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Patriotic Pretzels ~ 4th of July Recipes

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.

4th of July Recipes to make adorable and delicious pretzels to snack on while watching the fireworks. Yummy! #Recipe #4thofJuly #RealCoake

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. 

4th of July Recipes to make adorable and delicious pretzels to snack on while watching the fireworks. Yummy! #Recipe #4thofJuly #RealCoake

If you want to make patriotic pretzels to snack on while watching fireworks, you will need:

4th of July Recipes to make adorable and delicious pretzels to snack on while watching the fireworks. Yummy! #Recipe #4thofJuly #RealCoake

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.

4th of July Recipes to make adorable and delicious pretzels to snack on while watching the fireworks. Yummy! #Recipe #4thofJuly #RealCoake

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.

4th of July Recipes to make adorable and delicious pretzels to snack on while watching the fireworks. Yummy! #Recipe #4thofJuly #RealCoake

Next I tried squeezing the chocolate out of a bag onto the pretzels. This was not the best idea.

4th of July Recipes to make adorable and delicious pretzels to snack on while watching the fireworks. Yummy! #Recipe #4thofJuly #RealCoake

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.

4th of July Recipes to make adorable and delicious pretzels to snack on while watching the fireworks. Yummy! #Recipe #4thofJuly #RealCoake

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.

4th of July Recipes to make adorable and delicious pretzels to snack on while watching the fireworks. Yummy! #Recipe #4thofJuly #RealCoake

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.

4th of July Recipes to make adorable and delicious pretzels to snack on while watching the fireworks. Yummy! #Recipe #4thofJuly #RealCoake

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. I made them the size that you can use a 1.5″ circle punch to cut out. Makes it super easy!

4th of July Recipes to make adorable and delicious pretzels to snack on while watching the fireworks. Yummy! #Recipe #4thofJuly #RealCoake

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!

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  • Dawn @ We Call It Junkin.com - June 9, 2014 - 9:39 am

    I love the flavor of white chocolate covered pretzels, and yours are so pretty! Thanks for sharing your mishaps with us, it’s nice to know it happens to other people, too ;) The only other idea I thought of is to put the melted chocolate in a tall, skinny drinking glass and dip them that way, but you’d have to use a lot of chocolate and probably have a lot go to waste, so I’m not sure that’s such a good solution! -Dawn @ We Call It Junkin.comReplyCancel

    • KC Coake - June 9, 2014 - 8:24 pm

      They sure are so yummy! I think your idea of the drinking glass is a really good idea. I think if it was narrow enough there wouldn’t be the need for tons more chocolate. I used one bag. Maybe that would work? Will have to give it a try when I make these again for the 4th.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Howard - June 10, 2014 - 8:53 am

    As always…you have the best ideas…and so yummy looking too!ReplyCancel

    • KC Coake - June 10, 2014 - 8:31 pm

      As always…you are very sweet! Thank you for all your sweet comments… they mean a lot to me. :-) Have a great day!ReplyCancel

  • Dorinda Selke - June 10, 2014 - 10:09 pm

    Hi KC – I’ve done these pretzels quite a few times for different occasions and what I use is a 4 cup Pyrex glass measuring cup and melt the chocolate in the microwave carefully. If you would rather not chance melting in the microwave, you can always melt on the stove and then transfer the melted chocolate into the measuring cup, making sure to use a spatula to get every last drop :) Then I put the pretzel log on the side of the cup and use a spoon to quickly bring chocolate up to the desired height on the pretzel log , turning the pretzel as I go. I have a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and sprinkles and then another one with just parchment paper, so I do a dip and swirl into the sprinkles and then carefully onto the parchment lined pan to set. When they are all done, then I put the whole batch into the freezer to really set up. Then I have to hide them or they are gone in a flash :) So Yummy – and yours look so patriotic :)ReplyCancel

    • KC Coake - June 11, 2014 - 7:48 pm

      Oh my gosh! Thank you so much for sharing this! I really appreciate it. It sounds like an idea that you have had success with and that others can have success with as well. They are so yummy…for sure! I’ve made them in the past with regular chocolate and drizzles caramel on top. OMG…so good! For some reason I didn’t have the same issues with the regular chocolate that I had with the white chocolate, which is what surprised me about this one. Anyway, I know how I will do this next time. Thanks so much!ReplyCancel

  • Anuradha Varma - June 11, 2014 - 5:35 am

    This looks delicious and so pretty I look forward to seeing you at My Dream Canvas.ReplyCancel

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    Thanks for the freebie!!! I appreciate that you make these available to everyone and not just “fans” of social media.ReplyCancel

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    I love the printables – so cute:) The pretzels sound delicious, too!ReplyCancel

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    I love the printables! Thanks for sharing! :)ReplyCancel

    • KC Coake - June 16, 2014 - 8:50 pm

      Thanks, so glad you like them! You are welcome. Enjoy!ReplyCancel

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    These are fabulous! Thanks for sharing on the Monday Funday Party!ReplyCancel

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