How to Make Perfect Decorated Pretzels

How to make the best decorated pretzels for gifts and holiday parties.

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For some reason this year I decided it would be a lot easier to make decorated pretzels and Rice Krispie treats instead of actually baking something for the bake sale at my daughter’s school. How to make the best decorated pretzels for gifts and holiday parties.

I love chocolate-dipped and decorated pretzels, and while they aren’t hard to make it is a bit of a process, and there are a few things I learned that will help you make perfect decorated pretzels for holiday parties, to give as gifts, for the “bake sale” or just to eat yourself.

What You’ll Need

  • a bag of pretzel rods (I found really long ones, but the shorter ones work just fine)
  • almond bark, candy melts or chocolate
  • sprinkles or other things to decorate with
  • a bowl, a spoon and a plate (parchment paper is helpful, too)

What You’ll DoHow to make the best decorated pretzels for gifts and holiday parties.

Put about half the almond bark, or a small bag of candy melts, in the bowl and melt in the microwave. Heat in increments of 30 seconds each. It will probably take a minute and a half to two minutes to melt fully. Mix well.

Using regular chocolate would be OK, too, but I find that the almond bark or candy melts are easier to work with because they’re made to melt and coat things.

Lay out a piece of waxed paper on the counter, or use a plate for this part.

Dip the pretzel in the melted almond bark, or use a spoon if you have the long pretzel rods. Leave enough uncovered to hold onto, but make sure the rest is covered evenly.

Shake gently or tap the pretzel on the side of the bowl to remove any excess and make sure the coating is even. Turn the pretzel as you go to pick up any trailing drips.

Hold the dipped pretzel over the plate and shake or pour on sprinkles or other toppings. Turn the pretzel as you go and try to cover as much of it as you can. How to make the best decorated pretzels for gifts and holiday parties.

Place the decorated pretzel on a plate covered with parchment (optional, but helpful). When your plate is full, place it in teh refrigerator for about 10 minutes.

Gently remove the pretzels from the paper (a tiny spatula or knife may help) and store as you like.

I made some with both chocolate and vanilla almond bark and all sorts of holiday sprinkles. The best part is, when you’ve done a few, then you can gather all the sprinkles that landed on the plate and make mixed-sprinkle pretzels. Which somehow seems even more festive, right?

Do you have any tricks for making decorated pretzels, or a favorite topping other than sprinkles? I’d love to hear about it. I’m sure we’ll be making more before the holiday is over.


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