Looking for just the right DIY Valentine’s Day treat or a homemade goodie for those Easter baskets? (Or maybe you’re looking for the perfect late-night snack.)
You’re in luck! I’ve got just the treat: DIY candied pretzels! They’re a sweet and salty treat that’s perfect for any occasion.
How to Make Candied Pretzels
To create your own candied pretzels you will need: pretzels, chocolate candy melts, and assorted sprinkles or small candies. (Pastel colors are perfect this time of year!)
I used half of the 12 oz. bag of Wilton Dark Candy Cocoa Melts, which made 30 pretzel twists. I chose to use pretzel twists to dip, but you could also use pretzel rods, which would look pretty boxed up as a gift!
Before melting the chocolate, line a cookie sheet with a sheet of waxed paper. This will keep pretzels from sticking to the surface as they cool.
I melted my chocolate pieces in the microwave, checking and stirring them every 20 seconds until they were almost all melted. Once most of them are melted, remove the dish from the microwave and continue stirring until all the chocolate is melted. (Be careful to not overheat the chocolate or it will get thick and unusable!)
I tried dipping the pretzels in the bowl of chocolate, but discovered that they looked better if I used a butter knife to “paint” the chocolate onto the pretzel twists. Once the pretzel is coated in chocolate, immediately press it into your colored sprinkles or candy pieces.
The chocolate will cool and set within 10 minutes or so on the prepared cookie sheet.
Our pretzels were covered in red sugar sprinkles and small pink candies. The sugar sprinkles didn’t stand out as well on dark chocolate (I’m a dark chocolate kind of girl!), but they would look lovely on white chocolate…
Stick some in a basket with some shredded paper “grass” and you have a cute DIY gift!
Or, stick a few in a bowl and surprise your sweetheart when he gets home from work. (That is, IF the kids don’t eat them all first!) Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to make up a batch while the kids are asleep so I can get a few to myself!
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