These miniature chocolate candies are sweet and salty … and adorable for Easter. Crunchy pretzel sticks imitate sticks when combined with a chocolate base to create a nest. Add an egg-shaped candy or two for a cute treat everyone will enjoy. While jelly beans, or a number of egg-shaped chocolate candies would work well, peanut butter M&M’s were used here for a really great flavor combination of peanut butter, chocolate and pretzels. There’s no baking involved and only three ingredients in this recipe, making it a kid-friendly holiday activity.
Peanut butter cup molds can be found online, but are also sold in most craft stores in the baking/candy section. If you’re in the Bensalem, PA area, they can be found at A.C. Moore on Street Road. They are only a few dollars, so you might want to buy two to speed along the process. For the best deal, be sure to print out a coupon before visiting the store. Since you can use these molds over and over again, they are well worth the very small investment. Click here to see my article on Cupcake Bites, another recipe that uses these candy molds.
While you can certainly just use chocolate baking morsels for this recipe, you might opt to go for high-quality melting chocolate. If you’re in the Bensalem, PA area, Gabe’s Candy & Nut House on Neshaminy Boulevard carries Merckens® melting chocolate, a brand known for superior quality and consistency. Choose from milk or dark cocoa melting wafers. (Milk chocolate used here.)
- 1 12-oz. bag of chocolate baking morsels (or 1 pound chocolate melting wafers)
- 1 bag Rold Gold® Pretzel Sticks (about 1/3 of the bag will be used)
- 1 bag of M&M’s® Speck-tacular Eggs (peanut butter flavor used here)
- Melt the chocolate using either a double boiler or microwave, being sure to stir until smooth.
- Fill the candy molds about 1/3 to 1/2 way with melted chocolate.
- Break pretzel sticks in half, and place them around the edges of the candy molds, dipping one end in the chocolate. Crisscrossing the pretzels in pairs around the edges helps create a nest-like look, but there are really no rules for this as long as you leave room for the “egg” in the center.
- Place one or two M&M’s in the center of each pretzel nest.
- Allow candy mold trays to cool in the refrigerator for approximately 15 minutes, or until the chocolate hardens. Once the chocolate has fully hardened, candies will pop out of the mold easily with just a little pressure on the bottom.
- For a cute presentation and easier handling, place candies in miniature cupcake liners. Store in an airtight container until ready to serve.
- Makes approximately 50 candies.
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