Friday, November 19, 2010

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Today marks the beginning of the end in the Harry Potter movie series, something I've both looked forward to and dreaded at the same time. I have enjoyed every movie just as much as I enjoyed reading the entire series. So for those who have not read the book, and will be going into these final two movies in  the dark, I will not give away any details accept for one. That one thing simply revolves around their wands. As you remember Harry Potters and Voldemort's wands are brothers, which makes their battles special. In the final movie you will see Voldemort going to great lengths to defeat Harry Potter, sadly we will have to wait another year to see if he does so or if Harry Potter will triumph over evil. So for the final movie I give you Chocolate Covered Pretzel Wands!

I had intended on doing all 6 movies leading up today, but due to time and the splitting of the final movie. I have chosen instead to do the first three and reserve the final three for the final movie.
10 ounces pretzel sticks (Pretzel RODS)
12 ounces milk chocolate chips (or melting discs)
1/2 cup wihite chocolate chips (optional)
candy sprinkles (optional)
miniature M&M's chocolate candies (optional)
mini Reese's pieces (optional)
chopped peanuts (optional)

1.Melt milk chocolate chip in double boiler or in microwave (be careful not to burn in the micro).
2. If you are using the white chocolate, wait until later before melting unless you can keep it over warm water.
3. Dip each pretzel rode about 2/3 of the way up in chocolate.
4. Lay on wax paper lined baking sheets, lining up the rods but leave a bit of space between them.
5. Allow to set a little, but not completely dry (while waiting, make sure your white chocolate is ready).
6. Dip a fork into the white chocolate and drizzle over the milk chocolate by gently swishing the fork back and forth over the rods but not touching them.
7. Place your sprinkles or candies on a paper plate and roll each pretzel rod in desired topping (or jus sprinkle on).
8. Lay back on wax paper to set completely.
9. These look great displayed in, or given in, a unique glass or mug.

I ran into one little problem, and that was picking the chocolate covered rods up off of the wax paper. My loving wife suggested placing them in fridge, she said she read that should help to let the chocolate release the paper and it worked. It was this sticking problem that I just sprinkled on my topping and did not try the roll method.

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