Monday, July 5, 2010

The Other Sparklers

We're not doing much in terms of fireworks this year, so better than nothing, I thought we'd make our own "sparklers" via pretzels, sprinkles and chocolate. As much delight and childish glee I find with the real ones that actually ignite with twinkling, glittering fire, these on the other hand, are actually harmless when ingested (chocolate? harmless? yes).

Are you celebrating today? Yesterday? Both? Why not.
Whenever you are jubilating this holiday, hope it's splendid weather and hope you have gaggles of splendid people to spend it with.

I'd like to add that here in Philadelphia is a delicious, all-you-can-eat, I hasten to add, ice cream festival. It is most fun and a tradition each city, in my opinion, should integrate within their 4rth of July festivities. A 5-dollar donation (towards a very good cause) is made at the door, and in you go, with throngs of sweaty people beside you, to sample all the popular and perhaps not-so-popular brands of ice cream to your heart and thigh's content. And with the current heat wave we're under, ice cream is my number one choice of sustenance, if we're all being real honest.

At any rate, enjoy your freedoms, your liberties, and sweet, sweet America! Happy 4rth to you.

Independence Day Chocolate Sparklers

1 bag pretzel "rods"
16 ounces favorite chocolate (semi-sweet, milk chocolate, dark, white, etc), chopped
1-2 Tbsp canola oil
Red, white, & blue sprinkles

In a double broiler slowly melt chocolate and oil, stirring often. Line cookie sheets with wax or parchment paper. Once the chocolate and oil are combined and melted, begin dipping (or drizzling) pretzel rods with mixture. Dust with choice of festive, decorative sprinkles. Lay on waxed paper and allow to harden.

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