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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Nut-free Chocolate Dipped Pretzels

Chocolate can be a problematic ingredient for the allergy-minded cook. Even when nuts aren't in the ingredients they are frequently on "may contain" warnings. What's a chocoholic to do...?
Here are three options for making delicious, allergen free chocolate dipped pretzels. 
This recipe can be customized to be nut free, dairy free, and even wheat free.

OPTION #1- purchase safe chocolate chips (like Enjoy Life- made in a nutfree factory). Melt the chips and dip the pretzels in.
Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips
Enjoy Life Gluten Free Mini Chocolate Chips 10oz.

OPTION #2- take a container of dairy free, nutfree cake frosting and melt it over a low flame. Once the frosting is liquid, you can dip broken pretzel rods in (dip the broken end to cover its "broken-ness".
- experiment with different frostings, flavors, and colors
white frosting with a little bit of strong, hot coffee makes a mocha flavor
add coloring to white frosting (pink, lt blue etc...)
garnish w sprinkles or drizzle with melted chocolate frosting
Pillsbury Frosting (use a 'pareve' /non-dairy flavor)

* place the pretzels on waxed paper on a baking sheet. Once cooled, cover and freeze.
These need to be served frozen for the frosting to have a hard chocolate shell rather than a soft frosting one.

OPTION #3- Use gluten free pretzels instead of traditional wheat based pretzels.
Barkat Gluten Free Pretzels
Barkat Pretzel Sticks 2.65oz.

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