Do you want an to see an easy way to make Chocolate Covered Pretzels? Seriously, this is one of the easiest recipes to make at Christmas time. But the best part is, they look all fancy dancy and everyone will wonder how you did it.
The key to making easy Chocolate Covered Pretzels is the microwave. Microwave your chocolate, peeps! I don’t know how many times I’ve seen the food network showcasing someone melting chocolate over a double boiler. Dishes, anyone? I’ve been microwaving my chocolate my entire life and I’ve not burned the chocolate once. Not once! Follow along as I show you the easy technique to making these easy fancy dancy chocolate covered pretzels the hit of the night!
What you’ll need to make chocolate covered pretzels:
Snyders Pretzels (Old Tyme) – There is no substitute. I’ve made chocolate covered pretzels over the years with different types of pretzels and Snyders is by far the best. The shape of the pretzel to the texture make it hands down numero uno. The only difficulty will be finding it! We found two bags at a nearby grocery store. It was sold out at all others last week.
Candy Chocolate – Do not confuse this with baker’s chocolate. Baker’s chocolate will melt in your hands after you make the pretzels and will take FOREVER to harden. The best place to get candy chocolate is at a bulk food store. You can find it in a variety of colors at the best price. You can also find a wide variety of Chocolate to melt at JoAnn’s, Hobby Lobby and Michael’s.
Wax Paper – You need a place to place your chocolate covered pretzels while they harden. Wax paper = no chocolate sticking to the surface.
Peppermint and Sprinkles – Optional addition to the chocolate covered pretzel masterpiece.
Melting the Chocolate
I told you you could do it in the microwave. You can! Follow these steps VERY closely and you’ll have success with less mess!
1. Fill microwave safe bowl with candy chocolates. I typically add about 1 to 2 cups of chocolate.
2. Microwave on high for 1 minute.
3. Stir. Stir. Stir.
4. Microwave for 30 seconds on high.
5. Stir. Stir. Stir.
6. IF NEEDED microwave in increments of 15 seconds until the chocolate is ready.
IMPORTANT TIP: Microwaving the chocolate will be successful based solely on the fact that you want to stop microwaving BEFORE all the chocolate is completely melted. The remaining smoothness of the melted chocolate will be achieved as you STIR. Therefore, your last few seconds in the microwave will get the chocolate melted into little nuggets and then the stirring action will naturally melt the remaining chocolate. If you over cook the chocolate you will immediately know it, so make sure to stir, stir, stir to let the chocolate naturally melt.
Dip and Tap, Tap, Tap
Once the chocolate is melted, dip your pretzels. Lift your pretzel with a fork and tap. tap. tap. The tapping will even the chocolate surrounding the pretzel. It will also help save chocolate. (Please notice how pretty the Snyder’s pretzel is.)
Place the pretzels on the wax paper to keep them from sticking to a surface as they harden.
Now for the embellishments. You can crush candy canes and sprinkle their peppermint goodness on your pretzels for a nice twist. I personally like the peppermint surprise on the white chocolate pretzels. But for this time I used sprinkles. Just make sure to add them quickly before the chocolate begins to harden.
You can also swirl them with chocolate. And it is so easy! Just melt a different color of chocolate using the tips above. Or in this case, swirl right onto the pretzels. Dip a fork into the chocolate and let the chocolate fall onto the pretzel as you wave it in a back and forth manner. This is a fun step for kids!
And there you have it! These chocolate covered pretzels took less than 15 minutes to make. The microwave is the key to making them fast and making it easy. And don’t forget to dip the broken pretzels into the remaining chocolate. Yum!
These make a great gift! In fact, I plan to give a bag of chocolate covered pretzels to my kid’s teachers this Christmas with a gift card to a local coffee shop. Enjoy!
The Microwave Easy Way to Make Chocolate Covered Pretzels
- 12 snyder's old tyme pretzels
- 16 oz melting chocolate
- 1 Tablespoon sprinkles
- Melt chocolate in the microwave. Place about 1 cup of chips in a microwave safe dish. Microwave for 1 minute.
- Stir the melted chocolate. Microwave again for 30 more seconds. Remove from microwave and stir for about 15 to 20 seconds to completely melt chocolate.
- If chocolate is still not fully melted, microwave at 15 second increments, stirring in between.
- Dip pretzels into chocolate with a fork and tap to remove excess chocolate. Place pretzel on waxed paper to dry.
- Add sprinkle or other toppings before melting chocolate cools.
Originally shared: December, 2012