Pecan + pretzel + chocolate = delicious

Amy from Angry Chicken sent us this quick last minute gift idea

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Here’s a fun and quick cooking project that you can make with and the kids and give away as gifts. Multi-tasking can begin early! And you can never be to young to appreciate the tasty combination of chocolate and salt. Yum!

You will need:
Small round or square pretzels
Pecan halves
Rolos, Hershey Kisses, or a similar chocolate candy (something with caramel is extra good)
Plastic bags
Labels and markers

Heat your oven to 400°f (200°c) and have the kids stack the pretzels and then Rolos on a cookie sheet. This may take awhile, let them have fun with it. It’s the easy non-hot part.

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Pop them in the hot oven for 3 minutes. Different candies take different times, but you want the candy soft enough to be squishy.

Take them out on the oven and transfer to a plate so the kids don’t burn themselves on the tray and have them push the pecan half on top of the chocolate, squishing it down. The chocolate will be hot, so supervise closely. I have never had any burns, but if one goes in the mouth, that would be a big ouch.

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Chill the candies in the fridge and when they are firm put into baggies, making decorative labels if you wish. Now give away as gifts (or keep!).

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Feel free to try different candy combinations. I’m still trying to figure out a combo that would work with a gumdrop on top. Happy holidays, have fun and don’t forget to wash your hands first!

20 Responses to “Pecan + pretzel + chocolate = delicious”

  1. Stacy

    I did this with my own two year old last week in preparation for an early Christmas celebration with family. (It also served to meet one of advent activities, as we do a chain to countdown the days until the holiday – with one activity listed per link). I posted about it on my non-crafty blog, Kenzie’s doodles on Dec. 15. This is the *perfect* toddler friendly recipe, and is absolutely yummy given it’s simplicity!

  2. Erin

    Sounds very good!
    In fact I am going to try to get my husband to run out and get the ingredients for tomorrow:)
    This will be a fun project for my 3 year old to do with her frined who is visiting tomorrow.

  3. Kim

    Try marshmellows and gumdrops-
    We make smores in the microwave all the time and all kinds of things have been stuck in the marshellows-

  4. Kathy Pitt

    oh this is AWESOME I love it, will definitely try it 🙂
    Im off shopping tonight, so i will get some ingredients!

  5. Laurie

    We’ve been making these for the past couple of weeks and everyone loves them. My girls (ages 8 and 3) have had a great time helping. Great project!

  6. Bgirl

    We make these – couldn’t be easier, and they taste incredible! Definately something even the littlest hands can do! PS, I recommend using the Rollos.

  7. andrea

    I just tried them – they are great! I am going to get more ingredients so my niece & I can do them on Christmas day! Thanks so much.

  8. Tammy

    I made these this morning and packaged them up for teacher gifts. The Rolos are awesome – I need to get some more tomorrow and make some for our bus driver and postal carrier.

  9. stacey

    made these with my 2 and 4 year old last night. so easy and fun. and delicious!

    the only thing is that they don’t have a name! we decided on rolo poly pecans.

  10. Melissa

    Thanks for this great idea – my 4 year old and 2 year old are going to make these tomorrow morning as their gift for their grandmothers. One of whom has a nostalgic thing for Turtles (from Canada) and I think that these may really hit the spot. Happy Xmas and thanks again.

  11. scout

    We made these yesterday and gave them to all of our neighbors and it was a BIG hit! My 4.5 year old really had fun doing this.

  12. Julie

    I saw this the other day, and then didn’t give it much thought. Last night, though, I realized I needed a gift for someone, like, RIGHT NOW, and I managed to make a tray of these while I was cooking dinner. (My toddler, sadly, did not help).

    I didn’t have any pecan halves around, so I made these with Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and then cocktail peanuts on top. They are really, really excellent. And now, sigh, my gift-making is finally complete for the year.

    Thanks for this great idea! We will make these again–this time, with the toddler.

  13. udandi

    I love these, we make them with hershey kisses and peanut m&ms, which gives them a little color!

  14. Natalie

    My kids and I made these yesterday and they are delicious! Thanks for taking the time to share this with all of us Amy!

  15. Mo

    We made this last year and absolutly love it!Got the recipie from another friend and was pleased to see it here

  16. Jennifer

    Baby in-utero wasn’t able to help but all of my adult friends and family loved this dessert! My variation involved ingredients that I found during my Trader Joe’s grocery trip. Pretzel Thins topped with slices of TJ dark chocolate covered caramels (too big to use withought slicing) and pecan pieces. I’ve been calling them “Fake Turtles”…same idea as a regular turtle candy but with fewer calories. Wonderful recipe and oh-so easy!

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