Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Eat: Loaded Pretzel Rods

It's so horrible that yesterday I was writing about how I've been eating better, trying to exercise, and need to lose weight and today, this:

But I've been dying to share this recipe with you since Christmas because if you've never had these, you're missing out. Big time. We make them at Christmastime because basically that's the time of year when you make and devour anything that could be in any way healthy. I'm starting to think though that I should probably just make these all year along. I'm also starting to think that writing this post right now is not going to help in any way in keeping me on track with healthy eating today.

What you'll need:
Pretzel rods (I normally buy 1 bag)
Mini chocolate chips
Mini m&ms
Heath toffee bits
Caramels (I normally buy 1 bag)
1 can evaporated milk

*The recipe does not involve specific measurements because you can make it how you want to make it. Don't like heath? Leave it out! Wanna add something else to the mix? Go ahead! You are in control here - you go girl!

What you'll do:
1. Unwrap the caramels into a microwave safe bowl. Add about 3/4 cup of evaporated milk. Melt the caramels in the microwave, stirring occassionally so that it doesn't burn. Continue adding evaporated milk as you stir until the caramel mixture reaches your desired consistency. You want it to be melted, but you don't want it to be too runny to stay on the pretzel rods.

2. Combine your "toppings mixture" (chips, m&ms, heath) in a bowl and set aside.

3. Cover the pretzel rods in caramel by dipping, spooning, or any other way you can. 

4. Quickly move the caramel-covered rod to the toppings bowl. Again, in any way you can, cover the caramel with your toppings.

5. Lay your loaded pretzel rod on wax paper or a cookie sheet to cool. I normally set them outside to speed up this process.

Now that my mouth is watering I'm going to go help myself to some tea and an egg. It doesn't really sound quite as good after editing these scrumptious pictures.

Life is short. Grab a rod and load it up.

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