Turtle Pretzel Sticks

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  • 1 (14 ounce) bag caramels
  • 2 teaspoons water
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 1 (10 ounce) bag pretzel rods
  • 1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable shortening (not butter or margarine)
  • 1 cup very finely chopped pecans


  1. Unwrap caramels and place in a 2-cup glass measuring cup. Add water.
  2. Microwave on HIGH (100 percent) power for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring every minute, until caramels are melted and smooth. (For ease of stirring, coat spoon with cooking spray.)
  3. Coat a sheet of foil with cooking spray. Dip half of each pretzel into hot caramel; twirl to coat. Let excess drip from pretzel, and then place on coated foil.
  4. Place chocolate chips and shortening in a clean 2-cup glass measuring cup.
  5. Microwave on HIGH for 1 1/2 to 2 minutes or until shortening melts, stirring after 1 minute. Stir until chocolate melts.
  6. Dip caramel-coated end of pretzel sticks into chocolate; roll tips in nuts.
  7. Refrigerate immediately.
  8. Remove from refrigerator about 10 minutes before serving.

Yield: 24 pretzel sticks

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