Christmas Chocolate Covered Pretzel Rods are an easy, sweet treat for the holiday season that take just 10 minutes to make and use 3 simple ingredients. during holiday gatherings and family dinners. They are fun to make and fun to eat! Kids will love leaving these Christmas pretzel sticks out for Santa's reindeer on Christmas Eve!
We are starting a new holiday tradition this year and we're excited! We're skipping the carrots for the reindeer on Christmas Eve and instead, leaving them this even better reindeer food: Christmas pretzel rods!
Fun, simple, and delicious chocolate covered pretzels are hand-dipped in melted creamy chocolate then dazzled with festive Christmas sprinkles. They take only about 10 minutes of time and the kids will love helping make them!
But don't worry, we won't forget to leave Santa his peppermint hot chocolate and sugar cookies.
Why You'll Love Making Chocolate Covered Christmas Pretzels
- They're a no bake snack or dessert.
- No sharp tools, instruments or bulky kitchen appliances needed!
- 3 easy ingredients!
- They take only 10 minutes to make.
- Lots of chocolate and sugar sprinkle assortments, and who doesn't love that?
And what kid doesn't love chocolate and sprinkles!? Christmas pretzel rods are an exciting way to spend the days before Christmas as a family, creating lots of fun foods for you and Santa.
This recipe makes 9 pretzel sticks, 1 for each reindeer.
To make Christmas pretzel rods, you need:
- Pretzel rods
- Chocolate chips: white chocolate or milk chocolate, but I love the contrast of white chocolate and red/green sprinkles.
- Christmas themed sprinkles: this assortment of holiday sprinkles are the ones I make sure to stock up on during the season.
Almond bark and candy melts can both be used with good results.
- Glass measuring bowl/mixing bowl: for melting the chocolate.
- Spoon: for stirring the melted chocolate.
- Wax/parchment paper: to store the pretzel sticks while they are hardening.
STEP 1: Melt the chocolate in a glass mixing bowl or tall measuring cup. Do this in 20 second increments, stirring between intervals. It should take about 1 minute to fully melt. If it isn't melted after 1 minute, shorten the increments to 10 seconds and continue to warm until melted being careful that it doesn't burn.
STEP 2: Once the chocolate is melted, dip a pretzel rod into it to coat about ½ to ¾ of the pretzel in chocolate. You can also use a spoon to scoop the chocolate and spread onto the pretzel stick. The spoon method is my preferred way.
STEP 3: Lay the pretzel on the parchment paper and use your fingers to immediately sprinkle the holiday sprinkles on all sides of the pretzels. Keep on the parchment paper to harden for about 10 minutes. You can leave it on the counter or speed up the process by putting the completed pretzels in the fridge for about 5 minutes.
- You'll need to work quickly while dipping the pretzels because once the chocolate hardens it can not be remelted. Having a team of 2 or 3 people is perfect to help with this!
- I prefer using white chocolate because it makes the pretzels appear "snow dipped". Plus, the red and green sprinkles pop more against the white background.
- White chocolate doesn't melt as quickly as milk chocolate, so if you are transporting these to a party or relative's house, the white chocolate covered pretzels may hold up better.
- If you use milk chocolate and your house is on the warmer side, the chocolate may start to soften and melt a bit. A simple fix is to store them in the fridge.
Christmas pretzel rods can be left at room temperature for 2-3 days or kept in the fridge for 1 week.
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Christmas Chocolate Covered Pretzel Rods
- 1 cup chocolate chips, white or milk chocolate
- 9 pretzel rods
- ½ cup holiday sprinkles
- Melt the chocolate chips in a glass mixing bowl or tall measuring cup. Do this in 20 second increments, stirring between intervals. It should take about 1 minute to fully melt. If it isn't melted after 1 minute, shorten the increments to 10 seconds and continue to warm until melted being careful that it doesn't burn.
- Once the chocolate is melted, dip a pretzel rod into it to coat about ½ to ¾ of the pretzel in chocolate.
- Lay the pretzel on the parchment paper and use your fingers to immediately sprinkle the holiday sprinkles on all sides of the pretzels. Keep on the parchment paper to harden for about 10 minutes.
Great idea. I made as directions. Then found my cooling rack holes are the perfect size to stand rods while cooling