The nearest natural foods store is a 20-30 minute drive downtown, so we only make the hike every couple of weeks. We usually head to HEB Central Market and stock up on bulk items and perishables like Grain Co sausage (I need to just bite the bullet and make the darn things myself… I know) and Daiya for a treat. Kyri is usually my sidekick and we get two treats for the drive back home – Chocolate covered pretzels and Sunny Bears. Those are really the only vegan sweets they have in bulk we can get but its a fun tradition we have now. Well, I have been promising her we would make our own pretzels since it really isn’t that difficult and its a lot cheaper to do it at home. So Friday, when Kyri was starting to feel sick, I decided that we would make up a batch.
The scientist in me knows I was just feeding whatever bug had her feeling down, but the momma in me knew that a sweet treat and a little kitchen time would make her feel a lot better.
Chocolate Coating for pretzels
1 1/2 cups chocolate chips
3 Tbsp coconut oil
Melt the chocolate chips and coconut oil in small saucepan over low heat. Stir well. Let cool for a couple of minutes before adding pretzels. Add the pretzels to the chocolate, a handful at a time. Submerge to completely coat with chocolate and remove with tongs (or a butter knife if you don’t have). Transfer to a parchment covered cookie sheet and chill in the fridge for 30 minutes or more until the chocolate has firmed up. Store in an airtight container in the fridge.
I stored ours on the highest shelf in the fridge but apparently that’s not high enough because I found Kyri self-serving later in the day.
I really didn’t measure how many pretzels we used – I just added more until there was not enough chocolate to cover them anymore. We ended up with 2 1/2 cooking sheets of pretzels, so that should be approximately 4 or 5 cups of pretzels.
They came out great, and we had a lot of fun making them together. Maybe not the healthiest choice for a sick day snack, but they certainly improved the mood. I must have done something right, because I got a giant hug after the first cookie sheet was chilled enough to eat, along with an unsolicited compliment – “You make the best things!” Aw, thanks kiddo!