The dulce de leche tucked inside a layer of thick semi-sweet chocolate in these pretzels is a subtle surprise as it is completely unexpected. I give the same sweet treatment to chocolate-covered strawberries. Make sure to use a thicker confectionary dulce de leche for this recipe so the chocolate covering stays nice and thick. Don’t worry about perfection with these pretzels; the thick chocolate covering makes everything look dressed up and ready for a party.
Makes 16 pretzels; Prep time: Active: 20 min.; Total: 1 hour, 30 Min.
(includes time to set)
16 Snyder’s of Hanover Old Tyme Pretzels, or another brand of medium thickness
½ cup confectionary dulce de leche
12 oz. bittersweet 60% cacao chocolate
4 oz. white chocolate
ARRANGE 16 WHOLE pretzels with flat side facing up. On the flat side, spread a thin layer of confectionary dulce de leche over the entire pretzel.
In a double boiler, melt dark chocolate. Remove bowl from the heat. One by one, dip each dulce de leche-covered pretzel into the bowl and thoroughly cover with chocolate. Lift and allow excess chocolate to fall back into the bowl. Lay on parchment paper, flat side down. With a spatula, pour a tiny bit more chocolate over the pretzel to remove any finger markings. Repeat with all 16 pretzels and allow chocolate to set.
In a double boiler, melt white chocolate. Put in a pastry bag and pipe zigzags over the dark chocolate pretzels. Allow to set for at least an hour prior to serving.
Chocolate-covered strawberries are the ultimate indulgence. The dulce de leche is a subtle surprise, as it is gloriously tucked inside a layer of thick semi-sweet chocolate, and completely unexpected! Make sure to use the thicker confectionary dulce de leche for this recipe so the chocolate covering stays nice and thick. Don’t worry about perfection with these strawberries; the thick chocolate covering makes everything looked dressed up and ready for a party. I make them to surprise friends, to decorate cakes, for school holiday parties, or to make stunning brochettes for summer parties. They are also a fun way to get my kids in the kitchen.
Confectionary dulce de leche
Bittersweet 60% cacao chocolate
Cleaned, dry strawberries
USING AN OFFSET SPATULA, generously spread confectionary dulce de leche over cleaned, dried strawberries. (I like to clean my strawberries the night before I use them to let them dry completely overnight.) This is never perfect; just try to keep the dulce de leche somewhat even.
Place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and refrigerate or set in a cool place for half an hour to set; then melt dark and white chocolate in a double boiler, and dip away. Long-stemmed strawberries are easiest to use and also create a dramatic visual impact. They are more pricy though, and regular strawberries taste just as good!
Allow to set in a cool place for an hour before serving.
You’re family and friends will love the golden surprise waiting within each strawberry!