Valentine's Day Pretzel Rods

Materials

What you will need:

  • 12 – 48 large Pretzel rods
  • Light Cocoa candy melts, milk chocolate morsels, or chocolate-flavored almond bark
  • White candy melts, white chocolate morsels, or vanilla almond bark
  • Pink candy melts
  • Red candy melts
  • Valentine’s Day Sprinkles (available through a bulk food store or even dollar store)
  • Heart Sprinkles
  • Coloured sanding sugars (available through a bulk food store).

Preparation

Looking for an easy and fun way to create fun and festive treats for your family. With a few key ingredients you and your children can do this activity together.

How to assemble:

  • Step 1: Using microwave safe bowls, melt the candy melts in 30 second intervals to avoid burning (remember that chocolate will continue to melt after removing from heat). If the candy coating is overheated, it will be too thick. You can add 2 teaspoons of vegetable shortening or coconut oil to help thin the candy but do not add any other type of liquid as the candy will seize and harden. Work with one colour at a time as it hardens quickly.
  • Step 2: Pour candy coating over two-thirds of the pretzel rod and shake gently to remove excess. If applying sprinkles, do so immediately rotating the pretzel rods to coat all sides. Larger sprinkles work best if placed individually.
  • Step 3: Place pretzel rod on waxed paper or cooling rack. (Waxed paper makes for easier release.)
  • Step 4: if drizzling with additional colored candy melts, allow initial candy coating to set completely. Melt additional coloured melting wafers in microwave safe bowls as per above instructions. Then, use a spoon or fork to drizzle candy coating over the pretzel rods.

Before the pretzel sets, gently pick it up and move to clean wax paper.

Let the pretzel rods dry completely before packaging or serving.

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