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Dec 16, 2009 09:24 AM

Chocolate Covered What?

I'm going to make chocolate covered pretzels as a holiday gift, then realized I don't have to stop at pretzels. In addtion to graham crackers and oreos, any other suggestions? I realize anything can be covered in chocolate, but should it?

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  1. I love chocolate-coconut clusters. Chocolate-dipped potato chips are also alarmingly addictive.

    13 Replies
    1. re: BabsW

      Oh, and nuts, too.

      Ooh, I wonder how chocolate-covered Chex mix would turn out?

          1. re: BabsW

            People (well, people who like sweets) usually loooove this stuff.

            1. re: Chris VR

              I think my kids would love to make that, too. I smell a new weekend activity coming on...

              1. re: BabsW

                When I make it with/for kids I call it "puppy chow".

                1. re: Chris VR

                  Ha! My kids would definitely dig that.

        1. re: BabsW

          I never would have thought to dip my ruffles into chocolate. Shame on you for giving me the idea! LOL.

          1. re: danhole

            lol Just wait until you try it!

            1. re: danhole

              dip pretzel rods in melted chocolate, roll in crushed potato chips while still wet, let dry, & drizzle with melted caramel. then curse me when you can't stop eating them ;)

                1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                  You are all evil! I am guessing you use chocolate chips for all this, not that I will be making any of this stuff - hahaha!

                  1. re: danhole

                    chocolate chips or chopped chocolate - whatever you have on hand. though if you use chips you can always add them to the outside too, just because they're there! mini chips are best for that.

          2. candied ginger chunks
            peanut butter cookies
            sugared bacon!

            1. Well, not everything, but close to it.
              Dried fruit, like apricots, candied orange peel, dried pineapple slices, dried pears, dried cherries, raisin clusters, candied ginger, fresh apple slices, and of course, summer fruits like strawberries and cherries, nut clusters of all types, coconut balls, peanut butter balls, peanut butter-filled cookies, marshmallows, biscotti, caramels, coffee beans, especially espresso beans, brownie bites, chow mein noodles and then there's this year's big winner, chocolate-covered bacon.
              I'm sure I'm missing something...

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              1. re: bushwickgirl

                I'm stumped by the notion of dipping chow mein noodles. You mean individual noodles?

                I like to do dried fruit, particularly apricots and pineapple. I dip only half way in so that you end up with an undipped area for easy pickup.

                1. re: tcamp

                  Chow mein noodles are usually dropped in small clumps that are sometimes called "nests". You may need to break some of them up slightly to keep the size manageable.

                  Which makes me think that sweet Italian dough that's similar to pasta dough that's fried and dusted with powdered sugar would be pretty fabulous dipped in dark or white chocolate. Or even dipped in dark on one end and white on the other.

                    1. re: rainey

                      Yes, bird's nests. Sometimes adding three red hots into a depression in the center!

                      1. re: scuzzo

                        Or if you make them spidery, the red hots can be the eyes!

                    2. re: tcamp

                      No, not individual noodles, LOL, the thought of dipping individual noodles made me laugh, thanks for the humor!
                      You throw a bunch of them into melted chocolate, then mound them up with a spoon, similar to making a nut cluster. It's a throwback to the '60s, when you could buy the skinny chow mein noodles in the supermarket. I don't remember the brand, La Choy probably. Actually, the combo of the somewhat salty noodle and chocolate is a winner.
                      Your guests won't know what the hell they are...
                      Yes, that's the idea with dried fruit, just dipped half way. I love apricots and pineapple dipped in chocolate.

                      1. re: bushwickgirl

                        And also, famously melded with peanut butter and butterscotch morsels!

                        1. re: kattyeyes

                          Oh, yeah, I think that was part of the original recipe. Yummy!

                          1. re: kattyeyes

                            Yum, oddly that's such a good combo!

                          2. re: bushwickgirl

                            Those are Haystacks! One of my family's favorites. You can do so many variations as other have pointed out. Sometimes I put dry roasted peanuts in there too. Now I want to make some! Who would think chow mein noodles could taste so good?

                            edited to say Oops! Haystacks were already named. i didn't read the whole thread before I jumped in.

                          3. re: tcamp

                            I just did chocolate dipped glazed apricots. Loved glazed apricots from a stand at the farmers market where I grew up and hadn't found them since I moved away. Then I found this recipe:
                            1/2 cup sugar
                            1/2 cup honey
                            1/2 cup water
                            25 dried apricots (more or less)

                            Combine sugar, honey, and water in a pot and bring to a simmer. Lower heat a little, add apricots, and and simmer about 20 minutes or until the fruit is translucent and tender and the syrup thinly coats the back of a spoon. Remove apricots to a rack and allow to drain and dry for 24 hours. Fruit will be sticky. Great as is or dip halfway in melted chocolate and allow chocolate to set up.

                            These things are beautiful! They shimmer and look far more elegant and time consuming than they really are. Next time I'm adding a vanilla bean and ginger to the syrup.

                            1. re: morwen

                              I agree with you that glacéed fruit look very elegant. It's a shame that they've more or less disappeared. But more opportunity for us to do them as artisan treats!

                              1. re: morwen

                                Can you use this syrup for fresh pineapple?

                                1. re: cjbenko

                                  I've never tried it but I don't see why you couldn't. I think I'd chunk the pineapple pretty thick so it had less chance of breaking up through the cooking process.

                          4. Use a cookie cutter to form shapes of cheese cake and cover them with chocolate sprinkled with colored granulated sugar..

                            1. I love chocolate-dipped ridged potato chips. So good.

                              I also really like to stuff a dried apricot with a salted almond, then dip the whole thing in chocolate.

                              Or, mix chopped nuts and dried fruits (my favorite is cherry-almond), and mix into melted chocolate. Drop spoonfuls onto waxed paper, and you've got really nice clusters.