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chocolate covered pretzel rods

Chocolate-Covered Pretzel Rods

Chocolate-Covered Pretzel Rods are sweet, crunchy, and slightly salty treats loved by everyone! This recipe is so easy to follow, and there are many variational ways you can decorate these dessert snacks. Follow the easy tips in this recipe to ensure that you make the BEST chocolate-covered pretzel rods!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
5 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Dessert, holiday desserts, Snack, treats
Cuisine American
Servings 30 people
Calories 100 kcal


  • Parchment Paper or Silicone Mats – Set the chocolate-covered pretzel rods on parchment paper or a silicone mat to dry.
  • Punch Holes In An Empty Cereal Box – If you don’t want the pretzel rod to have a flat side from drying on parchment paper you can make holes in an empty cereal box. Just stand the chocolate-covered pretzel rod into the hole (chocolate side up) so the chocolate can dry without getting a flat side.
  • Tall Glasses or A Flatter Bowl – If you have a few tall and narrow glasses to melt the chocolate in this will make it easier when you go to dip the rod into the warm chocolate. Or melt the chocolate in a flatter bowl and use a spoon to cover 2/3 of the pretzel rod with chocolate.
  • (Optional) Wilton Candy Melting & Piping Bags – If you’re using Wilton melting chocolates for decoration then these bags will come in handy. You can melt the candied chocolates in these bags and then use the same bag to add colored piping to the pretzel rods. It’s so simple!
  • (Optional) Cellophane Bags For Pretzel Rods – If you’re giving away small gifts or party favors these bags will come in handy. Tie each bag with a ribbon color of your choice.
  • (Optional) Culinary Drawing Decorative Spoon – If you’re not using a piping bag to add swirls, you could use this decorative drawing spoon as an alternative.


Ingredients For Chocolate-Covered Pretzel Rods

  • Pretzel Rods – Typically one bag of pretzel rods is 12 ounces, which is about 30 pretzel rods. Buy the amount you need.
  • White Chocolate Wafers (Ghirardelli preferred) – White chocolate not only tastes good but adds decorative dimension.
  • Milk Chocolate Wafers (Ghirardelli preferred)
  • Dark Chocolate Wafers (Ghirardelli preferred)

Optional Topping Ingredients

  • Caramel – Be sure to dip the pretzel rod in caramel (about 2/3 the way down) before dipping it in chocolate.
  • Wilton Candy Melts – You can pretty much find any colored candy melt you could possibly want on Amazon.
  • Mini M&M's
  • Sprinkles
  • Chopped Nuts
  • Mini Chocolate Chips (white and/or semi-sweet)
  • Toffee (crushed)
  • Oreo's (crushed)
  • Peppermint (crushed)


How To Make Chocolate-Covered Pretzel Rods, Step-By-Step

  • Make sure to have all of your decorative sprinkles and melting chocolate materials within reach before you begin.
  • Lay down parchment paper on a baking sheet or the counter. You can also use a silicone mat. If you’re using a cereal box, prepare the holes so it’s ready for drying.
  • Divide up the bag of pretzel rods and decide how many you want to be dark chocolate, milk, or white chocolate. If you’re dipping them in caramel, decide if you want all of them dipped. If you're making a themed pretzel like a mermaid or Halloween version, head to the variation recipes section in this post because the ingredients and instructions are slightly different.
  • Begin melting your caramel or chocolates by following the instructions from the brand you purchased. It’s best to melt one flavor at a time since the caramel and chocolate will thicken and harden after a while. Melt the chocolates for 30-second increments in the microwave to avoid OVERHEATING, especially with white chocolate. Be sure to stir after every 30 seconds.
  • Whether you’re dipping the pretzel rod in caramel first or diving right into the chocolate, you should dip the pretzel 2/3 of the way down. You can tilt the tall glass to coat the chocolate onto the pretzel.
    *If you’re dipping the pretzel rod in caramel first, allow it to set up before dipping the rod into the chocolate. Again, melt one flavor at a time. So, if you’re starting with caramel, then dip the pretzel rods first. While the caramel pretzel rod is setting, begin melting a chocolate flavor. Repeat the above steps for each chocolate flavor to avoid hard chocolate.
  • Allow the caramel or chocolate to set/dry on parchment paper OR stand the rods up in an empty cereal box to avoid a flat side.
  • If you’re decorating with sprinkles or crumbles, you should add those to the pretzel rod before the chocolate dries. If you’re going to add decorative piping with colored candy melts or dip part of the pretzel rod in a colored candy melt, allow the chocolate to dry just enough so the two flavors won’t mix. The exact instructions hold if you’re using a spoon to drizzle more chocolate or caramel over the covered pretzel rod.
  • Ensure the chocolate-covered pretzel rods are completely dry before serving or storing them.


Serving: 1gCalories: 100kcalCarbohydrates: 15gProtein: 1gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gSugar: 10g
Keyword chocolate candies, chocolate-covered pretzel rods, desserts, easy desserts, snacks
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