Food Demo Recap and a Chocolate Turtle

by zesty on November 24, 2009 · 13 comments

So finally a formal recap of a Zesty food presentation which took place last Saturday.  Before I begin, I just want to say it was a lot of fun.  It was a bit nerve racking preparing under a time crunch to get ready for a live act but I would do it again in an instant.

I was not really sure what I was getting into as I just took the request and said “YES” without asking to many questions…. that is normally how I live!  Terrible I know but fun.  So I stopped in Friday evening to check out the venue and was totally impressed.  Nice big kitchen to work in, labeled cabinets and drawers for supplies.  There was even a chef from the culinary institute there prepping for the lunch.

On the video side of things – they had wireless mics, huge video screen displays – great sound system.  Overall this was a great event.  The topic of the whole event revolved around tips for having a less hectic Christmas Season.  So of course I tried to adhere to that and make a super simple treat.


On to the Food

I know I know – the title made you drool.  I can tell!  This little treats are super easy to make and actually quite cheap to gather the ingredients.  It consists of three simple ingredients and a total of 4 minutes of cooking time.  Can you really beat that?  I think not.  Here is the scoop on how to prepare this little single bites of heaven.


  • Flat waffle pretzels
  • Chocolate caramel balls
  • Pecan halves (roasted)


  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F
  2. Line baking sheet with parchment paper
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  4. Spread out waffle pretzels on the parchment paper
  5. Add a chocolate caramel balls on top and bake for 4 minutes
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  7. Remove from oven and press a roasted pecan halve on top until the chocolate and caramel begin to ooze
  8. ENJOY!

Zesty Tip: If you want to use Jumbo Rolo candies instead – they work great as well but my only concern is the cost if you are making them in large batches.

In addition to the treat I thought I would share a couple of not so boring vegetable dishes for the crowd.  With that I had to share the dazzled carrots with pear and balsamic – which is literally just as easy as boiling carrots.  I also presented the simple brussel sprout recipe with figs and maple.

Some more food shots





Some kitchen Mayhem shots




I had a great time on Saturday and realized that I love food and everything about it.

I hope you have a great day and keep smiling.

Take care


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{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Lauren

How neat that you gave a food demonstration! The chocolate turtle treats look lip-smacking good.


2 Beth @ DiningAndDishing

I love those little chocolate treats! They look so easy to make, yet so adorable! If I have a cookie swap this year I think I know what I’m making :O)


3 brandi

ooh, I’ve made those turtles before and completely forgot about them! So good and easy.

Glad the demo went well!


4 JavaChick

Those Turtles look amazing – will definitely have to give them a try!


5 Meg

Glad the demo went so well. I love these Turtles. I can’t believe they can be made with Rolos. I think I will make these as Christmas gifts for friends.


6 Krista

Those little treats would be great for a class party! Glad to hear the demo went well….sounded like fun for sure.


7 April

I made those pretzels things a couple of weeks ago. SO easy and SO yummy! I’m making more for Thanksgiving :)


8 Beverley

Thanks Zesty
I was wondering what to bring to a pot luck tomorrow evening.


9 Megan

We made those turtles last year — but with Rolos. I love them! Thanks for reminding me about them.


10 Marianne

I am so making those little treats this year for Christmas. Where does one find chocolate caramel balls though? I can’t say I’ve seen them, but then again, I haven’t been looking.


11 ZestyCook

@Marianne – I picked them up at the bulk barn.


12 Light Delight with TouTou

Oh Whoa….I am amazed…those chocolate looks fantastic ! fabulous holiday treat:))))


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