These chocolate covered pretzels–made with pretzels and dark chocolate as well as white chocolate–boast a stunning appearance and a spectacular salty sweetness that’s terrific at cocktail parties. Glam them up or keep them simple.
We guarantee these sorta swanky chocolate covered pretzels are guaranteed to be a conversation starter, whether you gift them at the holidays or simply set them out at your next gathering. We became reacquainted with them at a recent Christmas gathering where chocolate-covered pretzels were carefully arranged in tall jars and plonked in a little red wagon along with other sweets, ostensibly for the kids. But those sweetly salty sticks were drawing an equal amount of attention from the adults. Maybe more attention from the adults. And best yet, although the pretzels appeared to be store-bought and ridiculously pricey, they weren’t any of those things. They were simple, stunning, and enticing as heck. As for being only for kids, forget that nonsense. The salty sweet crunchiness of these noshes actually work terrifically with cocktails. Here’s how to make them.–Renee Schettler
Chocolate Covered Pretzels
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- 1 H
- 2 H
- Makes about 1/2 pound
Special Equipment: 2 squeeze bottles (optional)
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☞ TESTER TIP: If you’d like to decorate the chocolate with sprinkles or other decorating bling (see Variations below) instead of a drizzle of a different sort of chocolate, do so immediately while the chocolate is still wet and not yet set.
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.