If you are feeling a little chilly, let these adorable Chocolate Pretzel Penguins warm you up! These tasty chocolate-covered treats are perfect for your Christmas party or just as a winter snack.
Walking around outside late last night, I felt as though I might just see some Antarctic penguins hanging out nearby. It was that cold.
It has to be wicked cold for me to actually feel cold. I will walk from the front door at the YMCA to my car on a 20-degree day, have wet hair and be wearing a t-shirt, and be fine. I've been known to drive with the windows down on a 20-degree day too. But, when it dips down to -7 degrees, even I feel cold.
Today, I thought it would be a great day to stay inside and make some chocolate pretzel penguins. I've been meaning to make these ever since I made the White Chocolate Pretzel Snowmen. I was happy I finally found time to create them.
I feel like I have become a bit obsessed with penguin treats. I didn't realize until writing this post that this is the 7th penguin-themed edible craft that I've made for Hungry Happenings. Something about them is just so endearing.
My favorite animal is a dolphin and I've not done one dolphin treat. I guess I need to start brainstorming a few ideas, but before I do that I plan to make some St. Patrick's Day and Easter treats to share with you soon.
Chocolate Pretzel Penguins
Ingredients: (PER penguin)
1 chocolate Tootsie Roll Midgee
1 white Vanilla Tootsie Roll Midgee
½ Orange Tootsie Roll Midgee
5 Snyder's of Hanover Pretzel Dipping Sticks*
1 ounce melted and tempered semi-sweet chocolate**
or melted dark cocoa confectionery coating
2 candy eyes (½ inch and ⅜ inch)
*The pretzel dipping sticks are about 3 inches long and are perfect for this edible craft.
** See my Chocolate Making Tips page if you need melting instructions.
1 ½ inch oval cookie cutter or kitchen shears/scissors
parchment paper lined baking sheets
Flatten a Chocolate Tootsie Roll. If needed, soften the Tootsie Rolls in the microwave on defrost power for 5-8 seconds.
Cut an oval from the flattened chocolate Tootsie Roll using an oval cookie cutter or kitchen shears. Cut the oval in half to create two wings.
Flatten a White Vanilla Tootsie Roll and also cut it with the oval cutter or kitchen shears.
Flatten an Orange Tootsie Roll, cut it in half, cut out a beak and two feet.
Find 5 pretzels that are approximately the same length.
Dip one pretzel at a time in the chocolate. Set the pretzels next to each other on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet.
Immediately press one white oval onto the lower half of the pretzels for the belly.
Add two candy eyes above the belly. Attach two wings on either side of the belly.
Finally, add a beak and two feet.
Pop the penguin into the refrigerator if using pure semi-sweet chocolate or into the freezer if using dark cocoa confectionery coating. Let the penguin chill out for 5-10 minutes until the chocolate is set.
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