Rave, Review and Giveaway! With a Twist Gourmet Pretzels

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I grew up with one set of my grandparents living in my home, so a lot of my childhood memories involve doing things with them. One fond memory is of making holiday chocolates with my grandmother. We’d get a large 10lb bag of chocolate melts at the speciality candy store and all sorts of fun things to coat- pretzels, marshmallows, nuts, raisins, etc… Nan taught me how to heat the chocolate- slowly and on a low boil in a double boiler, being careful not to get the chocolate wet or else it would taste bitter. When it was nice and smooth, we’d pour spoonfuls into holiday molds and add lollypop sticks or sprinkles. For other batches, we’d toss handfuls of the treats right into the chocolate, stir them around to give them a good coating, and then fish them out with a spoon and set them on wax paper to “dry”. Sometimes we’d go to the dollar store and buy some holiday tins and doilies and fill them with chocolates and deliver them to all of the neighbors for Chanukah. Nan’s favorite chocolate creation was a brittle made with peanuts, raisins and mini marshmallows. After mixing them into the chocolate we’d pour the entire pot into a cake pan, wait for it to firm up and then chop it with a butcher’s knife into squares.

Over the years I’ve come up with my own fun things to coat and cover in chocolate so that I could continue this holiday tradition in my own home. I send my husband to work with tins of chocolates for the secretaries and custodians who sometimes get overlooked when all of the kids bring gifts for their teachers. I leave a small package for each of our immediate neighbors on Christmas Eve, and take some with us to any holiday parties we attend. My husband loves my homemade peanut butter cups (probably because I make it with his favorite brand of all natural peanut butter and am very generous with my spoonfuls). My all-time favorite, though, are chocolate covered pretzels. You really can’t go wrong with a good chocolate covered pretzel. They are salty and sweet, crunchy and melty all at once. There are so many ways to make them, too! Dark chocolate is my favorite, but white chocolate is pretty good, too.

You can make pretty much anything chocolate covered without any specialty ingredients or equipment Hershey’s pieces and a microwave will do, but I assure you it’s not the same as a good brand of chocolate melts in a double boiler. Even if you’re an amateur like me and have your own double boiler and a specialty shop nearby for the good chocolates, there’s still no comparison to a professionally made chocolate covered pretzel. If you’re not up for the DIY chocolate making just yet, and I have you craving some chocolate-y salty goodness right about now, you should check out With a Twist on Etsy. I found these ladies while checking out the ‘edibles’ section on (where else?) Etsy, and I am SO GLAD I did!

My sample box of chocolate covered pretzels arrived and were gone in almost the same day. They were wrapped nicely in a clear cello bag with a lovely brown natural looking tag. My husband and I each tried one as soon as we opened the package. From my rave about chocolate covered pretzels above, I’m probably already a bit biased, so instead let me tell you what Chris said (who, mind you, isn’t a big dessert OR chocolate person):
C: WOW. These are probably the best chocolate covered pretzels I’ve ever had.
Me: Really? (raising my eyebrow incredulously). You know, I’ve made you a lot of chocolate covered pretzels. Are you sure?
C: Yeah, those were good. But these are GREAT. I mean this pretzel is like PERFECT. Do they make the pretzels, too? It doesn’t taste like a crappy bag of store pretzels.
me: I don’t know, I’ll ask. What about the banana flavor? Did you like that one, since you’ve moved on to eating those too?
C: (spitting crumbs at me through his mouthful) These are freakin great. Order more.

I think that says it all! The chocolate peanut butter pretzel was the winner for both of us, and I’m not even really a big peanut butter person. The chocolate covered banana flavor had just the right amount of sweet to compliment the chocolate without overpowering it, too. As my husband also said, the pretzel itself was fantastic, too. Look at these adorable creations that they’ve made:

So, even though we’re approaching the busy season for With a Twist because of fall festivals and holidays (seriously!!), they’ve generously offered to donate a prize to our readers for your enjoyment: A beautifully packaged medium gift basket with two bags of covered pretzels (Chocolate Covered Orange and Dark Chocolate Espresso). Perfect for giving or enjoying yourself! As usual, first make sure you are following our blog to be eligible to win! With a Twist is still working on their Facebook page, but you can find them over on Etsy and add them to your circle if you’re set up with an account already (or add some of their yummy treats to your favorites). Once you’re following us here, just leave a comment on this post:

What is the most amazing chocolate covered thing you’ve ever had/dreamed up/can’t wait to try?

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We’ll draw later in the week so check back to see if you’ve won!

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Kristin and Callie

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9 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Rhiannon Punzo
    Aug 23, 2012 @ 17:05:44

    Wow! Flattered! So glad you liked my pretzels… lots of love involved with the making of each one! 🙂

    Reply

  2. Christina
    Aug 23, 2012 @ 20:26:32

    Our county fair had chocolate covered bacon this year. I sooo want to try it….salty and sweet things are the best!!

    Reply

  3. Deanna
    Aug 23, 2012 @ 20:26:50

    Trader Joe’s Chocolate covered peanut butter pretzels. Chocolate, peanut butter, salt, all good things.

    Reply

  4. Tonya
    Aug 23, 2012 @ 20:32:40

    Yum! Love chocolate covered pretzels! I usually make them at Christmas- the best flavor I’ve ever come up with is white chocolate pistachio- soooo good! Would love to try these!

    Reply

  5. renee c
    Aug 23, 2012 @ 20:56:43

    yummy

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  6. Kristen Stalcup
    Aug 23, 2012 @ 20:58:14

    I love to make chocolate peanut butter balls at Christmas. I would love to try to make other chocolate covered items this year. I am always up for a good chocolate covered pretzel, gotta love sweet and salty.

    Reply

  7. Jenifer
    Aug 23, 2012 @ 21:43:30

    Chocolate covered strawberries and chocolate covered pineapples….yum yum yum!

    Reply

  8. hbandrewsfamilyAndrea
    Aug 24, 2012 @ 13:56:18

    Those look so yummy!!

    Reply

  9. Kim Sasso
    Aug 26, 2012 @ 16:05:03

    oh my stars those sound sooo goood!

    Reply

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