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Lela's Chocolate Factory or Holiday Mishap? 
Jan. 3, 2012 10:21 pm 
Updated: Jan. 8, 2012 7:41 am
 It was a busy day. Let's go back before Christmas. Picture Christmas music playing in the background, me in my red apron. I made orange pizzelles, brownies, and now on to fudge making.----so I thought. I gathered all the ingredients for fudge, grabbed a sauce pan and started making fudge. I don't know what I was thinking. Maybe it was because I got carried away singing the song "Grandma Got Ran Over by a Reindeer." I mixed all the ingredients in the pan (except the nuts,) brought it to a boil and when it reached 230 degrees, I realized I had made an error. (At this point, I think the song ended.) I mixed 2 ingredients, marshmallow creme and semi-sweet chocolate chips into the pan.  BIG MISTAKE!
So I threw it in a pan and refrigerated it. Again, I got myself into a predicament like Lucy from the I Love Lucy Show. What to do?  Eat the chocolate and thus; Death by Chocolate, throw it away, or experiment and make the failure into something else. So, this is how I accidentally came up with chocolate coconut pretzel balls.

Photo from: http://www.tvland.com/shows/i-love-lucy<

Chocolate OOPS (was going to be Marge's Fudge)
1 ¾ cups of sugar
1 ½ cubes of Parkay margarine (3/4 cup) 
2/3 cup of evaporated milk
Dash of salt
12 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 tall container marshmallow crème (13 oz.)
¾ cup of chopped nuts
Cook above-- throw all the ingredients except the nuts in the pan. Cook on med. heat until the candy thermometer reaches 230 degrees.  Add nuts (This took about 7-10 minutes in high altitude.)
Place in a 13 x 9 inch  pan. Chill.
Step 1

First, I took 1/2 of the chocolate mixture and set it aside to make chocolate pretzel sticks.
Step 2
Then, I spread the rest of the mixture in the pan and let it cool in the refrigerator while I crushed the pretzels.

Step 3 Next, crush the pretzels:

2 1/2 cups of crushed pretzels. Break up pretzels. Crush in a ziplock bag with a rolling pin.

Step 4 Prepare Coconut filling:

2 cups of coconut

2/3 cup of corn syrup

1/2 tsp. of vanilla extract

Directions for Coconut filling:
Stir the coconut, corn syrup, and vanilla together.

Step 5
Spread on top of cooled chocolate accident.
Step 6
Roll chocolate and coconut together into 1 inch balls. Roll in pretzel crumbs or  you may want to use crushed nuts.

Step 7
Place candy on a cookie sheet and chill in refrigerator until firm.
Place in small paper liners.
Chocolate Coconut Pretzel Balls
I still had some chocolate left so I melted it in the
microwave safe glass measuring cup and made chocolate covered pretzel rods.
The pretzel sticks are rolled in crushed pretzels or you may roll them in chopped nuts.
Chocolate Covered Pretzel Rods
There you are ----Lela's Chocolate Factory! Never say failure ---think what can I create?As you can see, there is no way I am going to waste anything chocolate. Or maybe I should take my husband's advice-No singing, while cooking-NOT!
I Love Lucy Chocolate Factory
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Chocolate Coconut Pretzel Balls
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Chocolate Covered Pretzels
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Jan. 4, 2012 6:49 am
Nothing better than chocolate and salt. Love the sweet and savory combo. The pretzel rods look wonderful. What a great photo! Good call, Lela, never waste chocolate! -Allie :p
Jan. 4, 2012 6:52 am
I love it when a mistake looks like a plan! Well done, Lela!
Jan. 4, 2012 7:12 am
Hello, Allie! You are right Allie-it would be a sin to waste chocolate. Hi, Mike. You are right about plans-I always have Plan B-since there are bound to be mistakes in my kitchen.
Jan. 4, 2012 7:16 am
Never call it a mistake! Always pretend you are in control and you meant to do that :) BTW they looked really good!
Jan. 4, 2012 7:18 am
Cat Hill-I need to add your thinking to my list of reasons for uhhh-concocting new recipes.
Jan. 4, 2012 8:05 am
Looks fabulous Lela, If u hadnt told I could have never guessed it was a mistake.. But I still didnt understand, maybe because I've never made fudge.. wat was the original mistake?
Jan. 4, 2012 8:34 am
Lela - in my opinion a balanced diet is having chocolate in both hands and a perfectionist does not belong in a kitchen! LOL Love your blog - pictures are great - how did it taste?
Jan. 4, 2012 9:42 am
Hello! CuppyCake-On the recipe you boil all the ingredients-the sugar, the salt, the margarine and the milk ONLY. Then remove from the heat and add the nuts and chocolate chips. I blogged about Marge's fudge before Christmas if you want to give it a whirl. Thanks for stopping by!
Jan. 4, 2012 9:46 am
Hi Shearone-I am with you on chocolate. Nice seeing you here. Thanks for the compliments. I liked the salty chocolate mixed together with coconut. I think they tasted great. Next time, I think I will roll some of them in nuts. My husband ate some, my daughter(a teacher) took some to school and they were gone before lunch. I am going to try making them again-because one of the teachers wanted the recipe. (The true test will be can I replicate the recipe again!)
Jan. 4, 2012 10:24 am
They Look Really Good! I guess if you had some allergies from the pretzel sticks (flour), you could use something like Almonds.
Jan. 4, 2012 2:21 pm
Nice recovery! I hate wasting ingredients so I always try to improvise where I can. Personally, I think THAT song causes more trouble than it is worth!
Jan. 4, 2012 5:22 pm
KingSparta-almonds and chocolate-sounds good to me.
Jan. 4, 2012 5:25 pm
BigShotsMom-I have to admit the song makes my grand daughter laugh every time I sing it.
Jan. 4, 2012 6:00 pm
Call me Cat and I do it all the time :)(: !!!
Jan. 4, 2012 7:24 pm
Good job! The coconut/pretzel combo looks great.
Jan. 8, 2012 7:41 am
Hello Cat Hill and Magnolia Blossom-thanks for stopping by!
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I enjoy cooking for our family sit down dinners. Although my kids are grown, we are a close family that enjoys 4-5 sit down dinners a week together. My family's favorite dinner is chicken enchiladas smothered in green chili. I have a passion for cooking, baking for the holidays and food photography.
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I am family oriented and spend time with my family enjoying meals. My favorite things to cook are Mexican food and any food my family asks me to cook. My family looks forward to home cooked Mexican food at least once a week and Italian food.
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I am on a journey to reclaim family recipes that were lost when the cooks in my family passed away. Cooking traditions are a major part of my passion for cooking. On Christmas Eve, we always had green chili and tamales. Cookie baking, lemon bars, pizzelles , and potica have been a must at Christmas as long as I can remember. My family looks forward to homemade pizza, when we gather as a family to decorate the Christmas cookies. Thanksgiving wouldn't be Thanksgiving without noodles and gravy piled high on mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie, and broccoli and rice casserole. On the 4th of July, there is the 4th of July Potato Salad that I make using 10 pounds of potatoes. Mexican Food is part of our weekly menu--green chili served over mashed potatoes or as a slopper (green chili poured over hamburgers.) I am always making tortillas for someone. They call my tortillas little white pieces of gold. Saturdays are Family night for dinner. It is the one day my kids can request a meal.
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Seeking help on the Buzz and the AR Blog has resulted in a few triumphs. I am extremely ecstatic about overcoming the yeast monster. I can now bake baguettes, focaccia and the best rolls in the world, my Grandma Rita's Butter Rolls.
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My first attempts at baking bread/rolls resulted in rock hard flat rolls. However, I am improving. Baking at High Altitude is somewhat of a challenge.
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