Peppermint Pretzel Crunch

This Peppermint Pretzel Crunch is covered in semi sweet chocolate, white chocolate and Andes Peppermint Crunch Pieces! It’s a wonderful combo of sweet and salty and is a great snack mix for the holidays. It’s also quick and easy to make – even better!

Things have been pretty busy for us around here trying to get ready for the holidays. Trying to get the house decorated, all the shopping. There’s never enough time!

We finally got the Christmas tree decorated over the weekend when there was a break in all the rain we’ve been having. After getting it decorated – which is a very long process for me since I analyze the placement of every ornament like a crazy person – our tree literally fell over Monday night. Craziness!

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We were about to go to bed and I was getting all my stuff together to take upstairs and it just fell over. Right in front of me. Had I not just filled my arms full of stuff to take upstairs, I would’ve been able to catch it. Instead I screamed out and after a loud crash and the breaking sound of glass, the hubs came running out thinking someone was trying to break into the house, lol.

It was quite a scene. Fortunately only one ornament broke, but the water from the tree went everywhere so it took a bit to clean everything up.

I still haven’t gotten the ornaments that fell off back onto the tree. Instead I’ve been baking and writing for the blog. πŸ™‚ It’ll probably get fixed over the weekend.

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I had to get the baking done though. After posting about my Snickers Chocolate Cookies for the Food Blogger Cookie Swap on Wednesday, I had to finish up things for my box of treats for my recipient for Desserts for the Deserving.

Have you heard of it? It’s a totally awesome event organized by Amanda from I Am Baker. She not only makes some totally awesome desserts, she also started Desserts for the Deserving in 2011. It’s all about people nominating someone who they think is deserving of a special sweet treat. Then people volunteer to bake treats for those nominated.

The story of how it got started will make you cry – at least it made me cry. Read about it here and here.

I’m so excited because this year I got to participate. I nominated someone and I volunteered to bake for someone. The person I nominated got her box last week and absolutely loved it. She didn’t know it was coming and it touched her so much. I couldn’t wait to get my box mailed so I could do that for someone else.

So the tree had to wait. πŸ™‚

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This Peppermint Pretzel Crunch is one of the things that was included. I’ll be posting the other stuff eventually, but this recipe is holiday flavored so I wanted to go ahead and share it.

Like I said, it’s so easy to make. I used pretzel crisps instead of big, thick pretzels for a better chocolate/peppermint to pretzel ratio. I didn’t want the pretzel to overpower the peppermint or vice versa.

And did I mention it’s easy to make?

You lay the pretzels out in a single layer on a piece of parchment paper. Then melt down the chocolate and drizzle it on. I did the semi-sweet chocolate first. While it’s still wet, you sprinkle on the peppermint pieces. Then melt the white chocolate, drizzle it on and sprinkle with more peppermint pieces. Then let it dry. The absolute hardest part is letting it dry. It doesn’t take long, but you still won’t want to wait. πŸ™‚

Easy, right?

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And just like it was part of my gift to someone, you could gift it to a neighbor, friend, teacher, etc. It looks adorable and festive wrapped in a cellophane bag with pretty ribbon. πŸ™‚

Peppermint Pretzel Crunch

Ingredients

7 oz pretzel crisps
4 oz semi sweet chocolate chips (or baking chocolate)
7 oz white chocolate chips (or almond melts)
1 1/2 cups Andes Peppermint Crunch

Instructions

1. Spread pretzel crisps out in a single layer on a large piece of parchment paper.
2. Melt semi sweet chocolate chips in a bowl in the microwave. Use 30 second increments, so you don't burn the chocolate.
3. Pour melted chocolate into a piping bag with a Wilton 3 or 4 size tip, or use a ziplock bag with a small part of one corner cut off. You could also just drizzle with a spoon, but the other method will give you more control.
4. Drizzle crisps with chocolate.
5. Sprinkle half of the peppermint pieces on the chocolate before it dries.
6. Melt the white chocolate using the same method as step 2. Then repeat steps 3-5.
7. Allow all of the chocolate to dry.
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Enjoy!

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