Chocolate-Dipped Pretzel Rods Recipe
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Chocolate-Dipped Pretzel Rods Recipe

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Kids of all ages enjoy receiving these fun-to-eat treats for Christmas. Once the pretzels are wrapped with plastic wrap and ribbons, you can tuck them into stockings, tie them onto gifts or slip them inside a glass jar. — Kay Waters, Benld, Illinois
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + standing Cook: 10 min.
MAKES:54 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + standing Cook: 10 min.
MAKES: 54 servings


  • 3 cups chopped toasted almonds
  • 2 packages (14 ounces each) caramels, unwrapped
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 packages (10 ounces each) pretzel rods
  • 2 packages (10 to 12 ounces each) white baking chips
  • 2 packages (10 to 12 ounces each) dark chocolate chips
  • Assorted sprinkles, optional


  1. Place almonds in a shallow dish. In a large glass measuring cup, microwave caramels and water on high until caramels are melted, stirring every minute.
  2. Dip three-fourths of each pretzel into caramel, allowing excess to drip off. (Reheat caramel in microwave if mixture becomes too thick for dipping.) Roll in almonds. Place on waxed paper until set.
  3. In a microwave, melt white baking chips; stir until smooth. Dip half of the caramel-coated pretzels in white baking chips, allowing excess to drip off. Add sprinkles if desired; return to waxed paper to set. Repeat with chocolate chips and remaining pretzels.
  4. Store in airtight containers or wrap in cellophane gift bags and tie with ribbon. Yield: about 4-1/2 dozen.
Originally published as Chocolate-Dipped Pretzel Rods in Country Woman Christmas Annual 1997, p43

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sugarcookee User ID: 5092175 239799
Reviewed Dec. 19, 2015

"Use parchment paper instead of waxed. You won't be sorry!"

LeslieReid User ID: 5582328 43899
Reviewed Jun. 9, 2013

"I gave these out as Christmas gifts at the office and everyone raved about them.

I recommend using a double boiler instead of the microwave to melt caramels and chocolate. It is easier to check how each is melting and to keep it warm enough for dipping."

kathysatterley User ID: 5329952 21014
Reviewed Dec. 3, 2012

"i didnt like how the carmel stuck to the wax paper so i thin next time ill try something eles instead of wax paper."

poulsbokid User ID: 1206103 44725
Reviewed Oct. 27, 2011

"make your own caramel its easy.

1 cup (8 ounces) heavy cream
2 cups (16 ounces) brown sugar
1/4 c (2.75 oz) corn syrup
4 Tbsp (1/2 stick, 2 oz) unsalted butter
1 tsp vanilla.
Mix all together in a 2 qt saucepan and heat, stirring constantly, to the soft ball stage (230-234 °F) Makes 2 cups."

holt7_8 User ID: 5488543 49935
Reviewed Apr. 27, 2011

"i use a double boiler. they always melt pretty good for me."

diane_71 User ID: 2630938 49523
Reviewed Oct. 1, 2008

"for some reason i cant get caramel to melt. Is there a a certain kind that melts the best."

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