Prep Time: 5 minutes
Yield: 24 wands
2 1/2 cups candy melting chips in desired colors or chocolate chips
Two 8-oz packages pretzel rods
Assorted sprinkles and sanding sugars and tiny decorative candies
These dipped pretzels satisfy both sweet and salty cravings. Our kid testers loved them and did most of the preparation. Arrange wands in a brightly colored mailing tube or cellophane bags tied with ribbon.
1. Line 2 baking sheets with waxed paper. Place the candy chips in a microwave-safe bowl and zap, uncovered, for 1 minute. Stir, then zap for additional 15-second intervals, stirring after each, until chips are melted.
2. Stir well and let cool for about 10 minutes. Stir again, to get rid of any lumps. To make a wand, dip pretzel rod in the melted candy, or drizzle the candy onto each pretzel with a spoon, leaving about a quarter of the stick uncoated. (This will be your handle.) While the coating is still wet, add decorations.
3. Place finished wands on baking sheets to dry. The candy coating will harden at room temperature in about 30 minutes, or in the refrigerator in 10 minutes. Store wands at room temperature, in an airtight container, up to 1 week.