Here's another fun idea for any kid's party: pretzel party sticks. They are easy to make, requiring only three or four ingredients, and can be customized to match the theme or colour of any celebration.
My kids love the salty-sweet combination of the pretzels and chocolate and often request these for a classroom party if I happen to be on snack duty. It's a nice change from the typical cupcake that winds up being sent into a party, and everyone is always charmed by them, surprised that such a simple idea can have so much impact on the kids.
My little people can now make these on their own, and have been able to do so for a while. Depending on the age, your kids may need a little help with the melting of the chocolate, but beyond that let them loose to have a little fun. The pretzels used are very important; I like thick and salty ones and usually purchase mine at my baking supply store, although if you keep your eye out you might find them at the grocery or bulk foods store.
Pretzel Party Sticks
- Dark, milk, white or coloured chocolate candy melts
- Salted pretzel rods
- Assorted sprinkles and candies, for decoration
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
Melt the chocolate in the microwave, in 20-second intervals, or in a heatproof bowl set over simmering water, stirring occasionally, until smooth and glossy.
Dip the ends of the pretzels in the chocolate, covering at least 1/3 of the stick with the chocolate.
Decorate with sprinkles, or in this case candy googly eyes, and lay on the parchment paper, allowing the chocolate to set at room temperature.
Store in an airtight container for up to 1 week.