Chocolate Covered Pretzels-A sweet and simple treat for the holidays or any time of year. Smooth, creamy and crunchy all rolled into one.
There are several things I love about the holidays. Spending time with family tops the list, along with baking, shopping for gifts, time off work, sparkly ornaments, twinkling lights and of course, making delicious candy. Speaking of candies, chocolate covered pretzels are one of my favorites, and every year I make a batch.
I’ve been making them since I was in high school and have learned a few tricks along the way. I find it interesting that the ingredients for this recipe are available year round, but I only make this candy at Christmastime. It just doesn’t feel right to make it any other time of year. The chocolate covered pretzels recipe is so simple that I almost didn’t share it, but I couldn’t resist.
Even though this recipe is relatively easy, it can go awry quickly if you aren’t paying attention. It’s easy to become preoccupied and scorch the chocolate. Grab everything you need before you get started. I like to lay my parchment paper on the countertop and prepare the toppings.
After you have all your supplies, you can start working with the chocolate. There are two ways to melt the chocolate. One is in a double boiler on the stove and the other is in the microwave. I prefer the double boiler method if I’m making a large batch of chocolate covered pretzels; however, I’ve found the chocolate is more likely to scorch. A microwave is a good option for small batches or chocolate used for drizzling. The key is to microwave the chocolate on half power and stir every 15 seconds to prevent burning.
Melt the chocolate and get ready to dip the pretzels! The best way I’ve found to achieve a smooth and evenly coated pretzel is to use a fork. Simply drop a few pretzels in the bowl and cover completely with chocolate. Use a fork to scoop out each pretzel and let the excess chocolate drain off. Lay the pretzels onto the parchment paper and add your favorite toppings.
Toppings can include anything from additional chocolate for drizzling, crushed peppermint, chopped nuts or sea salt. The possibilities are endless. This recipe is always fun to make and kids will love to help with the toppings. It’s a tasty candy to try any time of year.
Used for this recipe:
- 8 ounces mini pretzels
- 12 ounces semi-sweet chocolate (chips, almond bark, or other melting chocolate)
- Toppings of your choice (extra chocolate, crushed peppermint, chopped nuts, etc.)
Place a large sheet of parchment or waxed paper on the counter.
Melt chocolate on low heat in a double boiler stirring constantly. Another option is to melt the chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl on half power stirring every 15 seconds. Continue to repeat the heating process in the microwave until chocolate is completely melted.
After chocolate is melted, place 4-5 pretzels at a time into melted chocolate. Make sure pretzels are completely covered.
Use a fork to remove each pretzel from the chocolate and allow excess chocolate to drip off.
Place chocolate covered pretzel onto parchment or waxed paper.
Add toppings of your choice while chocolate is still warm.
Allow chocolate to solidify and store in an airtight container.