Chocolate Covered Pretzels

How to make chocolate covered pretzels at home! Use the chocolate and topping of your choice, along with your favorite shape of pretzel for a delicious salty, sweet snack!

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If you are a lover of sweet and salty together in a snack then chocolate covered pretzels are the perfect treat for you! Covered in crushed candy canes (or you can do sprinkles) these are one of my favorite sweet and salty combo snacks!

For more great pretzel recipes, why not try these Pretzel & Marshmallow Bones? Or try making these Rolo Pretzel Bites instead?

chocolate covered pretzels on a white plate

Easy Chocolate Covered Pretzels

Pretzels make a great snack no matter what the occasion, but there is nothing stopping you from making them a little extra special by dipping them in chocolate!

For a great Christmas twist, why not use some candy canes, chocolate, and the best quality pretzels you can find to make a Christmassy holiday snack that you can give to carolers or just eat by the handful on Christmas Eve?       

ingredients needed for chocolate covered pretzels

Chocolate Covered Pretzels Ingredients

Make sure you look at the recipe card at the very bottom for the exact amounts so that you know exactly what to buy for this recipe.

• Dark or milk chocolate chips

• Pretzels

• Crushed candy canes, sprinkles, crushed nuts etc

dipping a pretzel into a bowl of melted chocolate

How To Make Candy Cane and Chocolate Covered Pretzels

• Melt chocolate over medium heat in a double boiler on the stove. Prepare baking sheets with parchment paper.

• Once chocolate is melted, dip the pretzels until completely covered

• Place on prepared baking sheet then sprinkle with topping of choice

• Set aside to cool

chocolate covered pretzels on a parchment lined baking sheet

Topping Suggestions

This recipe makes for a completely covered pretzel, adorned with a thick layer of chocolate and broken candy cane pieces.

  • Consider leaving some of the pretzels uncovered. The easiest way to do this is to just lightly dip your pretzels into the chocolate, leaving a bit uncovered to create textural contrast, a half and half pretzsel!
  • For even more visual variety, try melting some white chocolate separately from the regular chocolate, and then drizzle it over the cooled pretzel pieces. This will make a really beautiful striping effect that will actually make them look even more like candy canes.
  • You can use crushed nuts, or colorful spinkles instead of candy canes
  • For extra peppermint flavor, you can even squeeze a little bit of peppermint extract into the melting chocolate so that you get the mint flavor in every single bite.
chocolate covered pretzel with crushed peppermint candy on top

How To Easily Melt The Chocolate, So It Doesn’t Get Ruined

Melting chocolate at home can sometimes be a pretty big challenge for those that aren’t used to it.

This is because of the fact that chocolate has the tendency to become easily burned and turn into a thick slurry of grainy, separated chocolate if you aren’t being careful.

To avoid any accidental burning, the best thing to do is to make sure that you use a double boiler.

A double boiler also called a bain-marie, is basically just a heatproof bowl that you put the chocolate you want to melt in and put it over another saucepan filled with a small amount of water.

With the heat on super low, the hot water will evaporate into steam, and the steam will gently heat the bowl, melting everything slowly and methodically, avoiding any unpleasant burning.

If that’s too fiddly you can also achieve a similar result by microwaving the chocolate in a microwave-safe container for 5 seconds at a time on low power. If you stir in between each microwave burst, you should be able to avoid the majority of burning. However, you don’t have the nice residual heat of the pot keeping the chocolate melted and it’s harder to work with.

Looking for more delicious Confections & Snacks recipes? Try these out:

Turtle Chocolate Bark

Old Fashioned Candied Pecans

Buckeye Recipe (Peanut Butter Balls)




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How to make chocolate covered pretzels at home! Use the chocolate and topping of your choice, along with your favorite shape of pretzel for a delicious salty, sweet snack!

Chocolate Covered Pretzels

How to make chocolate covered pretzels at home! Use the chocolate and topping of your choice, along with your favorite shape of pretzel for a delicious salty, sweet snack!
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time
40 minutes
Karlynn Johnston


  • 1 cup dark or milk chocolate chips
  • 3 cups pretzels
  • 1/4 teaspoon extract of choice mint, almond, etc
  • 1/2 cup crushed candy canes sprinkles, chopped nuts, etc


  • Melt the chocolate over medium heat in a double boiler on the stove. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Once it's melted, stir in any flavoring as desired.
  • Remove from the heat. Dip the pretzels into the melted chocolate using a fork underneath. Let the excess drip off.
  • Place on the parchment paper to set completely. Before they set, sprinkle on any toppings you want, crushed candy canes, sprinkles ,etc.
  • Once set, store in a closed container between layers of waxed paper at room temperature for up to a week.l Freeze in freezer-safe container for up to 3 months.

Recipe Notes

  •  yield and nutritional infor will depend on size of pretzels used

Nutrition Information

Calories: 54kcal, Carbohydrates: 10g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 1mg, Sodium: 86mg, Potassium: 9mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 4g, Calcium: 1mg, Iron: 1mg

All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.

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