Turning plain, hard pretzels into adorable chocolate-coated lady bugs is easy with colored compound chocolate, which melts with ease in the microwave. Better known as candy melts, compound chocolate coatings are typically round discs that have cocoa flavor, but not the pure cocoa butter of traditional chocolate. This makes them easier to color and melt, as the compound chocolate doesn't have to be tempered. Found in most specialty baking stores, you only need to dip the pretzels in the melted red and black candy melts and add a few dots to create that cute lady bug look.
Things You'll Need
- Baking sheet
- Parchment paper
- Red and black candy melts
- Microwave-safe bowls
- Two-prong dipping fork
- White vanilla icing
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Pour red chocolate candy melts into a small microwave-safe bowl and place in the microwave. Melt on 50 percent power in 30-second intervals, stirring in between, until fully melted.
Dip the pretzels into the red melted candy coating, using a two-prong dipping, fully coating each one. Transfer the coated pretzels onto the lined baking sheet and let the coating harden on the pretzels. You can place them in the refrigerator briefly to speed up the hardening process.
Melt black chocolate candy melts in a microwave-safe bowl on 50 percent power and in 30-second increments, stirring in between.
Dip just the bottom, curved portion of each pretzel into the melted black candy coating, using the two-pronged fork. Return the pretzels to the baking tray.
Dab small drops of the black melted candy coating on the red part of each pretzels to create the lady bug spots. Add two drops of white icing to the lower black part of each pretzel to create the eyes, or use ready-made candy eyes if you have them, which can be found at specialty baking stores. Wait for the chocolate candy coating to fully harden before serving.
Tips & Warnings
- If you can't find candy melts, you can melt high-quality white chocolate slowly and carefully over low heat in a double boiler, then stir in oil-based red and black food coloring to color the chocolate.
- If you don't have a 2-prong dipping fork, make your own by breaking off the two center prongs of a plastic fork.
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