This is a simple recipe for dipped pretzel rods for Halloween or Thanksgiving. They are easy to make, can be made in advance and are completely customizable.
Dipped pretzel rods are perfect for any occasion – just use different sprinkles and an easy treat is ready – whether it is a kid’s birthday party, Christmas gift, or Valentine’s treat.
You only need 3 ingredients to make them and for their simple assembling, they are the perfect project to do with kids.
These chocolate dipped pretzel rods keep well for a longer period of time, so you can easily make them in advance!
How to dip pretzel rods?
You can either dip the pretzels in melted chocolate or spread it over (this will depend on the thickness of the chocolate).
For dipping, the easiest way is pouring the chocolate into a thin, tall glass and dip each rod in as deep as you like.
If you want to make them well in advance, you should coat as much of the pretzel surface in chocolate as possible. The reason is simple: they will last longer – they will not go softer as the chocolate layer protects them from going stale.
Once the chocolate is set, chocolate covered pretzels will store well in an airtight container in your pantry.
They can easily last up to 2-3 weeks when stored properly.
Tips for making these fall pretzel snacks
- You can use other colors of candy melts if you like – orange or black.
- When using thick pretzel sticks (I used thin ones), the options of decorating them are endless – use mini candy eyes, stick candy corn or use other types of Halloween/fall sprinkles or buy a selection and let your kids decide what they want to use.
- Wrap them individually (or in twos or threes) and tie with orange, white or black ribbon for DIY Halloween treats.
Use any chocolate you have experience with and you know that melts well. You want it to be thicker rather than thinner though.
I used candy melts. You will need about 2 cups to start with.
If your candy melts don’t melt for some reason, stirring in a little bit of shortening should help to thin the mixture. There are a few other ways how to thin chocolate.
For those planning a Halloween party and need some Halloween appetizer ideas, here are a few recipes for you:
- 24 pretzel rods, see note 1
- 2 cups white candy melts, see note 2
- fall/autumn nonpareils sprinkles, see note 3
- Melt candy melts in a double boiler (see note 4) while stirring occasionally.
- Meanwhile, line a baking tray/sheet with parchment paper. Transfer sprinkles into a wide plate – long enough to fit the pretzel rods.
- Pour the melted chocolate into a tall mug (or a heat-proof tall and thin glass) and dip pretzel rods in (one by one), then roll in sprinkles and place onto the baking tray. Repeat until you have used up all the pretzels.
- Transfer the tray with all the chocolate covered pretzel rods to the fridge and let the chocolate set completely (this should only take 10-15 minutes) before transferring them to an airtight container.
- I used thin pretzel rods, but you can use the tick ones if you like. You won’t get as many as though, so you might need to melt more chocolate.
- You can use candy melts of other colors – orange, dark. The color of candy melts will also affect the overall shade/color of pretzel rods.
- They are also called candy nonpareils (autumn/fall blend). You will need about 1/4 – 1/2 cup.
- You can also use a microwave for melting if you have experience doing so. I don’t, so I use a double boiler and melt chocolate on the stove. That way I avoid possible burning and uneven melting.
- They will last for up to 2-3 weeks when stored properly in an airtight container.
- More tips can be found in the post above this recipe card.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 116Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 131mgCarbohydrates: 27gFiber: 0gSugar: 12gProtein: 1g