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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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 sprinkles, toffee bits, chopped nuts, crushed candy canes, candy-coated chocolate chips or anything else you can think of.
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.
Top Tips & FAQS
These chocolate-covered pretzels do not need to be refrigerated. They will be fine at room temperature in most climates.
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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Chocolate Covered Pretzel Rods
- 20 pretzel rods
- 1 ½ cups chocolate melting wafers
- crushed candy cane
- candy sprinkles
- chopped nuts
- chocolate drizzle
- 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.
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.