These Christmas Pretzel Rods are a festive and easy snack or dessert for the holidays! They’re fun for little kids, and they also make great neighbor and teacher gifts!
During this Great Quarantine, Robbie has really developed an interest in baking. In an effort to entertain Robbie, I’ve started employing him as my kitchen helper. His pay? Bites of whatever we bake. And bites of all the raw ingredients, too. I guess it’s that childhood curiosity, but Robbie really wants to know what everything tastes like. I’ve let him try raw flour (yuck), chocolate chips (can I have another one, Dad?), salt (yum!) and brown sugar (I think I like that!). I drew the line when it came to baking powder, baking soda and yeast. I didn’t want my new assistant to quit the job!
Robbie and I have made all sorts of fun recipes together, but the best part was when he turned to me months later and said, “Dad, that cake rose in the oven because of the baking powder.” I was pretty speechless. I don’t think Robbie has stopped talking for the entire Great Quarantine. But apparently he was listening to what I said, too. He’s soaking in things like a sponge these days!
One of our favorite Quarantine Treats is actually something really easy to make. We took pretzel rods and dipped them in melted candy coating. Then we explored Dad’s box of baking decorations and had a grand old time. 4th of July sprinkles combined with red and green sanding sugar? Sure! Valentine’s hearts combined with Autumn colored jimmies (or are they sprinkles)? Why not? After all, they all taste the same!
Christmas Pretzel Rods
Last weekend, Robbie and I decided to revisit our pretzel making memories, and we whipped up a batch of these Christmas Pretzel Rods. Somehow I managed to keep him focused on only Christmas-themed decorations this time! Truthfully, my favorite ones were the white pretzel rods drizzled with red and green candy coating. Those were super easy to make, and they totally look like something you’d find in one of those Christmas foodie gift baskets.
Forget the 1-2 pretzels you might find in a gift basket. You can make an entire bag of these Christmas Pretzel Rods in about 30 minutes – and that includes clean up time! Here are a couple of tips that I learned after (many) rounds of making these chocolate-covered pretzels. First (and most importantly), the sky is the limit in terms of decorations here. Have fun with it! Second, if you have a tall, skinny glass, then pour the candy coating in there and then dip the pretzel in. It makes things much easier!
Lastly, when you add the food coloring to make colored candy coating, you’ll notice that the mixture will seize up a bit. It’ll look kinda clumpy, and it definitely wouldn’t be “pipe-able.” Depending on the amount of candy coating you are coloring, just add a tiny bit of vegetable oil. Stir it up, and the candy coating will thin right back out. Fill a piping bag and get to work drizzling those pretzel rods!
These Christmas Pretzel Rods are a great activity for little hands during the holidays. Oh, and I bet a bundle of these pretzel rods would be a pretty fun neighbor or teacher gift, too! After all, the salty + sweet combination is pretty darned tasty. I hope you have as much fun making these as we did! Happy Holidays!
Did you make these Christmas Pretzel Rods at home? Leave a comment, or snap a photo and tag me on Instagram (@Spicedblog). I’d love to see how you decorated your pretzel rods!
Christmas Pretzel Rods
- 12 oz. white chocolate or vanilla candy coating
- 16 large pretzel rods
- various holiday decorations sprinkles, jimmies, colored sanding sugar, food coloring, etc.
- Using either a double-burner or a microwave, carefully melt the white chocolate or candy coating. Transfer the melted chocolate into a tall, thin glass. (Tip: This will make the pretzel rods easier to dip.)
- Dip the pretzel rods into the chocolate and place on a parchment- or wax paper-lined baking sheet.
- While the chocolate is still warm, decorate the pretzel rods with various holiday decorations.
- Let cool for 1-2 hours, or until chocolate has hardened. Store in an air-tight container at room temperature.
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