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Birch Pretzel Logs

 Birch Pretzel Logs
At the root of this treat is plenty of penny-wise practicality. "I first started making the 'logs' after I saw some chocolate-dipped pretzels at a shop," explains Mary Biebl of St. Paul, Minnesota. "They sure were appealing—but the price was outrageous. So I came up with my own version. "Nowadays, I often tie bundles of plastic-wrapped 'logs' with ribbons to give out a Christmas, or I'll set
24 ServingsPrep: 30 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1 pound white candy coating, coarsely chopped
  • 1 package (10 ounces) pretzel rods
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 small heavy-duty resealable plastic bag

Directions

  • In a microwave, melt candy coating; stir until smooth. Pour into an
  • ungreased 8-in. square pan or a tall glass. Roll or dip pretzels in
  • coating, leaving 1 in. of space on the end you are holding; allow
  • excess to drip off. Place on waxed paper-lined baking sheets; let
  • stand until set.
  • In a microwave, melt chocolate chips; stir until smooth. Pour into a
  • small resealable plastic bag. Carefully cut a very small hole in the
  • bottom corner of the bag. Pipe stripe markings across the pretzel
  • rods to resemble birch trees. Allow to set. Store in an airtight
  • container.
  • Yield: about 2 dozen.