to the back of one North Pole sign, leaving enough of the twist tie on both ends to secure to the pretzels. Repeat with remaining twist ties and signs.
Once pretzels have hardened, place in plastic pretzel bag. Secure bag with twist tie adhered to the paper North Pole sign.