Thursday, April 27, 2017

Make Mother's Day Pretzel Treats

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It's almost Mother's Day and we're getting set to celebrate moms around our house!

This year, the kids and I came up with a plan to celebrate some mom friends of mine. With military families, your friends become your adopted family in your new home, and I want my tribe to know they are loved.  Especially with deployments, schools, and little ones, moms need that extra support and I'm excited to be able to do this.


After a lot of discussion, the kids and I decided that we wanted a cute, easy gift that we could make in larger quantities, so we opted for chocolate dipped pretzel rods.  These are so easy to make and they look wonderful in simple little jars.  I found cute little jars to use, including some with chalkboard labels, and I'm loving the final product.


We headed over to AAFES, which is the big on-base department store, to pick up our supplies and found the perfect wrappings from American Greetings--cute bags and tissue paper, along with the perfect Mother's Day card for every mom.

Besides mom, aunt, grandma specific ones, we found beautiful ones that are perfect for friendships and the other special women in your life.  I took advantage of the in-store deal of $2 off if you bought three cards, but the third card?  I haven't seen it yet.  My son insisted on choosing one for me from him and his sister.


Have you ever made chocolate dipped pretzels before?  They're very easy to make and they always look so pretty!
  • Melt your candy melts in your microwave.  I start with one minute on power level 6, then add 30 seconds increments until melted.
  • Use a spatula to spoon the melted candy over your pretzel rod, then a silicone brush to smooth it out.
  • Add sprinkles or decorations, then lay on a wax paper covered cookie sheet until hardened.


While we were waiting for our pretzels to cool, we also made a batch of sugar cookies.  I cut several out in flower shapes and used lollipop sticks before baking so we had a few cookie pops too.


Once everything had cooled, it was time for gift assembly, my favorite part!  Each jar held different amounts, between 4 and 8 pretzel rods, and potentially a cookie pop.  I arranged them until I liked the final look, then wrote on the chalk labels.


I used smaller gift bags and set a jar or two in each, then fluffed up the tissue paper as a topper.  I love fluffy tissue paper!  I also added a card to each bag, because every mom needs a Mother's Day card.

We are loving the end result and now I feel like I can do a few more before Mother's Day actually hits!


What are your favorite gifts to make? For more inspiring Mother's day gift ideas, and to take a look at  card options, check out Expressions of Happiness!

1 comment:

  1. Very cute! This would be a great volunteer appreciation idea!

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