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This is a delicious holiday treat, homemade peppermint pretzels thins.
Jenn and I love shopping at Trader Joe’s, especially during the holidays. They offer so many seasonal treats at a great price. One of the offerings are peppermint pretzel thins. Last year they sold out very quickly at our closest location. This necessitated creating homemade peppermint pretzel thins.
Trader Joe’s is about 1.25 hours from my house. As much as I love this store, I don’t get there very often. During the holiday time they have specialty items. Bread mixes, soups, treats and more. Our personal favorite treat for Christmastime are the peppermint pretzel thins. I’m so glad that this homemade recipe version turned out, because it saves me from having to drive so far.
What are peppermint pretzel thins?
No surprises here. LOL Think of a skinny, flat pretzel covered in melted creamy white chocolate and crushed peppermint candy canes.
How to make homemade peppermint pretzel thins
Fortunately, my grocery store had the pretzel crisps for a BOGO special, so I stocked up. These make for great gifts for family and friends.
- 8 ounces white Ghirardelli chocolate. I used two 4 ounce bars.
- 1 drop peppermint extract. A little bit goes a long way.
- One 7-9 oz bag of pretzel thins or crisps
- Candy canes
Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
Finely crush candy canes.
Add white chocolate to a microwave safe bowl.
Carefully melt the white chocolate for 90 seconds. Remove bowl from microwave and stir thoroughly. Continue microwaving in 30 second intervals until the chocolate is completely melted and smooth - but not boiling. You never want to overcook chocolate
Add only one drop of peppermint extract to the melted chocolate. Stir and incorporate thoroughly.
Using a fork, dunk each pretzel thin individually in the melted chocolate mixture. Tap the fork on the side of the bowl so that excess chocolate drips off.
Place the dipped pretzels on the parchment paper and sprinkle immediately with crushed candy canes.
Let the pretzels sit until the chocolate hardens.
Store peppermint pretzel thins in an airtight container for two weeks...if they last that long!
Feel free to use whatever type of white melting chocolate that you like. You can use white chocolate chips or even dark chocolate chips if you prefer a more chocolatey flavor. Personally, we stick with the creamy blend of white chocolate.
What I really like about my recipe is that I’m in charge of the peppermint flavor. I think that the peppermint flavor of the Trader Joe’s version only comes from the crushed candy canes. Adding just a hint of peppermint extract to the melted chocolate really enhanced the flavor. Be careful – as a little bit of this goes a long way. You don’t want your delicious treat to taste like toothpaste. LOL! I also feel that the quality of candy canes makes a difference as well.
The best part about this sweet treat is that they are easy and quick to make!
Hopefully, you are inspired to add these to your holiday treat list. What are you making?