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Chocolate Dipped Pretzels and Bake Sale Results

Chocolate Dipped Pretzels and Bake Sale Results

Wow, what a weekend, my head is still spinning. I was on the go the entire time. It all started with my Studio 5 appearance on Friday. I made my lemon drop cookies on live TV and promoted the bake sale. I had a lot of fun. Darin and Brooke are so nice and great to work with. If you want to watch the segment, click here.

After my TV appearance, I did a food photo shoot for Salt Lake Magazine. I am the recipe contributor for their summer issue, so stay tuned for details. The photo shoot went really well. I loved working with Heidi Larsen, the Art Director, she is amazing. I can’t wait for the magazine to come out.

I spent the rest of my Friday baking for the Food Bloggers Bake Sale. I baked a lot of lemon drop cookies and chocolate chip cookies. We also packaged our chocolate dipped pretzels. Everything looked super cute.

Saturday morning we woke up early and got ready for the Bake Sale to raise money for Share Our Strength. I couldn’t sleep, I was too excited for the big event:) Our sale was at Dan’s Market in Foothill Village-in Salt Lake City. Dan’s went out of their way to make sure we had everything we needed. They were the perfect hosts for the sale. We were set up and ready to go in no time. They provided us with tables, table cloths, and even balloons.

Utah food bloggers started arriving with their treats soon after we were set up. It was so fun meeting everyone in person and I am still amazed at what everyone baked for the sale. We had a little bit of everything at our sale-breads, tarts, rolls, cookies, brownies, cupakes, cinnamon rolls, cakes, rice krispy treats, blondies, muffins, and dipped pretzels. Our shoppers had plenty to choose from!

Utah Food Bloggers-Me, Barbara from Barbara Bakes, Tiffany from Food Finery, and Cristie from The Table Runner

A little note-see those white chocolate gingersnap cookies-they are the BEST gingersnaps I have ever tasted. Thanks to Koo De Ker for donating them. I will try to get the recipe to share with everyone because they are the BEST!

We had SO many treats-at first I was nervous we had too much, but we were busy the entire day and sold almost everything! I felt bad because so many people showed up to buy my lemon drop cookies and we ran out early in the day. If you want lemon drop cookies-let me know and we can arrange something:) You know where to find me:) It was so fun meeting some of our readers in person-thank you for coming to say hello!

Sweet Tooth Fairy Bakery donated her famous cake bites to give away as samples. Everyone loved them! Winder Farms also donated milk to wash down the sweet treats. The kids really enjoyed the milk. Thank you for your support with our sale!

Our sale was a HUGE success. The Salt Lake City bake sale raised a little over $800 for Share Our Strength. The Orem location also had a successful day. They raised around $350. Thanks again to Becky from Utah Loves Cupcakes for organizing the Orem sale. She did a wonderful job! So the grande total for Utah was close to $1,200 for Share Our Strength! Yahoo! I am thrilled we raised so much money to help hungry children in the United States.

I can’t thank everyone enough for your support. Thank you to the everyone who helped plan, advertise, bake, donate, came to the sale, etc. Props to the Utah food bloggers who helped bake-I really appreciate all of your hard work. Utah has a great group of food bloggers and I am honored to be associated with all of these fabulous ladies. Make sure you visit their blogs! See the list of bakers from the SLC sale below!

Tiffany from Food Finery
Barbara from Barbara Bakes
Dara from Cookin Canuck’
Becky from Vintage Mixer
Frieda from Lovin’ From the Oven
Cristie from The Table Runner
Vanessa from She Craves
Gabi from The Feast Within
Alicia from the Kitchenista
Laura from Rather Be Baking
Connie from Connie’s Cookies
Koo De Ker
Ginny-she doesn’t have a blog, but made cakes for the sale.

And a special thanks to my handsome husband, Josh. I couldn’t of done this sale without him. He was super supportive through months of planning. He also made sure everyone had fun at the sale-as you can see in the photo-he is always the life of the party! Love him!

I am sharing the recipe for our chocolate dipped pretzels that were at the bake sale. They are easy and fun to give as gifts. They sold out quickly too, so if you missed them at the sale, now you can make them at home.

Sorry this post is so long, I just am overwhelmed with everyone’s generosity, support, and kindness. I am so happy with the results of the Utah bake sales! Thank you for making a difference in the lives of so many children. If you missed the sale and would still like to donate, you can click here.

I am pretty exhausted, but it was a remarkable weekend. Thanks to Gaby, from What’s Gaby Cooking, for organizing the National Food Bloggers Bake Sale! I hear all of the sales went really well. I think we will have to make this a yearly tradition:)

Chocolate Dipped Pretzels

Ingredients:

16 ounces chocolate-you can use white, milk, or dark
1 bag pretzel rods-about 24 rods
Toppings of your choice-candies, sprinkles, Oreos, nuts, etc.

Directions:

  • Line 2 baking sheet pans with parchment paper and set aside.
  • Prepare your toppings. We like to use crushed Oreos, M & M's, Heath bars, sprinkles, and chocolate to drizzle.
  • Bring a medium saucepan with 1 to 2-inches of water to a simmer. Set a metal or glass bowl with chocolate inside, on top of saucepan with water and stir until melted. This will take 3-4 minutes. When chocolate is melted, move bowl to work surface.
  • Working with one pretzel rod at a time, dip one end into chocolate and coat 2/3 of the way up. Working over the chocolate bowl, use a spoon to evenly coat pretzel rod and allow excess chocolate to fall back into the bowl. Hold pretzel rod over prepared sheet pan and sprinkle all sides with toppings of your choice. Transfer coated pretzel to second sheet pan to set up. If you want to drizzle pretzels with chocolate, melt a small amount of chocolate in the microwave and drizzle over dipped pretzel rods. If we are doing white pretzles, we drizzle with dark chocolate. If we are doing dark chocolate pretzels, we drizzle with white chocolate.
  • Continue with remaining pretzels. Let the pretzels set up on baking sheet until chocolate is dry and set up. Store in an air tight container or package them in bags for giving away. These make great gifts!
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    65 Responses to “Chocolate Dipped Pretzels and Bake Sale Results”

    1. 1
      Erica — April 19, 2010 @ 4:33 am

      WOW! what a weekend. The video is great girl! You really rocked it. They are perfect spring cookies :) Glad the bake sale was such a success. The treats look AMAZING! Props to you!!!

      BTW- so glad you liked Step! We have our launches for Step today and I’m excited! Its a longgg day of teaching for me- 1 pump class done, 2 step classes to go

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      Nancy (n.o.e.) — April 19, 2010 @ 6:24 am

      What wonderful sales y’all had in Utah! Great job; it looks like all of the hard work really paid off. I had fun baking for Atlanta’s sale, and hope it becomes a yearly tradition. Great post!!

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      Cookiepie — April 19, 2010 @ 6:41 am

      Congratulations on such a successful sale! All the treats look amazing. Fantastic job!!!

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      Heather — April 19, 2010 @ 6:42 am

      Great job this weekend! You have been a busy girl! Congrats on everything, it’s all well deserved.
      Great job on the bake sale! You guys had such wonderful goodies. Makes me wish I lived closer to Salt Lake City!
      Again way to go…now get some rest! :)

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      Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction — April 19, 2010 @ 6:48 am

      What an exciting weekend you had!! Your sale looks like it was a huge success… Congratulations!

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      Double Dipped Life — April 19, 2010 @ 6:58 am

      I am so excited that it was such a success!! It was nice to meet you Maria! I hope to be able to contribute more next year. Thanks for all of your hard work!

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      kat — April 19, 2010 @ 7:03 am

      Looks like you really had a fabulous sale

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      stephchows — April 19, 2010 @ 7:39 am

      HUGE congratulations!! Amazing job and wow so much hard work!!!!

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      Cristie — April 19, 2010 @ 8:02 am

      Maria, thanks again for all your hard work in organizing the Salt Lake City sale. It was delightful to be with you and Josh as well as the other WONDERFUL ladies!

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      Jessica @ How Sweet — April 19, 2010 @ 8:07 am

      WOW! You guys kicked butt at your bake sale! Congrats. :)

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      Frieda — April 19, 2010 @ 8:40 am

      Congratulations on a very successful bake sale! Thanks for all your hard work! It was so nice to meet some great people behind the Utah food blogs ~ I can’t wait to do it again!

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      Tiffany — April 19, 2010 @ 8:52 am

      What a success! I was thrilled to be a part of it with you all :) How fortunate to donate so much!!! Woo-Hoo!

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      Dana — April 19, 2010 @ 9:25 am

      Busy busy girl! Congrats to you on everything. SO much success for such a deserving person.

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      bellini valli — April 19, 2010 @ 9:34 am

      So much fun and for such a worthy cause!

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      pamela — April 19, 2010 @ 9:34 am

      Looks like a HUGE success! :) And those white chocolate chunk gingersnaps have me DROOLING!

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      kate — April 19, 2010 @ 9:58 am

      My blog is personal, not about food, but I would love to help next time. Sadly I worked the entire time of the sale, but I am glad you did well.

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      Joanne — April 19, 2010 @ 10:35 am

      Congrats on the successful event and on your tv appearance! It looks like both went incredibly well. All of those treats look fantastic.

      One of my friend’s mom made a group of us chocolate covered pretzels last year and they were fantastic. It’s amazing how easy they are!

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      Memoria — April 19, 2010 @ 10:43 am

      You have been a very busy chica!! Wow. Congrats on the reappearance on Studio 5, the magazine spot, and the success of the bake sale!! Everything looks great. Good job, Maria!

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      Courtney — April 19, 2010 @ 11:04 am

      You did such a great job! And that TV appearance, wow! Looking good, and those cookies – yum, your table looked great!

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      Congrats, Maria! Everything looks super cute! I love how everything at the bake sale is packaged.

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      Jenny Flake — April 19, 2010 @ 12:05 pm

      It looks like a great success Maria!! Wish we could have all been in the same town Saturday, Beautiful set up of goodies!!

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      Sarah — April 19, 2010 @ 1:29 pm

      Looks yum! I am glad yours was a success!

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      Lindsay — April 19, 2010 @ 2:02 pm

      Those white chocolate gingersnap cookies were absolutely delicious. I was going to ask you to post the recipe or leave a link. I’m so glad you’re already planning to! I loved your lemon cookies too and Barbara’s snickerdoodle bread. It was so fun to be able to try some of these wonderful recipes that I’ve only seen pictures of. I was one of the first ones there. I didn’t want to miss anything. I didn’t get one of those fabulous samples though. I love the sweet tooth fairy. I’m glad she’s moving slightly closer. Did only the orem bake sale give out the certificates for free cookies and cupcakes?

      • twopeas replied: — April 19th, 2010 @ 4:43 pm

        Lindsay-thanks for coming out! Glad you enjoyed the treats! Sorry you missed the samples, I will email you:)

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      grace — April 19, 2010 @ 2:05 pm

      that’s terrific, maria–well done!

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      Traci — April 19, 2010 @ 2:17 pm

      Maria, You did great. You looked so cool and calm during your Studio 5 segment. Yes, I did miss being there with you. Too much fun last time for sure! Glad to hear the Salt Lake bake sale went well. Hope that you get a little break this week. Thanks to you and everyone else who helped organize this. We need to do another one for sure!

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      picky cook — April 19, 2010 @ 2:23 pm

      WOW – I am always so impressed with you. I watched the TV spot and you did amazing & looked beautiful. I would have been a mess of nerves. And congratulations on a successful bake sale. All the treats you made look amazing.

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      Bridgett — April 19, 2010 @ 4:31 pm

      Well done on everything, Maria. I am so happy to hear everything went well at the bake sale after all the hard work and good luck with the magazine this summer.

      • twopeas replied: — April 19th, 2010 @ 4:42 pm

        Thanks everyone! We had a great time and are thrilled we raised so much money for SOS!

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      Katrina — April 19, 2010 @ 5:37 pm

      Awesome. Great recap. If you do it again next year, I’ll be there! ;)
      Oh, and your ccc’s look delish!

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      SMITH BITES — April 19, 2010 @ 6:34 pm

      What a huge success – CONGRATS!!! The baked goods looked so lovely, the tables were full and you were a busy, busy girl – you deserve a rest! Can’t wait to hear about the SL Magazine!

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      You have been busy!

      You’re doing great – keep it up.

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      teresa — April 19, 2010 @ 6:55 pm

      oh how i wish i could have been there! i love the pictures, and it sounds like there was some out of this world treats!

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      Barbara Bakes — April 19, 2010 @ 7:06 pm

      The bake sale was great! Thanks so much for organizing it. Count me in for next year!

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      Lesley Lifting Life — April 19, 2010 @ 7:19 pm

      That’s awesome, Maria!! : ) You look great and it sounds like a huge success!!

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      chris — April 19, 2010 @ 7:22 pm

      What a great round up! So great to see you and the girls. :) Congrats on all the wonderful things going on. Can’t wait to see the news link with your segment.

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      Pam — April 19, 2010 @ 7:43 pm

      What a great time you are having! Congrats on your success.

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      Deborah — April 19, 2010 @ 8:54 pm

      I’m so glad it was so successful! I just wish I could have made it up to SLC to meet everyone there!

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      Maria…what a great post. So much here, where to begin. Watched your video, you have such a great presence on video. You should have a show, I love watching you. You seem very comfortable in front of the camera. Love the flipped hair! You are so fit :)
      The bake sale you coordinated looked awesome. Your packaging was beautiful! I want to see those pretzels without the wrapper as well, they are so pretty. Congrats on a successful weekend :) xxoo

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      Whitney Wall — April 19, 2010 @ 10:54 pm

      Way to go you guys that is wonderful! My friend Christel and I didn’t know quite how to publicize our Great American Bake Sale because we’d never done one before but we held ours in Tooele on Saturday the 17 in front of the Walmart! We had lots of wonderful people donate goodies to the cause! So I think that it’s important to note that we out in Tooele-town raised $933.81 so maybe we could add that to your “Utah Total.” Your bake Sale looked so adorable! I’ll be posting the pictures of ours on my blog as soon as my friend sends them to me! Good Job Utah!

      • twopeas replied: — April 20th, 2010 @ 6:36 am

        Whitney-Congrats on your sale! I didn’t know you were doing one in Tooele! Yahoo for Utah!

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      Manggy — April 20, 2010 @ 1:42 am

      I’m glad it was a great success, Maria, for such a worthy cause! Everything looks fantastic, and thanks for sharing the recipe for the pretzels – I’m also looking forward to those white chocolate gingersnaps!

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