Chocolate Covered Pretzels with Peppermint

One of the highlights of our Christmases growing up was Grandma Dorothy’s epic collection of homemade cookies and candies. She baked hundreds every year and kept them in assorted tins that my sisters and I gleefully raided each time we came over to her house. We’d pull all the tins on the table, opening them as quickly as we could to find our favorites. Although I adored them all in their own ways, the Chocolate Covered Pretzels were (and still are) my greatest weakness.

How to make easy Dark or White Chocolate Covered Pretzels with Peppermint. The perfect recipe for Christmas, Thanksgiving, and homemade holiday gifts! Simple, festive, and fun. The sweet-salt combo is complete addictive! #christmas #pretzels #recipe #easy

This recipe is sponsored by McCormick.

As simple and innocent as white chocolate covered pretzels might seem to the inexperienced, few treats can bring me to my knees like these salty-sweet gems. With cookies, I can usually limit myself to one or two.

Chocolate covered pretzels?

I dare you to pry the bag from my chocolate-covered fingers!

How to make White Chocolate Covered Pretzels with Peppermint. Dark chocolate pretzels too! These salty-sweet snacks are perfect for homemade Christmas and holiday gifts!

Warning: My grip is surprisingly strong, my elbows are pointy, and my love of chocolate with pretzels is deep, fierce, and true.

I make chocolate covered pretzels every year, and every year, I consider halving the recipe. I am so, so happy that I didn’t. In addition to wanting to have plenty of chocolate covered pretzels to give away for treats, I know from experience that a hefty stash brightens my own holiday spirits too.

My grandma passed away at the holidays two years ago, and making her recipes is one of my most cherished ways to stay connected to her. I’ve shared several of her recipes here, including these buttery Candy Cane Snowball Cookies and these melt-in-your-mouth Orange Cookies. This year, I’m adding chocolate covered pretzels to the collection.

Easy Chocolate Covered Pretzels with Peppermint. These festive treats are easy to learn how to make. Mini pretzels get dark chocolate and white chocolate dunked and sprinkled with crushed candy canes!

I wanted to put my own spin on my grandma’s recipe, especially since chocolate covered pretzels are quite simple, and I wanted to give you something you might not have tried already.

Making Chocolate Covered Pretzels with Peppermint

To make the chocolate covered pretzels even more festive, I used both white and dark chocolate and stirred McCormick Pure Peppermint Extract in with it prior to dipping the pretzels. Chocolate and mint is one of my most beloved combos, especially at the holidays. Peppermint extract is pretty powerful, so be sure you measure carefully and only use the good stuff.

Chocolate Covered Pretzels with Peppermint. Use mini pretzels, or you could use rod shapes to make chocolate covered pretzel sticks. Simple, festive holiday snack that everyone will love.

I prefer McCormick pure extracts because the flavor tastes completely natural. Pick the wrong one, and your pretzels could end up with off notes reminiscent of (forgive me) mouthwash. No thank you!

Easy Chocolate Covered Pretzels. Mini pretzels get dunked in peppermint flavored dark and white chocolate and topped with candy canes! Simple recipe that makes a great Christmas or holiday snack.

For even more flair, I sprinkled the pretzels with crushed peppermint candies just before the chocolate set. I love the extra pop of minty freshness and the crunch the candies provide.

This recipe yields a large batch of chocolate covered pretzels, but I wouldn’t halve it if I were you. They make for lovely, thoughtful homemade holiday gifts.

Plus, if you are anything like me, you’ll be very, very happy to have the extras on the premises!

How to make Chocolate Covered Pretzels for Christmas or holiday parties! These are great as homemade gifts or in a big bowl for snacking. Flavored with peppermint extract and topped with crushed candy canes!

I made both dark and white chocolate covered pretzels and drizzled on the opposite color chocolate for a pretty, decorative effect. If you prefer one chocolate over the other, you can certainly dunk the pretzels exclusively in your chocolate of choice (be sure to double the amount called for in the recipe).

It’s also fun to make both the white chocolate and the dark chocolate, then do a little side-by-side tasting comparison. I’m still debating my favorite. Which likely means I need to eat another…

Now tell me: What’s YOUR family’s favorite holiday recipe? I WANNA KNOW, and McCormick does too! You can win a McCormick prize pack by sharing a photo of your holiday table or a recipe you love to make (details and to enter  here). While you’re perusing, don’t miss other holiday favorites, such as these Almond Gingerbread Cookies and these Eggnog Thumbprint Cookies.


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Chocolate Covered Pretzels with Peppermint

How to make easy dark or white chocolate covered pretzels with peppermint. The perfect recipe for Christmas, Thanksgiving, and homemade holiday gifts!

Yield: 70 to 80 pretzels

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped (about 1 1/3 cup)
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil, divided
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick Pure Peppermint Extract, divided
  • 8 ounces white chocolate, chopped (I recommend Baker’s chocolate, which melts very nicely)
  • 70 to 80 mini hard pretzels (about half a 16-ounce bag, give or take a handful)
  • 1/2 cup crushed peppermint candies or candy canes

Directions:

  1. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Place the semisweet chocolate and 1 1/2 teaspoons coconut oil in a microwave-safe bowl. Heat for 30 seconds, stir, then continue heating in 15-second bursts, stirring between each. Repeat until the chocolate is almost but not entirely melted. Remove from the microwave, add 1/2 teaspoon of the peppermint extract, and stir, letting the residual heat melt the chocolate the rest of the way. Chocolate can burn quickly and easily, so dont walk away or be too ambitious with the amount of time you are adding. Your patience will be rewarded.
  3. Place the white chocolate and remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons coconut oil in a separate microwave-safe bowl and melt, following the same process above. Stir in the remaining 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract.
  4. Dip half of the pretzels into the white chocolate, leaving one corner undipped. Shake off any excess and use a knife or fork to wipe some of the excess chocolate off of the back of the pretzels so that the holes are open.  Place on the prepared baking sheet. With the tines of a separate fork, drizzle with semisweet chocolate and immediately sprinkle with the crushed candy pieces. I was able to dip about four pretzels in a row before sprinkling and have enough time before the coating hardened.
  5. Dip the second half of the pretzels in the semisweet chocolate, following the same method as the above. Lay on the parchment paper, then with the tines of a clean fork, drizzle with white chocolate, and then sprinkle with crushed peppermint candy. Let the pretzels set until the chocolate is hardened, about 30 minutes. You can also place them in the refrigerator to speed the processor eat a melty chocolate pretzel and lick your fingers in triumph.
  • Store leftover chocolate dipped pretzels in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks…and count yourself lucky if they last for more than 2 days!
All images and text ©Erin Clarke/Well Plated.

Nutrition Information

Serving Size: 5 pretzels

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 177 Calories
  • Total Fat: 8g
  • Saturated Fat: 6g
  • Cholesterol: 3mg
  • Sodium: 73mg
  • Carbohydrates: 24g
  • Sugar: 16g
  • Protein: 3g

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How to make easy Dark or White Chocolate Covered Pretzels with Peppermint. The perfect recipe for Christmas, Thanksgiving, and homemade holiday gifts! Simple, festive, and fun. The sweet-salt combo is complete addictive! #christmas #pretzels #recipe #easy

How to make easy Dark or White Chocolate Covered Pretzels with Peppermint. The perfect recipe for Christmas, Thanksgiving, and homemade holiday gifts! Simple, festive, and fun. The sweet-salt combo is complete addictive! #christmas #pretzels #recipe #easy

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About Erin Clarke

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23 comments

  1. So cute, and quite easy too :) Perfect for our busy family!

  2. The perfect holiday snack! Thanks for sharing!

  3. These are so cute and easy! I love this idea and we are totally going to do it with GF pretzels this week!

  4. I always go for chocolate pretzels (or chocolate nuts) because I just love the salty, sweet combo! Hard to resist. The peppermint makes these babes super festive. Totally making them this week!

  5. These are pretzels are so pretty and look so yummy! Thanks for sharing the recipe, Erin!

  6. I always eat too many of these:)

  7. HI Erin .      Why the coconut oil?  I really don’t like it.  Can I use something else?

    • Hi Annie, the coconut oil helps make the chocolate easy and smooth for dipping. I like it because it’s hard at room temperature. Crisco would probably be the closest substitution, but you could just use plain melted chocolate if you don’t mind it being thicker and a little harder to dip.

  8. Helloooooo delcious! These are thee perfect festive treats- would be so fun for party goody bags!

  9. Ooh, I’m totally making these. They’re lovely.

  10. Looks amazing and I can’t wait to try!
    One question though: is there a way to incorporate peanut butter into this? If I soften PB in the microwave and dip or drizzle, would it ever harden like the chocolate when refrigerated or just be a gooey mess? 

    • Hi Amy, I haven’t tried adding peanut butter, but if you’d like to experiment, I’d suggest omitting the peppermint and stirring in a few tablespoons of peanut butter into the melted dark chocolate. I’ve also seen a few recipes where peanut butter is melted for dipping, but I’m guessing you’d need to keep those in the fridge or freezer to remain hard. If you do decide to experiment, I’d love to hear how it turns out!

  11. Such a cool idea for a gift exchange!

  12. OMG—the perfect salty ‘n’ sweet snack!!

  13. I’m going to suggest making these with my daughter for our baking day this week! I love chocolate and peppermint, these look so good! (AND EASY!!!!)

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