Hello, friends, Happy Friday! I know the title is a bit of a mouthful, but you read it right, today I am sharing a little DIY on the Valentine’s Day gift I gave the Boyfriend – peanut butter pretzel nuggets dipped in chocolate and then drizzled with more chocolate and melted peanut butter chips! It’s not really a recipe, so much as a How-To, hence the title; either way, they taste amazing, so here goes!
First, you want to gather your ingredients. You’ll need:
- chocolate – duh! – milk, dark, and anything in between
- peanut butter pretzel nuggets
- shortening or vegetable oil (just a little bit, I promise)
Next, you’ll need to gather your utensils, which will vary depending on how you want to melt your chocolate. I find the best way to melt chocolate without risk of scorching or burning it is to use the “double boiler” system. It sounds intimidating, but don’t let it scare you, it really couldn’t be easier! Just use a pot on the bottom with a small amount of water in it (about 1/2 inch below the top pot or bowl), place a second pot or bowl on top and simmer the water. See below:
This method allows you to slowly and carefully melt the chocolate without burning it; just make sure to stir constantly and do not allow the water to go above a simmer. Once the chocolate is melted, you can turn the heat off and the hot water below will keep it warm for an extended period of time, so you don’t have to keep re-heating it.
Since I know the Boyfriend likes Belgian-style chocolate, I chose to use a large milk chocolate bar (from Fresh n Easy, so yummy!) which I chopped into chunks for melting. In order to make sure the chocolate melted smoothly and dried glossy, I added approximately 2 tablespoons of shortening to the 14 ounces of chocolate.
Now you’re ready to start melting and dipping – my favorite part! I simply dropped the peanut butter nuggets into the chocolate and then used two forks to coat them and then pull them out. The tines of the forks allowed excess chocolate to drip back into the bowl so I didn’t end up with gloppy messes of chocolate (as fun and tasty as that would have been).
Before you start dipping, however, don’t forget to set up a place for your chocolate to dry! You can use drying racks, but I used cookie sheets lined with wax paper so I wouldn’t get lines in the bottom of the nuggets (plus, sometimes the chocolate can dry around the racks and it’s hard to get off). Make sure you allow ample time for the chocolate to dry, which, depending on the weather and humidity, can take a while. You can put your chocolates in the refrigerator or freezer, but be careful because this can sometimes cause the chocolate to crack or dull.
Next, I decided to get fancy and melt more chocolate and peanut butter chips to drizzle over the top of the nuggets! I also wanted this chocolate to be nice and thin for drizzling, so I added a small amount of vegetable oil to the chocolate once it was melted. I think they came out pretty nice.
Once the chocolate was fully dry, I was ready to package it up. I found a cute little Valentine’s tin, which I lined with more wax paper to protect the chocolates; but, the nice thing about chocolate is that it makes a great gift no matter what the occasion. I know I would be happy to receive these chocolates any day of the year, especially since anything with both chocolate and peanut butter is a favorite of mine (especially when you add the salty crunch of the pretzels)!
I hope this DIY was easy to follow, but let me know if you have any questions! Thanks for reading :)