December 11, 2008

Dipped Pretzel Sticks

I recently came across Sarah's blog, Our Best Bites and fell in love with it immediately!! She has some awesome recipes on there (her post on glazing cookies is the tutorial I used to glaze my snowflake cookies) and I've got quite a few of them bookmarked to make!

Tonight, I made the Dipped Pretzel Rods. Check out her post for tips on how to dip them, she has some great ones! I used the tip on using a coffee mug to melt my chocolate/caramel in and dipped my pretzel in that. What a much easier way to do it than the big double boiler! Less messy too! I definitely will use Sarah's method from now on when dipping pretzel rods. Thanks Sarah!
I brought these to our Christmas party at work, I thought the faculty/grad students who had little children they were bringing would love them just as much as the adults would! I added a couple drops of peppermint oil to my white chocolate almond bark when I melted it. I love the smell of peppermint and it so reminds me of Christmas!

What are you waiting for? Simple, easy, festive, tasty....all the encouragement you should need to make these! :)

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A little while ago I entered Natalia of gatti fili e farina's Pay it Forward "contest" and was one of the lucky people chosen (by random number) to participate! The contest is described below as Natalia quoted Shel of Musings from the Fishbowl and it was stated so well that I am copying the quote here:

"There are so many lovely giveaways in blogland, bloggers eagerly commenting and abuzz with the excitement of winning an unexpected gift, but that’s it. Someone wins, and then the generosity comes to a screeching halt and we go on with our lives. Nice, but lacking in momentum. This giveaway is a little different, however, because the “receivers” are also to become “givers”, if you will. In fact, that’s the most important rule of the game…

The rules: I will send three people who leave a comment on this post a handmade gift within the next 365 days. I am willing to post anywhere in the world, so don’t let that stop you from commenting.

The catch is that you must have a blog and be willing to do the same thing….

I will randomly select 3 winners by December 18, 2008 at 7 PM EST. So, there is a lot of time! Let your friends know about Pay it Forward. I think it is an awesome way to really show some blogging buddy love!




35 comments:

  1. I love dipped pretzels! Nathan loves them, too. His favorite ice cream that I make has chocolate covered pretzels in it. :) Your pretzels look yummy!!!

    The pay it forward giveaway sounds awesome! Sign me up! :)

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  2. What a wonderful idea! I too saw the pretzel rod post on her blog & thought it was great as well :)

    I'd love to participate in "pay it forward" - sign me up as well! Hopefully it'll be lucky #2 :)

    Happy Friday! -Jen

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  3. Your pretzal rods look yummy! The kids and I have had these on our "baking" list for this weekend. Nothing better than the salt and sweet mixture.

    "Pay it forward" is a fantastic idea..sign me up! :)

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  4. Oh I love these! And what a great idea! :D

    +Jessie
    a.k.a. The Hungry Mouse

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  5. The coffee mug is a great idea! Thanks for sharing it!

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  6. I just came back from Williamsburg where they had dipped theirs in caramel then chocolate then nuts! They were crazy big. Yours are so pretty and I like the idea of the peppermint in them too, very Christmassy!

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  7. Dipped pretzels are so fun to make. I love the sweet 'n' salty taste, plus their so pretty to look at! And peppermint, YUM!

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  8. I love the dipped pretzels this time of year. Yours look great!

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  9. We're always looking for a sweet salty snack after tennis. You've given me a great idea for next week's match.

    I'd love to participate in pay it forward.

    (Sorry to bring up tennis when you are freezing up there.)

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  10. Congrats on the pay it forward. I've seen the "giveaway" around. Seems like a lot of fun!

    I love dipped preztels! I've made them many times and with success. There is no end to the ideas though I didn't realize you could flavor the almond bark. Thanks for the tip!
    ~ingrid

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  11. I love those pretzels - they're so pretty and Christmas-y!!

    Thanks for your kind words about All You - it made my day :)

    Sign me up for Pay It Forward - sounds like fun!

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  12. The dipped pretzels look so festive and cute - your photos are so good Shelby!

    I LOVE the idea of pay it forward - giving back is what life's all about!

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  13. Your pretzel rods are so festive, Shelby! Gosh I wish I had mre time to do ALL the things I see on blogs!!

    Anyway, I love the pay it forward game and I hope I am a lucky winner! Have a great weekend. :-)

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  14. I love how festive these are. I might just try these to give away for gifts. I'm soooo behind in my Christmas baking!

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  15. I am making these this weekend!!Lets hope I don't finish it all ;)

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  16. Fun idea! I'm not a huge fan of sprinkles, but otherwise, a winner :)

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  17. These look delicious! Yummy! I love minty white chocolate at the holidays.

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  18. These are so festive! Love the tip about using a coffee mug instead of a pot!

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  19. You just gave me the idea i was looking for! I have 26 people to give gifts to at the restaurant, I bought coffee mugs and was wondering what to fill them with, I like this idea!! YES!!!

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  20. I love pretzels dipped in chocolate. These especially look good decorated for Christmas.

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  21. Cute pretzels. I would love to pay it forward.

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  22. Shelby - You always amaze me that you find time to create such yummy treats and take such beautiful photos of all of them! :)

    Definitely count me in your Pay it Forward!

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  23. The pretzels look so lovely, like Christmas decorations. I'm not sure I'd even want to bite into it because it's so pretty!

    By the way, the Pay It Forward idea is a great one. I guess it's from the movie and I've always loved the that movie.

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  24. What a lovely idea. I try to teach my students, as well as my kids to pay it forward.

    And your pretzels look great too!!!

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  25. I love the tip about the mug instead of the pot too! Your's are beautiful Shelby! And thanks for the tip to flavor the chocolate.

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  26. ooh, those are so pretty! What a great idea to add peppermint oil to the white chocolate, I bet that's so yummy. I love the bright red and green- so festive! I also have to give props to my blog-partner, Kate. There's two of us behind our little operation and she did that fabulous post on dipped pretzels!

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  27. I'm not entering in PIF - I still have gifts to send out! I just wanted to say that those pretzels are stunning and elegant, and I'm so honored to be quoted! And thrilled that you're a PIF winner!!! :)

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  28. too cute! i'm thinking about making these for a fun little gift for my family and friends :)

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  29. Ohhhh yes..I love chocolate dipped pretzels! Yours are so festive!

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  30. I always mean to make these every year and I never do but they look fantastic.

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  31. Man, I forgot to comment so that I could be counted in. I always use coffee mugs, only because Santa Baby has not brought me a double boiler. Who knew I was unknowingly a pioneer in Candy Land?

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