One of the toughest obstacles I've had to overcome since going gluten free is convincing others that removing the gluten doesn't always mean removing the good flavors.
Just as though a gluten-eating pal may not find that all brands of his/her favorite foods are created equally, the same principle applies in the gluten free world. Not every gluten free chocolate chip cookie or pizza or pasta is created equally. Yes, some brands are less palatable and to put it gently - unappetizing. That's not to say, however, that there aren't some fantastic brands out there that make products well. So well, in fact, that if you served them to someone without prefacing that they are "gluten free" (let's face it - this is an automatic turnoff for so many people, ugh!), they will probably say how delicious it is. All it takes is a little trial and error for your tastebuds.
Part of my self-assigned mission has been to help everyone see that gluten free can be so good! Any time we get together for gatherings with family or friends, I try and bring something to the table (pun intended!) that is gluten free AND so yummy, leaving everyone wondering how gluten free can really be that delicious. And I've succeeded, many times!
For our first New Year's Eve celebrations in Florida, I made gluten free chocolate covered pretzels, and they were a hit! No one "knew" they were gluten free until they spotted me eating some - a dead giveaway!
If you ever need an easy dessert to bring to a party, give these chocolate covered pretzels a try. In less than an hour, you'll have a salty, sweet, crunchy treat that everyone will love.
My version of these pretzels has a secret ingredient - pink salt. I sprinkle a little pinch over every pretzel before the chocolate hardens to add a subtle, yet delicious twist. I also love making them with semi-sweet chocolate, but you can make them with white or dark chocolate, or any other flavor you may enjoy! If you're feeling crazy, try mixing it up and adding gluten free sprinkles, shaved coconut, or drizzling white chocolate on top of milk chocolate dipped pretzels. There is no limit to how creative you can get with them!
Here's how you can make my chocolate covered pretzels!
- 1 package of your favorite GF pretzels
- 1 package of GF semi-sweet chocolate chips
- fine sea salt
- Prepare a few sheet trays by lining them with parchment paper.
- Create a double boiler by filling a medium saucepan with two inches of water. Bring the water to a boil. Once it reaches a boil, reduce the heat to maintain a constant simmer.
- Place an aluminum or glass bowl (or one that can withstand heat) on top of the pan, ensuring the water will not touch the bottom of the bowl when simmering. If the water comes into contact with the bowl, this can cause your chocolate to seize up and basically harden and become unusable.
- Pour the chocolate chips into the bowl. Within a minute or two, the chocolate will begin to melt. Slowly stir together until all chocolate becomes melted. Throughout the process, you may need to occasionally stir the chocolate and scrape the chocolate from the sides of the bowl, to keep it all melted.
- Take each pretzel and dip into the hot chocolate about half way or three-quarters of the way. It's up to you! **But be careful with your fingers! If they dip directly into the chocolate, it will be HOT!
- Take the dipped pretzel and lay it on the parchment paper. Continue this process until you have a full sheet tray of them, ensuring the pretzels don't touch (so they do not get stuck together).
- Sprinkle a little sea salt on top of the pretzels.
- Transfer to the fridge to harden, which can take about 30-60 minutes, or until the chocolate feels solid.
- Serve chilled or at room temperature and enjoy!