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Chocolate-Dipped Pretzel Rods

Kids of all ages enjoy making and eating these fun treats. The decorated pretzels are a pretty gift in a cellophane bag or a glass jar. —Kay Waters, Benld, Illinois
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. + standing Cook: 10 min.
  • Makes
    about 4-1/2 dozen

Ingredients

  • 3 cups chopped toasted almonds
  • 2 packages (14 ounces each) caramels, unwrapped
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 packages (10 ounces each) pretzel rods
  • 2 packages (10 to 12 ounces each) white baking chips
  • 2 packages (10 to 12 ounces each) dark chocolate chips
  • Assorted sprinkles, optional

Directions

  • Place almonds in a shallow dish. In a large glass measuring cup, microwave caramels and water on high until caramels are melted, stirring every minute.
  • Dip three-fourths of each pretzel into caramel, allowing excess to drip off. (Reheat caramel in microwave if mixture becomes too thick for dipping.) Roll in almonds. Place on waxed paper until set.
  • In a microwave, melt white baking chips; stir until smooth. Dip half of the caramel-coated pretzels in white baking chips, allowing excess to drip off. Add sprinkles if desired; return to waxed paper to set. Repeat with chocolate chips and remaining pretzels.
  • Store in airtight containers or wrap in cellophane gift bags and tie with ribbon.
Nutrition Facts
1 pretzel: 245 calories, 12g fat (5g saturated fat), 3mg cholesterol, 278mg sodium, 34g carbohydrate (22g sugars, 2g fiber), 5g protein.

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