Here’s a little something for kids of all ages, inspired by Martha Stewart. I’ve made Magic Pretzel Wands before, but never Independence Day Pretzel Sparklers!! There’s a difference, you know!
This is a great little activity for kids. They’ll practice following directions and sequencing steps. Painting and rolling the pretzels builds important motor skills. And, it’s a great opportunity to learn about sanitary practices in the kitchen. (My little guy must have washed his hands 10 times over the course of the activity, since the chocolate on his fingers was way too irresistible not to lick.) Best of all…engaging your kids in something hands-on and memorable such as this, is a perfect opportunity to talk about why we celebrate the 4th of July.
To make the pretzel sparklers, simply unwrap the chocolates. (We used semi-sweet, but you can use white chocolate or milk chocolate too.) Melt the chocolate slowly and gently in a bowl placed over a pot of simmering water. Melting the chocolate in a double boiler set-up will help to ensure a smooth result. Stir the chocolate as it melts. (Grown-ups or older kids should handle the melting.) Then, use a pastry brush to paint one end of a pretzel rod with the melted chocolate. Finally, roll the pretzel in patriotic sprinkles and refrigerate until the chocolate has hardened.
My little guy will show you how it’s done…