Pumpkin Pretzel Candy Recipe

1 bag mini pretzels

1 bag M&M's candy

Orange food coloring

1 bag white chocolate chips

1 Tbsp. shortening

First step is to melt the chocolate. Pour bag of white chocolate chips (or block of chocolate) into a microwave safe bowl. Before you put it in the microwave, add about 1 Tbsp. of shortening. You need to thin out the chocolate prior to dunking the pretzels or else the chocolate will be so thick you won't even be able to tell it's a pretzel under there! Shortening is the ONLY thing that will do this- don't add water, butter, etc.

Go slowly! White chocolate seizes easily, and you don't want to coat your pretzels with grainy chocolate, right? Go slowly and stir minimally. I put mine on for 1 minute, stirred gently, then put it in for an additional minute. When I took it out, the chocolate still looked solid. It wasn't! Add your orange food coloring and stir gently, until it's nice and smooth. It took me about a fifth of the bottle of food coloring to get the chocolate that color.

Add your pretzels a few at a time and coat thoroughly (yes, it's messy), then lay them out on wax paper. While they are still wet, take a green M&M and set it in the crook of the pretzel, on it's side. They will only take about 15-20 minutes to harden and they are ready to eat!

If you see a few bare spots on your pretzels, while they're still wet, dab some more chocolate on them using your finger.

Enjoy cooking? You need to come to the Taste of Home Cooking School happening at UB Center for the Arts on November 9! Chef Eric Villegas will teach you 10 new recipes, and the ticket includes a wine tasting! See you there!