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Peppermint Pretzel Wreath

Yield one 12" wreath
Easy to make, hard to resist. This is one of those addictive salty-sweet snacks, and the addition of crushed peppermint makes it even better.

Ingredients

  • 1 (24-ounce) package vanilla-flavored candy coating
  • 1 (10-ounce) package large thin pretzels
  • 1 (6.75-ounce) package peppermint candies, crushed
  • 7 additional peppermint candies
  • 5 small Christmas bows (optional)

How to Make It

  1. Place candy coating in a large glass bowl, and microwave at HIGH 1 1/2 minutes or until coating melts, stirring once. Dip pretzels into candy coating, covering completely. Place coated pretzels on wax paper; sprinkle heavily with crushed peppermint. Let dry.

  2. Place a single layer of pretzels around outside edge of a 12" serving tray. Continue layering remaining pretzels until wreath is 3" high.

  3. Spoon seven small dots of remaining melted candy around top of wreath; press whole peppermints gently onto the wreath, allowing dots of melted candy to act as "glue." Let stand until firm. Decorate with bows, if desired.

  4. Note: We used Golden Flake fat-free pretzels. You may want to buy two bags just to be sure you get enough unbroken ones for one wreath.

Christmas with Southern Living 1997