My friend Kate saw this recipe on Oprah a few years ago and has been making these choco-hot-pots at her house ever since. She so graciously let me come in her house and take pictures while she made them so I could show it to you all! Thank you Kate!! They are super easy and super delicious. Perfect for dinner parties!
1. Place a baking sheet in the oven and preheat to 400 degrees. Butter your ramekins and set aside.
First things first. The winner of the Wal-mart gift card is......Julie Y. #4
I found these on Heather Bailey's blog and thought I would give it a try because they looked so yummy! I learned a lot considering this was my first time. Seriously, how hard can dipping pretzels in chocolate and caramel be, right? Well, I was wrong. It was much easier the second go around. I will definitely have to share my mistakes as I give you the instructions. Trust me, these are sooo good! It's worth a try.
pack of caramel candy
pack of semi-sweet chocolate morsels
large pretzel sticks
Use a tall glass or some kind of cylinder that the caramel can be poured into. This way the pretzels can be covered with as much caramel as possible.
You need to use a non-stick spray on your wax paper before you lay your caramel pretzels down. I use to think that nothing would stick to wax paper...wrong. Caramel does.
Let these sit out long enough to get firm.
Next, you'll need to melt your chocolate in the microwave in the same manner as the caramels. Pour your chocolate in another tall glass and dip just like you did before.
1. Gift card or cash money - so the teacher can get exactly what THEY want and not what we THINK they want
2. Snacks - pretzels, drinks, peanut butter crackers, granola bars, nuts, chocolate, gum or any other snack food
3. Stationery - anything with their name or initial on it, note cards, thank you notes and post-it notes
4. Pens - pretty or cute pens, many others said, "EXPO"markers or permanent markers
5. Hand sanitizer
It was learned in this survey that teachers not only love small things for themselves, but can always use school supplies for their classrooms. They have to pay for so many things our of their own pockets. So, all we have to do as parents is grab a pack of Post-it notes or something else at Wal-Mart to send to school with our child. Even once a month and it doesn't have to cost much.
Our mom has said when we make cookies or some kind of dessert at home to get a small Ziploc bag and put a small portion in there and send to the teacher. This can only help your child, right? What a great idea and what a kind and easy way to remember a teacher.
Oh, one more thing. One sweet (former) teacher was kind of enough to let us know what NOT to get a teacher. We thought this was funny, so we had to put it on here. Have you ever bought any of these things for a teacher? Ha!
This contest has ended. Winner will be posted August 5, 2009.