What makes chocolate covered pretzel even better?
A hand-drizzled contrast chocolate covered pretzel is the answer!
Pretzels covered with chocolate are sweet, salty, and decadent and best when made at home!
It’s not an artisan craft, but one that anyone can make it home with the tips and recipe below.
Whether it’s a holiday or a ‘just because’ these easy hand-drizzled contrast chocolate covered pretzel rods are sure to please.
Easy double chocolate covered pretzel rods are a great year-round treat and so easy to make.
Don’t buy that box of chocolate-covered pretzel rods in the grocery store, make your own in minutes!
Did you know that you can make double the amount of these easy double chocolate covered pretzel rods than those in the small store package for HALF the price?
Now that you are ready to save money and make very elegant yet easy chocolate covered pretzel rods, read on.
I’ll show you how.
Easy Hand-Drizzled Contrast Chocolate Covered Pretzel Rods
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What Is Hand-Drizzled Contrast Chocolate?
Hand-drizzled contrast chocolate simply means that you will be using different chocolate to drizzle.
For instance, if you created the chocolate covered pretzel rods with dark chocolate you will either drizzle them with either light milk chocolate or white chocolate.
While it sounds so elegant, the reality is, it is quite simplistic in nature and you can’t do this wrong!
Contrast chocolate makes these pop from the standard boxed garbage you buy during the holidays at the stores.
Those boxes have been made somewhere, shipped in, and now are sitting in a store.
Conversely, you can bring home a fresh-dated bag of pretzel rods and make an incredibly fresh batch of chocolate covered pretzel rods.
If you have budding chefs in your home, this is the perfect non-baking project to let them try out.
Some will use these for gifts throughout the year, while others will make easy hand-drizzled contrast chocolate-covered pretzel rods just for the holidays
In the end, there is no right or wrong time to make these sinfully delicious chocolate-covered pretzel rods.
After all, we crave both salty and sweet and this satisfies both pangs at once! Ready for some sweet and salty inspiration?
Try your hand at making Italian Candied Orange Peels.
A Pang For Sweet And Salty – Tips and Tricks to Chocolate Covered Pretzel Rods
Artisan entertaining calls for that elegant looking platter that shows well and tastes even better, but you don’t have to cook all day to achieve that!
In fact, chocolate covered pretzel rods look elegant when you tray them up on pretty platters and shiny holiday platters.
I prefer chocolate melting blocks, I find them to be easier for melting purposes. However, you can use any chocolate melting products you like.
Don’t use basic food coloring to the melting chocolate or you will destroy it.
Instead, to add pops of color you can dip these in sprinkles or crushed nuts, etc.
Use parchment paper to keep the cleanup super easy. Also, have a long tine fork for the contrast chocolate drizzle.
You will need about 20 minutes maximum to create these from start to finish. Did I mention that the melted chocolate dries quickly?
What that means is that as soon as you are done coating the pretzel rods, you will be able to melt the contrast drizzle and begin immediately.
Always use a TALL, Skinny glass (refer to my recipe video for more on this) for the chocolate dipping glass.
I’ve put the chocolate on plates but it makes no sense. If you want to be able to leave some of the rod free of chocolate use a glass.
You can find melting chocolate anywhere from craft stores to big-box retailers and even ALDI’s now (woot!)
How To Make Easy Hand-Drizzled Contrast Chocolate Covered Pretzel Rods
(1) 12 Ounce Bag of Pretzel Rods (choose your favorite brand)
16 oz white chocolate pieces for melting (I used ALDI Brand this time)
Microwave Safe Measuring cup or container (for melting chocolate cubes)
Tall Skinny Glass
Microwave Safe Measuring Cup
4 oz (2- 2 oz pieces) Contrasting Chocolate Cubes (dark or milk chocolate)
A large-tined fork
Parchment Paper 18″ x 26″
First, cut one sheet of parchment paper, that is long enough for all the pretzels. Generally the size of a commercial baking pan (18″ x 26″).
Place uncoated pretzels atop.
Next, place white melting chocolate into a microwave-safe container. Follow your chocolate’s melting directions.
For my 8 pieces16 0unces), it was 2 minutes on high.
Remove from microwave (use caution when handling glass). Stir to mix
Transfer to a tall glass.
Dunk the pretzel to the bottom of the glass it will leave 1/4 to 1/2 of the stick exposed (that’s good).
Then transfer dipped pretzel to parchment paper and continue until ALL pretzel sticks are coated.
Contrast Drizzle Preparation
Once finished, use a separate microwavable container and melt chocolate pieces of contrasting color (according to directions on package)
Again, my chocolate took 35 seconds for 4 ounces, until it was melted and ready to drizzle.
When the melting process is finished in the microwave, remove, stir with a fork and in a left to right motion, use fork to drizzle across pretzel rods.
Now, allow the hand-drizzled contrast chocolate covered pretzel rods to dry.
Once dry, you can either package individually in pretzel gifting wrappers or store them in an airtight container.
If you are storing in an airtight container make sure to layer with parchment or wax paper to keep them from sticking together.
Enjoy! ~ Dana XO