Chocolate Covered Pretzels Recipe + Tutorial

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These Chocolate Covered Pretzels are the perfect combination of salty and sweet. A super affordable and fun treat that is so easy, even the kids can get in on the action. Ideal to make for all sorts of occasions and celebrations. Post Includes Weight Watchers points.

Why choose between a salty or sweet snack when you can have both? These Chocolate Covered Pretzels are the perfect combination of salty and sweet. Yeap, these crunchy and crave-worthy treats check every snacktime box.

All you need is 3 simple ingredients (pretzels, chocolate and sprinkles) to make these fun and festive treats. In fact, this Chocolate Covered Pretzels recipe is so easy the kids can get in on the action.

Hosting a chocolate covered pretzel making party is a super affordable and fun activity for all sorts of celebrations. I’m talking birthday parties, Easter, Valentine’s Day, Halloween, Christmas. Just set up an assembly line of pretzels, melted chocolate, and all sorts of different toppings and sprinkles. Then sit back and watch the kids (and grown ups!) get creative in the kitchen.

a plate filled with chocolate covered pretzels decorated with patriotic candy sprinkles

The mini chefs and I just made these Red, White & Blue Patriotic Pretzels. I think the star-shaped sprinkles are soooooo adorable. They are the perfect treat for Memorial Day and the 4th of July.

So, are you ready to learn how to make these Chocolate Covered Pretzels? Gather up your ingredients and I’ll show you…..

How to Make Chocolate Covered Pretzels

  1. Place chocolate (or candy melts) in a microwave-safe bowl.
  2. Put uncovered bowl in the microwave for 30 seconds. Then remove and stir the chocolate. Repeat until chocolate is completed melted and smooth.
  3. Dip pretzels into the melted chocolate, shaking off excess chocolate before adding your toppings.
  4. After you have added the toppings, place your chocolate covered pretzels on a parchment-lined baking tray, making sure they don’t touch.
  5. Put the tray in the fridge for approximately 10 minutes, until chocolate completely hardens.
  6. Then transfer the pretzels to an airtight container and keep inside the fridge. images collage showing the steps for making chocolate covered pretzels

Chocolate Covered Pretzels Dipping Tips

  • Make sure to shake off the excess chocolate really well before coating. Otherwise, the chocolate will drip after you coat then and you will end up with messy pretzels.
  • For best results, drip and shake off chocolate for about 30 seconds before adding the toppings. However, you don’t leave it too long, or the chocolate will start to harden and sprinkles won’t stick.
  • I tend to dip two pretzels at a time to make the process go faster.
  • Hold the pretzels over a plate or tray and to catch your chocolate drips and make cleaning up easier.
  • You can choose to either cover the whole pretzel or leave them half-dipped (which how my kids like them).
  • I actually prefer to sprinkle the chocolate onto my pretzels, as dipping the pretzel into the chocolate can result in a flat side
    kids hands holding chocolate covered pretzels

What Type of Chocolate Is Best For Making Chocolate Dipped Pretzels?

Generally, chocolate bars that contain a high amount of cocoa butter work best for melting and dipping.

Milk chocolate and semisweet chocolate will work, and you can even buy chocolate melting wafers that are designed especially for dipping. If you prefer the taste of dark chocolate feel free to use it. Flavoured chocolate (orange, mint) works great too.

However, do not use chocolate chips. They contain ingredients which prevent them from melting nicely. Another option is to use white candy melts instead of chocolate in this recipe.

How to Melt Chocolate

There are many methods for melting chocolate, but when melting chocolate for this Chocolate Covered Pretzels recipe, I tend to prefer doing it in the microwave. Just follow these easy steps:

  • First, break your chocolate bar into small squares (so it melts quicker) and place in a microwave-safe bowl.
  • Then place in microwave for 30 seconds. Remove the bowl and stir the chocolate.
  • Pop the bowl back in the microwave for another 30 seconds, take out and stir again.
  • Repeat this process as necessary until you have smooth, silky melted chocolate.

As melted chocolate tends to thicken up quickly, you’ll want to get everything ready before hand so you can start dipping immediately. And to keep the chocolate at just the right consistency, every 5 minutes or so place the bowl back in the microwave for 30 seconds to re-melt.

If you see your melted chocolate becoming thick and gloppy, mix in a little bit of coconut oil to return it to a thinner and smoother state. Make sure to add a small amount at a time, though. I recommend starting with no more than a tablespoon, and add more if needed to reach the desired consistency.close up view of completed chocolate covered pretzels on a parchment lined baking tray

What Kind of Pretzel Should I Use to Make Chocolate Covered Pretzels?

You can use knotted pretzel twists and pretzel rods to make this chocolate covered pretzels recipe.

If using pretzel rods, I recommend melting the chocolate in a tall glass (such as a pint glass or even a mason jar) rather than a bowl. This will allow you to easily coat the pretzel rod in a single dip.

How Long Does It Take For Chocolate Covered Pretzels to Harden?

Whilst the melted chocolate tends to harden up fairly quickly, I like to stick my tray in the fridge to speed the process up even more. I have found that keeping them in the refrigerator for about 10 minutes will do the trick.

Toppings for Making Chocolate Covered Pretzels

To make chocolate covered pretzels for most any occasion, simply use different colour sprinkles and candy toppings. Here are some suggestions to get you started:

  • Red, white and blue to make patriotic pretzels.
  • Pastel pink, blue, yellow, and green are lovely for Easter.
  • And red, pink and white for Valentine’s Day.
  • For St. Patrick’s Day, use different shades of green.
  • Make some Halloween-themed pretzels using orange and black.
  • And of course, red and green for Christmastime.

And for a recent birthday party, we set up a DIY pretzel making station that included toppings like chocolate chips, crushed up cookies, chopped nuts, shredded coconut, and mini M&M candies.

Chef’s Tip: using muffin tins keeps all your different toppings sorted and easily accessible.

three chocolate covered pretzels decorated with patriotic candy stars

How Do You Store Chocolate Covered Pretzels?

Keep your chocolate covered pretzels in an airtight container inside the fridge.

Chef’s Tip: to prevent the pretzels from scraping each other and causing the sprinkles to fall off, stack them in single layers on top of parchment paper.

When refrigerated, your Chocolate Dipped Pretzels will stay fresh up to 2 weeks. That is, if you can actually manage to keep them around that long (we never can!).

Can You Freeze Chocolate Dipped Pretzels?

No, I do not recommend freezing your chocolate covered pretzels. The freezer can alter the texture and taste, and no one wants stale or soggy pretzels!chocolate covered pretzels served on a white plate

Weight Watchers Points in Chocolate Covered Pretzels

There are 8 Freestyle points in a serving of Chocolate Covered Pretzels.

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Chocolate Covered Pretzels

Chocolate Covered Pretzels are the perfect sweet and salty treat!
Prep Time15 minutes
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American, Western
Servings: 16
Calories: 194kcal
Author: Bintu Hardy

Ingredients

  • 8 oz (225g) white baking chocolate
  • 16 oz (450g) pretzels shape of your choice
  • assorted sprinkles and candy toppings

Instructions

  • Place chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl.
  • Put uncovered bowl in the microwave for 30 seconds. Then remove and stir the chocolate. Repeat until chocolate is completed melted and smooth.
  • Dip pretzels into the melted chocolate, shaking off excess chocolate before adding your toppings.
  • Place finished pretzels on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  • Put tray in fridge for approximately 10 minutes, until chocolate completely hardens.
  • Store pretzels in an airtight container inside the fridge.
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Notes

Chocolate Covered Pretzels Dipping Tips
  • Make sure to shake off the excess chocolate really well before coating. Otherwise, the chocolate will drip after you coat then and you will end up with messy pretzels.
  • For best results, drip and shake off chocolate for about 30 seconds before adding the toppings. However, you don’t leave it too long, or the chocolate will start to harden and sprinkles won’t stick.
  • Hold the pretzels over a plate or tray and to catch your chocolate drips and make cleaning up easier.
  • You can choose to either cover the whole pretzel or leave them half-dipped (which how my kids like them).
  • I actually prefer to sprinkle the chocolate onto my pretzels, as dipping the pretzel into the chocolate can result in a flat side
  • I tend to dip two pretzels at a time to work faster.
Weight Watchers Points in Chocolate Covered Pretzels
There are 8 Freestyle points in a serving of Chocolate Covered Pretzels.

Nutrition

Calories: 194kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 371mg | Potassium: 79mg | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 5IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 33mg | Iron: 1.5mg

 

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  1. 5 stars
    I love chocolate dipped pretzels and your sprinkles are so fun! I hadn’t thought of making it an activity for kids (or adults)! I have to give it a try!!

  2. 5 stars
    My daughter will LOVE making these with me!!! How fun! Thanks so much for the detailed instructions, I always appreciate that!

  3. 5 stars
    My niece and nephew love chocolate covered pretzels! I’ll have to try out this festive creations with them. Thank you for sharing!

  4. 5 stars
    Something tells me these are super addictive and I would be eating SO many of them!! I love that they’re fun to make with kids, too!!