I love the excuse to be a bit kitchy and cute for Valentine's Day. Any holiday involving hearts and the color pink refuse to allow you to take yourself - or your baking adventures - too seriously. Chocolate covered pretzels are not only the ultimate salty-and-sweet treat, but are easy enough to ensure you'll be spending more time cuddling with your sweetie than laboring the day away in the kitchen.
Chocolate Covered Pretzels
active time 5 minutes
total time 25 minutes
makes 8 pretzels
I love using my all-time favorite pretzels from Martin's Bakery for this simple treat. UTZ's Hard Pretzels are a more commercially available version. You can omit the heart decorations or substitute a variety of colors and shapes to customize your holiday.
8 sourdough hard pretzels
1 cup semisweet chocolate, chopped
Heart decorations, if desired
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Melt the chocolate in a heatproof bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water. Let cool for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the pretzels and stir gently until coated. Using a fork, transfer the pretzels to the parchment paper, letting the excess chocolate drip back into the bowl. Sprinkle heart decorations over chocolate. Refrigerate the pretzels until the chocolate is set, about 20 minutes.