Chocolate Covered Pretzels are fun, easy to make, and festive! Top the dipped pretzels with fun toppings like sprinkles, candies, nuts or even coconut. These no-bake treats can be made ahead and they are a kid-friendly activity too.
We make these chocolate pretzels year-round and here’s why!
No stove or oven needed! You can melt the chocolate in the microwave.
Tons of options for different types of chocolate, candy melt colors and toppings.
Perfect to make ahead and package up to give as gifts or favors.
All you need are pretzel rods and melting chocolate to make a fun, sweet treat!
Pretzel Rods – These are the big, thick pretzels that are about 6-8 inches long. You could also use these tips for dipping pretzel twists.
Melting Chocolate – Dark, Milk, and White. You can use all three or pick and choose your favorites. If you want to mix it up with colors, grab some candy melts at your local craft store.
How To Make Chocolate Covered Pretzels
All you need to do is melt, dip, and let set! This is the easiest recipe and it’s fun to get the kids involved.
Prep. Start by lining a baking sheet, or even your kitchen counter, with a sheet of parchment paper or wax paper.
Melt chocolate. Follow the package directions to melt the chocolate. Be careful not to overheat. I like to heat chocolate until there are just a few lumps left then stir and let the residual heat melt it all of the way.
Dip pretzels. Dip the pretzel rods in the chocolate and let the excess chocolate drip off.
Allow to set – Place the chocolate pretzel rods on the parchment or wax paper and allow to set and harden. If you’re adding any toppings, sprinkle on before the chocolate hardens so it sticks.
How To Serve
When serving pretzel rods at a birthday or holiday party, I like to place them on an oval or rectangular shaped tray. You can also package up the pretzels to give as party favors. Buy plastic cellophane bags at your craft store, add a few dipped pretzels, and tie the bag with a ribbon.
Using different toppings is not only a fun way to mix up these fun treats, but it lets you make them for different holidays too!
Sprinkles – this is a great way to make them festive for different holidays
Graham cracker crumbs
Mini chocolate chips
Broken Pretzel Rods – You may find some broken pretzel rods in the bag, that’s okay! I like to dip the broken end into the chocolate to cover it up.
Refrigerate to Speed Up Chill Time – You can place the dipped pretzels in the fridge to set them faster, but you will want to keep them in the fridge until serving as the chocolate may sweat from the temperature change.
Drizzle Contrasting Chocolate – For a fun presentation, drizzle a contrasting melted chocolate over the dipped pretzels. Such as drizzling white chocolate over milk or dark dipped pretzel rods.
Try Colored Chocolate Melts – For the holidays, you can even buy some colored chocolate melts. Try dipping pretzels in milk or white chocolate then drizzling with red or green melted chocolate for Christmas or pink and red for Valentine’s Day.
Use a Tall Glass for Easy Dipping – To easily dip the pretzel rods, you can place the melted chocolate in a tall glass so you can dunk the whole pretzel rod.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is melting chocolate?
Melting chocolate is chocolate that does not need to be tempered. It melts easily and smoothly. You can find it sold in cubes or wafers.
Can you use regular chocolate instead of melting chocolate?
While melting chocolate does melt the best, you can use regular chocolate as well. Chop up a baking chocolate bar and melt in a double boiler or (carefully) in the microwave in 30 second intervals. I do not recommend using chocolate chips as they do not melt nearly as smoothly as regular chocolate or melting chocolate.
Store at room temperature, in an airtight container, for up to two weeks. They’re the perfect make-ahead treat.
Prepare a baking sheet or food preparation surface with parchment paper.
Melt the chocolates according to package directions, being careful not to overheat.
Carefully dip each pretzel in desired chocolate and allow the access to drip off.
Place the chocolate covered pretzels on the parchment paper and allow to set. Be sure to add sprinkles or other garnishes at this time.
Topping Ideas: sprinkles, marshmallows, graham cracker crumbs, chocolate chips, M&M’s, coconut.Setting time depends on the chocolate and can be anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour.To get the chocolate to set quickly, you can place the pretzels in the fridge. However, they will need to be kept in the fridge until served as placing them in the fridge increases risk of the chocolate sweating.Melting chocolate is simply chocolate that does not need to be tempered. Melting chocolate sometimes comes in cubes or wafers.
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Kristin Maxwell is the creator and main recipe developer, writer, and photographer of Yellow Bliss Road. A self-taught cook and self-appointed foodie, she specializes in easy, flavorful and approachable recipes for any home cook.