My favorite flavor combination of all time is salty and sweet. I think that sea salt flavored dessert products are the best thing invented since the wheel. What’s my ultimate salty-sweet snack? By far it is chocolate covered pretzels.
I absolutely love the saltiness of the pretzels and the sweetness of the chocolate. For a less sweet option you can use a darker chocolate such as 85%. It still has a subtle sweet taste to it, but not as sweet as white or milk chocolate. These are one of the easy dessert recipes that anyone can make at home.
These elaborate looking snacks are actually quick to make and you can even make them in advance. All you have to do is store them in an airtight container at room temperature and they will last for up to 3 weeks. You should always have some on hand for a quick lunch-box assembly or for the arrival of unexpected guests.
Another aspect of this recipe that I love, is its flexibility. You can use different types of chocolate as well as different toppings such as nuts, cookies, candied orange peel, or sprinkles. For a more advanced decorating technique you can pipe a different melted chocolate over your covered pretzels. White chocolate and dark chocolate creates a beautiful contrast.
This snack is kid-friendly and can be a great activity to keep your kids busy over the holidays. Let their creativity reign by providing them with many different decorating options. It will keep them busy for quite a while. You can also make it for their birthday parties or play-dates. Both the kids and adults will love these.
How To Make Chocolate Covered Pretzels
Melt the chocolate over a double boiler or in the microwave. Make sure your chocolate doesn’t become too hot and seizes.
Dip each pretzel into the melted chocolate and place on a lined baking sheet. Transfer the sheet to the fridge so the chocolate can set.
If you want to decorate your pretzels with toppings, add these before you transfer the covered pretzels to the fridge. If you want to drizzle more chocolate over the pretzels, you can do so after the chocolate has hardened.
Serve these chocolate covered pretzels at any occasion, but make enough as they will go quickly.
Tips & Tricks
- A great garnish option is to chop nuts such as walnuts, pistachio or pecan nuts. Crushed cookies also make for a great topping. Other ideas to use are desiccated coconut, candied orange peel or sprinkle mixes. You can use any topping to fit the theme of your occasion.
- A creative garnish option is to crush candy canes and use them as garnish for holiday-themed pretzels.
- To flavor your pretzels, add a few drops of extract to the melted chocolate before dipping your pretzels.
- You can color your pretzels by placing the liquid or gel food colorant bottle into a ziplock bag. Dip the bags into warm water to heat the food coloring so it becomes the same temperature as the melted white chocolate. Combine a few drops of warm food coloring with ½ teaspoon oil per color. Quickly mix the equally warm melted white chocolate and food coloring to prevent the chocolate from seizing.
They are crunchy, salty and sweet – what could be a better treat? This recipe is the perfect all-rounder and will please any guest; big or small.
It is a great activity to keep your kids busy and will stimulate their creativity. You can do these at birthday parties or play-dates.
If you love gatherings but never get to all the preparations, do yourself a favor and make these pretzels to save you some time. They can be decorated according to the theme and although they look like they take forever to make, they don’t. Your guests will be swooning over these fun, appetizing snacks.