Looking for a tasty treat for your next party or dinner that looks amazing but doesn’t take forever to make? Try Candied Pretzels! These look fantastic, taste great, are inexpensive, and are easy to whip up. Not only that–but you can customize them endlessly simply by changing out the color of the candy melts and the types of sprinkles used.
In this example I’ve made them in soft, spring-y colors to celebrate Easter. You could easily make them to match a baby shower theme, in school colors, to match a favorite sports team, or for any other holiday (orange and black for Halloween, red and green for Christmas–you get the idea).
I’m sharing this idea on behalf of Walmart, so of course I headed out to my local store to pick up supplies! Besides the pretzel logs I purchased Wilton Candy Melts (in yellow, purple and white) and a container of Spring Mix Sprinkles. To complete this simple project you will also need a pot, a double boiler insert and some waxed paper.
I use a double boiler insert to melt the Candy Melts. I’ve tried using the microwave in the past, but I don’t feel like there is as much control. . . and if you over cook it and burn it–well, you’ve got a grainy mess that can’t be saved. The double boiler works easily every single time AND keeps the candy warm while you work. You simply put the water in the bottom pot, stick the double boiler on top and heat. The water warms and then gently warms the top section without any chance of burning.
I bought my double boiler insert years ago at Walmart. They no longer seem to have that model online, but you can buy an entire Faberware double boiler pot (bottom, boiler and lid) for $28. You can also just put a metal mixing bowl on the top of a saucepan of water, or even put a large clean metal can down into a pot of water (like I did on my Lotion Bar post) .
To make the Candied Pretzels I warmed the Wilton Candy Melts until they were liquified (stirring of course). Since my double boiler wasn’t deep enough to just dip the pretzel in, I spooned the candy over each pretzel and then shook it back and forth to let the excess candy drizzle off. Once it was evenly but thinly coated I sprinkled the toppings on and laid the pretzels on a wax paper covered cookie sheet.
You can leave them out at room temperature to cool and harden, or you can pop your tray into the refrigerator for about 10 minutes. That’s it, you are done!
I experimented with using colored sugar, the sprinkle mixes and the little candy circles. I varied the candy coating color as well. I have to admit that aesthetically I found the white candy coated pretzels the most pleasing base for all the different decorative toppings. They looked particularly nice with the colored sugars.
So go ahead and whip up some of these great Candied Pretzels soon.