Learn how to make Chocolate Covered Pretzel Rods! A perfect easy treat or gift for Valentines Day, Christmas, or any holiday!
We don’t go too overboard for Valentine’s Day around our home, but I do love to have some special treats for my husband and the kids to celebrate. If you haven’t made chocolate covered pretzels before you may be surprised at just how fast you can make this festive treat that looks absolutely amazing! They make such a fun food gift, too! Wrap them up to give as teacher gifts or bring to your co-workers for a special surprise. For another great teacher or co-worker gift, you can make these delicious cheesecake marbled brownies.
HOW TO MAKE CHOCOLATE COVERED PRETZEL RODS FOR VALENTINES DAY
These chocolate covered pretzel rods are ridiculously quick and easy to make. Plus, with their delicious salty and sweet taste, you will be making them for all occasions.
WHAT YOU NEED:
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1. Melt your chocolate.
We added our chocolate chips to a tall coffee mug and put in the microwave for 30 seconds, stirred, and put it back in for an additional 30 seconds. If you don’t have a tall coffee mug, you could also use a microwave-safe drinking glass or these tall dipping containers.
You may need more time depending on the container you are melting the chips in, but make sure to stir it every 30 seconds so that it does not get overheated. Once it starts to melt, you may even want to check it every 15 seconds.
If your chocolate does get overheated and starts to get lumpy, you can try to add a spoonful of melted shortening to your chocolate chips. These tips may help you figure out how to salvage your chocolate.
2. Dip pretzel rods in the chocolate.
Tilt your container with the chocolate slightly to the side to get the most of the chocolate and dip in your pretzel rod. Roll as much of the pretzel rod in the chocolate as you can. Then, turn the pretzel rod upside down over your container to allow any excess chocolate to drip off.
3. Top with sprinkles.
Before the chocolate has set, hold the pretzels over a plate and scatter the sprinkles over the melted chocolate. Don’t try to roll the pretzels in the sprinkles or you will have a mess on your hands!
Then, let the pretzel rods sit on a baking sheet lined with parchment or wax paper until they are completely hardened. If you want to speed up this process, you can put them in the refrigerator for about 5 minutes. You don’t want them in there too long.
Once everything is set, you can give them as a gift or store them in an airtight container. Or, eat them because they are super delicious! I just love salty and sweet!
What kind of chocolate is good for melting?
There is definitely a difference between the varieties of chocolates in how they melt and how they taste. The professionals use couverture chocolate because it is the highest quality. However, it is more expensive and not readily available. Candy melts are very accessible and priced well, but they just don’t have the best chocolate taste.
While melting chocolate chips is generally considered a last resort, that is what we used. Due to stabilizers in the chocolate chips, it is said they don’t melt as easily and have a tendency to overheat. I want to mention this because we did use them and had great luck. What we did notice is that white chocolate does melt differently than milk. Therefore, we would recommend heating white chocolate for less time than milk chocolate.
How far in advance can you make chocolate covered pretzels?
Before storing the chocolate covered pretzel rods, make sure the chocolate has completely hardened. Then, you want to put them in an airtight container. They should last about three weeks like that. You might think that putting the chocolate pretzels in the refrigerator will help them last longer. However, that is not true. Chocolate covered pretzels last the best at room temperature in an airtight container.
I made these as a Valentine’s Day gift, and they will be stored in an airtight container until the day before I give them. Then, I am going to place them in gift bags, tie a ribbon on them, and add our Valentine’s Day gift tags. The rods would be a cute gift with several rods in a larger treat bag or individually wrapped.
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How long does it take for chocolate covered pretzels to dry?
Once you dip your pretzel rods, the key is to shake off any excess chocolate. This will help speed up the drying process, but it will also ensure your sprinkles aren’t dripping off the pretzels. In general, the chocolate will set in about 15-20 minutes. This is why you want to get your sprinkles on right away. If you need your pretzels to dry quicker, you can pop them in the refrigerator for a few minutes. Before I was even done with dipping the white chocolate covered pretzel rods, the milk chocolate ones were pretty much set.
What can I dip pretzel rods in?
There is such a variety of melted morsels that you can dip pretzel rods in. Plus, with all the different toppings, from sprinkles to chocolate drizzles, you can make them for any occasion. Here are several super yummy options that you can try dipping the pretzels in.
- Milk chocolate
- White chocolate
- Dark chocolate
- Semisweet chocolate
- Peanut butter chips
- Butterscotch chips
- Toffee chips
- 16 pretzel rods
- 2 cups of chocolate chips (we used 1 cup of milk chocolate and 1 cup of white chocolate)
- 1 teaspoon shortening (optional)
- Melt the chocolate chips in a tall microwave-safe container, stirring every 30 seconds until completely melted.
- Dip the pretzel rods in the chocolate.
- Scatter the sprinkles over the melted chocolate on the pretzel rods.
- Allow the pretzel rods to set on a baking sheet lined with parchment or wax paper.
Slightly tilt your container with the melted chocolate to the side to get the most out of the chocolate while dipping the pretzel rod.
Mix a spoonful of melted shortening with your chocolate if it starts to become lumpy.
Nutrition InformationYield 16 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 145Total Fat 7gSaturated Fat 4gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 0mgSodium 126mgCarbohydrates 22gNet Carbohydrates 20gFiber 2gSugar 12gProtein 2g
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