I’m pretty sure we got another foot of snow last night. Or it might be just an inch, but either way everything outside my window is white. I’ve given up on caring if we get more snow. Come the end of February, or March even, I know it’s going to keep coming for another four weeks. Sometimes even into April. I figure I might as well embrace it! Besides, it’s absolutely fitting with my Frozen themed week!!
This week I’m featuring a double-header ‘food craft’. Stay tuned on Friday for the ‘Fun Friday’ weekly addition. You might even see today’s feature show up again! I’m all about creating things that can be used for multiple projects, and today’s food craft is no different.
I was inspired this week by a few friends and a Disneyland copycat recipe I saw on Instagram. Taking a slightly different spin on things, I created a Frozen inspired snack. A Frozen Fractal, to be exact! Introducing Disney-Inspired Frozen Fractal Pretzels:
Pretzel Rods (4-5)
Caramel (1/2 a Bag of Kraft Caramel, for Melting) (Optional)
1/2 Cup of Rice Krispies
White Melting Chocolate (I used about 1/3 of a bag of Ghirardelli)
Blue Food Coloring
Teal Sanding Sugar
Small Pan and Spatula
1. Step One
As with all projects this week, the first step is to turn on some Frozen soundtrack music. It helps get you into the mood to create a Frozen snack. Plus, all that snow you may or may not have outside is more fitting when you’re listening to ‘Let It Go’. Go ahead, we can wait to start things. Turn on that music!
2. Step Two
Once you have that music on, gather up all your supplies. I did buy full bags of all the items listed above, and unless you have the ingredients on hand, odds are you will too. You can always double the recipe if you want, as you’ll have more than enough to do so.
3. Step Three
Setup a long piece of waxed paper. Ideally, this would be next to your stove, or relatively close by if you don’t have counter space next to your stove top. Unwrap all the caramel and place it inside of a small pan on the stove. Set your white chocolate up in a small bowl as well. Place your pretzel rods on the wax paper, ready to be dipped in caramel! It might be beneficial to spray the wax paper lightly with cooking spray. I didn’t want to add the extra oil to the treat, but note that it is difficult to pull the pretzels off the waxed paper. You’re going to need a little bit of patience when you completed that step.
4. Step Four
Melt your caramel on the stove, following the instructions on the bag. You are going to have to stay close to the burner as it can start to burn quickly. I only know from experience! Yet, burning caramel does smell pretty amazing in my opinion, so it’s not the end of the world! If you are opting to not have caramel in this treat, skip down to step seven.
5. Step Five
Take your pretzel rods one at a time and dip each one into the caramel. I used a spatula to cover about 3/4 of each pretzel. Once covered I laid each one onto the waxed paper.
6. Step Six
Let the pretzels cool completely. This took about ten minutes for me. My counters tend to run a little on the cooler side, so your timing might vary slightly. Once they are cooled, remove each one from the waxed paper so they are ready for the next step.
7. Step Seven
Pop the white chocolate in the microwave. Microwave in 30 second waves, stirring in between each melting. Your microwave time might vary and you might only need about 10-15 seconds for each wave. Either way, get the chocolate nice and melted and keep a close eye on it so it doesn’t burn.
8. Step Eight
Mix the Rice Krispies and 3-4 drops of blue food coloring (optional) into the melted chocolate. Make sure it is all evenly distributed, giving your mixture a good stir. Be careful not to crush the Rice Krispies! Dip the caramel covered pretzels into the chocolate and Rice Krispie mixture. You are most likely going to need to use a spoon or spatula to cover up the pretzels.
9. Step Nine
Once your pretzels are covered in chocolate and Rice Krispies, it’s time to add your sanding sugar. I like to add it to the pretzels as they are cooling as it creates a more ‘icy’ appearance. You can always let the pretzels cool on some more wax paper before adding the sugar.
10. Step Ten
Let your pretzels cool completely, and viola! You have some yummy Frozen Fractals! Elsa herself would be proud!
This little snack is definitely yummy and addicting. The caramel is very sticky, as you could have guessed! I feel I need to warn you in case you have fillings or any other dental work that could possibly be pulled out by sticky caramel! If you have had bad experiences with caramel in the past, it might be beneficial to leave the caramel layer out of this project. I’ve made the pretzels both ways and found them yummy and kid approved each way. Let’s face it though, what kid turns down any form of sugar?
There ya go! Now take those pretzels and go run through your snow-covered yard singing, ‘Let it go’! We all know it’s stuck in your head since it was on while you were creating this snack. You’re welcome 😉
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