I’ve got an idea for your 4th of July recipes today. My inspiration hit me the other day when I was walking through Crate & Barrel. They had the cutest 4th of July displays. As I was walking past, I saw white chocolate covered pretzels with red, white and blue sprinkles. Of course, I thought, “How hard can that be to make myself?” I’m not paying $8 for 6 of them. I can totally make them for less and it will be easy. Yeah. Right.
I think in the end the pretzels turned out darling. My girls and I have enjoyed eating them…so they are yummy. They just didn’t come out like the ones I saw at Crate & Barrel or what I had pictured in my mind. Since we think they are yummy and they are still cute…they are still a good idea.
If you want to make patriotic pretzels to snack on while watching fireworks, you will need:
- Pretzel rods
- White chocolate chips
- Red, white and blue sprinkles (affiliate link)
- Treat bags
Start by melting your chocolate. I know you are supposed to melt chocolate on a double boiler, but first, white chocolate isn’t actually chocolate and second, I have a super low heat burner. I can turn it on low and it melts things super slow and even like a double boiler.
While your chocolate is melting, prepare a tray or cookie sheet by lining it with parchment paper. This will keep the chocolate from sticking to the tray and ruining your pretzels when you pull them off.
I would recommend that you melt your chocolate in something that would work well for dipping the rods or that you pour the chocolate into something like that once it is melted. I think a 2 cup measuring cup or something tall and narrow would work better than this pan. It would allow for dipping the rod into the chocolate and getting decent coverage.
As it was, dipping my pretzels into the pan didn’t work out to look at all like I wanted them to look. I wanted white chocolate on more of the pretzel rod.
Next I tried squeezing the chocolate out of a bag onto the pretzels. This was not the best idea.
The chocolate is hot and the only way to squeeze it is to have your hands on the bag. It hurt a little bit, but for the name of yummy 4th of July recipes, I kept going. I was also fighting the chocolate cooling and clumping up in the bag. ::sigh:: The final straw for this method was when the bag popped open and the white chocolate went everywhere. Yay!
The good news about that was that the bag didn’t fully break, so I just started putting pretzel rods into the remaining white chocolate in the bag and twisting them around. I got pretty good coverage this way….and made a huge mess in the process.
I’m really hoping you know of a better method of dipping things like pretzel rods into chocolate because clearly I can’t give you much good advice.
I can tell you that you need to be fairly quick with the sprinkles if you want them to stick. Once you have the chocolate and the sprinkles on your pretzel rods, you need to place them in the refrigerator for about 15-20 minutes until the chocolate hardens and sets up.
Last year for 4th of July, I made cute snack bags to take with us to the fireworks. Everyone really liked them. I’m going to make them again this year (and show you my idea later this week). I plan to put these pretzels in our snack bags this year. If you want to do something similar, place your white chocolate dipped pretzels into a treat bag, the kind you can put favors in for a birthday party. That way the chocolate won’t get knocked off or melt next to the other items you put in your snack bag.
Tie the bags shut with baker’s twine or ribbon and add a cute tag. I made these cute 4th of July tags. You can download them, print them, and use them on your pretzels as well. The free printable is at the bottom of the post. I made them the size that you can use a 1.5″ circle punch to cut out. Makes it super easy!
We have eaten almost all of these pretzels because they are so yummy! I know I love the salty and sweet combination and apparently so do my kids. I will have to make more for 4th of July. Yum!
Later this week, I’m going to show you another super simple recipe that will go in our snack bags as well as the cute snack bags. So fun!
Do you have a great way to dip things like pretzel rods in chocolate? Please share! Clearly I need help and if you leave a comment others can read it as well…you can help us all. Thanks!