Sunday, May 22, 2016

Chocolate Clothespins

My previous posts, Laundry Line Tablescape and Mini Pants/Breeches Napkin Fold kicked off a frenzy of laundry related searches for items and ideas. I didn't know there was so many interesting things out there regarding the important task of doing the laundry, everything from homemade laundry detergent recipes, proper division of clothes for loads, to some lovely vintage metal wired standing laundry baskets. So to add some interest to this theme and to my Laundry Line tablescape, I decided to make some fun and yummy chocolate "clothespins" for a whimsical treat.

These sweet candies are super fun and make a humorous but welcomed gift for almost any occasion. Here is how you can make them in several easy steps. (The recipe with also a printable version, is given at the end of this post.)

1. Microwave or melt your 10 oz. bag of chocolate chips.

2. Cut the pretzel rods to 3 1/2 inch pieces.

3. Cut the caramel candies in half.

4. Roll the caramel piece between your fingers until it becomes more rounded.

5. Carefully attach the caramel piece to the cut end of the pretzel rod.

6. Now it is time for dipping. Carefully place the pretzel rod into the melted chocolate covering it completely.

7. Allow the excess chocolate to drip off and let dry or harden on wax paper.

8. When the chocolate is hard, decorate the bottom of the clothespin with an upside down "V" with royal icing to form the split of the clothespin.

Give as a gift in a treat/snack "clothespin" bag sealed with a warmhearted note and a mini clothespin.

For a printable version of this recipe, just click on the picture in the recipe below.

Chocolate Clothespins

1 (10 oz.) bag of Ghirardelli  Chocolate Chips (milk, semi-sweet or bittersweet)
1 bag (12 oz) pretzel rods
1 bag Kraft caramels
Small portion of royal icing for decorating.

Melt chocolate chips in microwave or in fondue pot.  Cut pretzel rods into 3 ½ inch pieces.  Cut caramel squares in half and roll between your fingers to form a ball.  Carefully, squeeze caramel onto cut top of rod.  Dip into melted chocolate and place on wax paper to harden. Using a pastry bag filled with white royal icing, decorate bottom of the clothespin with an upside down “v” to form the split of the clothespin. Let royal icing dry.  Enjoy your “laundry day”.  


  1. Thanks for sharing at Celebrate Your Story and have a fun and relaxing holiday weekend!

  2. These sound wonderful! I love chocolate, pretzels and caramel, so they must be great all together.

  3. That is very cute and I know they taste good!


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