Chocolate Dipped Pretzels for Halloween

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When I was a kid, my parents took me to the pumpkin patch every year around Halloween time, and that particular pumpkin patch also sold these incredible chocolate dipped pretzels for Halloween. I love to start traditions with my kids around the holidays.  But it has to be easy.  If it's too complicated, we end up making a big mess instead of fun memories. I figured this year we could easily re-create the Halloween chocolate dipped pretzels of my youth.  Here's how we did it:

Making Chocolate Dipped Pretzels for Halloween - Kid-Friendly Recipe

Making Chocolate Dipped Pretzels for Halloween - Kid-Friendly Recipe

Ingredients for Chocolate Dipped Pretzels

  • Pretzels of your choice.  I used rods and little squares.  But feel free to use what you and your kids loves the most.
  • Chocolate chips.  I used dark chocolate.  But you can also use milk chocolate or white chocolate.
  • Sprinkles
  • M&Ms
  • Shredded coconut
  • Microwave safe bowl
  • Spoon
  • Parchment Paper
  • Cookie Sheet

How to Make Your Chocolate Dip Pretzels

  1. Gather all of your supplies.  Line your cookie sheet with parchment paper (this will prevent your pretzels from sticking).
  2. Pour about half of your bag of chocolate chips into the microwave safe bowl.  Pop your bowl into the microwave for 1 minute, pausing at the 30 second mark to stir, and then continue cooking. Chocolate Dipped Pretzels
  3. After 1 minute, pour the rest of the chocolate chips into the bowl and stir.  They will begin to melt.  Pop the bowl back into the microwave for another minute.  Stir 30 seconds of the way through.  The chocolate should be melted after that minute.  If not, pop it back in the microwave for 15 second intervals, being sure to stir after each increment.
  4. After the chocolate is melted, it's time to start dipping.  I let Kate spoon the chocolate over the rods.  After we covered about half of the rod with chocolate, we placed it on the cookie sheet and sprinkled on orange, yellow, and purple sprinkles.  We then topped the pretzels with yellow and orange M&Ms and shredded coconut. Chocolate Dipped Pretzels - Begin to decorate!
  5. Continue dipping and decorating. Chocolate Dipped Pretzels
  6. When you're done, pop the tray into the freezer for at least an hour and then ENJOY!

Chocolate Dipped Pretzels Kate had the best time dipping and decorating these pretzels.  This is the perfect activity for kids because I'm not worried about her getting burned helping me by the stove or trying to eat raw cookie dough.  It was easy for her to spoon the chocolate over the pretzels, the best part being that these don't need to be perfect!  The more imperfect looking, the better! Chocolate Dipped Pretzels We found that our purple sprinkles didn't show up that well against the dark chocolate.  I bet these would look darling with white chocolate and purple sprinkles.  And the decorating possibilities are endless.  Mini marshmallows, gummy bears, gummy worms, etc...  Or maybe drizzle half the pretzel in dark chocolate and half in white chocolate?  Or dip in dark chocolate and drizzle with white chocolate?  Or visa, versa! Chocolate Dipped Pretzels I think these would be perfect for kids to make at a Halloween party.  The chaperones could pre-dip the pretzels and let the kids go crazy decorating.  How fun!

How would you decorate your pretzels?  What are your kids' favorite toppings?

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Sarah Bagley is a wife, mother, and owner of a garbage-eating coonhound. She's a recovering perfectionist who believes being B+ is totally good enough and produces a weekly podcast where she interviews guests about what being B+ means to them. Sarah love getting up early, the color orange, and strong coffee.

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