Crafts: Get a jump on Valentine's Day

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Well, it's that time of year again. All of the excitement of the holidays is beginning to fade, and in most parts of the country, the weather is less than wonderful. So how about getting a jump on Valentine's Day with some wonderful gift ideas?

CHOCOLATE COVERED PRETZELS

One of our favorites, both for the simplicity of the process and the ease with which you can obtain professional results, is chocolate covered pretzels. I found them on sale at the mall yesterday for a dollar each, and they weren't nearly as nice as these. They do require adult supervision, but they couldn't be easier, so have fun!

Ingredients

  • One bag pretzel rods (about 30 to a bag)
  • One bag chocolate chips, any variety (11 or 12 ounces)
  • Waxed paper

Preparation

  1. Fill a deep saucepan 3/4 of the way, with hot water and bring to boil. Then remove from heat.
  2. Fill a "dishwasher safe" tall narrow drinking glass with chocolate chips. (I use a Pilsner or narrow bottomed beer glass)
  3. Cover mouth of glass with foil and place in boiling water.
  4. After ten minutes, stir with a butter knife until smooth. Chocolate should now be ready to use. If lumps remain, let it sit for a few more minutes and stir again.
  5. Brush any loose salt from pretzels
  6. Dip pretzels, one at a time, into chocolate.
  7. Holding butter knife against side of pretzel, over glass, gently twirl pretzel against the knife. This should cause any excess chocolate to drip backinto the glass.
  8. Place pretzel on waxed paper to dry (1/2 hour) or try one of the options below.
  9. Place finished pretzels in Zip lock style bag, or you can purchase special lollipop bags at candy supply stores. Finish with a bow if desired.
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