Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 2 minutes
Ingredients: 12 ounces chocolate chips, any variety. 2 tablespoons vegetable shortening. Pretzels (thick, not thin are best). Optional: 1 cup toppings such as M&M's, miniature gummy bears, chopped nuts, etc.
Preparation: Line two large cookie sheets with waxed paper. Combine chocolate chips and vegetable shortening in microwave safe bowl. Microwave at 70 percent power for 2 minutes. Stir until smooth. Continue microwaving and stirring for additional 15 seconds each time until completely smooth.
Using a fork, dip each pretzel into chocolate mixture and gently tap off excess. Place on cookie sheet. Sprinkle on topping. Leave undisturbed until completely set. Refrigerate for 20 minutes. Lick utensils clean.