Friday, October 18, 2013

Birch Bark Pretzels

Oh so good, Birch Bark Pretzels!  Crunchy, salty, sweet and beautiful. Voila! 
I think natural birch bark is so beautiful - look at this gorgeous bark peeling away from the trunk at our cottage in northern Michigan.  I like to replicate birch bark in chocolate and serve these pretzel rods at parties, football tailgates or anytime in the Fall when a sweet portable snack enhances the fun. 

These birch bark pretzels have been particularly popular when I bring them to euchre night.  They are perfect for a card party, because your hands don't get sticky.  Make a batch and then tell me if they were a hit...
To make my famous Birch Bark Pretzels:

Pour the contents of 1 bag of white chocolate morsels into a glass bowl and melt in the microwave for 30 seconds. Repeat in 10 second intervals, as necessary. Stir after each microwave session. Be careful not to burn chocolate by over microwaving  Stir until smooth. Dip 2/3 of each rod into melted chocolate, turn to coat and then allow to harden, resting on a waxed paper lined cookie sheet. 

Once you have dipped 10-12 rods, melt 1/4 cup of semi-sweet chips for 30 sec in another container. Then dip a fork into the melted semi-sweet chocolate and make drizzles back and forth across the white. 

The result looks a lot like birch bark and tastes delicious. Allow to harden for a few minutes in the fridge and then serve in a stack like logs. Yum!

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