My daughter, Ivy, turns two next week!
In some ways I can’t believe it’s been two years, but at the same time, I also can’t imagine life without her.
It feels so normal now to read Minnie Mouse books as part of our breakfast routine, along with having all of our "friends" at the table (George, Elmo, and Red Monkey are among her favorite dinning companions). And it's become a given to end each day with yogurt and "Dada’s cereal" (granola that makes a crunchy topping).
So I figured I would make something for my little monkey to use as a favor at her birthday party. This challenge was a great opportunity to experiment, while keeping my limitations in mind and still giving me time to fix any mistakes.
I searched the Internet for anything that was super simple but would also make a big impact. After doing my research, chocolate-dipped pretzels seemed perfect—they can be made ahead of time, they're hard to mess up, and I can color coordinate them with other things for Ivy's party!
The hardest thing was finding the right colored chocolate and sprinkles to match this Minnie-themed party.
Minnie’s pretty much a pink and purple kind of lady, and I knew she would not be happy if my party favors didn’t match her shoes.
For starters, let me just say that you definitely want candy melts and not just a bag of chocolate chips.
For the longest time I couldn’t figure out how people got a hard chocolate shell on things while my attempts melted away.
Well, this is the key!
You stick the candy melts in the microwave, then once melted, stir and dip stuff in them! In minutes it’s hard chocolate again!
The "best" is that I thought I was getting a great deal on the white melting chocolate online, but realized once I got it home that it was only a 2-ounce bag, while the others where 12 ounces.
Internet shopping can be hard.
I based the type of sprinkles I purchased on price again and went for anything in the same two colors as the candy melts I got.
FYI, I found the best prices at Walmart.com.
The last trick I have for you is that you want to be sure to shake off as much excess chocolate as possible so it doesn’t pool when you put the pretzel stick down.
You'll also want to cover all sides of each pretzel in sprinkles before setting it down.
I was totally happy with the results, though I’ve realized that to finish them off I really need favor bags of some sort (back to scouring the internet!).
But the good news is my Minnie Pretzel Sticks will hold just fine until I find a deal on pretty little clear baggies!
Minnie Mouse Pretzel Sticks
makes: 24 to 30 pretzels
- One 12-ounce bag salted pretzel rods
- Two 12-ounce bags Wilton Candy Melts colored chocolate (2 different colors is fun!)
- Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Transfer the candy melts to small microwave-safe bowls. Heat them in the microwave on the defrost setting or at 50% power, until they are fully melted, stopping to remove them and stir every minute—about 3 minutes total.
- Remove the melted chocolate from the microwave, then dip each pretzel rod into the chocolate, keeping the pretzel rod in the chocolate as you use a spoon to drizzle chocolate up about ¾ the length of the pretzel rod to coat it.
- Lift the pretzel rod out of the chocolate and shake it gently over the bowl to allow all excess chocolate to drip off. Then hold the pretzel rod over a sink or large bowl and shake sprinkles over all sides of the pretzel.
- Place the pretzel rod on the parchment-lined tray and allow it to set until hard—about 20 to 30 minutes at room temperature. Repeat with the remaining pretzel rods.