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Easy Chocolate Pretzel Stix – Perfect for Gifts

Chocolate Covered Pretzels

Make a Perfect Holiday Treat……..

I love making homemade gifts and goodies around the holidays. For me it is something I look forward to each year. These pretzels sticks are so EASY to make and they are very tasty. This is a perfect treat to make with the kids. Even very young children can help and it only requires a few tools and ingredients.

You can switch things up by changing the color or type of topping you use. For instance I made some for 4th of July, see here, or you could use pink or blue for a baby shower. The possibilities are endless.

These sweet treats would be perfect to add to a holiday gift basket or to bring as a hostess gift.


Ingredients: Print Recipe

  • 1 bag pretzel rods
  • 10oz. bag chocolate chips
  • 1 jar Fall Color Mix sprinkles


  • Wax paper
  • Cellophane Pretzel Bags
  • Cookie Sheet
  • 4 cup Pyrex or other microwavable dish.
  • Butter Knife
  • Small Plate


Put a piece of wax paper on a rectangle baking tray. Use some sort of microwave safe container to melt the chips (deep enough to dip the pretzel rods). I used a 4-cup pyrex measuring cup. Pour the chocolate chips into the container. To melt the chips cook in microwave for 1-1/2minutes, stir with butter knife then cook another 30seconds and stir again. Take a pretzel stick and dip into melted chocolate to coat. I tilted the measuring cup to get the chocolate far enough up the pretzel. Holding the pretzel horizontal I twirled it until no more chocolate was dripping. Then, hold the pretzel over a plate and sprinkle with candy sprinkles or whatever you choose. Set the pretzel on wax paper and continue with the next one. Makes 12 pretzels.


Now all you have to do is to wait for hem to harden. It took a few hours sitting on the counter. Or, you could put them into the freezer for a few minutes.

When the chocolate gets firm you can

carefully slide them into the pretzel bags.

That’s it. They only take a few minutes. Perfect for you to make with the kids. They are very tasty. In fact I will share with you my little secret shh… I ate one for breakfast with my coffee and it was Yummy! Don’t tell

Bon Appetit,



Aquarium Craft • No Water Needed • Make A Splash — Read

Make A Splash Read aquarium craft

Supplies Needed:
• Print Out
• Scissors — Circle cutter (optional)
• Tape
• Stapler
• Crayons
• Pencil
• 2-8in. paper plates
• Saran Wrap (optional)
• Green Easter Grass (optional)

© BillyGorilly.com aquarium craft

Enjoy Your Aquarium

The template is in .pdf file format and it’s Free.
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If you are interested in a Make A Splash song Billy Gorilly has recorded a Theme Song for this years summer reading program.
Listen Here track #20.
You can also get a free 60 second promotional version here

Hope you enjoy!


Summer Reading Program Be Creative at Your Library

How Do You Like to Be Creative?

I’m going to keep this post short and sweet. I know everyone is really busy getting everything ready for this years Summer Library Program.

Let the kids color as they gear up for the summer library reading program Be Creative @ Your Library with a free coloring page from Billy Gorilly. “How Do You Like to be Creative?” The file also contains a template for two different bookmarks

Be Creative @ Your Library Free resource coloring page

Be Creative @ Your Library Free resource coloring page

Listen to Billy Gorilly’s Podcast episode 16. The first segment features Billy Gorilly and Mrs. Flicker Fireflybrarian promoting the summer reading program. They want to get the kids excited about going to the library. There are 3 other sections of the podcast where kids will learn how to count backwards, listen to the story of the “Oxen and The Lion” told Billy Gorilly style, and the song Do You Know What Time it is? This podcast is perfect for children 3-6.

Listen to Billy Gorilly Podcast for Kids  episode 16  click here

Are kids under 12 going to be banned from the library?

No Kids at the library?

If you don’t want kids under 12 banned from the library you might want to read this blog at Twittermoms.com . There is a new law about childrens products and lead. This law would make it so the libraries would have to remove all the kids books or not let kids under 12 in the library.

This is the title of the press release from the ALA (american library association)

For Immediate Release
January 26, 2009

ALA Files Comments, Urges CPSC To
Exempt Libraries from Regulation Under
Consumer Product Safety Act

Here is the link to the press release click here

I for one love the libraries and feel they are so valuable to our community. This can’t happen. I know that the government is trying to keep kids safe, but is this to much?

Spread the word so this does not happen.



Ladybugs are cute!

Ladybugs are cute, is the title of the newletter I just finished writing. It always feels good when you have finished with a task on your your to do list. Now I wait for it to be delivered and hope I don’t find any big mistakes after the fact. If you have young children or are in charge of young kids, lets say a teacher, librarian, or homeschooling parent. Then you might want to check out what I am doing at billygorilly.com. We offer free coloring pages, puzzles, podcast, and a story time resource kit. We do sell kids music that we hope you will buy and enjoy, but you can get many things for free. We offer some items only to our newsletter subscribers. If you would like to subscribe and check out our newsletter subscribe here. I promise I don’t bombard you with numerous useless emails. My goal is to make sure you don’t think any of them are useless. If you would like to offer any newsletter suggestions send me a comment. Good or bad I can take it.

I had so much fun making this recipe. I took the picture of the finished apples in my backyard, it had the best lighting. These would make a great after school snack for the kids.

Ladybug Apple Snack