Chocolate covered pretzels around Valentine’s Day are kind of a given at our house. All my boys love to consume them and my middle son, especially, loves to make them. This year, however, we decided against your ordinary, run of the mill chocolate covered pretzels. Instead we decided to make Pop Rocks Chocolate Covered Pretzels!
In honor of Valentine’s Day, we used red Pop Rocks! Any kid who grew up in the 70’s and beyond is probably familiar with the awesomeness of Pop Rocks. If you’ve never tried Pop Rocks with chocolate, you definitely must! I actually got the inspiration for these pretzels from one of my favorite gourmet chocolate bars.
I love the bit of fruity flavor it added to the pretzels! Even I had fun letting them *POP!* in my mouth before crunching them!
Our middle son is very sensitive to wheat (or gluten, we’re not sure which) so we used Glutino Gluten Free Pretzels for this. You can use whatever kind of pretzels your family loves best.
These Pop Rocks Chocolate Covered pretzels are the perfect treat for little hands to help make! Just make sure to instruct the kiddos to swirl the pretzel around gently in the bowl of chocolate and gently tap off the excess chocolate back into the bowl.
When you come to the chocolate drizzling part–our favorite part–instruct your kiddo to dip the fork in the chocolate and then drizzle by tapping on the handle of the fork with their pointer finger. Works like a charm and is a lot less messy than when they try to fling the chocolate from the fork (which is what my 4 year old tried to do)!
I highly recommend having a silicone baking mat for cooling your Chocolate Covered pretzels. They come off the mat super easy, and the mat washes up super easily. I rarely use parchment paper anymore now that I have the mats. Less waste.
Okay, one more note before I launch into my Pop Rocks Chocolate Covered Pretzel recipe. I didn’t get a picture of the white chocolate pretzels because they were in the second batch I made, and I’d already taken the pictures before I made the second batch. BUT, if you like white chocolate, the white chocolate Pop Rocks Pretzels are to die for!
Pop Rocks Chocolate Covered Pretzels
These probably won’t last more than a day. If they don’t, all the better. You’ll want to eat these the same day you make them because any humidity in the air will lessen the awesome popping effect of your Pop Rocks Pretzels.