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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Chocolate River Covered Pretzels

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Roald Dahl Day was 9/13…but we are still partying over here at JIAB!

In honor of Mr. Dahl and the Giveaway I am offering (ends today! See details below) I thought I’d give your family some ideas for chocolate-y fun pulled right from the pages of my The Ultimate Guide to Charlie and The Chocolate Factory  interactive ebook for kids with our Chocolate River Covered Pretzels. Enjoy



  • 24 pretzel rods
  • 12 oz. of semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • An assortment of your favorite sprinkles
  • 1 tbsp. shortening

Cooking Utensils

  • waxed paper
  • Non-metal spatula or spoon
  • Double boiler, or a pot and a non-reactive heat-proof bowl.

Step 1: Tempering Chocolate

Set a long piece of waxed paper on your work surface. (if it slides too much, place a damp paper towel or dish towel beneath it.)

Place the chocolate chips and the shortening in a double boiler or in a non-reactive bowl set on top of a pot containing an inch or so of simmering water. It’s very important to make sure the double boiler insert or bowl does not touch the water. Stir the chips and shortening until completely melted and well blended.

 Note: Some people may prefer to melt chocolate in a microwave but it is much more difficult to evenly control the heat. Remember, tempering is about heating chocolate very slowly. In a microwave, the chocolate may get too hot in spots and turn into a big clump of unmanageable goo. If you decide to use a microwave, stir the chocolate every 20 seconds or so to more evenly distribute the heat.

Step 2: Dipping the Pretzels

  1. Line a baking sheet with waxed paper. If you don’t have a cookie sheet, just place a sheet of waxed paper on your work surface.
  2. Take a pretzel rod and hold it by one end.
  3. Starting at the top of the chocolate River, roll the pretzel down toward the bottom. Repeat until the pretzel rod is well-coated.
  4. Place the coated pretzel on the waxed paper to cool.
  5. Continue with the remaining pretzel rods.
  6. shake your favorite sprinkles all over them quickly before they dry or they won’t stick.

If you are in the mood for another and inactive story, check out the enhanced digital eBook for kids, The Ultimate Guide to Charlie and The Chocolate Factory!

The Ultimate Guide To Charlie And The Chocolate Factory is a step by step roadmap to this magical world. Just some of the fun includes:

  • A story filled with beautiful graphic illustrations including tantalizing Treasure Maps and vibrant tutorials.
  • Over 20 Crafts and activities that not only entertain, but educate.
  • You get to jump inside the book and enjoy creating the adventures yourself (Templates, maps, and more are included.)
  • Ever wonder where chocolate comes from? Or how gum is made? Wonder no more. Now you get to make your own.
  • Conduct activities in the areas of crafting, cooking, and game-playing as well as exploring many facets of candy production.
  • The option to take Charlie’s journey over the course of several days or take shorter journeys if you wish.
  • The creation of a new ritual of reading time with your family and the opportunity to experience the reading of this imaginative tale as a group activity, not a solitary event.

Go HERE to learn more and grab your copy from iBooks!

The Ultimate Guide to Charlie

I am also offering a PDFversion of The Ultimate Guide to Charlie and that allows readers and homeschoolers to get the fun and activity packed PDF version of this book for only $9.95




**This book is not affiliated or associated with the author, publisher, or distributors of Roald Dahl’s book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.