Trick With a Treat: Chili Chocolate Pretzel Sticks

By: Angela Keyser, HQO Marketing Director

Chili Chocolate Pretzel SticksHalloween is here! Let the parading of the costumes begin, right? If you’re anything like me, you kinda wish you were still young enough to run around the neighborhood and get free candy once a year.  Well, surprise the adults that show up to your door with these fun homemade treats. They’re a fun spin on the traditional chocolate covered pretzels most people love.  But, there’s a little trick to these treats, the chocolate is infused with just a touch of chili! (Herb, spice and tea-infused chocolate is a trend we’re starting to see more of online and in specialty food lines. If you don’t like chilies, experiment with things like cardamom, lavender or chia tea.) Enjoy!

5 Simple Ingredients + 1 Optional Ingredient

5 Simple Ingredients + 1 Optional Ingredient

Ingredients

1 bag of salted pretzel sticks
12 oz of dark chocolate chips
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon chili powder
Holiday Sprinkles (optional)
 
Step 1: Combine chocolate chips and spices in a microwave safe bowl and heat at 50% power for one to one-and-a-half minutes.  Stir and repeat until chocolate is melted.
 
Step 2: Pour melted chocolate into a cup and dip each pretzel in the chocolate.
 
A simple little tip: put the melted chocolate in a glass. It makes dipping the pretzels so much easier.

A simple little tip: put the melted chocolate in a glass. It makes dipping the pretzels so much easier.

Step 3: Lay the chocolate-covered pretzels on wax or parchment paper and sprinkle with holiday-appropriate sprinkles.

 
Step 4: Allow the chocolate to set for 30 minutes to one hour or place in the refrigerator for faster setting time.
 
Recipe Source: Adapted from Aztec Chocolate Bark recipe found here

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