Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Pretzel S'mores for Valentine's Day

Pretzel S'mores with Valentine's Sprinkles.

Pretzel S'mores

I wish I could say that this idea for Pretzel S'mores was my brainchild, and though the recipe method is mine and completely different from the original, the idea came from a Rold Gold pretzel ad I saw while thumbing through a copy of Sunset Magazine in a waiting room.

Since mini pretzel twists are kind of like little heart shapes, I thought these would make the cutest Valentine's Day project for the kids too, so just like the Rolo Pretzel Turtles, grab your little sous chefs to help with making these treats. Though you will want to handle topping these when they come out of the oven, they can certainly help with unwrapping chocolates, counting out or lining up pretzels, setting up the mini marshmallows, and even adding the sprinkles at the end.

Just like the Pretzel Turtles, these are easy too. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line up the pretzels on a parchment lined baking sheet and top them with a small piece of plain milk chocolate. I had some leftover mini Hershey bars and solid mini eggs hanging around from the holidays, so that's what I used. The mini Hershey bars have four segments, each of which fit nicely on the pretzel.  Hershey kisses would also work great, or whatever solid, small-sized milk chocolate you have on hand.


Set aside the same number of pretzels for topping and gather up 3 mini marshmallows for every pretzel, then squeeze each set so that they sort of stick together; set those aside. If your marshmallows are really fresh, they may not be all that sticky. Just set them up together in groups of three.


Place the baking sheet with the pretzels on it in the preheated 350 degree oven for about 1 to 1-1/2 minutes, just until chocolate has softened. These are the little egg shaped chocolates that I cut in half. They worked great!


Once you remove the pretzels from the oven, turn on the broiler. Immediately press the marshmallows into the top of the melted chocolate.


Place the baking sheet under the broiler, and keeping the oven door ajar, toast the tops of the marshmallows. This will only take a minute or less, so keep an eye on them!


Remove the pan and holding the reserved pretzels by the sides, immediately and carefully press it down onto the top of the browned marshmallow. Let cool, then drizzle tops with melted chocolate, sprinkle top with grated chocolate, and add sprinkles if desired.

They kinda do look like little hearts don't they? Pile a few in small cellophane gift bags, tie them with some pretty red or pink ribbon, and I think they'd make a very nice favor or gift for Valentine's Day!


Of course, you don't have to sprinkle them for Valentine's Day - you can make these for any day! Here are a few where I simply grated chocolate over the top of the hot marshmallow, though it will stick better with a drizzle of some melted chocolate first, or you could also drizzle, and then add some plain chocolate sprinkles. Have fun with it!

Pretzel S'mores with Grated Chocolate
Omit the oven process entirely by following the original recipe. Pipe melted chocolate onto the holes of the pretzel, by melting 2 cups of semi-sweet chocolate chips in the microwave or in a double boiler. Cool slightly and use a zipper bag to pipe, then let cool. Dab each pretzel with marshmallow cream on top, instead of using toasted mini-marshmallows, and top with a pretzel. I found the oven method and mini marshmallows to be easier.

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Recipe: Pretzel S'mores

©From the Kitchen of Deep South Dish
Prep time: 15 min |Cook time: 5 min | Yield: As many as you like

Ingredients
  • Butter snap, waffle or mini pretzel twists
  • Rolos, kisses, or Mini Hershey bars
  • Mini marshmallows
  • Melted chocolate or almond bark, to drizzle
  • Grated chocolate, for garnish, optional
  • Sprinkles, for garnish, optional
Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Line up as many pretzels as you want on the paper. Grab three mini marshmallows for each pretzel and line those up, gently smashing them together; set aside in groups of three if they won't stick together. Unwrap the chocolate and for the bars, break into four individual squares, placing one chocolate on top of each pretzel. If using kisses, set them on the pretzel pointed side up. Place into the preheated oven for about 1 to 1-1/2 minutes, or just until chocolate is softened. Line up an equal number of pretzels for the top in the meantime.

Remove pretzels from oven and turn the oven to broil. Work quickly to carefully press one group of three mini marshmallows into each softened chocolate square. Return tray to the oven under the broiler, with the oven door ajar, for only about a minute or less, just until the marshmallows are softened and the tops lightly browned. Keep an eye on them!

Remove and immediately and carefully press the reserved pretzels on top. Let cool slightly, then drizzle melted chocolate on top, sprinkle top with grated chocolate, and/or add sprinkles if desired. Set aside to cool. Stack in small gift cellophane bags and tie with a ribbon for gift giving.

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