Chocolate Covered Pretzels Recipe with Crushed Candy Canes are easy and fun to make with the kids. Plus, they make wonderful holiday gifts for friends and neighbors.
I tend to get a little sentimental during the holidays, and this weekend was no exception. As my boys diligently dipped pretzels into melted chocolate and sprinkled them with crushed candy canes, I watched them and listened to their sometimes-serious, sometimes-silly commentary...and felt overwhelmed. As each year passes, I become acutely aware of how quickly they are growing up and that I need to do a better job of being present in each moment I have with them.
Last year we made Chocolate Marshmallow Pops Three Ways, and I marveled at the boys concentration as they attempted to make each pop "just so".
Chocolate Marshmallow Pops Three Ways: Candy Cane, Heath Bar & Coconut
They had such a good time with the project that I decided we would designate "treat-making for the neighbors" an annual event. This year, the boys melted the chocolate, crushed the candy canes and set about dipping and decorating the pretzels, with only a little supervision from me. Once we make a few more batches, we'll package them in holiday bags, adorn them with ribbon and tags, and the boys will set off to proudly deliver the fruits of their labor to our neighbors.
My hope is that this tradition will be a fond memory for them in years to come, and something that they might decide to carry on with their children.
Line 2 baking sheets with waxed paper.
Place the unwrapped candy canes in a large ziploc bag. Pound with a mallet until the candy canes are broken into small pieces.
Combine the chocolate chips and shortening in a microwave-safe glass bowl. In the microwave, melt the chocolate at 50% power, stirring every 20 to 30 seconds, until the chocolate is melted and smooth.
Dip one pretzel into the melted chocolate. Using a thin skewer or toothpick, flip over the pretzel to coat it completely, then lift it out and lay it on the prepared baking sheet.
Immediately sprinkle some candy cane pieces onto the pretzel. Repeat with the remaining pretzels.
If the chocolate begins too thicken, re-melt it in the microwave for an additional 20 to 30 seconds.
Place the baking sheets in the refrigerator to allow the chocolate to harden. Serve, or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator, using waxed paper to separate the layers.
And what did the boys think of their creations? Well, let's just say that they begged me to sneak some chocolate covered pretzels into their lunch boxes this morning.
Chocolate Covered Pretzels Recipe with Crushed Candy Canes
- 4 regular-sized candy canes
- 12 ounces about 1 ¾ cups bittersweet chocolate chips
- 2 tablespoons shortening
- approximately 36 twist pretzels
- Line 2 baking sheets with waxed paper.
- Place the unwrapped candy canes in a large ziploc bag. Pound with a mallet until the candy canes are broken into small pieces.
- Combine the chocolate chips and shortening in a microwave-safe glass bowl. In the microwave, melt the chocolate at 50% power, stirring every 20 to 30 seconds, until the chocolate is melted and smooth.
- Dip one pretzel into the melted chocolate. Using a thin skewer or toothpick, flip over the pretzel to coat it completely, then lift it out and lay it on the prepared baking sheet.
- Immediately sprinkle some candy cane pieces onto the pretzel. Repeat with the remaining pretzels. If the chocolate begins too thicken, re-melt it in the microwave for an additional 20 to 30 seconds.
- Place the baking sheets in the refrigerator to allow the chocolate to harden. Serve, or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator, using waxed paper to separate the layers.
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We had the same weekend. 🙁 I felt like time is just slipping by too fast. Am I taking enough time to love on these kiddos? I know each stage is lovely in it's own way, but still. waaaah!!
Elizabeth @Food Ramblings
Love the peppermint added to the salty and sweet. Love OXO and my be a good cookie spatula!
Loretta | A Finn In The Kitchen
I love the tradition of a bake for the neighbors day! And by next year, I think my daughter will be old enough to help...
Those pictures of your boys helping in the kitchen are priceless.
Laura (Tutti Dolci)
These are so cute, Dara! I can never say no to the salty-sweet combo.
Oh Dara - love these!! My kids would really enjoy making these for their teachers and our neighbors. Thanks for the great idea!!
Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen
You know the way to my heart!!
I make a variation of these every year for friends and family and they are a huge hit! I am definately going to make your version with the peppermint. Can't wait to see the reaction! Thanks for sharing your wonderful recipes with us!
Cassie | Bake Your Day
Chocolate covered pretzels are always a must for my holiday baking. And I love teh candy canes on these! I love OXO, too. They are a great organization!
Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet
Such a fabulous treat! I love holiday baking with my girls! It really makes for special memories!
Raquel (Thoughtful Eating)
I just died! This is TERRIFIC! Why didn't I think of this? It makes so much sense especially for the holidays. I love your recipes (your chipotle black bean soup is in my slow cooker as we speak) and I'm very tempted to make this one soon.
Meagan @ A Zesty Bite
Anything covered in chocolate is always a big hit with my hungry stomach.
Gerry @ Foodness Gracious
Great idea, we also deliver treats to the neighbours..usually cookies but your inspiring me to try something different! Have a great week 🙂
What a fun treat for the kids to make!
This is such a fun treat to make with the kids...and perfect for packaging up to take to neighbors!! Plus it looks yummy...so I could eat a lot of them too 😉
Barbara @ Barbara Bakes
What a fun tradition. A great way to spend time with your boys.
Dara, as fabulous as all your healthy recipes are, I love it when you get a little naughty around the holidays! 😉
This sounds perfect.
It really is amazing how much they have grown in one year. Such sweet boys Dara!
Love the salty sweet combo. These look so fantastic!
Liz @ The Lemon Bowl
I am such a sucker for chocolate covered pretzels!! I can't wait until my little guy is old enough to make these. 🙂
Blog is the New Black
I made these last year with white chocolate- SO ADDICTING!