Until recently I would have advised you NOT to invite me to your potluck. I stink at bringing food other people like. Let’s review my past potluck contributions:
cold quinoa salad with raisins and toasted coconut
brushetta with goat cheese
greek yogurt cucumber salad
marinated feta cheese, olive and cucumber skewers
I thought they were all perfectly yummy, and best of all healthy . . . but no one else ate them. Any of them. It’s not that they weren’t tasty or that I’m a bad cook, they were just out of the norm.
I was chatting with my friend Amber a few months ago and she noted she has this same problem. She’s 100% Paleo and super excited for the food she brings to get-togethers. Her contributions are super healthy, super within her diet and . . . super unpopular. Or so she tells me – I go NUTS for her food because she’s an awesome cook. We commiserated and I explained how I was done sharing food I like and was set on sharing food everybody likes. Let’s face it, more people share the culinary tastes of my Father-in-Law than me. It’d be a frigid day in H-E-double-hockey-sticks before I could get my Father-in-Law to eat a cold quinoa salad with raisins and toasted coconut and let’s not even discuss the goat cheese. I shudder to think what he’d say if I served that to him.
After much debate I’ve recently come up with a solution to my potluck woes.
I’d like to introduce you to the perfect potluck food . . . dun dun duuuuuuun . . .
CHOCOLATE COVERED PRETZELS!
I have reasons people, oh do I have reasons!
One. Who doesn’t like pretzels? Nobody, that’s who. Pretzels even come in gluten-free versions if that’s an issue.
Two. Who doesn’t like chocolate? Nobody, that’s who. Chocolate even comes in vegan versions if that’s an issue.
Three. They are fast and easy to make. Melt chocolate. Dip pretzel. Top if desired. Done.
Four. They can be made last minute. Keep a bag of pretzels around the house and some chocolate and you are always ready to go, no special trip to the grocery required.
Five. They are completely customizable to any and every occasion. That’s right. Every occasion. Wilton candy melts come in a ridiculous amount of colors to account for every holiday, graduating seniors class colors, birthday theme, season and more! For formal occasions or to appear fancy, use more expensive chocolate. Dip your pretzels in a mix of white chocolate, milk chocolate and dark chocolate and you’ve got every type of chocolate lover covered. And toppings! Yes, let’s discuss toppings. Crushed peppermint for Christmas. Toasted pecans for Thanksgiving. Green sprinkles for St. Patty’s Day. Yellow sprinkles for summer. Orange sprinkles for fall. Red and blue sugar on white chocolate for Fourth of July. I could go on but there isn’t enough room on the internet to list all the options.
Six. They are portable. They store well, travel well, there’s no messy sauces to deal with and they are easy to grab a serving off the picnic table. They won’t go stale, get soft or slimey or squishy and they have a shelf life that makes them just as tasty for a second helping when that fabulous party extends late into the night. Plus, if by some miracle, there are any left and you take them home there’s no need to be concerned about contracting botulism from them sitting out on a table for hours and hours.
Seven. They are pretty. Yes, pretty. Presentation is half the battle and the better they look the more likely they’ll end up on that disposable plate instead of that plain old generic brownie default.
Eight. If you have kids, they can help! Get them dipping and rolling and you’ve not only got your potluck portion covered, but you’ve gotten your kids in the kitchen, kept them entertained and covered craft time.
Nine. They really aren’t that bad for you. Sure, chocolate covered pretzels aren’t exactly on par with eating a salad, but the pretzels themselves are low in fat and if you use a super dark chocolate they can be low in sugar too. Topping with crushed peanuts even offers a protein boost. Take that generic brownie.
Ten. I don’t actually have a tenth reason, but nine reasons chocolate covered pretzels are the perfect potluck food sounded less cool than ten so how about you just take my word for it okay?
Stop back in later for a post on how well these pretzels did at our last potluck . . . as well as how well other dishes fared!
P.S. If you are asked to bring a side dish to your next potluck . . . well, ignore the request and go ahead and still bring these mmmm K? No one will be mad once they eat them. Besides, pretzels are carby and carbs are side dishes so WIN!
Question of the Day: What’s your go-to potluck dish?