It is the season of giving and even though I usually think that giving is far more rewarding than receiving, I have to say that I was thoroughly excited when I received two batches of goodies in the mail recently. Sprouts Farmers Market organized a Coast-to-Coast Blogger treat exchange. There was a short list of rules, some of which were that the items had to be easily packaged and shipped, ingredients were all available for purchase from Sprouts, and we needed to feature an item from Sprouts’ Bulk Department. Have you looked around the Bulk Department at Sprouts recently? That in itself is a holiday treat: the offerings are numerous and plentiful. There are too many types of nuts to list here, dried fruits, granola, and seasonal specialties. I could not have agreed faster to be part of the fun with the #IncredibleBulkBinTreatExchange.
I’m sharing this white chocolate pretzel park with dried cranberries and pistachios. You will not find an easier holiday treat that ships well, looks festive in a cookie tin, and is so quick to make. The only problem I had was test-tasting; I ate the whole of the first batch before I packaged it to be sent out. This is a “moreish” type of goodie: you won’t settle for just one piece! I’ve made at least eight batches of this pretzel bark in the last few weeks and love it. I sent my goodies off to Betsy in California who shares her beautiful food at Betsy Life and to Kaylee in Tennessee who writes about healthy food and living at Lemons and Basil.
- 2 cups Sprouts Mini Twist Pretzels
- 12 oz (1 package) Guittard Choc-au-lait Vanilla Milk Chips
- ¾ cup dried cranberries
- ½ cup raw, no shell pistachios
- Line a baking tray with parchment paper.
- Place the Mini Twist Pretzels in a resealable plastic bag. Gently crush with a rolling pin or measuring cup until the pretzels are in small pieces (but not crumbs).
- Melt the Vanilla Milk Chips in a glass bowl in the microwave. Heat in 30 second increments, stirring well in between until the chocolate is smooth.
- Empty the pretzel pieces into the melted chocolate and stir well to coat the pretzels. Pour the melted chocolate and pretzels onto the prepared baking tray. Spray an offset spatula with baking spray and quickly spread the mixture into a thin rectangle.
- Sprinkle the pistachios and dried cranberries over the melted mixture. Gently press them into the chocolate then allow to cool completely at room temperature.
- Break the bark into pieces and store in an air-tight container for up to two weeks.
Now back to those goodies I mentioned that I received in the mail. What fun it is to anticipate receiving yummy treats! I want to thank Rebecca of Buttermilk Lipstick for these beautiful Almond Gingerbread Cookies. They arrived in such a lovely package which showed Rebecca’s attention to detail and Southern charm.
Also sincere thanks goes to Erin of The Speckled Palate for these tasty Cranberry Pinwheel cookies which should be top of the list for cookie exchange ideas this month. Gorgeous!
Many thanks to #Sprouts for sponsoring this post and this fun #IncredibleBulkBinTreatExchange. It was a pleasure to participate.
Please note that this is a sponsored post; all opinions are my own.