Once upon a time there was a girl who craved something sweet and salty. She thought of possible combinations that would excite her taste buds, like sea salt chocolate, or chocolate/caramel covered bacon but those two wouldn't cut it. She wanted to incorporate festive colors into a seasonal sweet and salty treat. So, the idea of Halloween pretzel sticks was born!
As you can see from the image above, there are many different toppings you can add onto dipped pretzel sticks. The important thing is that those toppings have something to stick to. I chose orange candy melts, chocolate and caramel. Also pictured above are Skor bits [or little bits of heaven]. The possibilities for toppings are endless - Smarties, M&M's, crushed almonds, coconut, white chocolate, sprinkles, etc.
First, you'll want to melt your candy melts. I used the double boiler method. If you don't have candy melts, white chocolate works well too. To get that ideal orange color, you simply add a few drops of food coloring, but you can always leave it as white.
Same goes for chocolate, just stir until you get a smooooth consistency. If the mix starts to harden or get clumpy, add a touch of oil [about 1-2 tsp]. I used melted coconut oil, but any oil should do the trick.
Melting the caramel was a trickier to work with. I had to pop this guy in and out of the microwave, stirring vigorously, and adding oil every few seconds. Eventually you will get a gooey caramel sauce. I didn't have the patience to let it melt all of the way, so I just drizzled the pretzels with it, instead of dipping them entirely.
Finally, a tray of the finished sticks! [tip: let the sticks dry on parchment paper so they peel off easily and you have a quick clean up.] We have a few dipped in the orange candy melts, topped with Skor bits, chocolate drizzle, caramel squiggles. Some different combinations that I tried were sprinkles of crushed almonds, orange sprinkles, and coconut.
Wrap these festive sticks in long plastic treat bags, tie the tops with orange or black ribbon and you have a cute and delicious, seasonal treat. Enjoy!
For more creative ideas, here are some ideas:
I already have ideas for Christmas pretzels...