Valentine’s Day is approaching fast and this particular holiday is always full of special cards, flowers, dinners out and yummy treats. I’m joining 15 of my blogging friends for this special holiday recipe Pinterest challenge, hosted by Cindy from Country Road 407. That’s right, 16 delicious Valentine’s worthy recipes will be shared today! I am sharing the easiest & sweet Valentine’s Day Treat Pinterest challenge.
If you are coming over from Niky at The House On Silverado welcome! Didn’t her chocolate pots de creme look so divine!?
Some of you reading today may be new, so let me introduce myself! My name is Kim and I’m so glad you’re joining me at my Cottage in the Mitten! I live in the beautiful four season state of Michigan. I’m passionate about my faith, family, a good cup of tea and I love home decor! Another tidbit about me, I make blankets for a cause and I would love for you to read all about that in my post The Journey.
“All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.” —Charles M. Schulz
The Story of Valentine’s Day
Valentine’s Day can also be referred to St. Valentine’s Day or the Feast of St. Valentine. It is always celebrated on February 14th. It was originally celebrated as a Christian feast day which honored one early Christian martyr named St. Valentine. Over the years, it has become a significant cultural, religious, and commercial celebration of love and romance all over the world.
The Easiest & Sweet Valentine’s Day Treat Pinterest Challenge
When my sons were young, I was big into decorating & baking for Valentine’s Day. Heck, I even served heart shaped pizza! Now that they are out of the house, I have toned down what I do for the heart holiday.
However, I still use a few holiday touches and of course, chocolate is always necessary!
Speaking of chocolate, on to the Pinterest Challenge!
I’m going to show you how to make chocolate covered pretzel rods. They are super easy and fun to make! There is no baking involved and I promise everyone will love them!
The ingredients are few. I’m guessing many of you will already have some of the ingredients on hand.
- Pretzel rods
- Chocolate of your choice
You will also need one sheet of wax paper and a cooling rack to lay the pretzels on after they are dipped in chocolate. I lay the wax paper under the cooling rack so you can sprinkle the pretzels directly on the cooling rack. Any access will fall onto the wax paper.
Melting & Dipping The Chocolate
I suggest that you use chocolates of your choice. For this recipe, I used vanilla almond bark, chocolate chips and strawberry candy melts. I did so because it’s what I already had in my pantry.
The most imporant tip…Make sure that you melt the chocolate you decide to use, according to the package directions. Typically, 50% power works best. Melt for about a minute, take it out, stir and repeat the process until it is the right consistency.
I melt all of the different chocolates I am going to use before I start dipping. If you prefer to melt one chocolate at a time and dip some of your pretzels, that works too.
When dipping the pretzels in the chocolate, I only dip one pretzel at a time. You may think that sounds time consuming but it really isn’t. Once your chocolate is melted, the dipping goes fast.
Due to the fact that you do not need a huge bowl of each chocolate, I use the bowl I melt the chocolates in and use a spoon to help coat the pretzel. Once the pretzel is fully coated, let the excess chocolate drip off. Then transfer to a cooling rack.
There are so many fun options out there to decorate with. The easiest is sprinkles. I had a multi set with all sorts of Valentine shapes and colors. If you can’t find something like that, red, pink and white sprinkles work just as well!
I decorate the pretzels while the chocolate is still soft. That being said, I dip 3 or 4 pretzels then I decorate them with sprinkles.
Repeat the process until you are finished. Once they are decorated, I transfer them to a piece of wax or parchment paper.
**Make sure you remove the pretzels from the cooling rack before they are completely dry. If you don’t, they will stick to the rack and break in half when you try to remove them.**
Easy & Sweet Valentine’s Day Treat
- Pretzel Rods
- Chocolate (your choice) Follow melting directions on package
- Sprinkles Red, Pink and White
- Melt chocolate according to package directions. Do not over cook. I typically melt at 50% for a minute. Repeat the process until thoroughly melted.
- Dip pretzel rod into chocolate – one at a time. Let excess chocolate drip off and transfer to cooling rack. Dip 3 or 4 pretzels and then decorate with sprinkles. Repeat the process until all your pretzels are complete.
- Before the decorated pretzels are completely dry, transfer pretzels from cooling rack to wax or parchment paper.
I hope you enjoyed this super easy Valentine’s Day treat! They make a great gift for your friends and family. Just use a cellophane bag with a sweet ribbon. If you have littles, they will especially love them!
Next up, is my friend Renae from Peacock Ridge Farm. She is sharing an amazing heart shaped charcuterie board. You won’t want to miss it!
Happy Valentine’s Day, my friends! See you next time!