I’m always busy in the kitchen, but around the holidays I feel like I’m living there. Seriously, do you think I could fit a futon into the kitchen so I can at least grab a few winks in between batches of cookies, fudge and pies?
Not that I’m complaining. I love making desserts for people and Christmas desserts are extra fun. I do feel a little bad that my family can smell all these delicious things baking only to find out that the treats aren’t for them but for a party, a present, the neighbors etc.
These cute little Christmas pretzels, though? I made these just for them. And for me. Chocolate Peppermint Pretzels look adorable, taste wonderful and are quick and easy to make.
Chocolate Peppermint Pretzels
To be honest, I made these to use up some leftover chocolate and crushed candy cane. They taste a lot like peppermint bark but with saltiness and even more crunch thanks to the pretzel base.
I used normal sized Snyder’s pretzel twists this time. You could also make little pretzel bites using mini pretzels or make these with other pretzel shapes!
If you end up with candy canes that got a little crushed in transport or are leftover from other holiday recipes, do what I did: try these easy to make chocolate covered pretzels to use them up.
How to Make Chocolate Covered Pretzels
To make this no bake recipe, you only need four ingredients: white chocolate, milk chocolate, pretzels and candy canes.
STEP 1. Melt chocolate
Melt milk chocolate and white chocolate in separate bowls. I use the microwave, zapping the chocolate in 30 second increments, stirring after each interval.
STEP 2. Crush Candy Canes
You can do this by placing all the candy canes (miniatures are easiest) in a ziploc bag, then using a rolling pin, mallet or heavy object to crush them. You don’t want to turn them into powder–think sprinkle-sized peppermint pieces.
STEP 3. Dip and Drizzle
Dip each pretzel into the milk chocolate, then roll it in the candy cane pieces. Put the chocolate covered pretzels on parchment paper then drizzle with the white chocolate.
Let them set at room temperature until the chocolate is firm. Once set, enjoy immediately or transfer to an airtight container to store.
Store them at room temperature or in the fridge if you like your chocolate cold!
This basic method can be adapted plenty of ways to make your own custom Christmas pretzels.
- Dark chocolate – If you can’t get enough dark chocolate, try it as a substitute for the milk chocolate in this recipe!
- Candy canes – You can also use crushed peppermint hard candies as an alternative to candy canes. I find that candy canes are easier to crush, though.
- Pretzels – Substitute the pretzel twist for pretzel rods. Dip one half the the rod in the dark chocolate, cover with candy cane pieces and drizzle with white chocolate. This recipe can also be made with gluten free pretzels as an allergen friendly holiday treat!
Tips & Tricks
The one thing I used to not like about making chocolate covered pretzels is the potential mess. Especially when my kids were little, any recipe that called for melted chocolate was bound to result in a sticky splattered counter top and traces of gooey chocolate everywhere from the ceiling to the floor. (I’m still not sure how I managed that.)
Over the years, though, I’ve developed some tricks for making chocolate dipping easier and neater:
- Put parchment (or wax paper) under everything! It catches stray chocolate as you transfer the dipped pretzels, so all you have to do to clean up after a spill is toss the paper.
- Use a utensil to dab off excess. I like to put the pretzels right into the chocolate, then use a fork to scoop it out. Holding the pretzel over the chocolate bowl, use a second utensil (or the edge of the bowl) to tap off any excess chocolate left on the pretzel. Less mess and your pretzels will look smoother and more uniform.
Peppermint Bark Pretzels
I’m so glad we saved these pretzels for ourselves but I can’t wait to make them again to share with friends! These will be perfect teacher gifts for the Christmas season, too. Is there any teacher alive who couldn’t use a little extra chocolate right now?
My kids gobbled these up and I found myself coming back to the container for “just one more” all afternoon. The pretzels are just sweet enough to satisfy my chocolate cravings but they’re a refreshing change from all the heavy rich cookies and brownies around this time of year.
Don’t worry I’m eating those too.( It’s about balance. )
Make Chocolate Peppermint Bark Pretzels for your kids or, even better, WITH your kids this holiday season! With sweet milk chocolate, salty pretzels and cool mint, these cute Christmas pretzels are irresistible.