This recipe for Valentine's Day Pretzel Rods was inspired by my love for all things sweet and salty! Another delicious and easy Valentine's Day Recipe that's fun to wrap in cellophane bags and hand out as a treat to neighbors, friends, classmates and even grandparents on February 14th.
Preparing Valentine's Day Pretzel Rods is pretty easy. The recipe is pretty straight-forward. However there are a few things you need to be aware of when you start dipping the pretzel rods in melted chocolate.
- Choose a sturdy pretzel. I like to use Utz Pretzel Rods.
- Once the chocolate is melted, pour it into a tall glass or container. It makes dipping the pretzels easier.
- Work fast when adding the toppings. You want to add them before the chocolate dries and hardens.
This recipe was inspired by my love for all things sweet and salty!
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Valentine's Day Chocolate Pretzels
You could also dip these pretzel treats in melted caramel first and then in the melted chocolate. If you want something different than sprinkles, try a few of these other toppings:
- Crush walnuts
- Mini M&Ms or mini chocolate chips
- Your favorite crushed cookies, like Oreo's!
- Mint chocolate pieces
- Crush peppermint - which is great for Christmas.
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Main Ingredients Needed
Exact measurements are listed below in the recipe card. Make sure you scroll down to print and save the recipe for later!
- Pretzel Rods
- Chocolate Bark
- White Chocolate
- Pink Chocolate
- Candy Sprinkles
Step 1: How to Melt the Candy Bark
- Place the chocolate almond bark in a microwave safe bowl and melt according to the directions on the package.
Quick Tip: Once the chocolate is melted, pour it into a tall drinking glass or tall container. This will help with dipping the pretzel rods.
Step 2: How to Dip the Pretzels
- Once the chocolate has melted, dip the pretzel rods into the melted chocolate making sure you only dip about ½ to ¾ or the pretzel rod.
- Shake off any excess chocolate before transferring to a baking tray lined with parchment or waxed paper. Allow the chocolate to harden before decorating.
Step 3: How to Decorate Chocolate Covered Pretzel Rods
- Melt the white and pink chocolate separately in the microwave.
- Add the melted chocolate to drizzle bottles.
- Quickly squeeze the melted chocolate over the dipped pretzels.
- Next, decorate with colorful sprinkles or your favorite heart shaped sprinkles before the chocolate has a chance to set and dry.
- Let the pretzels harden completely before storing in airtight container.
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Chocolate covered pretzel rods will stay fresh for up to one week. Store them in an air-tight container in a cool, dry area in your pantry or kitchen.
When melting chocolate you need to make sure it doesn't come into any contact with water. That includes making sure the bowl you're using to melt the chocolate in the microwave is dry. If water gets mixed in with chocolate, the cocoa and sugar in chocolate become moist and will stick together making the chocolate unusable.
Tips for Making Chocolate Covered Pretzel Rods
- It’s really important that you use a sturdy pretzel, which is why I recommend Utz Pretzels.
- I like to use chocolate and white chocolate almond bark, but you can substitute chocolate chip morsels or candy melts.
- Over the years I’ve purchased a few squeeze bottles to put the melted chocolate in. They help give the perfect drizzle effect!
- Make sure you let the pretzels harden completely on parchment paper. Don’t try to use aluminum foil, the pretzels will stick.
Here are a few ways to make this recipe your own:
- Sprinkle variations: Different colored sprinkles to match the holiday you're celebrating.
- Chocolate variations: If you're planning a baby shower, try blue or pink chocolate. Try yellow candy melts for spring or Easter celebrations.
- Check out my other recipe for Reindeer Pretzels where I dip the pretzel rods in chocolate and then make them look like Rudolph!
- Place the chocolate dipped pretzels in an airtight container and store at room temperature.
- They should stay fresh for at least 2 weeks...if they last that long.
- These ingredients don't stand up well to freezing.
Top Recipe Tip
- Adding the melted chocolate to a tall glass really helps to dip the pretzels correctly.
- 24 pretzel rods
- 12 ounces chocolate almond bark
- 2 ounces pink candy melts
- 2 ounces white candy melts
- Melt the chocolate almond bark according to the package directions.
- Once the chocolate is melted, add it to a tall drinking glass.
- Place one end of the pretzel in the glass and swirl it so part of the pretzel is covered in chocolate.
- Place on a parchment lined baking sheet and allow the pretzels to harden and dry.
- Melt the white and pink candy melts separately according to package directions. Add them to separate plastic drizzle bottles.
- Drizzle the melted chocolate on top of the pretzels.
- Sprinkle with colorful sprinkles or your favorite toppings before the chocolate has a chance to set and dry.
- Let the pretzels harden completely before storing in an airtight container.
Make sure you allow the pretzel rods to dry on parchment or waxed paper.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 142Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 127mgCarbohydrates: 17gFiber: 2gSugar: 4gProtein: 4g
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