Dark Chocolate Pretzel Clusters
Chocolate with a salty crunch is all the rage now—even the mass market candy makers have caught on. But some of us are long-time devotees. Dark chocolate-covered pretzels have been a favorite of mine since childhood, so when I found myself with a bag of broken pretzels what else could I do but smother them in the best quality chocolate and turn them into a mouthwatering candy cluster.
4 oz. any shape thick-style salted pretzels
6 oz. dark chocolate (60% to 70% cocoa solids), chopped
Line a baking sheet with wax paper.
Put the pretzels into a sealable plastic bag and crush them with a rolling pin or mallet into about 1/4-inch pieces. You should wind up with about 2 cups of pretzel pieces.
Place the chocolate in the top of a double boiler set over barely simmering water. Make sure the bottom of the pan does not touch the water. Melt the chocolate, stirring frequently, about 1 minute. Remove the pan from the heat. Add the pretzel pieces to the chocolate and stir until well coated.
Scoop heaping tablespoon-size stacks of the chocolate-covered pretzel pieces onto the prepared baking sheet. Place the baking sheet in the refrigerator and allow to cool and set, about 20 minutes. Store and serve at room temperature.
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Photo: Quentin Bacon