Teddy bears are a common gift that is given on Valentine's Day, but the real way to the heart is through the stomach. These Chocolate Teddy Bear Pretzel Pops are the perfect gift because they are adorable and will make your tummy happy too.
My husband and his co-workers do a lot of fundraising for various charities, and I'm often asked to help out. When he told me they were having a Valentines' Day themed silent auction to raise money for a 7 year old cancer patient who's dream is to swim with the dolphins, I was so moved, that I worked for two days to make enough chocolate to fill a huge basket.
Having the chance to get into the water with such majestic creatures is a bucket list opportunity for most of us, one in which I've been able to participate. I know how it lifts your spirits to just be in a dolphin's presence. I am so happy to be able to do anything to make this wish come true for this little girl. I really hope my basket brings in a great bid.
I wanted to add something to the basket that would really get people thinking about the young girl and decided a couple of Chocolate Teddy Bear Pretzel Pops would do the trick.
These chocolate covered pretzels turned out really cute. I do think their arms could look better, be thicker, maybe, but hey, I don't think anyone eating one will complain.
They look so sweet nestled among the boxes of chocolate truffles, tins of chocolate bark, chocolate hearts, and other candies. This basket is loaded. There's a lot you can't even see in this picture. Bags and tins of chocolate are hiding behind the boxes. I know it's a lot, and am hoping someone with a huge sweet tooth or a big family will bid a lot of money for it.
My husband told me he'd bid on auction items too, so not only will I actually get a gift for Valentine's Day this year (that hardly ever happens) I'll know we are helping to make a girl's wish happen. That's the best gift ever.
Chocolate Teddy Bear Pretzel Pops
TIP to keep the chocolate from cracking on your pretzels. Chocolate shrinks as it cools and when it shrinks onto something hard, it usually cracks. If you take the pretzels out of the bag and allow them to sit at room temperature for several hours or overnight they will soften just enough to keep this from happening, but not enough to become stale.
melted and tempered milk chocolate or melted light cocoa candy melts*
modeling chocolate - dark brown, medium brown, light brown, and red*
*See my Chocolate Making Tips page for melting instructions and the Modeling Chocolate recipe.
If you don't want to use modeling chocolate, you can use Tootsie Rolls, caramel, chocolate taffy, and red taffy instead.
silicone baking mat
3 sizes of round plunger cutters
Dip pretzel rods in melted chocolate and use a fork to create a furry look. See my Polar Bear Pretzel Pops tutorial for detailed instructions.
Roll modeling chocolate out on a silicone mat using a fondant roller.
Use 3 sizes of round plunger cutters to make the snout, nose, and ears.
- Cut large circles out of light brown. Pinch into an oval for the snout.
- Cut small circles out of dark brown. Attach to top of snout using water, for the nose.
- Use a toothpick to create dimples around the nose on the snout. Make 3 dimples on each side.
- Cut large circles out of medium brown for the outer ears.
- Cut medium circles out of the light brown for the inner ears.
- Attach the light brown circle to the medium brown circle using water.
- Fold the ears around a toothpick, giving them shape.
- Pinch off small pieces of medium brown and roll into arms. (Make them thicker than mine!)
- Press a toothpick into the end of the arms, creating fingers.
- Attach everything to the bear pops using melted chocolate.
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