Chocolate-covered pretzels are a popular treat for any occasion.
When made fresh, they are delicious and oh so finger-licking good.
However, they only stay fresh when kept in a cool place.
But if you are having a party or get-together with friends and family, you need to have enough of these delectable treats on hand to feed several people at once.
Thankfully, it is possible to make do with a smaller quantity of these treats than the entire batch.
But did you know that you can freeze chocolate covered pretzels?
Freezing chocolate covered pretzels is not something that most people think of or even know how to do.
It’s a process that takes some planning and time to perfect, so don’t expect it to go right the first few times you try.
In this article, we will guide you through the steps of freezing chocolate covered pretzels.
What are Chocolate Covered Pretzels?
Chocolate covered pretzels are ready-to-eat candy that is made by dipping pretzels into melted chocolate.
Once the chocolate has frozen, it forms a hard coating on the outside of the snack while also preserving much of its flavor and crispness.
Many people believe that you can’t make something good until you’ve spent years working at it.
This is not the case for chocolate-covered pretzels.
That being said, there is a certain order to things that must be followed, or else the entire process can go haywire.
Let us guide you through the steps of making frozen chocolate covered pretzels so you can begin to enjoy them again months later.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 3 – 4 oz of Pretzels.
- Shortening (amount depending on the number of pretzels you have).
- 14oz. Chocolate Chips (approx.).
- Sprinkles, shredded coconut.
- The first step is to melt your chocolate. You can do this using a pot over the stove or by putting the chips into a microwave-safe container and microwaving it for 20 seconds, stirring every 10 seconds.
- Dip the pretzels into the melted chocolate (using a fork). The use of a fork will allow you to remove any excess chocolate that may have formed on top of the pretzel. This may be done to a certain extent, as you don’t want the chocolate to become too watery by removing too much.
- Once your pretzels have been sufficiently covered in chocolate, place them on a piece of wax paper to allow the excess chocolate to drip off. You can also add toppings while they are still wet (coconut, sprinkles).
- When the chocolate is completely dried (it takes a little while– make sure it’s not too hot or cold), you can package them in an airtight container.
Does Freezing Affect Chocolate Covered Pretzels?
The short answer to this question is yes–freezing chocolate covered pretzels does affect the taste, texture, and even the appearance of your pretzel.
Let’s start by talking about taste.
Anyone who has ever taken a bite out of frozen fruit or ice cream knows that the texture and flavor differ when it is cold compared to room temperature.
The same thing applies to chocolate covered pretzels, particularly because they have been dipped into liquid chocolate (which tastes quite different from solid chocolate).
While the chocolate still tastes great when frozen, it does lack in flavor.
The appearance of your pretzels will be affected by freezing as well.
If you don’t allow enough time for the excess chocolate to drip off before putting them into an airtight container, then things might get a little messy when you try to eat them later on.
Also, you want to be sure that your pretzels are completely frozen before putting them in the freezer because they will look different when thawed out than when they were fresh.
The texture of chocolate covered pretzels can also change upon freezing.
It is safe to say that anyone who has ever eaten a frozen Milky Way bar, for example, has noticed that it is softer and chewier than a Milky Way at room temperature.
The same concept applies to chocolate covered pretzels.
If you let them freeze for too long, they can lose their crunch altogether after being thawed out (you don’t want your chocolate-covered pretzels to be soggy, so you should stick to storing them in the freezer only for a few weeks).
How to Freeze Chocolate Covered Pretzels?
You may freeze your pretzels for as long as you’d like, but if you want to continue enjoying them after months of sitting in the freezer, then there are a few things that you should do.
First off, make sure your pretzel rods aren’t sticking together.
If they are, then take them out and arrange them so they are not touching one another and do not have any excess chocolate on them (let the water drip off during this process).
If the pretzels are sticking together, then you may be able to separate them by putting the container in warm water.
Once you’ve made sure that your pretzels don’t have any extra chocolate on them, you can put them in an airtight container.
The best containers for freezing items such as chocolate covered pretzels are large Ziploc bags or plastic containers that come with locking lids (this is just to ensure that they do not open).
Properly sealed, these containers are a great way to keep your pretzels safe from freezer burn and other food-ruining bacteria.
You must label the container with the contents to tell at a glance what’s in it.
Then transfer the container or bag to the freezer for however long you want, and enjoy your delicious chocolate covered pretzels whenever you’d like.
How Long Do Chocolate Covered Pretzels Last In The Freezer?
Chocolate covered pretzels last in the freezer for up to 6 months.
After this time, they will not taste as good as when they were first frozen or purchased.
However, they will still be edible and enjoyable if you eat them up before six months.
You can tell that your chocolate covered pretzels have gone bad when they taste stale, or the chocolate has a funky smell to it.
How to Thaw Frozen Chocolate Covered Pretzels?
To thaw your frozen chocolate covered pretzels, move them from the freezer to room temperature.
This can be done in either of two ways:
The first is to leave the container or bag in a closed area with room temperature air circulating, such as your kitchen counter.
The other option is to place the chocolate-covered pretzels inside the refrigerator for several hours (you should keep them away from fresh fruits and vegetables, however, because they will affect how well they taste).
Avoid thawing them for too long or at room temperature, which could lead to the chocolate softening and becoming messy.
If you have a microwave, then thawing them in there is also an option (however, we do not recommend it because of the heat), but take care when microwaving your pretzels so that they do not get too hot.
Once thawed, you can enjoy your chocolate covered pretzels as a snack.
How to Tell if Chocolate Covered Pretzels are Bad?
When it comes to chocolate covered pretzels, you should look for any discoloration.
This includes a white-ish or gray spot under the chocolate coating.
You may also want to inspect your pretzels for mold growth on the outside of them.
If you see this, you will need to discard them because they will be too far gone to be safe or enjoyable.
If they are mold-free, you may want to take a bite and see if they taste alright.
You’ll know right away if something is not right with them.
If they give off a funny or strange smell, you should also throw them out because they will not taste good.
It is best not to eat a chocolate covered pretzel that smells bad even if the texture and flavor seem to be normal.
You may also want to check the expiration date on the pretzel bag, as well as the ones on each rod of chocolate-covered pretzels.
If any have expired, then you should discard them as they will not taste good.
In conclusion, we hope that you will rest assured knowing how to freeze chocolate covered pretzels.
This is a fun way to enjoy the delicious taste of these treats anytime you want, and they make great snacks to have on hand for lunches or after dinner.
So next time you need a quick pick-me-up, consider having a few of these tasty chocolate covered pretzels.