Chocolate Covered Pretzel Rods (Easy Game Day Snacks)

Chocolate-covered pretzel rods are salty, crunchy pretzels dipped in sweet, decadent chocolate and make the perfect game day snack for a football watch party. This combination of sweet and salty pretzels will knock your socks off. They are truly addictive. Your guests will be begging for more!

styled football pretzel rods

These homemade dipped pretzels are such a great game day snack. They are so easy to make you’ll never go back to store-bought chocolate-covered pretzels again.

Serve them up with other game day snacks for a fun football watch party gathering! Everyone will love them and be super impressed to learn you made them homemade.

If it’s too hot to turn the oven on and you are looking for other no-bake treats, check out these other recipes I have posted: Peanut Butter Cup M&M Oreo Fudge Recipe (Party Fudge), 3 Ingredient Sprinkle Dipped Cherries are great if you have leftover sprinkles or this Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Fudge Recipe, is also a great way to use up any leftover chocolate chips or other cookie add-ins you may have on hand.

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If you entertain a lot on game day, you may want to make this fun centerpiece for your buffet table. Get creative and make it work for whatever sports team is playing football at your house that day!

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Why You’ll Love These

  • a combination of sweet and salty
  • amazing crunch
  • easy to make recipe
  • great to dress up for a special occasion or holiday
  • perfect for a homemade holiday gift
  • kids will be asking to help

Equipment You Need To Make Homemade Chocolate Pretzel Rods

  • Cookie sheet
  • Microwave-safe bowl
  • Measuring spoons
  • Piping bag
  • Parchment paper

Ingredients Needed To Make Chocolate-Covered Pretzels

• Pretzel Rods – pick up a bag of store-bought pretzels
• Light or Dark Cocoa Melting Chocolate – baking chocolate or a pure chocolate candy bar will work well, even melted chocolate chips will work
• White Melting Chocolate
• Piping Bag

game day chocolate covered pretzel ingredients

How To Make Homemade Chocolate Covered Pretzel Rods

Step One

Line cookie sheet with parchment paper, and set aside.

Step Two

Place light or dark cocoa melting chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl, melting in 30-second increments, stirring after each.

chocolate and pretzel rods

Once melted, cover most of the pretzel with chocolate, place on a parchment-lined cookie sheet. Let the chocolate dry.

dipping pretzel rods in melted chocolate

Step Three

In another microwave-safe bowl, place white melting chocolate and melt in 30-second increments, stirring after each.

chocolate covered pretzels lined up on tray

Spoon into a piping bag and cut off a small tip at the end. Once pretzel rods are dry, pipe on the laces with the white chocolate.

decorated football game day pretzel rods

Let the white chocolate dry and serve!

game day chocolate covered pretzel rods

Variations of Chocolate Covered Pretzel Rods

  • use different kinds of chocolate like semi-sweet, dark or white chocolate for dipping or even milk chocolate
  • play around with the amount of chocolate on each pretzel and create a design of the different kinds of chocolate
  • add sprinkles or other decorative cake toppings to the wet chocolate
  • roll the wet pretzels in crushed nuts or seeds
  • roll the pretzel rods in crushed M and M’s
  • add some spice by adding cinnamon or cayenne pepper to the melted chocolate
  • add a teaspoon of espresso powder to the melted chocolate
  • use a different shape of pretzel as long as it is nice and thick for dipping
football pretzel rods next to pumpkin

Tips and Tricks for Making Chocolate Pretzel Rods

  • Get all the ingredients ready on the kitchen counter before you begin.
  • Make sure the chocolate is dry before drizzling with the white chocolate
  • Make sure the chocolate is slightly wet if you are using sprinkles or cake decorations
  • If the melted chocolate is too thick add a touch of light cooking oil to thin it out
  • Instead of melting chocolate in the microwave trying letting chocolate melt over a water bath while you prepare the other ingredients
  • For easy chocolate coverage on the pretzel, pour chocolate into a tall glass and dip the pretzels in the glass
  • To speed up the drying process place the pretzel rods in the fridge
chocolate covered pretzel rods with football stripes

FAQs

Can I use a different kind of pretzel?

Any shape pretzel will work though I find it easier to dip and roll a thick pretzel. It is also easier to add toppings, sprinkles, drizzle, etc. when the pretzel is thick and sturdy. If you use pretzel sticks they may be too thin and break.

How far in advance can I make the chocolate-covered pretzel rods?

This chocolate-covered pretzel rod recipe can be made a few days in advance.

How long does it take for the chocolate-dipped rods to dry?

Depending on how thick the chocolate is on the pretzel rod it usually takes about an hour or so. If you want to speed up the drying process place the pretzels in the fridge.

How do I make gluten-free chocolate-dipped pretzels?

Gluten-free pretzels are easy to find these days. Make sure to choose a brand that will be easy to dip. Pretzel sticks may be too thin and you won’t be able to add any sprinkles or the white chocolate piping.

Are chocolate-dipped pretzel rods vegan?

If you want to make sure these homemade chocolate-dipped pretzels are vegan make sure the pretzels don’t contain any milk ingredients and make sure to use vegan chocolate. Some chocolate contains dairy or other milk ingredients but there are lots of dairy-free, vegan options.

How To Store Chocolate Covered Pretzel Rods

Homemade chocolate-covered pretzel rods will keep on the counter in an air-tight container for a few days. If it is hot and humid where you live it is probably best to put them in the fridge or they will get soft and lose their crunch. These homemade pretzel rods will freeze well for a few months.

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styled football pretzel rods

Chocolate Covered Pretzel Rods (Easy Game Day Snacks)

Homemade chocolate covered pretzels

Ingredients
  

  • Pretzel rods
  • Light or dark cocoa melting chocolate
  • White melting chocolate
  • Piping bag

Instructions
 

  • Line cookie sheet with parchment paper, set aside. . 
  • Place light or dark cocoa melting chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl, melting in 30 second increments, stirring after each.
  • Once melted, cover most of the pretzel with chocolate, and place on a parchment-lined cookie sheet. Let the chocolate dry.
  • In another microwave-safe bowl, place white melting chocolate and melt in 30-second increments, stirring after each.
  • Spoon into a piping bag and cut off a small tip. On dry pretzel rods, pipe on the laces. Let dry and serve!
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