November 9, 2010

Tailgate Recipe: Sweet Tiger Tail Pretzels

Earlier today we posted on our Facebook page that today's theme was food! The holidays are swiftly approaching and that means holiday parties and we have two away games and a home game left - which means we're not quite done with football parties and tailgating!

Clemson Girl reader Emily LaForce emailed us yesterday to share a sweet and very Tigerrific recipe that would be perfect for your Clemson tailgate. If you're an avid blog reader like we are, check out her blog --> LaForce Be With You.

You might also remember her from when she was featured on our blog last Spring for one of our popular Wedding Wednesday posts.

We're sharing her recipe with you today - all of the photos are from Emily's blog. Thanks Emily for sending this in!

Tiger Tail Pretzels

This recipe makes about 30

1 bag of Wilton Candy Melts* - Orange
1 bag of Wilton Candy Melts - Chocolate (you won't need the whole bag)
*Wilton Candy Melts can be found at Michael's and Super Walmart
1 bag of pretzel rods (try to pick a bag where most are not broken)
All vegetable shortening (Crisco is a good option)

  • Melt the orange candy chips with 1/4 cup of shortening in a bowl for 30 seconds at a time and stir in between. You want do it on a lower power the first couple times and then increase it. If you try to melt it too fast it won't work and becomes cake-like.
  • Once it is really smooth and viscous, pour into a tall glass.
  • Dip pretzel rods in about 3/4 of the way a few times until coated. Lay them on the wax paper to harden. When you get down near the end you will have to tilt the glass to coat them 3/4 of the way. (Trick - if you want to make as many as possible you can use the broken pretzel rods by dipping in the broken end... they won't look broken just shorter.)
  • Melt about 1/4 bag of chocolate candy melts just like you did the orange ones. Spoon into a Ziploc bag and cut off a tiny bit of the corner.
  • On the orange part of the pretzel rods, squeeze out your icing 'stripes'. Just go back and forth to get the stripe effect.
  • Let the icing harden before pulling pretzels off paper. (Note: If any of your stripes go onto the wax paper and too far off the orange part, then you can just break those parts off after they harden.)
And, voilĂ , now you've got yourself some sweet and salty Tiger Tails!

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