Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Valentine's Day Treats..

Wanna make some yummy (and easy) treats for
Valentine's Day?

I saw something similar to these on
but it called for candy canes ..and I can't find any. So I came up with this instead.
So here's what y
ou need:
one bag of these pretzels.. they're called pretzel loops.

You will also need some either chocolate melts or chocolate chips. I used 2 bags of semi-sweet chocolate chips, but you can use white chocolate too. Here's the rest of what you will need:
Lollipop sticks, bags to put the
finished lollipops inside, and a piping bag or large baggie to pipe the chocolate into the pretzels.
First, lay out a sheet of wax paper. Arrange the lo
llipop stick between the 2 loops so it resembles a heart (like this):

Next, you need to start your double boiler to melt the chocolate. I used 2 bags of chocolate chips and was able to get 35 lollipops out of them. A double boiler are 2 pots, one is slightly larger than the other. The pot that sits directly on the stove has water in it that boils to heat the pot that is on top of it. So the chocolate doesn't scorch as easily. This is what it will look like:
Melt the chocolate til its nice and thin... I had to add a little water to mine. Once the chocolate is melted, transfer the chocolate into piping bags or large baggies. Cut a small hole in the tip of the piping bag or if you are using a baggie, clip one of the bottom corners. Start small, you can always cut off more if you need to.
I found this tip after I had made my suckers so I don't have a picture of it, but pipe a small amount of chocolate under the lollipop stick before you fill in the pretzel loop. This make your heart lollipop sturdier. Then begin piping chocolate into your loops. Then smooth it out with your finger.

Make sure that you spread it out to fill in the entire loop and to cover your stick.. This is what holds your lollipop together once it has set. Then you can decorate if you would like. This was my daughter's favorite step. We used red decorating sugar sprinkles. Keep filling and smoothing until you have either run out of sticks or chocolate! :)

Then cut your wax paper into sections that can fit onto cookie sheets. Place them in the refrigerator to set. Once the chocolate has hardened, the lollipops easily peel off of the paper. Be very gentle with them, they do break! Next, package them so they can be given away or kept fresh. I used Wilton brand treat bags and cut a little off the bottom. They also come with twist ties so you can close them up. Here's the finished product. They are very yummy with the salty-ness from the pretzel and the sweet from the chocolate. Enjoy!

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