Holy Yum! That’s about all I can say about these White Chocolate Peppermint Pretzel Crisps. Who’ d have thought crushed candy canes could taste so good with pretzels.
Last year we went to visit my sister at Christmas time. She had an innocent bag of White Chocolate Peppermint Pretzels someone had given her sitting on her counter. For the first day or so I totally avoided it, knowing that there was no way they could taste good.
Somewhere along the line, I broke down and gave one a try. WOW! I was shocked, they were so good!!!!! The next day I bought some pretzels and white chocolate and whipped up a large batch for the family.
I’ve been waiting all year to make more and take a picture so I could share this deliciousness with you.
These are it, for teacher and neighbor gifts this year. SO EASY and SO GOOD!!!
Kids would have a great time making these on their own. Oh yeah, make their own teacher gifts. That’s what I’m talking about! My 2 year old and 4 year old crushed the candy canes for me.
I put them in a Ziploc bag and gave them wooden spoons to hit them with. They’ve never been happier and it worked great.
I use vanilla almond bark because it’s so easy to melt and never seizes when I melt it in the microwave. White chocolate chips work great too, but when you microwave white chocolate chips you need to watch them closely, stirring often and add a couple teaspoons of canola oil. Or, if you prefer, you can melt them in a double broiler.
All you do is melt the almond bark, pour in the crushed candy canes, mix it up and then add the pretzels.
After I get it all mixed up and all the pretzels are nicely coated, I spread it out on a parchment lined cookie sheet. If you need it to cool and set-up really quickly you can refrigerate it, otherwise just leave it out until it sets up.
Once it is totally set up you will need to break it up a little as the pieces will stick together. Stick some in a cute little Christmas bag and Voila! You have a delicious and super easy gift or treat to take to a party.
I’m sure this recipe will still be great if you use regular pretzels, but there is something about the flat crisp pretzels that gives it an extra special flavor and texture. I’m thinking it’s the more chocolate to pretzel ratio. (wink)
- 12 ounces of almond bark (six cubes)
- 5-6 regular size peppermint candy canes
- 1 (8 ounce) bag of pretzel crisps
- 3 or 4 drops of mint extract, no more than ⅛th of a tsp
- Line a cookie with parchment paper or wax paper, set aside.
- Crush candy canes by putting them in a ziploc bag and hitting them with something hard a large spoon or rolling pin works great.
- In a medium sized microwave safe bowl, melt the almond bark. If Almond bark is at room temperature this should only take 45 seconds to minute. If takes longer, microwave in 15 second increments until melted and smooth.
- Add ¾ of crushed candy canes to melted almond bark and mix thoroughly.
- Add pretzels and mix until all pretzels are coated with candy cane mixture.
- Spread coated pretzels out onto a parchment or wax paper lined cookie sheet. Sprinkle with the remaining crushed candy canes. Let cool.
- If you want it to cool fast you can refrigerate it, otherwise just leave it out for a couple hours and it will set up just fine.