“Don't wait for a special occasion to make these little darlings; make something up if you must have a "reason" for making a mess! Whatever you have on hand--dip it!--cookies, candies, fruit (fresh/dried), crackers, brownies, chips, pretzels.”
3 cups

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon shortening
  • 2 cups pretzels (for example)


  1. In a medium bowl, melt chips and shortening in a microwave; stir until smooth.
  2. While that is melting, tear off rectangles of waxed paper (dipped items will rest here until set).
  3. Using a fork or a dipping tool, dunk half or entire pretzel into chocolate, slightly scrape bottom of item (don't want to waste chocolate dripping off!); set on waxed paper.
  4. Continue until chocolate is gone (gather other dip-able tidbits as suggested in the description).
  5. Unused chocolate can be scraped into a small container and chilled until another batch is made.
  6. Store dipped treats in a covered tin--kept away from heat or water.
  7. GIFT IDEAS: Add a handful to your Christmas cookie trays or tins; add 1/4°C dipped fruit to Junior's lunch box (counts as a fruit AND as "love"--all in one); fill a pretty jar tied with a festive seasonal bow and give to the mail carrier or hair dresser!
  8. DIPSTICK: Dip stick/rod pretzels, candy-canes, or lollipops/suckers THEN sprinkle with decorative sprinkles (you really should let the kids do this--it's just FUN!).

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