Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Valentine's Treats

Last week I made two delicious treats that are great any time but especially festive for Valentine's Day. I tried this Red Velvet Puppy Chow recipe from my "Recipes To Try" Pinterest Board for the first time and it did not disappoint:

I also made my Famous Pretzels using the Valentine's m&m's. This is my second favorite m&m's color scheme (Easter pastels are my favorite). I love the abundance of pink m&m's.

Here is the recipe for the pretzels:

One pound bag of Snyders Tiny Twists pretzels
24 ounces of vanilla flavored almond bark or white candy coating (do not use white chocolate chips)
Medium bag of Valentine's milk chocolate m&m's

Spread wax paper over a large area of kitchen counter.
Pour pretzels into a large bowl and pour m&m's into a small bowl.
Set two squares (approx 4 ounces) of almond bark aside and put the remaining almond bark into a microwave safe bowl and melt in microwave according to package directions. Be careful not to overheat!
Once almond bark is melted pour over pretzels in bowl.
Use a spatula to stir pretzels until they are evenly coated with the almond bark.
Spread coated pretzels out on wax paper quickly, getting them into a single layer as much as possible (the key here is to be quick).
Once pretzels are spread out on wax paper sprinkle m&m's on top of pretzels, before the coating sets, so that they will stick.
After m&m's have been sprinkled go back and attach any loose m&m's to pretzels, then melt the remaining squares of almond bark you set aside earlier and drizzle over pretzels so m&m's will stick better.
Once coating dries completely (this doesn't take long) store pretzels in an airtight container until time to serve!


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