Happy Halloween to all of our BakeGreek readers! When I think of Halloween one of the first phrases that comes to my mind is “TRICK OR TREAT!”. Well today you’re in for a special treat because I hope to teach you some new tricks in preparation for making some Halloween treats for your October 31st festivities!
I made these Chocolate covered caramel twist pretzels for the Halloween get together my best friend & I will be hosting at our place on Halloween. I decided to make these because I’ll be out of town this weekend, and these taste great even after a few weeks out. Not to mention they’re super cute, extra chocolately-delicious, and they are easy to make even though they may not look it!
What you’ll need:
- Pretzel Rods
- Melting Chocolate (Any brand will work, I use Merckens melting milk chocolate…it tastes great!)
- Bulk Caramel (I use Peter’s brand caramel which is VERY easy to work with…you can’t go wrong with a 5 lb loaf of caramel!)
- Halloween Decorations (Sprinkles, royal icing decorations, sanding sugar, nuts, etc)
- Cookie trays lined with Parchment Paper (I highly recommend parchment paper over wax paper for this project because the caramel will stick to the wax paper but it will not stick to the parchment paper)
Step 1: Separate a small portion (smaller than the size of a golf ball) of caramel, and roll it in between the 2 palms of your hands to create a string of caramel that will then be twisted around the top half of the pretzel rod. Repeat this step for every pretzel rod and lay them down onto the lined cookie sheet.
Step 2: Melt the melting chocolate in a round, flat bottom microwave safe bowl. There are a few different methods of melting the chocolate, the easiest is microwaving the bowl of chocolate in 30 second intervals and stirring the chocolate each time. Repeat this step until the chocolate is smooth and creamy. If you have a heating plate you can set your bowl of melted chocolate onto it to keep it consistently warm throughout the entire process. Try to resist the temptation of wanting to eat the entire bowl of melted chocolate!
Step 3: Bring each pretzel rod (one at a time) above the bowl of melted chocolate. Using a tablespoon, cover the top half of the caramel covered pretzel completely with the chocolate. Hold the pretzel in one hand and the spoon in the other, and turn the pretzel in a 360 degree turn while you are covering each section in chocolate. Note: Once you’ve covered the top half of the pretzel in chocolate, rock the pretzel up and down above the bowl to remove any excess chocolate from dripping when you transfer the covered pretzel back to the cookie sheet.
Also, although it might seem like a good idea I would not recommend trying to fill a deep bowl with chocolate so that you can just immerse the top half of the pretzel in chocolate. Perhaps if you are making these in bulk it would work, but otherwise if you are only making a small batch it will require a lot more chocolate to do it that way and you would constantly be refilling it.
Step 4: Once the top half of the pretzel is covered completely, lay the pretzel back down onto the lined cookie sheet for decorating. Here are some examples of how you can decorate your chocolate covered caramel twist pretzels but feel free to let your imagination soar. I recommend emphasizing the twists of the caramel by adding sprinkles!
Allow your chocolate covered caramel twists pretzels to dry completely (this will take a few hours). You can then wrap them individually for gift giving, arrange them on a festive serving tray, or just eat & enjoy them straight from the cookie sheet!
A few other Halloween treat ideas: I used the leftover melting chocolate from making the pretzels and also some white melting chocolate to make some Frankenstein & Pumpkin chocolate lollipops using candy molds.
If you want to get fancy with these chocolate pops you can use colored melting chocolate (melting chocolate is available in just about every color), or you can also “paint” the details on the mold using a thin paint brush (ex: the pumpkin’s leaves, Frankenstein’s eyes, tooth, scar, etc.) with the colored melting chocolate, allow the “painted” details to dry, and then fill the rest of the mold with chocolate.
You can’t tell from the front view, but I also added some Halloween sprinkles onto the backs of the lollipops after pouring in the melting chocolate in the mold:
I hope you enjoy making homemade Halloween treats this week and have a safe and exciting Halloween!
Feel free to comment to the post if you have any questions about any of the above Halloween Treat ideas, and feel free to share a Halloween treat idea of your own!