Homemade Chocolate Dipped Pretzels – Instantpot

Chocolate dipped pretzels are quintessential holiday treat. This delicious crowd pleaser snack is easy , addictive and loved by kids and adults alike.

Chocolate covered pretzels are ubiquitous for holiday gifting. And making them at home is at a fraction of cost of store brought.

Salty and crunchy pretzel rods are dipped in sinfully sweet, chocolate melt.. Delightful, addictive and simply irresistible. Holiday party menus are incomplete without them.

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Beautifully wrapped gift bags of chocolate dipped pretzels look super fancy and are loved by all. And it’s SO easy to make them ! Even kids can do them.

Early December, right after Thanksgiving, we do a fun family project of making these HOLIDAY PRETZELS. Kids absolutely enjoy helping out in making big batches while munching along.

After all, when there is smoothly melted chocolate involved , who wouldn’t want to get dippin , right?

HOW TO MAKE SEASONAL GIFTS

The basic recipe to make chocolate pretzels is straightforward and simple. The colorful topping can be changed according to moods and the season.

You can use combination of purple, orange, black sprinkle to make Halloween party pretzels. Or use pink and red sprinkles for lovely Valentine’s Day pretzels.. imagine and create my friends.

We also love them as a snack to enjoy during the super bowl like game watching and kiddos love them as after school treat.

This foolproof recipe makes delightful munchies without candy thermometer or other fancy gadgets.

Chocolate dipped holiday pretzels wrapped in gift bags for holiday celebrations.

HOW TO STORE CHOCOLATE DIPPED PRETZELS

Store these chocolate covered pretzel rods in air tight container in dry condition at room temperature. Keep them away from direct sunlight and heat source.

Well stored pretzels can stay fresh and taste great up to a month. So make a big batch in one go and enjoy them as you fancy.

WHAT TYPE OF CHOCOLATE IS BEST FOR MELTING?

If cost is not a concern, Couverture chocolate is ideal for melting. The high fat content in these chocolate gives smooth and shiny finish. 

For home projects and to save the bucks, I prefer to use chocolate chips ( the ones you use for cookies) for easy and smooth melt. You can also use candy melts or baking chocolate barks.

If you notice that the chocolate isn’t sticking too well, use a tablespoon of coconut oil or shortening while melting. It will give that smooth texture. Dark chocolate melts smoothly compare to white chocolate.

Chocolate dipped holiday pretzels drying on the baking sheet.

HOW TO MAKE DARK CHOCOLATE PRETZELS AND WHITE CHOCOLATE PRETZELS

I am using three different types of chocolate chips for dipping. But this recipe can easily be customized to your likings.

You can use any pretzels you want. I recommend large pretzel rods or twists since they are faster to make. They also look great in gift packages. To make this recipe gluten free choose certified Gluten free Pretzels.

TOPPINGS SUGGESTIONS

Chopped nuts ( think peanuts… yum ), colorful sprinkles, coconut flakes, colorful M&M’s, crushed peanuts are our favorite toppings. I make a few with flaky sea salt topping for extra salty crunch.

A contrasting color ( dark vs. White ) or a caramel drizzle makes it look like ‘Pro’ style.

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HOW TO USE INSTANTPOT TO MAKE CHOCOLATE DIPPED PRETZELS

If you plan on making a large batch, I highly recommend you use InstantPot or a crock pot for keeping the melted chocolate warm without overheating. Here’s how I do it.

Put the InstantPot in SAUTE mode . In the main steel insert, put a trivet and pour 4 – 6 cups of water.

Pour the chocolate chips into the mason jars with wide mouth. ( I use recycled salsa bottles)

Once water starts boiling, cancel SAUTE. Put the chocolate chip filled jars on the trivet. Using a wooden spatula, stir the mixture few times.

Press KEEP WARM button so the water stays warm for extended period of time and chocolate stays melted without overheating or burning. If you feel chocolate is starting to harden, press SAUTE again for few minutes.

Make sure the water doesn’t get into the chocolate melt.

Hold a pretzel rod by one end and dip it into the chocolate, leaving an inch or two uncovered. Lay it flat on prepared baking sheet. Make sure to leave some space in between two.

Lightly sprinkle each pretzel rod with sprinkles. Repeat with remaining chocolate and pretzels.

Place the baking sheet with pretzels in the refrigerator for about 15 minutes to set the chocolate.

Carefully remove the rods from the baking tray. Store in dry air tight container. Chocolate-Covered Pretzels will keep well for up to several weeks in an airtight container at room temperature.

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Homemade Chocolate Dipped Pretzels - Instantpot

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Chocolate dipped pretzel rods are popular especially during holidays. These salty , sweet and crunchy pretzels are easy to make at home and are perfect for gift giving and as a snack.

Instructions

INSTANTPOT DIRECTIONS

Prepare a baking sheet by lining it with waxed paper or parchment paper.

Put the InstantPot in SAUTE mode . In the main steel insert, put a trivet and pour 4 - 6 cups of water.

Pour the chocolate chips into the mason jars with wide mouth. ( I use recycled salsa bottles)

Once water starts boiling, cancel SAUTE. Put the chocolate chip filled jars on the trivet. Using a wooden spatula, stir the mixture few times.

Press KEEP WARM button so the water stays warm for extended period of time and chocolate stays melted without overheating or burning.

Make sure the water doesn't get into the chocolate melt.

Hold a pretzel rod by one end and dip it into the chocolate, leaving an inch or two uncovered. Lay it flat on prepared baking sheet. Make sure to leave some space in between two.

Lightly sprinkle each pretzel rod with sprinkles. Repeat with remaining chocolate and pretzels.

Place the baking sheet with pretzels in the refrigerator for about 15 minutes to set the chocolate.

Carefully remove the rods from the baking tray. Store in dry air tight container. Chocolate-Covered Pretzels will keep well for up to several weeks in an airtight container at room temperature.

MICROWAVE DIRECTIONS

Prepare a baking sheet by lining it with waxed paper or parchment paper.

Place the chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring after every interval.

Once you feel good spreadable melt, hold a pretzel rod by one end and dip it into the chocolate, leaving an inch or two uncovered. Lay it flat on prepared baking sheet. Make sure to leave some space in between two.

If you want to top the pretzels with toppings, sprinkle them on when the chocolate is still wet. Also, don't dip the chocolate covered pretzel into the sprinkle instead sprinkle over flat layed pretzels.

Repeat with remaining chocolate and pretzels.

Place the pretzels in the refrigerator for about 15 minutes to set the chocolate. Chocolate-Covered Pretzels will keep well for up to several weeks in an airtight container.

Notes

Each bag of 12 oz. chocolate chips is roughly enough to coat 20-24 pretzels. This recipe makes about 90 pretzel rods.

If you are using pretzel twists, drop the whole pretzel into the chocolate and using a fork submerge it slightly. Pull the pretzel out of the chocolate and hold it in air for couple seconds so excess chocolate drip back into the bowl, then place it on the prepared baking sheet.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 90 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 71Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 46mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 1gSugar: 6gProtein: 1g

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