Easy Gift Idea: Slow Cooker Peppermint Pretzel Candies

Need a sweet gift idea? Combine chocolate, peppermint and pretzels in the slow cooker for delicious candy that comes together in a snap.

-These peppermint pretzel candies are a tantalizing blend of mint and chocolate accented by a sweet and salty crunch. The recipe uses the slow cooker so candy making just got a whole lot easier. Line a 3-1/2 to 4 quart slow cooker with a disposable liner. Pour one 20-ounce package of coarsely chopped vanilla flavor candy coating into it. Add 6 ounces of coarsely chopped white baking chocolate with cocoa butter and 3 tablespoons of butter flavor shortening then cover the slow cooker and cook the candy on low for 30 minutes. Stir it well then put the cover back on and continue cooking another 30 minutes. Check the candy. And if it's melted and smooth, it's ready for the next step, but it may need another 30 minutes. Once the candy is completely melted and smooth, stir in a half teaspoon of vanilla or peppermint extract, one 16-ounce package of coarsely chopped pretzel twist, and 3 quarters cup of coarsely crushed striped round peppermint candies. You'll need about 28 candies to make 3 quarters of a cup of crushed candy. Stir everything together well. Drop the candy mixture by heaping tablespoons on to 2 baking sheets that have been lined with parchment paper. Allow the candies to cool at room temperature until they're firm. Melt 3 ounces of coarsely chopped dark chocolate in a saucepan over low heat. Cool the chocolates slightly and transfer it into a decorating bag fitted with a 1 quarter inch plain tip. You can also use a heavy re-sealable plastic bag. Just snip a small hole in 1 corner. Drizzle the dark chocolate over the candies in a design. And if you like, sprinkle on a little bit of additional crushed peppermint candy. Allow the candies to rest at room temperature until they're firm. Peppermint pretzels candies make a great gift for the holidays. Just pack them into a tin or cellophane bags and tie them with a festive ribbon. Done!