Health facts about yogurt have continuously made their way into the news. Most recently, topics up for discussion have included its probiotics, vitamin D and calcium content. Because it is obviously so healthy, why not use yogurt to make homemade gifts? They’re an excellent way to surprise loved ones and let them know that you care about their overall health.
Yogurt-covered, whole grain pretzels are among our favorite, healthy gifts. And yes, they’re incredibly easy to make too. To make six dozen, you’ll need the following:
- 2 Large Bags of Whole Grain Pretzels (Or, make your own)
- 4 Cups Low-Fat Yogurt
- 10 Cups Powdered Sugar Substitute
Candy Maker’s Note: If you are making the sugar substitute, use a 1:2:2 ratio of artificial sweetener, powdered milk and cornstarch. Grind it together until it has the baby fine consistency of powdered sugar, then stir it into the yogurt. It will both sweeten the yogurt and act as a binder. The binder is needed to keep the yogurt on to the pretzel.
Once you’ve blended the ingredients, preheat the oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit. Take out a drip pan, cross-wire cooling rack, tongs, pot holders and whatever you plan on packaging the finished pretzels in. Next, put the cooling rack on top of the drip pan and set it next to the bowl of yogurt.
Using the tongs, quickly dip the pretzels into the yogurt and place them on to the cooling rack. When you’re done, take the drip pan with the rack on top and slide it into the oven. Monitor the pretzels to make sure that the yogurt coating dries without burning. Once the coated pretzels are no longer dripping, remove them, catch pan and all, from the oven.
Allow the coating to continue setting for five to six hours, or until they are no longer tacky to the touch. Afterward, bag or box the yogurt covered treats up in airtight containers and hand them out to your loved ones with a handwritten note listing health facts about yogurt. We’re sure they’ll truly appreciate the gift. To learn more about healthy recipes, please contact us.