I’ve recently finished an in-house position for a client and wanted to properly send myself off with thoughtful notes for everyone.
Inspired by my love for salt and the Office Holiday Bake-off, I figured what better way than contribute to the December influx of sweets to remind everyone how much I appreciate them.
On a limited budget, I wanted to impress with novelty, create through time spent (not including store-bought lines), and of course taste!
I give you…
I love salt with my sweet, so I fantasized all the ways I could incorporate potato chips, I landed on chocolate covered pretzels topped in crushed chips.
To be honest, the recipe kept evolving as I decided my own taste preferences, but below I show you how to make Skinnies of your choosing.
Dark chocolate-covered pretzels topped with crystalized rose petals
Dark chocolate-covered pretzels topped with crushed cashews
Dark chocolate-covered pretzels topped with crushed potato chips
Dark chili-infused chocolate-covered pretzels topped with crystalized rose petals
Dark chili-infused chocolate-covered pretzels topped with crystalized basil
Dark chili-infused chocolate-covered pretzels topped with crystalized crushed potato chips
Dark chili-infused chocolate-covered pretzels topped with crystalized crushed cashews
- Crush your topping ingredients first, anything can work for this. Sprinkles in color theme, bacon bits, sugar, pink salt, candy… anything goes with Skinnies.
- Prepare your assembly line. For me this was placing my topping piles alongside where I would dip pretzels and subsequently set them to dry. I recommend using strips of tinfoil to later transport them to the freezer.
- Chop and break chocolate into pieces. As far as chocolate goes- you’re the expert. I wanted spicy so I mixed chili powder. A great cheat here is buying pre-made flavored chocolates, that way you know the taste is also pre-approved. Mine was a little guess and check- not bad if you’re me, bad if you have a problem eating half the chocolate you intend to gift!
- Using LOW HEAT, melt your chocolate, the pot on my first attempt turned the chocolate gritty and a tinge burnt. The second time on little to no heat my chocolate turned to the waterfall cascade you see in Twix commercials.
- Now the really hard part. Dip your pretzel, hold for a moment to congeal, and roll it in your topping choice. Then set to dry.
- I really can’t stress how easy this project was!
- The only secret I learned was that in order to fully set the chocolate you must freeze it. I put the pieces in my freezer for about 10 minutes each and they were good to go even a day later.
As you will see in the slides, I wanted to personalize each note. For those I didn’t work as closely with I wrote: their name, a special thought of how I appreciated them, thank you, and wishes for happy holidays. I included longer thank you notes for my direct team and stapled all of these to the brown packaging bags after I’d filled them. My “tags” were ‘upcycled’ paper bag cut into tags.
I also decorated each bag with an easy one color design, just to add a little pop.
I hope you enjoy – sampling the treats myself, I can tell you.. we all certainly did!