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Chocolate Dipped Pretzel Rods

Chocolate dipped pretzel rods are one of my favorite go-to party snacks! They are the perfect sweet and salty treat and are always a crowd pleaser! Plus, they are super easy to make and can easily be customized to the theme of your event!

the everyday hostess chocolate dipped pretzel rods

Milk chocolate dipped pretzels with white chocolate drizzled on top is always a classic, but with a little bit of food coloring and sprinkles, the options are endless! I always love experimenting with dyeing the white chocolate bright colors (think light pink for a princess party, green for tailgates, or red for Christmas) and adding coordinating colored sprinkles to make this sweet treat extra festive!

the everyday hostess chocolate dipped pretzels tailgating party

Whip up a batch of these chocolate dipped pretzel rods for your next event, and I promise they will be the talk of the town!

Enjoy!

Chocolate Dipped Pretzel Rods
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Total Time
15 min
Total Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup melting milk chocolate (Ghirardelli)
  2. 1 cup melting white chocolate
  3. 16 pretzels rods
  4. Sprinkles
Instructions
  1. Line a baking tray with parchment paper.
  2. Line the inside of a tall glass with Saran wrap.
  3. Melt the milk chocolate according to the package directions and pour into the tall glass.
  4. Dip the pretzel rods in the milk chocolate and use a spoon to pour the chocolate as high as desired. Lay on the parchment lined baking tray until fully set. (Optional: add sprinkles to the wet milk chocolate)
  5. While the milk chocolate is hardening, melt the white chocolate according to package directions and pour into a small bowl.
  6. Using a spoon drizzle the white chocolate over the milk chocolate pretzel rods. (Optional: add sprinkles to the wet white chocolate)
  7. Allow to fully set. Once completely hardened (30-45 min), remove the pretzel rods from the parchment paper and enjoy!
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Football Puppy Chow

Puppy chow snack mix with a festive football themed twist!

The Everyday Hostess Football Puppy Chow

Puppy chow, aka Muddy Buddies, has to be one of the most addictive snacks of all time! I mean what’s better than taking your favorite bite-sized cereal and covering it in rich peanut butter and chocolate-y goodness and topping it with even more sweetness and powdered sugar?! I can’t think of much….except “football-ifying” this same tasty snack!

We’ve taken everyone’s favorite party treat and given it a football themed twist, so it’s the perfect addition to every tailgate or game watching party! With the addition of white chocolate puppy chow and our favorite football candy decorations from Wilton, football field flags, and our football chili bowls,  this recipe is game ready!

Cheer on your favorite team with this sweet game day treat, and it will score a touchdown with your guests!

Football Puppy Chow
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Puppy chow snack mix with a festive football themed twist!
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Total Time
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Total Time
15 min
White Puppy Chow
  1. 4 cups chex cereal
  2. 1 cup white chocolate chips
  3. 1/2 tbsp vegetable oil
  4. 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  5. 1 cup powdered sugar
Brown Puppy Chow
  1. 4 cups chex cereal
  2. 1 cup chocolate chips
  3. 1/2 tbsp vegetable oil
  4. 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  5. 1cup powdered sugar
Additions
  1. Wilton Football Icing Decorations
  2. Football Field Toothpick Flags
White Puppy Chow
  1. Pour 4 cups of Chex cereal into a large bowl.
  2. Combine the white chocolate chips, vegetable oil, and peanut butter in a medium sized glass bowl and melt in the microwave in 30 second increments. Be sure to stir between each increment until fully smooth and melted.
  3. Pour the melted chocolate mixture into the bowl with the Chex Cereal. Toss lightly until fully incorporated.
  4. Add the powdered sugar to the bowl and gently fold. You can also pour the mixture into a plastic bag, zip and shake. Pour the puppy chow onto a cookie sheet and allow to sit out for 30-45 minutes until fully set.
  5. Set aside.
Brown Puppy Chow
  1. Pour 4 cups of Chex cereal into a large bowl.
  2. Combine the chocolate chips, vegetable oil, and peanut butter in a medium sized glass bowl and melt in the microwave in 30 second increments. Be sure to stir between each increment until fully smooth and melted.
  3. Pour the melted chocolate mixture into the bowl with the Chex Cereal. Toss lightly until fully incorporated.
  4. Add the powdered sugar to the bowl and gently fold. You can also pour the mixture into a plastic bag, zip and shake. Pour the puppy chow onto a cookie sheet and allow to sit out for 30-45 minutes until fully set.
  5. Once set, combine the white and brown puppy chow on a serving tray or large bowl. Add in the Wilton football decorations and football field toothpick flags!
  6. Serve and enjoy!
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Football Game Watching Party

Football Game Watching Party Tablescape

Game Watching Party TCU Letters

Game Watching Party Set Up

Spinach Artichoke Dip Table Layout

Reese's Peanut Butter Cupcakes and Popcorn Tablescape

Game Watching Party Jenga Set

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It is finally football season y’all! One of the best times of the year (besides Christmas, of course)! That means weekends filled with tailgates and game watching parties, cheering on your favorite teams and enjoying yummy football snacks!

During a TCU home game weekend, you will find us camping out on Saturday’s near Amon G. Carter Stadium jumping between tailgates and reminiscing with friends. However, away game weekends are a little bit harder to centrally gather all of our friends. Of course, there are always TCU game watching parties at the local bars, but sometimes it is nice to enjoy the game from the comfort of your home with some good friends!

I recently hosted a TCU game watching party at my apartment with about 20 of our friends. Kick off was at 3:45pm, so I had all morning to prepare my favorite game watching appetizers for our guests. Football snacks are the epitome of comfort food, so it is usually pretty easy to find some delicious warm dips, sliders, and nachos that the crowd will love. After a little bit of thought into each of my guest’s taste preferences, I came up with this delicious menu that was an absolute hit!

Menu:
Bacon Wrapped Jalapeño Poppers || Spinach Artichoke Dip ||

BBQ Pulled Chicken Sliders || Buffalo Chicken Wonton Cups ||

Buffalo Chicken Nachos || Cinnamon Brown Sugar Popcorn ||

Chocolate Reese’s Peanut Butter Cupcakes || Horned Frog Punch

When hosting a game watching party, I recommend providing 4 to 5 appetizers (I usually divide the size of the party by 3 to determine how many appetizers…so 15 people attending divided by 3 equals 5 appetizers) and asking everyone to bring their favorite snack and beer as well. That way, you know for sure that you have the food handled in case someone forgets, and everyone else’s snacks are bonus! This menu was pretty simple and can be done the day of the party. However, since everything the day of a party takes about 25% longer than expected, I like to prepare as much as I can the night before. This menu is the perfect balance of night before and day of preparation.

I started off the night before making the Chocolate Reese’s Peanut Butter Cupcakes. These can easily be refrigerated in an airtight container overnight, so you don’t have to worry for one minute about them the day of your party! The Spinach Artichoke Dip is also an easy appetizer to make the night before and refrigerate. Then all you have to do is pop it in the oven for about an hour before the party and serve!

As far as the day of goes, I woke up a little early to make the BBQ Pulled Chicken Sliders. These are an absolute breeze because they only take about 5 minutes of preparation and then the crock-pot will take over for the next 6-8 hours. Then all you have to do is assemble and enjoy! The majority of the day of preparation is for the Bacon Wrapped Jalapeño Poppers, the Buffalo Chicken Wonton Cups , the Buffalo Chicken Nachos, and the Cinnamon Brown Sugar Popcorn. Each of these appetizers take about 45 minutes of preparation and cooking, so I would recommend starting each of these snacks about 2 hours prior to kick-off.

This menu is absolutely delicious and there is sure to be something that will please everyone!

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Decor:

 Astroturf Table Runner: Home Depot || TCU Letters: Sprinkle of Confetti ||

Paper Straws: Amazon || Popcorn Boxes: Oriental Trading ||

Cupcake Football Decor: Oriental Trading ||

Menu:
Bacon Wrapped Jalapeño Poppers || Spinach Artichoke Dip ||

BBQ Pulled Chicken Sliders || Buffalo Chicken Wonton Cups ||

Buffalo Chicken Nachos || Cinnamon Brown Sugar Popcorn ||

Chocolate Reese’s Peanut Butter Cupcakes || Horned Frog Punch

Photography:

Megan Weaver

Fashion:

Dress: Flirt Boutique || Wedges: Michael Kors