These treats are so simple, even very young children can help make them (just be sure the chocolate’s not hot enough to burn tender little fingers). You can use any shape or size of pretzel—or a combination. Feel free to substitute dried fruit, fresh fruit, or cookies for the pretzels. And toss on some sprinkles if the mood strikes.
What You Do:
Place chocolate chips in a microwave-safe dish and microwave on high for about 2 minutes. Stir chocolate and continue to microwave for 30- to 60-second intervals until chocolate is completely melted.
Place the melted chocolate and plates with different colored sprinkles on the counter. Dip pretzel sticks in chocolate to cover, then quickly roll in the colored sprinkles or decorating sugar. Lay covered pretzels on wax paper and let set completely, about 30 minutes. Place decorated pretzels in gift boxes layered with waxed paper and refrigerate until you’re ready to take them to their recipients.
Robin Donovan is a San Francisco-based food writer and is the author of Campfire Cuisine: Gourmet Recipes for the Great Outdoors.