Pretzel Rods

Chocolate Covered Pretzel Rods – one of our family’s favorite treats during the holidays. Pretzels dipped in a homemade caramel sauce, then in melted chocolate, drizzled with white chocolate and your choice of sprinkles.

One of our go-to holiday treats that we love to gift to friends and neighbors. Other classic candies include: Homemade Turtles, Christmas Crack and Homemade Fudge!

Homemade pretzel rods in jar

Caramel + Chocolate Covered Pretzel Rods

I think it’s safe to say that the whole LUNA clan loves food. I think that love was instilled in us because we center so many of our get togethers around it. We usually make a menu and give assignments to each person a month before the event (Thanksgiving, Christmas, etc.)

One of the recipes that is now a MUST-HAVE for Christmas comes from my cousin’s wife, Karen, for the most delicious pretzel rods. Yes, I have had them many times at events and boutiques and such, but hers are by-far the best I’ve had!! The homemade caramel is so soft and the treats are so good that it’s hard to limit yourself to just one or two. 😉

Karen sent me the recipe she uses a long time ago but we finally gave it a try ourselves and we are even more obsessed! If you are a fan of chocolate covered ANYTHING, then I think you should try these out. They are simply delicious!

Homemade caramel recipe for pretzel rods

How to Make Chocolate Covered Pretzel Rods

Caramel: My cousin’s homemade caramel is so delicious and easy to make. However,  you can use store-bought caramels for an even faster method.

To make the homemade caramel, melt your butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add brown sugar, milk and corn syrup. Boil over medium-high heat for 5 to 6 minutes, stirring constantly. Around 240℉ (mixture will get a thicker, a little shiny and a tad darker). Remove from heat, add vanilla and stir.

Dip each pretzel in caramel and set on wax paper. You can choose to repeat this step for extra gooey pretzels.

RECIPE TIP: After you have placed the dipped caramel rods onto parchment paper to set, you may notice some caramel pooling at the bottom. Just let the caramel cool and set a bit. Then, when it is still pliable, use your fingers to smooth the caramel around the pretzel stick. 

Ghirardelli melting wafers

Which chocolate to use?

We used Candiquik for the chocolate (or Ghirardelli melting chocolates). It is much like almond bark and chocolate wafers which can be used instead. Bot also come in vanilla, which is nice to use if you want to dip in a colored coating. Simply mix in a few drops of food coloring to the melted candy. 

TIP: When dipping the pretzels in chocolate I like to leave a bit of the caramel uncovered. That way people can see that there isn’t just chocolate over the rods (but caramel too). If you’re not a fan of caramel you can simply dip the pretzels in the candy coating.

Melt the chocolate according to the instructions. When caramel is just a tad sticky to the touch, carefully lift rod and dip in chocolate.

Place on a clean sheet of wax paper to harden. Be sure to sprinkle your preferred toppings immediately, before chocolate has set so that it sticks to the pretzels.

For a beautiful white drizzle, wait for chocolate to harden, then melt a few squares of the white candy quick/wafers and drizzle over the top.

How to make chocolate covered pretzel rods process pics

Favorite candy toppings

Changing up these pretzel rods is so easy. You can do that based on the chocolate you dip them in (vanilla, milk or dark chocolate) as well as with the toppings.

Here are a few of our favs to sprinkle on top while the chocolate is still setting:

  • Crushed butterfinger candy
  • Coconut flakes
  • Heath bits
  • Mini chocolate chips
  • Sprinkles
  • Crushed Oreos
  • Mini M&M’s
  • Chopped nuts
  • Festive sprinkles

SO many great options to change these up!

Pretzel rods recipe on baking sheet with sprinkles

How to Store + Gift

Storage: These pretzel sticks are partially covered, meaning some of the pretzel can be seen after dipping. tThey can last for 2-3 weeks. If you choose to cover the entire pretzel rod, then they will last even longer.

Great gift: These pretzel sticks make a wonderful gift for any holiday. I wouldn’t make them more than 2-3 days ahead of time. This way they are still fresh and will last for several days once the recipient has them. 

I like to put several pretzel rods in a large candy bag and tie it closed with a festive ribbon. You can also put them in a holiday tin.

Chocolate Covered pretzel rods recipe in jar

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Chocolate Covered Pretzel Rods Recipe

5 from 1 vote
Chocolate Covered Pretzel Rods - one of our family's favorite treats during the holidays. Pretzels dipped in a homemade caramel sauce, then in melted chocolate, drizzled with white chocolate and your choice of sprinkles.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 20 rods roughly
Calories 236 kcal
Author Lil' Luna

Ingredients

Pretzels

  • 1 bag pretzel rods
  • candy quick chocolate and white
  • desired toppings and sprinkles

Homemade Caramel Sauce

  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Instructions
 

  • Make caramel sauce by melting your butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add brown sugar, milk and corn syrup. Boil over medium-high heat for 5 to 6 minutes, stirring constantly. Around 240℉ (mixture will get a thicker, a little shiny and a tad darker). Remove from heat, add vanilla and stir.
  • Dip each pretzel in caramel and set on wax paper. You can choose to repeat this step for extra gooey pretzels.
  • While caramel is setting, melt entire tray of chocolate candy quick according to package directions.
  • When caramel is just a tad sticky to the touch, carefully lift rod and dip in chocolate. Place on a clean sheet of wax paper to harden.
  • Be sure to sprinkle your preferred toppings immediately, before chocolate has set so that it sticks to the pretzels.
  • For a beautiful white drizzle, wait for chocolate to harden, then melt a few squares of the white candy quick and drizzle over the top.

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About the Author

Kristyn Merkley

My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative - from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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  1. 5 stars
    I love this and love how easy it that you could just add sprinkles to it for any type of holiday or occasion