Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Valentine Pretzel French Fries

 These were for my kids teachers and the ladies I visit teach at church.
 I got these french fry boxes on Pick Your Plum.com awhile ago and have been trying to figure out what to use them for.  I thought caramel pretzels would be fun and french fryish.  They have other colors too. I added twine to the boxes that I got from there website as well and some foam stickers from Target.
 I make these pretzels in 2 steps. First I make the caramel using this recipe: 1 cup sugar, 3/4 cup karo syrup, 1 cup whipping cream, 1/4 cup of butter, and 1/2 tsp. vanilla.
Add sugar, 1/2 cup of the cream and karo to heavy pan over low heat. Wash sides with hot water and don't let boil until sugar dissolves. Once sugar is dissolved turn heat up to medium. Add other half of cream slowly then add butter. Cook to 242 degrees. Add vanilla. Pour into greased 9x13 pan.
Step 2: Break the pretzel rod in half so they will fit in the box better.  Then take the caramel out of pan and place it on a cutting board and cut small strips. Wrap it around the pretzel starting with the broken off end first.  I then cover it with chocolate right away and set it on wax paper and either cover with sprinkles, crushed peppermint (looks prettier than it tastes,) or let dry and drizzle colored chocolate over them.

I was able to fit 6 half pretzels in each regular size cellophane bag.  They fit perfectly into the boxes.
Happy Valentine's Day!

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