Saturday, February 14, 2009

Caramel & Chocolate Dipped Pretzels

Happy Valentine's Day!

Pretzels dipped in caramel and chocolate

Christmas Caramels (they are great for any season)

1 cup butter

1 cup brown sugar

1 cup white sugar

1 cup light corn syrup

1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk

dash of salt (I always forget to add this)

Combine ingredients in heavy pan. Cook on medium heat, stirring constantly with wooden spoon. Keep at rolling boil and cook till softball forms in cold water (about 13-15 minutes). (about 245˚ by thermometer)

Make the caramel. You want to start dipping pretzels immediately. The caramel gets hard as it cools. Dip the pretzels (you only need to dip once). Place on counter on parchment paper. Let cool. As I remove them, I mold the caramel around the flat spot and then dip in chocolate and let it set on wax paper.

I brake the rod pretzels in half and then dip the broken side. This way it takes about 2 bags of pretzels to use all the caramel. (about 100 pretzels). I use the candy melts chocolate from Michaels. It takes about 3 bags to do a batch. The candy melts can be melted in the microwave. I drizzle with white and colored candy melts for decoration.

They are supper yummy. Have fun!!