These chocolate-dipped pretzels are as yummy as they look! They are the perfect mix of salty and sweet! So, whether you are looking for a quick and easy birthday treat to bring to school for a snack, a fun little holiday gift or party snacks for a themed birthday party; these chocolate-dipped pretzels are perfect for so many occasions!
Using just three ingredients, these are simple to customize for whatever you need them for! The chocolate layer of Wilton candy melts come in every color of the rainbow and then some if you get creative and mix them! Either use different colors as I did for a rainbow drizzle like this that I used for my girl’s unicorn birthday party treats, or pick your favorite style and color/s of sprinkles to add a fun pop 🙂
So keep reading for the simple instructions on how to whip out your own batch of customizable chocolate-dipped pretzel rods!
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What you need:
- Candy Melts
- Parchment paper
- Candy piping bag for drizzling
- Bowl for melting chocolate candy melts
Step 1 – Melt the chocolate
First, take your base coat color and following the directions on the package, melt the chocolate. I’ve found it to be easiest and quickest to use the microwave to melt the chocolate candy melts. I do 30-second intervals at a time until the chocolate is melted.
Make sure to stir in between heating. Often the chocolate won’t appear done yet. However, if you were to stir it, it finishes melting to the perfect creamy consistency when you stir it.
You don’t want to over-cook the chocolate as it will make it harder to work with as well as the chocolate coat will get a whitish tint when it dries.
Step 2 – Coat the pretzel
The easiest method I found for coating the pretzel with the chocolate coat is using the bowl you melted the candy melts in and a spoon. Filling the spoon with the melted chocolate, pour the chocolate over the pretzel rod leaving about a 3″ section clear.
Rotating the rod as you pour the chocolate, make sure to cover all sides of the pretzel rod.
After the pretzel is covered, carefully “shake” over the bowl to allow excess chocolate to drip off and back into the bowl.
Dipping the pretzel in a tall glass with the melted chocolate is another option. However, if you choose to cover the majority of the pretzel in chocolate as I do, you will need a lot more chocolate using that method than if you were to simply use a spoon.
Step 3 – Lay on a cookie sheet
Take the chocolate dipped pretzel and arrange on a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet. Then, leave about 1.5″ between each pretzel so you have room to easily decorate one at a time.
Step 4 – Sprinkles
If you are using a drizzle method to decorate, SKIP THIS STEP and instead allow the base coat to dry before moving to the next step.
However, if you want to decorate the pretzel rods with sprinkles, then follow this step!
Then, using a spoon or your fingers, sprinkle them on top of the chocolate while it is STILL WET. If you wait too long to do this, the chocolate will harden before you have a chance to get the sprinkles to stick. Then you’re out of luck and your best bet is to move on to the drizzle method 😉
I usually do 1 pretzel at a time. Dip, sprinkle, dry and repeat.
Step 6 – Drizzle
Choose the colors that you want to drizzle with. This part is completely customizable to what you are wanting to do. For my girls unicorn-themed birthday, I chose to do chocolate-dipped pretzels with a rainbow drizzle. For this mermaid-themed birthday party, I did a mix of sprinkles and purple, blue and green drizzle.
Melt colors one at a time:
Melt each color of chocolate candy melt that you will drizzle in a small microwavable safe dish ONE AT A TIME!
Drizzle one color at a time:
Take the first color you melted, and pour it into a disposable candy piping bag like this one. You are then ready to begin drizzling.
Drizzling tips and tricks:
I’ve tried different ways of drizzling each time. On the picture to the left, you can see the top is what it looks like if you drizzle with this drizzle spoon.
The middle was using a plastic squeeze bottle like this one drizzling over one pretzel at a time.
The very bottom was using a plastic squeeze bottle, moving quickly over multiple pretzels at once.
Here is what I found. And please, let’s keep in mind that I am far from a cook, baker, etc. I am the normal, average mama trying to make special birthday treats. So this is by no means a professional opinion 🙂 Just what I found through trial and error 🙂
- The spoon is the easiest to “use” and to clean up. However, I wasn’t able to get the type of drizzle I was looking for. Maybe that was just me or how I melted the chocolate. Maybe you would have better luck! If I could get the results I was looking for, this would have been my pick hands down!
- The squeeze bottle worked well. I just heated up the chocolate inside the bottle. It is a ROYAL PAIN to clean these bottles. In fact, I still have four bottles filled with dried chocolate on my kitchen counter because I can’t for the life of me figure out how to clean them. Go figure right?!?!
- So that leaves the piping bag. This would be my pick for the thin drizzle look that I was going for as well as ease of clean up; aka toss in the garbage!
Then, repeat Step 6 with each color you will use. Feel free to be creative adding multiple colored drizzles or whatever looks best to you!
Step 7 – Dry
Whether you have decided to decorate with sprinkles or using drizzles, at this point you want to let them dry until the chocolate is hard and dry to the touch.
This is the final part. Allow ample time to dry on the parchment paper.
Step 8 – Store
After the chocolate-dipped pretzel rods are dried, break off any excess chocolate and store in an airtight container.
I love using one like this because it allows me to make these up to a week ahead of time and they stay fresh! Say goodbye to stress and last-minute treat making!
Place a sheet of parchment paper at the bottom, lay down a row of pretzel rods, place another piece of parchment paper on top and repeat the process until all your pretzels are stored or the storage container is full.
That’s it! You should be left with an array of fun chocolate-dipped pretzel birthday treats! If you are looking for other great birthday party treat ideas, check out this post on my favorite treats to use for a fun party or this recipe for salty but sweet birthday party popcorn!
Make sure to leave a photo below of your favorite chocolate-dipped pretzel rods 🙂 Would love to see your fun ideas!