These chocolate covered pretzels–made with dark chocolate as well as white chocolate–boast a stunning appearance and a spectacular salty sweetness that’s terrific at parties. Here’s how to make them, whether you want to use rods, sticks, or twists, and whether you want to glam them up or keep them simple.
Chocolate Covered Pretzels
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- 1 H
- 2 H
- Makes 40 pretzels
Special Equipment: 2 squeeze bottles (optional)
Line 3 baking sheets with parchment paper, wax paper, or silicone baking mats.
Melt the semisweet or dark chocolate in a bowl in the microwave, stirring it every 10 seconds or so, or in a bowl placed over but not touching a small saucepan with simmering water. Place the bowl of chocolate alongside the baking sheets.
Grab an unbroken pretzel, holding the bottom of it between your thumb and forefinger, and dip it approximately 3/4 of the way into the warm chocolate to coat it. Lift the pretzel out of the chocolate and gently shake it to let any excess chocolate to drip off. (If you wish, you could instead dunk the entire pretzel into the chocolate, but don’t say we didn’t warn you. It’s much fussier. And messier.) Place the pretzel on the prepared baking sheet. Repeat with half the remaining pretzels.
Melt the white chocolate in the same manner as you did the semisweet or dark chocolate and then dip the remaining unbroken pretzels in the warm chocolate as you did in step 2.
To add an extra chocolate drizzle to the pretzels, warm any leftover semisweet or dark and/or white chocolate until once again melted. Dip the tines of a fork in the melted chocolate or pour it into a squeeze bottle and drizzle it over the coated pretzels, using a white chocolate drizzle over pretzels dipped in semisweet or dark chocolate and semisweet or dark chocolate over pretzels dipped in white chocolate.
Let the chocolate-covered pretzels rest at room temperature until completely set and no longer sticky, about 30 minutes for white chocolate and about 2 hours for semisweet or dark chocolate. The chocolate-covered pretzels will keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. (Hah! As if anyone can show sufficient restraint to make them last that long.) Originally published December 30, 2015.
How To Fancy Up Your Chocolate Covered Pretzels
Yes, sprinkles are quite jolly as added bling to chocolate covered pretzels. But so are shredded coconut, chopped pistachios, colored decorating sugar in whatever colors suit the occasion or the season, even crushed candy canes. You can also swap milk chocolate or dark chocolate for the semisweet. Follow your fancy.
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Recipe Testers Reviews
Kids, husband, and coworkers are happy thanks to these chocolate covered pretzels, although they all prefer the chocolate covered pretzel rods I make as opposed to the twists. I personally like the delicate nature of the thin twists. My husband says the chocolate-to-pretzel ratio is best on the rods.
The little balls on the chocolate pretzels were good, but the crystalline texture of the sprinkles on the white was more satisfying and added a nice little crunch, in my opinion. I used Utz Extra Thin pretzels, Ghirardelli semisweet baking chips, and Nestle white chocolate baking chips (the two stores I went to were out of the better white chocolate options, so I settled). I usually use the Wilton candy melts (bright white, not vanilla) for my pretzel rods, and they work great, but I was actually surprised by how tasty the Nestle white baking chips were.
My biggest problem was that in the 16-ounce bag of pretzels that I purchased, I would venture to guess that over half of them were broken. I had plenty of chocolate left over, possibly enough to dip twice as many pretzels. It's clear that thin pretzels are subjected to cruel and unusual punishment during the packing and shipping process.