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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