Chocolate Dipped Pretzels

I have a problem. I think I’m truly addicted to chocolate. That is possible, right? Chocolate has caffeine and caffeine is an addictive substance. There may be more to it than that, I’m honestly not really sure. But suddenly I feel like my love for chocolate has turned into an addiction. 
After I dipped all of my pretzels, I still had a half pot of melted chocolate on the stove. So I melted too much to begin with. What is one to do? Dip more things in chocolate. 

I yelled, “What else can I dip in chocolate?!” and then I proceeded to rummage through the fridge and pantry to find anything else I could dip.

I wasn’t very successful at finding anything. The week before leaving for vacation means a very skimpy food supply. So now I have a bowl of hardened chocolate. So lonely. Poor thing. Just a lonnnnnnely chunk of chocolate.

I wish it would stop looking at me. My chocolate addiction is easily tempted. I know in just a few days I’ll be home, eating cookie after cookie, one chocolate something-or-other after another, so I’m trying to maintain control while I still can.

Mission impossible.

Chocolate Dipped Pretzels

Makes 10 servings

Ingredients:
10 jumbo pretzel twists
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 tablespoon shortening
~1/4 cup assorted sprinkles for topping

Directions:
1. Fill a medium saucepan about 1/3 full with water. Place a medium or small sized bowl on top of the pot so sits down about halfway. Add chocolate chips and shortening. Place pot on stove top over medium-low heat. As chocolate begins to melt, stir frequently and vigorously until ingredients are completely melted and smooth, about 10-15 minutes.
2. Carefully drop pretzels into chocolate, one at a time, and place on cookie sheet. Immediately top with sprinkles.
3. Once all pretzels are dipped (or once the cookie sheet is full), place in fridge to harden for up to 2 hours. Once completely hardened, you may remove from fridge and store at room temperature.

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