Even people who don’t like craft beer know that beer and pretzels are the best of friends. Our hops salted chocolate covered pretzels embody said friendship to a tee.
The days of late summer and early fall are quite wondrous around here. The cooler morning temperatures tempt one to step outside and sip on piping hot coffee and the sunny, hot afternoons are perfect for hanging out at beer gardens and breweries.
We often find ourselves mindlessly munching on pretzels while craft beering or even when enjoying a beer at home after work. So needless to say, between the two of us and with a second grader at home, we always have pretzels around. And peanuts, for when Chris watches baseball and for general emergencies.
Frequently, the pretzels we buy are yogurt covered or chocolate covered (my favorite), but they are the small twisty, pretzel-ly kind. These rod shaped hops salted chocolate covered pretzels came about because it is almost time for the greatest festival of all times.
A week from today the happy beer loving people of Bavaria will launch this year’s Oktoberfest festivities in Munich. Since we will not be joining them this year, we decided to have our own Oktoberfest Bash here in Fort Collins and we will do so in a variety of ways!
Sure, slapping some chocolate over pretzel rods is not a huge deal. Not even when the chocolate is powered with hops salt. But regardless, we are going to keep a few of them around for the next three weeks, at all times. You never know when someone might stop by our house and join us for a beer. A bunch of these hops salted chocolate covered pretzels also double as stylish tabletop edible decor. In the next post you will find out why I wrote this.
The chocolate packs only a tad of hoppy zing and aroma (if you want yours to taste bitterish, use even more hops to infuse your sea salt). We used Mosaic infused salt we prepared a few weeks ago and by now it is pretty weak, so it added more by way of aroma than actual bitterness. (Hops loose their powers over time).
The beauty of this DIY pretzel project is that you can adjust the hops salt to taste just like you want it to. If you are a fan of a more intense hops presence – go for it!
Additionally, if you feel like sprinkling something over the pretzels before you let the chocolate set, by all means do so. We both like peanuts and peanuts go well with beer, so that was an obvious choice.
For as little work as you’ll end up doing (melting chocolate chips, flavoring the molten chocolate with hops salt and spreading it over the pretzels) the end result is very pleasing to both the eye and the taste buds. Well, the accompanying beer too.
As of last week, Oktoberfest lagers have officially hit the market and been tapped at the breweries around here. It is almost time friends!
Oktoberfest will be here before you get to blink twice. Make some hops salted chocolate covered pretzels, buy some Märzen and count the days!
Not that a recipe is needed for these treats, but here is short one. Just in case.
- 1 cup of chocolate chips (dark or unsweetened recommended)
- 1 tbsp hops salt (learn how to make it here http://craftbeering.com/how-to-make-hop-salt/)
- ⅓ cup chopped roasted peanuts (or other nuts if you prefer)
- 20-24 pretzel rods (use your favorite brand)
- In a mason jar (or a tall glass) melt the chocolate chips per the instructions on the package.
- Add the hops salt to the melted chocolate and stir well.
- Dip the pretzel rods and use a knife to assist you in coating them with the chocolate, leaving just enough uncovered surface at the bottom for holding.
- Set each chocolate covered pretzel on a parchment paper lined baking sheet and sprinkle with the chopped peanuts (or other nuts)
- Place the sheet in the fridge and allow the chocolate to set.
- Alternatively, arrange several pretzel rods next to each other on top of parchment paper lined baking sheet and drizzle the hops salted chocolate with a spoon in all four directions, one direction at a time. Again, place in the fridge and allow the chocolate to set.
- If you have a little bit of melted chocolate left, go at it with a spoon and enjoy. Do not save it for later, there is no point.