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What to Do with Broken Pretzels?

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We’ve all been there – a bag of pretzels, slightly crushed, sitting sadly in the pantry. But fear not! Instead of tossing those broken bits, let’s turn them into something that gives new life to them. In this post, we’ll explore creative and delicious ways to repurpose those imperfect pretzels. In fact, both this post and the recipe card below are inspired from Imperfect Food’s dark chocolate covered pretzel pieces; a snack we fight over in our house. Taking something that is imperfect, like broken pretzel pieces, can give you something even better than what you had in the first place! So, back to the question, what to do with broken pretzels – let’s get started learning how to turn those tasty but sad pieces into something everyone wants to hoard for themself.

Chocolate Coated Broken Pretzel Bites

Time needed: 1 hour and 10 minutes

First up on what to do with broken pretzels, the star of the show: Chocolate-Coated Pretzel Bites. Addictive and satisfying, these bites are a breeze to make. Simply coat crunchy pretzels with melted dark chocolate and dust them with cacao for an extra touch of decadence. These take about 10 minutes to put together, and an hour to set/dry.

  1. Gather Your Ingredients

    Ensure you have the following items on hand:

    Small to medium saucepan
    Heat proof bowl that fits on top saucepan
    Dark Chocolate
    Broken Pretzels
    Rubber scraper
    Cacao Powder or other toppings
    Sheet pan covered with parchment paper for cooling pretzels

  2. Melt the Chocolate

    Add an inch or two of water to a saucepan, heat it on medium-low on your stove-top, and place a bowl on top without falling in. Add your choice of chocolate. We prefer dark chocolate. Stir the chocolate with a rubber scraper until almost fully melted.
    photo of bain-marie (glass bowl on top of saucepan) on stove-top with chocolate chunks inside and a rubber scrapper waiting to stir

  3. Coat Broken Pretzels in Chocolate

    Remove the bowl from the stove-top, add broken pretzel pieces, and gently stir to coat. Using the scrapper, transfer some of the wet pretzels onto the parchment paper.
    photo of pretzels added to bowl of melted chocolate, with rubber scrapper ready to mix

  4. Dust and Dry

    Dust the pretzels with cacao powder and using both hands, grasp each side of the parchment together and shake the pretzels to coat them in the powder. Repeat adding more pretzels and shaking them in cacao powder until all of the pretzels are thoroughly dusted. Leave them on the parchment-lined sheet pan for drying. Drying should take about an hour.
    photo of chocolate covered pretzels coated in cacao powder being shaken in parchment paper

Variations

Experiment with different toppings like sprinkles, broken candy-cane pieces, chopped nuts, drizzled white chocolate, or instant espresso powder instead of cacao.

What to Do with the Chocolate Coated Pretzels

Here are some delightful ways to enjoy these treats:

  • Snack Mix: Combine them with nuts, dried fruits, marshmallows and popcorn for a sweet and salty snack mix.
  • Trail Mix Upgrade: Elevate your trail mix by incorporating these bites for a gourmet touch.
  • Ice Cream Topping: Sprinkle over your favorite ice cream for added crunch and chocolate.
  • Dessert Garnish: Decorate cakes, cupcakes, or puddings with these pretzel bites for a delightful and crunchy topping.
  • Gifts in a Jar: Create DIY gifts by layering these pretzel bites in a jar with other treats, then add a festive ribbon.
  • Coffee or Hot Cocoa Companion: Enjoy them as a side treat with your morning coffee or evening hot cocoa.
  • Yogurt: Great as a topping for plain yogurt or used to add a playful element to your yogurt parfait by including these bites between layers of yogurt and fruits.

Savory Pretzel Snack Mix – Another Way to Use Broken Pretzels

Speaking of snack mix, another way to use broken pretzels is by creating your own snack mix. Check out this great Everything Ranch Cheese and Pretzel Snack Mix by Half Baked Harvest. It’s loaded with ingredients you could find in your pantry and savory flavors, thus making it the perfect pairing for your broken pretzels.

Turn Broken Pretzels into Pretzel Crumbs

Turning broken pretzels into crumbs is a fantastic way to repurpose those bits that might otherwise go to waste. Throw your pretzels into a freezer bag and use a rolling pin to roll over them until they are crushed into a thick dust. If your freezer bag survived the rolling, label it and pop it in the freezer so you can pull it out whenever you want to use the pretzel “flour.” Use these pretzel crumbs to add crunchy coating to fish, chicken or even fried cheese. You can also sprinkle it over creamy dishes like mac ‘n’ cheese before you bake them.

Broken Pretzels Can Be A Useful Kitchen Staple!

In conclusion, repurposing broken pretzels opens up a world of fun. From sweet and salty chocolate-coated bites to savory snack mixes and flavorful crumbs, there’s a way to use these broken pieces to your advantage. The art of reinvention in your kitchen is not only for the sake of deliciousness but can help also you save money by not spending on things you can easily make at home.

We invite you to try these ideas and let us know how they go. Share your culinary creations with us, and together, let’s make the most out of every kitchen adventure. Happy cooking!

photo of chocolate covered pretzel bites dusted in cacao powder

Chocolate Coated Pretzel Bites

Melted chocolate embraces crunchy pretzel pieces, dusted with cacao or adorned with various toppings. Versatile and addictive, enjoy them as a snack, elevate your trail mix, or use as toppings for desserts and more. A fun and creative way to minimize food waste and repurpose broken pretzels into a delectable treat.
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Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Diet: Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword: chocolate, versatile
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Resting Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 140kcal
Author: juiceofsevenlemons
Cost: $3

Ingredients

  • 2 handfuls semisweet chocolate chips or chopped, ~1/3 cup
  • 4 handfuls pretzels broken pieces, ~3 cups
  • 1/4 cup cacao powder add more as needed for dusting

Instructions

Melt the Chocolate:

  • In a saucepan, add water and heat it on medium-low.
  • Place a heatproof bowl on top, add dark chocolate, and stir until almost fully melted.

Coat Broken Pretzels:

  • Remove the bowl of chocolate from the heat and add broken pretzel pieces.
  • Gently stir until coated.

Dust the Chocolate Covered Pretzels:

  • Using scrapper, transfer a few scoops of pretzel pieces at a time to the parchment paper.
  • Dust the chocolate coated pieces with cacao powder and lift two sides of the parchment to gather the pieces and shake them until coated in powder.
  • Repeat adding pretzel pieces and shaking until all of your pretzel pieces are coated.

Drying:

  • Keep coated pretzels on a parchment-lined sheet pan to dry.

Notes

To create more sweetness, add an additional coating of powdered sugar.
Variations Without Cacao Powder:
  • Plain
  • Sprinkles
  • Crushed Candy-Cane Pieces
  • Chopped Nuts
  • Drizzled with White Chocolate
  • Sprinkled with Instant Espresso Powder
Ways to Use:
  • Snack Mix
  • Trail Mix
  • Ice Cream Topping
  • Dessert Garnish
  • Gifts in a Jar
  • Coffee or Hot Cocoa Companion
  • Yogurt Topping

Nutrition

Serving: 28g | Calories: 140kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 100mg | Potassium: 40mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 1.5mg

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