Join us if you dare for a Halloween Feast! I can’t guarantee that you won’t meet a beast… We’re making Halloween pretzels that look like mummies, ghosts and monsters, oh my! It’s a spooky treat for your upcoming Halloween party that’s sure to impress your guests and your whole family too. The best part is, it’s pretty easy to put together Halloween pretzel rods, and they’re a great way to make your dessert or snack table look perfectly ghoulish at your Halloween bash.
Let’s get started with making these fun Halloween treats!
- Candy eyes (purchase at a craft store, online, or your local grocery store)
- Dark chocolate mini chocolate chips
- Black sprinkles or other Halloween sprinkles
- Pretzel rods
- White chocolate chips
- Gel based food coloring (or use colored candy melts)
- Parchment paper or wax paper
- Baking sheet
- Microwave-safe bowl
- Plastic bag or piping bag
How to make Halloween Pretzels
Step 1: Prep
Get all your ingredients together and line a baking tray with parchment paper or wax paper. When you’re working with melted chocolate it helps to have things ready to go so you can work quickly once the chocolate is at the right temperature.
If you have smaller broken pretzel pieces set them on your parchment too. They’re good for trying out your chocolate techniques and taste testing!
Step 2: Melt your chocolate
You can melt your chocolate for these Halloween pretzels two ways: with the microwave, or a double boiler. If you’re using your microwave, go with 50% power on your microwave for 1 minute at a time, stirring as you go until the white chocolate or candy melts are melted. Using a double boiler will help ensure your chocolate doesn’t burn. If you don’t have a double boiler pot, you can put a pot of water on your stove and then put a glass bowl on top of it for the chocolate to go in. Whichever method you go with, you should use oven mitts to handle your chocolate bowls in case they get hot.
Step 3: Coat your pretzels in chocolate
You can use a tall glass to dip your pretzels in the chocolate, but my favorite way to get a smooth chocolate finish is actually to use a bowl with a slightly wider opening than a cup. Use a spoon to coat your pretzel in chocolate and then here’s the secret: make sure you tap your pretzel rods to get the excess chocolate off. This will really help them look smooth and not so lumpy. Tap, tap, tap!
Place your coated pretzels on wax paper or parchment paper. Putting the parchment paper on top of a cookie sheet will allow you to move it around much more easily if you need to.
Step 4: Decorate your Halloween pretzels
It helps to have a good idea of what you want each chocolate covered Halloween pretzel to look like before you get started.
For the orange pretzels with black sprinkles – while the chocolate is still soft, sprinkle your black sprinkles onto the orange chocolate covered pretzel rods.
For the pretzel rods with drizzled chocolate (like the mummy pretzels and the monster pretzels) – after you coat them in chocolate, drizzle the second layer on, let it set for a minute and then add the eyes. Letting it set a tiny bit will help ensure the candy eyes don’t slide off the sides of the pretzel.
For the ghost pretzels, use two candy eyes and one mini chocolate chip for the mouth. If you want the pretzels to look like a little monster, try using more than two candy eyes!
Step 5: Let your spooky Halloween treats cool
You can put the baking tray in the fridge for a few moments, or leave them out on the counter to cool off and harden. Once the chocolate covered Halloween Pretzels are set, transfer them off the parchment paper and into an airtight container at room temperature to stay fresh until it’s party time. They should stay fresh for up to a week.
Step 6: Feast like a beast!
Enjoy your adorable Halloween pretzels.
Tips for melting chocolate in the microwave
- Use a low power setting if your microwave is adjustable (50% power). On a low setting, microwave a cup of chocolate at a time in a microwave safe bowl, give it a stir and then microwave it again in 20 second intervals.
- If your chocolate turns hard or burns, it’s been over cooked and the temperature is too high. Start over with a fresh bowl and fresh chocolate and try 20 second intervals on your microwave.
How to color melted chocolate
- Using water based food coloring might cause your chocolate to seize and get crumbly.
- Try a gel based food coloring and white chocolate chips.
- Add the food coloring after the chocolate is heated to your desired consistency.
How to get the perfect decorative drizzle over your pretzels
- Wait for your dipped chocolate to harden. If it’s still completely melted, the drizzle won’t show up nicely, it will just blend together.
- Use a piping bag, or a plastic bag with a hole cut in the tip to put your melted chocolate in when you’re creating your drizzle.
- Super warm chocolate will give you a nice fine drizzle, as it cools the drizzle will get thicker and chunkier.
Chocolate Halloween pretzels are the perfect treat to make with your kids to enjoy at home or for Halloween parties. This spooky snack is the perfect combination of sweet chocolate and salty pretzels. It’s a festive treat that uses simple ingredients you should be able to find at grocery stores. I hope these Halloween pretzel rods become your new favorite treat!
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