Patriotic Chocolate Covered Pretzels

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Chocolate covered pretzels are always a great snack to make for parties and get togethers, these patriotic snack themed, American Flag Pretzel bites are a special treat for your 4th of July picnic.
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 8 minutes
cooling time: 10 minutes
Stack of American Flag Pretzels on a white plate

This patriotic chocolate covered pretzels recipe is always a great snack to make for parties and get-togethers. They’re festive, delicious and easy to make!

Stack of American Flag Pretzels on a white plate

Everyone loves Chocolate covered pretzels. They are that perfect bite of salty, sweet, crunchy and smooth. These treats are especially popular due to their fun patriotic snack.

It is not surprising to hear that this popular snack has been around since the 1500’s. Find out more here.

  • Quick to Make: These pretzels come together very easily.
  • Easy Ingredients: All easy to get.
  • Family Friendly: Kids love the end result but can also help to create them.
  • Makes Great Leftovers: Have the leftovers, if there are any over ice cream.
Stack of American Flag Pretzels with a scattering of them on the side.

What You Need to Make this Chocolate Covered Pretzels Recipe

Ingredients

Bowl of pretzels with caramels and colored melts in red white and blue.

Equipment

How to Make Chocolate Covered Pretzels- Step by Step

Laying out pretzels on a woden cutting board, them on parchment lined baking sheets with caramels.
  • Prep Work: First, preheat the oven to 250 and then line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Finally, unwrap caramels and cut each one in half.
  • Pretzels: Arrange half of the pretzels in rows on the baking sheet, and top each pretzel with half of a caramel, bake for about 8 minutes. Remove the pretzels and gently press the remaining pretzels on top of the caramels.
  • Melt: Next, melt the blue candy melts. If needed add ½ a tsp shortening at a time until the consistency is perfect for dipping.
Hand dipping pretzels in chocolate resting on parchment and final with icing and sprinkles.
  • Work station: Then prepare a flat surface with wax or parchment paper. Dip about 1/3 of each pretzel into the blue chocolate, place it on the prepared surface and sprinkle with white and/or star sprinkles while the chocolate is still soft.
  • Chocolate Melt: Lastly, melt the white and red chocolate one color at a time, place the melted chocolate in a piping bag, drizzle on the bottom 2/3 of the pretzels.  Follow with the next color drizzling so that you can still see the first color. Let Cool.

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Common Questions About American Flag Pretzels

CAN I SUBSTITUTE RED WHITE AND BLUE STARS?

Use a white chocolate and these stars for a colorful look.

RECIPE BE DOUBLED OR HALVED?

Absolutely, for a small gathering make less or for a large double. Remember to store the leftovers in an airtight container.

THIS RECIPE BE FROZEN?

Chocolate covered pretzels are not great to freeze. The pretzels can ge soft and somewhat soggy.

CAN THIS RECIPE BE MADE AHEAD OF TIME?

Indeed, make in advance and store in an airtight container.

Stack of American Flag Pretzels on a white plate

Expert Tips for Making Chocolate Covered Pretzels

  • This Recipe Can be Doubled: Great recipe for a crowd.  Simply increase the ingredients proportionately and make in batches.
  • Add mini candy coated pieces: Try making some of these with a patriotic coated candy. For example: these.
  • Short cut tip: Feel free to melt the chocolate in the microwave. Start with twenty seconds and stir after each interval until just melted so it does not burn.
  • Variation tip: Not a fan of pretzels? Try covering strawberries or cookies with this method!

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American Flag Pretzel Bites

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Chocolate covered pretzels are always a great snack to make for parties and get togethers, these patriotic snack themed, American Flag Pretzel bites are a special treat for your 4th of July picnic.
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Servings: 40 pieces
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
cooling time: 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 Soft Caramels approx. 20
  • 80 Square Pretzels
  • 1 Cup Candy Melts Each Red White & Blue
  • Gold Star Sprinkles
  • Small White Sprinkles
  • 3 tbsp Shortening-

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 250
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Unwrap caramels and cut each one in half.
  • Arrange half of the pretzels in rows on the baking sheet, and top each pretzel with half of a caramel.
  • Place the baking sheet in the oven for about 8 minutes, until the caramels are starting to melt.
  • Remove the pretzels from the oven and gently press the remaining pretzels on top of the caramels.
  • Allow them to cool completely.
  • In a double boiler or a heat safe bowl over a small pot of simmering water, melt the blue candy melts. You want the chocolate to be nice and smooth and melted. If needed add ½ a tsp shortening at a time until the consistency is perfect for dipping.
  • Prepare a counter, table or other flat surface with wax or parchment paper.
  • Dip about 1/3 of each pretzel into the blue chocolate, place it on the prepared surface and sprinkle with white and/or star sprinkles while the chocolate is still soft.
  • Next melt the white and red chocolate, adding shortening ½ a tsp at a time if needed for a nice smooth consistency.
  • Working one color at a time, place the melted chocolate in a piping bag, cut the point off, and drizzle on the bottom 2/3 of the pretzels. Follow with the next color drizzling so that you can still see the first color.
  • Allow them to cool completely.
  • Store in an airtight container until ready to serve

Expert Tips

 
  • This Recipe Can be Doubled: Great recipe for a crowd.  Simply increase the ingredients proportionately and make in batches.
  • Add mini candy coated pieces: Try making some of these with a patriotic coated candy. For example: these.
  • Short cut tip: Feel free to melt the chocolate in the microwave. Start with twenty seconds and stir after each interval until just melted so it does not burn.
  • Variation tip: Not a fan of pretzels? Try covering strawberries or cookies with this method!

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 29kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 29mg | Potassium: 3mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 1mg | Iron: 1mg

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