Hi Ladies! Wow...Christmas is only 6 days away!!! If you are like me, you are probably in the midst of getting gifts not only for your kids and your family, but when you have younger children....teachers too!! With having 2 special needs children comes lots of therapists, very special physicians, teachers, aids, nurses, and bus drivers. My go-to for not too costly, but beautiful, and of course, yummy, gifts are CHOCOLATE COVERED PRETZELS. I know tomorrow is the last day of school for most of the kids, BUT if you still need a few budget friendly gifts in the days ahead, here's a great idea!
Chocolate covered pretzels don't sound too fancy or too hard to make, but I do some simple tricks that make these babies look store bought - or better yet, look so homemade with much time and attention to detail that you'll hear lots of "oohhhs" and "ahhhhs."
Heini's Cheese Chalet has an awesome section of sprinkles and decorations at great prices! The point is (and you hear this on Food Network ALL the time!!) presentation is everything!!! You can make these pretzels look awesome with all the bling and decorations you add to them. You truly can never have to much edible glitter, silver and gold nonpareils, and crushed candy canes. This is the time to let your creativity come out. And this is why home made gifts are so special - because you have decorated and thought about each and every one!
Once my pretzels are glitzin' and glammin', they go into the refrigerator to harden. Once the chocolate has hardened, I put them in an airtight container....until the final presentation.
Once the pans are filled, I purchase celaphane bags from my local cake/candy shop for $.18 each. You really can take ANY dish into most candy stores to find a bag that fits around the gift just perfect. Once the pretzels are in the bags, I tie the bags off with a soft ribbon (wire-free). To keep the edges from fraying I melt them very quickly with a lighter. The ribbon stays beautiful and looks amazing.
You can take these tips and tweak them however best suits you. Just remember, it is the embellishments that make all the difference, so don't be afraid to spend a few extra dollars on decorations which will create the look of fancy and festive (even though you and I know this project is very frugal!!). Enjoy!!
Have a blessed Christmas! Rejoice in the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ!