Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Valentine Chocolates

What says "I LOVE YOU!" better than homemade Valentine chocolates?  These are DELICIOUS!!!

My husband LOVES Take 5 candy bars so I decided that's what I would make this year.  They are pretty simple and they even end up looking somewhat like a heart.  I'm sure they would look more like one if you really work at it but I didn't have the patience.
Unwrap caramels and place in a double boiler with a couple tablespoons of evaporated milk (I used regular milk because I didn't have any evaporated).  I also don't have a double boiler so I just put a canning ring at the bottom of my pan and then a glass bowl on top of it.  You could also use the microwave, just make sure you don't overheat it.

Place pretzel knots on a wax paper lined cookie sheet and spoon about a teaspoon of melted caramel into each of the pretzels.  Place in in the freezer to cool.  If you want to make them into suckers, place a sucker stick in the caramel before it cools.

Mix up your favorite peanut butter ball recipe but don't add quite as much powdered sugar.  You want the dough to be a little sticky and not crumbly.  (Let me know if you want my recipe and I'll share.  I just don't have it on me right now.)

Place about a tablespoon of peanut butter mixture on the caramel pretzels and form into a heart shape.  Put back in the freezer.

Melt chocolate in your double boiler and dip cooled pretzels and place back on the waxed paper to set.  You can use milk or dark chocolate.  I did some of both.  If the caramel is sticking to the wax paper, place back in the freezer for a few minutes and it should come right off.

I've also made some without the caramel and they were still YUMMY!!!  If you have any leftover chocolate, just dip plain pretzels in it.   You can make them pretty by drizzing white chocolate over the top.


Becky said...

I'm going to have to do this one for Jared, he loves Take 5 bars as well. I was in Zurchers the other day and saw that they have molds for pretzel rods that were really cute, not sure how long those have been around but might get some when they go on clearance.

Heather said...

My goodness! Do you know how to do everything! You are very talented. I would love some of those.:)