I'm always up for a good challenge, but when Walmart sent me a list of ingredients and asked me to use at least two in an Easter recipe, I have to admit I was a bit stumped. Among the ingredients were Duncan Hines Signature Lemon Supreme Cake Mix, Pillsbury Blue Raspberry Frosting, Nestlé Assorted Miniatures, Peeps Blue Raspberry, and various varieties of jelly beans.
Those ingredients pretty much scream cupcakes or maybe even that Peeps cake that I've been seeing everywhere over the past few weeks, but I really wanted to go a different route. In the end, I settled on these super simple sweet and salty chocolate pretzel bites. Dressed up with colorful pastel-hued jelly beans, they're a quick and easy treat that kids will adore!
I wish you could have seen my kids' eyes light up when they walked in the door yesterday afternoon, just as I was pulling these bite-size snacks out of the oven. Of course, my girls insisted on jumping in to help with the decorating. The fun didn't stop there, though -- as they were waiting for the chocolate to cool a bit, they decided that the jelly beans were perfect for making cute little spring flowers.
Making these chocolate pretzel bites couldn't be easier. I used the Baby Ruth and Nestlé Crunch Bars from a bag of Nestlé Assorted Miniatures, along with some of the little square pretzels made by Snyder's of Hanover. The Baby Ruth bars are the perfect size as is, but the Nestlé Crunch Bars need cut in half to fit.
Simply stack the chocolates on top of the pretzels and pop them into a 175-degree oven for about 10 minutes. The chocolate will hold its shape at this temperature but will be plenty ooey-gooey enough to press a jelly bean into the top. I thought a bit of sour would be the perfect complement to this salty-sweet treat, so we used the Wonka Sweetarts Jelly Beans for the garnish.
My kids love these chocolate pretzel bites still slightly warm from the oven, but they're also a fun little dessert to tuck into lunches or to take to school as a class treat when completely cooled!
If you're looking for another fun treat to make with your kids, I think they'll love making these adorable edible bird nests filled with Reese's Pieces Peanut Butter Eggs and Peeps Chicks -- or peruse the many ideas on the Walmart.com Easter microsite!