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40 Pretzel Rods
16 Oz. Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate flavored melting wafters or the candy melts of your choice (colored optional)

TOPPINGS CAN INCLUDE One Cup of the following or a mix of all

Pistachios, crushed (or nuts of your choice
Sprinkles, holiday themes/colors
Mini chocolate chips
Heath Bars, smashed


1) Have all your toppings laid out in little dishes so you are ready to “decorate” your chocolate dipped pretzel rods. Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper and put to the side.

2) Put the chocolate or candy melts in a glass measuring cup and melt them  in the microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring in between each interval until the chocolate or candy is melted and smooth.

3) Working with one pretzel rod at a time, dip into the melted chocolate or candy melts.  Using a spoon, drizzle the chocolate over two thirds of the pretzel, turning the pretzel as it get coated and allowing the excess chocolate to drip back into the measuring cup. Once coated, place on the parchment lined baking sheet.  Immediately sprinkle with the topping of your choice. NOTE: The underside can get “flat” from the weight of the pretzel.  That is normal. Repeat with all the pretzels.  Place the baking sheet in the freezer to set up.  Chill for about 10 minutes.

4)  You can serve the chocolate pretzel rods standing in a small glass or bag them in cellophane treat bags and tie with a bow to give as a gift.

NOTES:  This is one of those classic holiday food treats that you can make for almost any holiday.  The Chocolate Covered Pretzel Rods look fabulous when gift wrapped and if you use festive colored candy melts and/or sprinkles, you can make Christmas pretzel rods, Halloween pretzel rods, or these Valentine’s Day pretzel rods.  Wrapped up in cellophane gift bags and tied with a bowl, you can gift to teachers, fellow students, neighbors, coworkers, family and friends.

This are so easy to make and are perfect to do with kids.  Make an afternoon out of dipping and decorating pretzels with your grandkids, nieces and nephews or your own kids on a rainy afternoon and let the fun begin.

Buy your pretzel rods right at the grocery store.  Snyders is a solid brand but use any of your favorites.  Once the chocolate wafers have melted you can dip your pretzel rod into the measuring cup to start the dipping process.  I use a spoon to help drip it on to the rest of the pretzel making sure to cover about 2/3 of the pretzel rod.  After you’ve let the excess drip off, place on the prepared baking sheet and immediately sprinkle with the nuts, sprinkles or mini chocolate chips so they stick.

I let the chocolate covered pretzel rods set up in the freezer.

You can use good quality chocolate like the Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate melts or fun, easy to find candy melts. The candy melts come in a ton of fun colors like these pink candy melts and you can find them at Walmart, online at Amazon or at your local craft store.  I recently saw little tubs of candy melts at my local grocery store in the baking isle.  That made one of my pretzel Saturdays even easier.  You just pop the tub in the microwave and stir.

A note on making and gifting these:  They should be made, wrapped and gifted within 24 hours if possible.  Pretzels can go stale so I like to make them fresh, wrap them and give them away on the same day if possible.  Because they are so easy to make, that’s never a problem.

If you like this fun holiday treat, be sure to see my over easy to make, fun to gift items to make and bring to events or gift around the holidays:

Bake Sale Cupcakes with Light Cream Cheese Frosting

Cherry Jellies

Chocolate Dipped Pistachio Macaroons

Embossed Rolling Pin Shortbread Cookies


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