Friday, December 19, 2008

Lifestyle-Dipped Pretzel Rods

Hello All-

Since I would call this blog a Lifestyle Blog, I am going to try to incorporate more tips for fun along with savings. Hopefully you can combine both of these for extra financial savings in your home!

The gift of time with your kids is invaluable, but this tip is a fun one even if you do it by yourself!

I have a daughter who absolutely adores Sprinkles and trust me I am always on the look out for unique ones and foods/crafts that incorporate them!

My latest find is Dipped Pretzel Rods. I will let you find a recipe or search for one on google, but here are some tips for this fun food activity.

1) These can be used for a party, fun dessert or just for fun! You can use a variety of chocolate chips, vanilla melts or other things for the color/flavor and this allows it to be versatile for any holiday/occassion. You can also name them different things such as Fairy Wands for a girl party or Reindeer Treats for Christmas, etc!

2) Do your dipping by pouring your melted product into a small narrow cup, this allows the pretzel rod to be turned easily and for good coverage.

3) Lay the rods for sprinkling on a cookie sheet or dish with shallow sides (to catch wild sprinkles!) with wax paper layed down (makes clean up much easier!)

4) Wilton (cake/candy manufacturer) has a new product that I just picked up and can't live without! It is a Chocolate Melter Deluxe ($19.96 at Walmart) and worth every penny! I always struggle with getting the perfect melt in the microwave and then rushing to get everything dipped or poured before it hardens up again. This system allows you to melt or warm, so you can take your time and enjoy the activity vs. getting tense with those who find the artistic need to sprinkle away! This made the activity fun and relaxes and gave me versatility in allowing current sprinkled product to dry and transfer to serving dish before the next round! I love this product! Also, these may go on 50% after Christmas, so check it out...this would be a great gift for a friend who likes to make food goods!

5) Dipped Pretzel Rods are a great gift! Package them in a fun box or other food container and share with a friend. They will enjoy it and you will save money!

Happy Fun & Saving!

Summer H.

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