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Chocolate Covered Pretzel Rods

Crunchy, salty pretzel rods coated in decadent milk chocolate make a delicious snack. The combination of chocolate and salt goes perfectly together. Get creative and add sprinkles, crushed mint, or chopped nuts. These pretzel rods will keep for weeks in an airtight container, and they make great homemade gifts.

A platter of chocolate dipped pretzel rods decorated with candy sprinkles and chocolate drizzle.
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What are Chocolate Covered Pretzel Rods?

Chocolate-covered pretzels are simply pretzel rods that have been partially or fully coated in chocolate to create a crunchy snack that is both salty and sweet and incredibly easy to make.

You simply need to melt some chocolate in a narrow, tall jar or glass, dip the pretzels and then decorate as desired.

You can use any type of chocolate you like when making these treats. I generally like to use milk chocolate, but dark and white chocolate are both great choices as well. If you want to theme these treats for specific holidays, you can also use coloured candy melts.

Decorate these chocolate-covered pretzels with sprinkles, crushed cookies, chopped nuts, crushed peppermints or different drizzles of chocolate. The possibilities are endless.

If you want to turn them into homemade gifts you can pop a few in a cellophane bag and tie with a pretty ribbon.

Kept in an airtight container or ziplock bag these treats will keep well for several weeks at room temperature.

A platter of chocolate dipped pretzel rods decorated with candy sprinkles and chocolate drizzle.

Ingredients

For a full list of ingredients and measurements, see the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post.

You only need three ingredients to make your own homemade chocolate-covered pretzel rods.

Chocolate melting wafers – You will want a good quality chocolate melting wafer to coat the pretzels. Melting wafers, or candy melts, melt easily and smoothly, creating a nice coating on anything you are dipping. You can use milk, dark, or even white chocolate if you prefer.

Pretzel Rods You can use any size of pretzel rod you like. The pretzel rods I use are about 7 inches long, but you can use shorter ones if you prefer. The shorter the pretzel, the easier it will be to coat it in chocolate.

Decorations – Decorating these pretzels is a lot of fun, and you can get really creative. Decorate for the holidays by using certain colours or crushed candy canes. Rainbow sprinkles and candy-coated chocolate bits are my favourite, but toffee bits and white chocolate drizzle are great too.

Ingredients for chocolate dipped pretzel rods.

Step by Step Instructions

Making Chocolate Dipped Pretzels

Step 1 – Place the melting wafers in a microwave-safe bowl, measuring cup or mason jar. Heat for 20-second intervals, stirring between intervals until the chocolate is melted and smooth.

Pro-Tip: Using a deeper, narrow jar or drinking glass works better than a shallow bowl for coating the Pretzels as it allows you to simply lower the pretzel into the chocolate and pull it straight out. With a shallow bowl, you will have to turn the pretzel a few times to ensure it is fully coated, and the lip of the bowl can make it difficult to coat the pretzel fully.

Step 2 – Lower the pretzel into the chocolate. You can coat as much of the pretzel as you like. Generally, I coat between one-half and two-thirds of the way up the pretzel, but you can do more or less if you like. Lift the pretzel from the chocolate and allow the excess to drip off the pretzel, then place the coated pretzel on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone liner.

Repeat until the desired amount of pretzels are coated in chocolate.

While the chocolate is still soft, decorate with sprinkles, crushed cookies, chopped nuts or other decorations as desired. If you are drizzling them with different chocolate, wait until the first coat of chocolate has hardened.

A pretzel rod being dipped into a jar of melted chocolate.

Allow the chocolate to set, then move the pretzels to an airtight container for storage.

Pro-Tip: If you want an extra thick layer of chocolate on your pretzels, wait until the first coat is fully set, then dip them in the chocolate again. Allow the second coating of chocolate to set before moving them to a container for storage. If you are double dipping you will need twice as much chocolate.

Chocolate covered pretzel rods dipped in chocolate and decorated with candy sprinkles spread on a counter top.

Substitutions & Variations

Chocolate melting wafers – If you don’t have melting wafers, you can use a good quality chocolate chip instead. For chocolate chips to melt smoothly, you may need to add 1 or 2 teaspoons of vegetable shortening.

If you want to make dipped pretzels for a holiday theme, such as Christmas or Valentine’s Day, you could use coloured candy melts instead.

Pretzel Rods – I generally use pretzel rods that are 7-8 inches long, but you can use shorter or longer rods if you like. If you can’t find pretzel rods, you can use large pretzel twists instead.

Decorations – When decorating your pretzels, you can use almost anything you like. A drizzle of white or dark chocolate, rainbow sprinklestoffee bits, chopped nuts, crushed candy canes, candy-coated chocolate chips or anything else you can think of.

Chocolate covered pretzel rods dipped in chocolate and decorated with candy sprinkles arranged upright in a jar.

Storage

Chocolate-covered Pretzels can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature, and they should keep well for a couple of weeks. If you need to stack them, place a piece of parchment or waxed paper between the layers to prevent them from sticking.

A platter of chocolate dipped pretzel rods decorated with candy sprinkles and chocolate drizzle.

Top Tips & FAQS

Do I need to refrigerate chocolate-covered Pretzels?

These chocolate-covered pretzels do not need to be refrigerated. They will be fine at room temperature in most climates.

How long will chocolate-covered Pretzels keep?

As long as they are stored in an airtight container, these Oreos should keep for a couple of weeks. Ensure the container is airtight; otherwise, the pretzels may go stale.

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A platter of chocolate dipped pretzel rods decorated with candy sprinkles and chocolate drizzle.

Chocolate Covered Pretzel Rods

Crunchy, salty pretzel rods coated in decadent milk chocolate make a delicious snack. The combination of chocolate and salt goes perfectly together.
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Course: Dessert, Desserts, Snack, Snacks
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 20
Calories: 72kcal
Author: Deanna

Ingredients

Optional Decorations

  • crushed candy cane
  • candy sprinkles
  • chopped nuts
  • chocolate drizzle

Instructions

  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone liner and set aside.
  • Place the melting wafers in a microwave-safe narrow jar or glass. Microwave on half-power for 20-second intervals, stirring between intervals until the chocolate is melted and smooth.
  • Dip a pretzel rod into the melted chocolate, then lift it out. Give it a gentle shake and allow the excess chocolate to drip off, then set it on the lined baking sheet. Repeat with remaining pretzels.
  • Before the chocolate has set, decorate the pretzel rods as desired with sprinkles, chopped nuts, crushed peppermint, or whatever else you like.
  • Allow the chocolate to be fully set, then move the pretzels to an airtight container or ziplock bag for storage.

Double Boiler Method

  • Add 2-3 inches of water to the bottom of a double boiler.
  • Add the melting wafers to the top of the double boiler.
  • Heat on medium-low heat, allowing the water to simmer. Stir the chocolate as it warms until melted and smooth. Then pour the chocolate into a narrow jar or drinking glass.
  • It is very important that you do not allow the water to boil and do not get any water in the chocolate, or it will seize.

Notes

You may need to use more or less chocolate depending on the length of the pretzel rods you use and how much you want to coat them in chocolate.
As you dip the pretzels and there is less chocolate in the jar, you may want to tilt the jar and roll the pretzel in the chocolate to allow more coating.
If you want an extra thick layer of chocolate, allow the first coat to harden, then dip the pretzels again. You will need twice as much chocolate if you want to double dip.
To decorate with drizzles of different colours of chocolate, allow the chocolate coating to harden first, then drizzle the second colour.

Nutrition

Calories: 72kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.01g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.01g | Trans Fat: 0.03g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 22mg | Potassium: 2mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 30IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 0.2mg

Nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered estimates. Actual nutritional content will vary with brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes and more.

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