Patriotic Chocolate Covered Pretzels

These Patriotic Pretzel Rods are perfect for your patriotic celebration like the Fourth of July. Easy to make with just a few simple ingredients.

patriotic chocolate covered pretzels
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Patriotic Chocolate Covered Pretzels

Just about everyone loves the combination of salty, sweet chocolate-covered pretzels. It’s a delicious, fun snack that kids and adults enjoy at any holiday celebration. I am no stranger to working with chocolate melts and making chocolate-covered pretzels. These patriotic pretzels are a lot of fun to make. Still, I have a lot more to share with you, like colorful spring chocolate-covered pretzels, chocolate-covered pretzel Rudolph, and chocolate-covered Valentine’s Day pretzels.

What You’ll Love About this Chocolate-Covered Pretzel

  • Patriotic Food Idea: These patriotic pretzels are easy to make
  • Make-Ahead Treat: These are great make-ahead sweet treats for Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, and Labor Day.
  • Popular: They are a huge hit with everyone.

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Ingredients

ingredients for patriotic chocolate covered pretzels
  • Pretzel Rods
  • White Chocolate Melts
  • Red Chocolate Melts
  • Royal Blue Chocolate Melts
  • White Star Sprinkles

Equipment

  • 16 oz. Mason Jar
  • Wax Paper
  • Glass microwave-proof bowls
  • Candy squeeze bottles

How to Make Patriotic Pretzel Rods

Pour white melts into the mason jar

chocolate melts in mason jar

Use a kitchen towel to pick up the jar as it will be extremely hot. Stir the chocolate melts until smooth. If needed, place it back in the microwave for another 30 seconds.

Let the jar cool off to the touch.

Pick the jar up and slightly tilt it to force the chocolate to the side of the jar.

Dip pretzel rods into the chocolate and turn it until it is fully coated

dipping pretzels in chocolate melts

Set it onto wax paper to dry

Once the chocolate has hardened, you can start decorating with red and blue chocolate.

In a separate bowl, melt half of the red chocolates

Pour the melted red chocolate into a candy squeeze bottle

Squeeze red chocolate back and forth in a curved snake-like pattern over the bottom 3/4 of the white chocolate.

squeezing chocolate on pretzels

Tip: Once it has hardened, you can pick them up and snap the curved red chocolate off of the pretzels.

holding patriotic pretzel

In a separate glass microwave-proof bowl, melt the bag of the blue chocolate melts (use the same method as the white chocolate)

Spoon blue chocolate over the top tips of the pretzels, covering about 1.5 inches

*Note: Other bloggers have instructed dipping the white tip into the blue chocolate. Although this would be an easier and less wasteful method, I did not try it because I knew the white chocolate would start to melt once it was exposed to the heat of the blue chocolate. From my experience, you will end up with swirled blue chocolate on the tips.

spooning chocolate onto patriotic pretzels

While the blue chocolate is still melted, add white sprinkle stars

adding white star sprinkles

Let chocolate dry and harden

patriotic chocolate pretzels

Expert Tips

Melting Chocolate

Place candy melts in a microwave-proof tall glass or mason jar and microwave them for 1 minute. Stir your warm chocolate, and place it back into the microwave for 30 more seconds.

You may need to melt the white chocolate in two batches, as the 16 oz. jar might not hold the entire bag of chocolate melts all at once

Blue Chocolate Tips: Other bloggers have instructed dipping the white tip into the blue chocolate. Although this would be an easier and less wasteful method, I did not try it because I knew the white chocolate would start to melt once it was exposed to the heat of the blue chocolate. From my experience, you will end up with swirled blue chocolate on the tips. If you try that method, please leave us a comment and let us know how it turned out. I’ll update the recipe with your findings.

What to Serve With

FAQs

What is Seized Chocolate?

Chocolate Seizing

Seizing is what my mom used to call overheated chocolate or chocolate that was unworkable. She’d say, the chocolate seized. Which basically meant that it was thick and impossible to use.

Causes of chocolate seizing are typically overheating the chocolate or adding liquid to the chocolate.

There is a fine balance of heating and overheating chocolate. Once you overheat it, it turns thick and worthless.

There are tricks and tips to smooth the chocolate back out, but I don’t think it really ever fully recovers. You’ll basically want to add a form of lard in the way of vegetable shortening or coconut oil. Only use a tiny little speck. Add it to the chocolate and stir in.

Make-Ahead and Storage

Yes, you can make these pretzels ahead of time. I do not recommend refrigerating them. However, you can store them in a cool, dry place like the garage.

Store pretzels in a sealed container at room temperature for up to five days.

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Serving Size

This recipe should make about 2 dozen chocolate-covered American Flag pretzels.

Double the recipe for more.

Patriotic Chocolate Pretzels

Patriotic Chocolate Covered Pretzels

Easy to make American Flag Chocolate Covered Pretzels
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Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
drying and decorating: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 24 servings
Calories: 165cal
Author: Melissa Haines
Cost: $10

Ingredients

  • 24 Pretzel Rods
  • 11 oz. White Chocolate Melts some bags come in 12 oz. and that's fine
  • 6 oz. Red Chocolate Melts
  • 11 oz. Royal Blue Chocolate Melts
  • 3 oz. White Star Sprinkles

Instructions

  • Pour white melts into the mason jar and microwave on high for one minute
  • Note: You may have to melt the white chocolates in batches as the 16 oz. jar might not hold an entire bag of white melts at once.
  • Use a kitchen towel to pick up the jar as it will be extremely hot. Stir the chocolate melts until smooth. If needed, place it back in the microwave for another 30 seconds.
  • Let the jar cool off to the touch.
  • Pick the jar up and slightly tilt it to force the chocolate to the side of the jar.
  • Dip pretzel rods into the chocolate and turn it until it is fully coated
  • Set it onto wax paper to dry
  • Once the chocolate has hardened, you can start decorating with red and blue chocolate.
  • In a separate bowl, melt half of the bag of red chocolates
  • Pour the melted red chocolate into a candy squeeze bottle (if you do not have a squeeze bottle, you can substitute a baggie with the corner snipped off)
  • Squeeze red chocolate back and forth in a curved snake-like pattern over the bottom 3/4 of the white chocolate.
  • Once it has hardened, you can pick them up and snap the curves off of the pretzels.
  • In a separate glass microwave-proof bowl, melt the bag of the blue chocolate melts (use the same method as the white chocolate)
  • Spoon blue chocolate over the top tips of the pretzels, covering the tips
  • While the blue chocolate is still melted, add white sprinkle stars
  • Let chocolate dry and harden

Notes

Nutrition facts are only an estimate 
*Note: Other bloggers have instructed dipping the white tip into the blue chocolate. Although this would be an easier and less wasteful method, I did not try it because I knew the white chocolate would start to melt once it was exposed to the heat of the blue chocolate. From my experience, you will end up with swirled blue chocolate on the tips. If you do try dipping the tips into blue chocolate, write back and let me know how it worked out. 

Nutrition

Calories: 165cal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 28mg | Potassium: 98mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 4IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 33mg | Iron: 1mg

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