And that’s what we need right now. Speaking of which, we had a great and relaxing weekend. We did a lot of valentine making, cookie baking, and resting. In fact, I’m glowing from that and also from my Cane+Austin Miracle Pads. This is a company I’m super into, and I’m absolutely loving using my peel pads twice a day. That, drinking more water, relaxing more, and doing some therapeutic baking or making heart pretzel candy has been where it’s at this weekend! I had to share!
And now, the recipe. Heart shaped pretzel candy is super easy to make, and is kid-helping-hands friendly. They’ll love making it, and it’s virtually impossible to screw it up. Pretzels + melting chocolate + sprinkles = happy. Spread the love.
Valentine Snack Ideas: Heart Pretzel Candy:
What You Need:
White chocolate candy melts
Milk chocolate candy melts (optional)
Candy colors – make sure you don’t use regular food coloring or icing colors. Also, note that you get a much nicer shade of pink using pink candy color rather than just mixing in red candy color to your white chocolate
Spoons & small bowls
Parchment paper or waxed paper
Small cutting board or tray
What You Do:
1 – Melt about 4 ounces of chocolate per package directions (typically you microwave it for 1 minute at 50% power, and then stir and continue to heat it for 30 second intervals until it’s smooth) Note: If you’re using milk chocolate, it’s important to temper the chocolate – stir in un-melted pieces to the hot melted chocolate mixture. This will help the chocolate remain shiny after it hardens
2 – [For white candy skip this step] Dip a toothpick in the pink candy color and stir it into melted white chocolate
3 – Repeat with a clean toothpick until you get your desired shade
4 – Put a strip of parchment paper or waxed paper onto a small cutting board, and set a pretzel down on it
5 – Spoon the melted candy onto the pretzel as shown. Then, use the toothpick to sweep around the edges forming a heart shape. It may take you a few pretzels to get the hang of it. If they look ugly you’ll just have to eat them!
6 – Tap the cutting board on your work surface to spread the candy out further and to get the air bubbles out
7 – If you want to decorate with sprinkles, add them before the chocolate hardens. Since these are pretzels, you can even decorate with a little kosher salt or extra coarse salt from a salt grinder – just use it in moderation. Yum!
8 – Repeat with several more pretzels. When your cutting board is full, put it in the freezer for about 5 minutes to harden
9 – If you want to drizzle on stripes in a contrasting color, melt some additional chocolate as in steps 1 & 2 above
10 – Lay the candy pretzels out on waxed or parchment paper and drizzle melted chocolate across it with a small spoon. It helps to start the drizzle on the paper and then continue across the candy to the paper on the other side