3/13/13

Shamrock Pretzel Rods

These Shamrock Pretzel treats will be sure to please any little (or big) leprechauns you might have around the house celebrating St. Patrick's Day with you. The sweet and salty taste of these treats make a great addition to a party table, and the candy shamrocks add a pop of color.






This was my first attempt at using candy melts to make a shape from a template, and it was easier than I expected. The first step is to either print or draw a sheet of shamrocks in the desired size. Then, cover the template with a sheet of wax paper. Follow the outline and fill in with melted candy. The worst thing about working with candy melts is that is gets hard quickly, and you have to keep returning it to the microwave to keep it flowing, but then again, the best thing about working with candy melts is that it gets hard quickly, and you don't have to wait very long to have a finished design.



Print Recipe

Shamrock Pretzel Rods

1 (12 ounce) package green candy melts
1 (12 ounce) package white candy melts
1 (12 ounce) package large pretzel rods

Print or draw a template for shamrocks the size you would like to make. Cover the paper with a sheet of wax paper and tape both in place so they won't slide as you are working.

Melt the green candy according to package directions. Spoon melted candy into a squeeze bottle. Carefully squeeze the melted candy onto the wax paper, following the shamrock outlines and filling in. Let the candy shamrocks cool completely, and when they are firm they will peel right off the wax paper.

Prepare a baking sheet by lining with parchment paper; set aside.

To decorate the pretzels, you will need one squeeze bottle filled with green melted candy and another filled with white melted candy. Spread out a sheet of wax paper to catch drips, and holding a pretzel rod above the paper twirl it around while squeezing first one color then the other onto the upper half of the pretzel, or if you prefer dip the pretzel rod in the melted candy. Lay decorated pretzels out on the prepared pan to dry.

To attach shamrocks, squeeze a small amount of melted candy onto the pretzel, then place the shamrock on the candy and press together gently until attached.

Happy St. Patrick's Day, friends!






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8 comments:

  1. They turned out great! I learned something new too...gonna have to try the candy melts and template idea! Thanks for sharing it at the Rock N Share!

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  2. Wow Anita, what a cute idea and great directions! This looks like a fun foodie project that I want to try. Happy St. Paddy's Day!

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  3. Anita,
    These are just adorable! Have a great St. Patrick's Day and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday!
    Come Back Soon,
    Miz Helen

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  4. How cute are these!!! I love you chocolate shamrocks. SO clever!

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  5. very cute!
    I like your method with the printed page underneath the waxed paper. This "non-artist" needs to remember that.

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