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Chocolate Dipped Pretzel Rods

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Our easy Chocolate Dipped Pretzel Rods are the perfect festive treat for kids and adults alike! Pretzels dipped in your favorite variety of chocolate then sprinkled with candy make a great holiday gift idea.

Side view of a mason jar holding chocolate pretzels.

I’ve been making chocolate dipped pretzels since I was in high school. They were one of those traditional Christmas candies that was made every year.

Back then, I used full-sized salty pretzels with milk chocolate or vanilla almond bark. It made tons to last several days, and they were great for snacks or movie nights.

As an adult, I’ve branched out to other types of dipped pretzels like these chocolate covered pretzel rods. They’re fun, festive, and easy to make!

You can use dark, milk, or white chocolate, add a fancy drizzle, or a sprinkle of chopped nuts or candy. The possibilities are endless!

Looking for other Christmas snack ideas? Try our Christmas trail mixChristmas Chex mix, or English toffee. They go well with our homemade hot chocolate mix and white hot chocolate for a fun treat.

Ingredients

  • Pretzels: Choose a good, sturdy pretzel. Snyder’s brand is a great option. Some brands will break as you dip them into the melted chocolate resulting in a mess and a waste of ingredients.
  • Good Chocolate: I’m a huge fan of Ghirardelli melting wafers. They come in dark chocolate, milk chocolate, and vanilla. They melt easily and stay really smooth which makes them perfect for pretzel dipping.
  • Toppings: This is fun part! You can choose your favorite toppings to sprinkle over the dipped pretzels. Some options are crushed candy canes, finely chopped almonds or nuts, mini M&Ms, toffee bits, or mini chocolate chips. 
Ingredients needed for chocolate dipped pretzel rods.

Step by Step Instructions (with Photos)

Here is a quick summary of the recipe. Scroll to the recipe card below for the full instructions and ingredient amounts. 

Start by lining a baking sheet with waxed paper or parchment paper, and gather the rest of the ingredients. For this recipe, it’s a good idea to have all the ingredients ready to go because everything moves quickly.

  1. Melt the chocolate wafers in a microwave-safe bowl until smooth. Pour the melted chocolate into a tall mason jar or heat-safe glass.
  2. One at a time, dip a pretzel rod into the chocolate. You may need to tilt the jar a bit to make sure the pretzel gets well covered. 
Melted chocolate in a bowl.
Chocolate dipped pretzel being held above a jar.
  1. Let the excess chocolate drip back into the jar. Then, transfer the dipped pretzel to the prepared baking sheet, and add your favorite toppings.
  2. If you’re adding a drizzle of another color or flavor, wait for the first layer of chocolate to set before drizzling on the second layer.
  3. Repeat with the remaining pretzels. Let the chocolate set before serving.
Dipped pretzels on baking sheet.

Topping Ideas for Chocolate Covered Pretzels

  • Festive holiday sprinkles in a variety of colors.
  • Finely chopped almonds, walnuts, or pistachios.
  • Mini chocolate chips.
  • Finely chopped chocolate.
  • Crushed candy canes.
  • Toffee bits.
  • Mini M&Ms candies.
  • Finely chopped Andes mints.
  • Drizzle of colorful chocolate, white chocolate, or vanilla.

Best Chocolate to Use for Dipped Pretzels

  • Melting Wafers: These are my favorite because they melt so well and stay creamy and smooth. Plus, they come in dark chocolate, milk chocolate, and vanilla flavors.
  • Baking Bars: Baking bars a good if you get good quality ones that melt well without seizing. The downside is that they can get costly.
  • Almond Bark: I love almond bark when it comes to making Christmas candy. One package is usually more than enough, it melts well, and tastes good. Some drawbacks are that it has a slightly gritty texture and it can be difficult to find in some areas.
  • Candy Melts: These are different than chocolate but can be used in place of chocolate. If there’s a brand you love, use it! Candy melts come in a rainbow of colors making it fun to mix and match.
  • Chocolate Chips: Steer clear of chocolate chips for this recipe. They aren’t going to melt well. Not to mention, they tend to set very quickly and seize up easily.
Dipped pretzels in a glass jar.

Storage

Room Temperature: Store leftover chocolate covered pretzel rods in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

Recipe Tips

  • Use different types of chocolate and candies for different holidays throughout the year. These chocolate dipped pretzel rods are great for the 4th of July, Easter, Valentine’s Day, and Halloween.
  • Make sure to use finely crushed or chopped toppings. If the toppings are too large, they’ll drag the melted chocolate off the pretzels.
  • Wait for the first layer of chocolate to completely set before adding a drizzle. Otherwise, the two layers will blend together.
  • Use a spoon or rubber spatula to help scoop the chocolate from the jar onto the pretzels.
  • Reheat the chocolate and stir until smooth if it begins to cool and thicken.

Frequently Asked Questions

Chocolate covered pretzels can be made up to 1 week in advance of when you plan to serve or gift them. Once cooled and set, store them in an airtight container in a cool, dry place. 

Layer the pretzels between sheets of wax or parchment paper to prevent sticking. Keep in mind, the freshness and crunchiness of the pretzels will begin to diminish within a few days.

Refrigerating chocolate covered pretzels is not necessary and can often lead to condensation, causing the chocolate to “sweat” and lose its shiny finish. However, if you live in a particularly hot or humid climate, refrigeration can help prevent melting. 

If you decide to refrigerate, make sure the pretzels are in a sealed container, and allow them to return to room temperature to avoid condensation.

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Mason jar with a ribbon filled with chocolate dipped pretzel rods.

Chocolate Dipped Pretzel Rods

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Author: Kimberly
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Set Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 20 Servings

Ingredients

  • 20 ounces Ghirardelli melting wafers
  • 20 pretzel rods
  • Food coloring, optional
  • Christmas sprinkles
  • Assorted candy toppings, (mini M&Ms, crushed toffee bits or candy canes, etc.)

Instructions
 

  • Line a large baking sheet with parchment or waxed paper. Set aside.
  • In a microwave safe bowl, heat the chocolate on half power, stirring every 30 seconds, until smooth. Use separate bowls for different flavors or colors.
    20 ounces Ghirardelli melting wafers
  • Pour the melted chocolate into tall mason jars or glasses.
  • One at a time, dip the pretzel rods into the melted chocolate, and allow the excess to drip back into the jar. If needed, use a spoon to help coat the pretzels. Reheat the chocolate occasionally if it begins to cool.
    20 pretzel rods
  • Lay the chocolate covered pretzels onto the prepared baking sheet.
  • Top with candy or sprinkles, then allow the chocolate to set before serving. If adding a chocolate drizzle, let the the dipped chocolate set first.
  • Scroll up and see the post for tips, answers to frequently asked questions, and storage information.

Nutrition

Serving: 1pretzel | Calories: 101kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Sodium: 137mg | Potassium: 22mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 0.5mg

Notes

*The calories listed are an approximation based on the ingredients in the recipe card and a serving size of 1 chocolate covered pretzel rod. Actual calories will vary.
*For more information, tips, and answers to frequently asked questions, please refer to the post.
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