15 June 2006

Vegan Chocolate Covered Pretzels & MwM

Yep, more special fun-to-make treats! This time instead of dipping fruits I dipped pretzels into chocolate goodness. I decided to include the word "vegan" in the title for people who are searching for these. I did a few searches (just for fun, I knew what I was doing), and can you believe there were eggs in some recipes, so much heavy cream, etc!? These are vegan, "healthy" and certainly rich and tasty. I think that even though these look like they could be so junky, they really aren't. I got a bag of pretzels on a late-night-indulgment-spree at the crappy supermarket next door. There were basically two kinds to choose from: Rold Gold which was out of the question because I don't feel like eating bleach. Next it was these Snyder's of Hanover 12 MultiGrain sticks. Let me tell you what's in them: unbleached wheat flour, water, molasses, malt, soy flour, malter barley flour, oat flour, potato flour, sesame seeds, buckwheat flour, rice flour, millet, salt, flax seed, poppy seed, yeast, sugar, soda. Yes I know there's a lot of ingredients, but there's really no junk, a lot of flours, but good ones. All the rest of the choices had maltodextrin and dextrose and honey and other unidentifiable chemicals and crap that I didn't feel like consuming either.

So, I took these healthy pretzel sticks and set them aside with 3 small bowls, one consisting of broken mint cookies (kinda like oreos), one with crushed almonds and the other with "Let's Do Organic" veggie-colored sprinkles. I made three of each toppings, the rest plain. Next, I took a bowl (the lazy method here) and put some chocolate chips, cocoa, a splash of agave nectar and a splash of soymilk and heated it in the... yes, the microwave! It heated a bit without burning and I stirred the rest to melt. It was ready for dipping time. This part was fun. I know I'm 25 and not 5 years old, but I really do enjoy "playing" in the kitchen, especially when it's something simple like this. I dipped many pretzels (by the way, pretzels are awesome with leftover Maple Butter Cream... yes, I'm sooo bad!) into chocolate and some I sprinkled with toppings. I set them on parchment paper on top of a baking sheet and chilled them overnight. They are now stored in a plastic container in the fridge. And to my suprise, the fridge isn't making the pretzels soggy. When I had them hanging out on the counter the chocolate started to melt. Yes, we have A/C, but I like to keep it around 80-83 degrees F, and that seems to still be too warm for the chocolates. It is at least 20-30 degrees cooler than outside! Anyway, these pretzel sticks were a great and fun-to-make treat.

Now let's get to Midweek Munchies (MwM). As always, this is a 2-week list compiled into one MwM post. The list is from the co-op and WFM. Click on the photo to get a larger view of the list. Not much bulk this time around, I had a good amount on hand.
Now take one last look at the pretzels.
Fin.

16 comments:

KleoPatra said...

Leslie, these look GREAT!!!!

Woooooooooeeeeeeeeee!!

Catherine said...

did you decide what you are going to do with the polenta yet? I still really want to try sauteed greens and red sauce . . . maybe I'll make some polenta this weekend! Yep -- in all my free time. Tomorrow will be day 6 of a 7-day-in-a-row work stretch. Yukkers. (Can you tell I'm starting to feel a little crabby about that?)

funwithyourfood said...

I get Koala Crisps too! Those pretzels look devine. and we ALL love to play in the kitchen. It has nothing to do with our age. I think it's just in us. Genetically or something haha

Teddy

Brooke said...

I will have to try this with my kidlings this week! Great idea!

-Brooke

Carrie™ said...

Hey Leslie! I've been away from blogger for a few days and look what I missed. Maple butter cream on crepes!! A kick-ass salad!! Chocolate!!
I hope you'll post what you end up doing with the polenta. I have had very limited polenta exposure, but love all things cornmeal. As for the fajitas, just veggies works fine. If I'm lacking in protein for the day, I'll cut exta firm tofu into finger sized slices and mix it up with the spices and a bit of oil (or water) and let it sit for half an hour or so. Then fry it up along with your veggies.

Dori said...

Ummmm...

Yumm.

Good pretzel find BTW.

I just made a no bake silken tofu / agar key lime cheesecake style pie. I tell you this because it wasn't baked and as I made it I said, "Hey, Leslie would like this kind of recipe (no bake)." My son said, "Who's Leslie?" Hmmmm...I had to think and said someone from my virtual life.

I'll trade you some key lime pie for a pretzel stick my virtual friend. (I squeezed the limes by hand!)

Johanna3 said...

they looks so good , my girl want me to do the same for her right now !:)

Grace said...

OMG those look good. your blog is always a feast for the eyes.

jenny said...

These look great!

Speaking of polenta - Vegetarian Times has an amazing-looking recipe for Polenta Lasagna. It's on page 70. It calls for milk, cream cheese, and parmesan cheese - I would substitute, Silk, Tofutti, and Vegan Rella or Vegan Parm.

Living Vegan

Crystal & Ryan - Café Cyan said...

Yum! Chocolate dipped pretzels are super fun - glad you had a good time with it! Now, question of the day...do you have any leftovers ;)

-Crystal

raising_kahne said...

Oh yumm. I havent had pretzles in a loooong time! All the ones I could find either had too much salt(cant have much, I have kidney stones : ( ) and most of them have hydrogenated crap in them and like 50 billion other things in them that arent needed! ugh! lol But these look amazing!

amygeekgrl said...

those look amazing. beautiful pics!

couscouscaboose said...

How did you know I was going to be searching for a recipe for chocolate-covered pretzels this morning?!

Thanks!!

Vicki said...

your pretzels look really incredible! I'll take one w/almonds, please. i need to make some soon ~ thanks for sharing the process. what's up with the polenta?

Dori said...

Hey, the key lime no bake dish is up.

Delaleuverses said...

This looks delicious and crunchy, just the way I like them, yummy!!