Kids in the Kitchen–Candy Cane Chocolate Covered Pretzels!

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On Wednesday we invited a couple of the neighbor kids over for a fun little treat making!

I’d just seen these cute Candy Cane Chocolate Covered Pretzels over at Cookin’ Canuck, one of my favorite cooking blogs.  –Just a little plug here–Dara, the author of Cookin Canuck, is wonderful, an amazing cook, great photographer, and a truly great person!  Make sure you check out her blog.

For this project our candy maker extraordinaires were an 8 year old, 6 year old, 5 year old, and 2 year old.  The 2 year old needed considerable assistance, but the other kids pretty much did theirs on their own.

Here is what you’ll need for this project:

– 1 bag of Pretzels (we use Glutino, Gluten Free Pretzels–they’re yummy!)

– White Chocolate for melting

-Milk Chocolate or Semi-Sweet Chocolate for melting

-2-4 Candy Canes

-Wax paper lined cookie sheet

I’m not including any amounts for this.  Just make as much or as little as you’d like.  We made about 2 dozen pretzels. I used 2 candy canes, 1/2 the bag of semi-sweet chocolate, and a similar amount of white chocolate.  We had enough chocolate left over in the bowls that we are going to make some more today. 🙂

To make simply melt the chocolates according to the instructions on the box or bag.  In a glass bowl I microwaved each chocolate flavor on high for 1 minute, stirred, then microwaved again for 1 minute.

To make the candy cane crushing fun for the kids I double bagged 2 candy canes in ziploc snack bags, and then let the kids take turns throwing the bag as hard as they could on the tile floor.  Feel free to use whatever method you like. 🙂

To make simply drop a pretzel into the chocolate, flip it over so both sides are coated in chocolate, then scoop it out with a fork.  Make sure you let the excess chocolate drip off through the fork prongs before placing it on the wax paper.

Once the pretzel is on the wax paper, have your kids take just a pinch of crushed candy cane and sprinkle on the pretzel.

When you’ve finished the pretzels, place the baking sheet in the refrigerator for at least 20 minutes.

If you can keep yourself from eating them all, these would make great gifts for neighbors and teachers!


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  1. This looks like a great idea! I can't wait to try it!
  2. Mary Dailey says
    I love these when other people make them and I don't know why I haven't done it! I'm doing it! Thanks!
  3. Oh yum! These look delicious and so easy. My kids would love to make them as well. I'll have to remember this and give it a try in the next couple of weeks.
  4. Yum! Yum! Yum!
  5. Sandy VanHoey says
    I'd love my grandson to do this for his teacher this year and let her know he made cute!
  6. Gina Brickell says
    these look wonderful!! You always seem to do fun little things with food with your kids! I bet they love that. My son is always wanting to help me in the kitchen. Some of these are great ideas to get him in the kitchen to help me out :)
  7. These look delish! Thanks for sharing. btw, I pinned these to my cooking board as a reminder to make them.
  8. Love them! My boys are big fans of pretzels and what better than covered in chocolate and candy canes yum!
  9. mmmm, these sound amazing! i think when i try, I'll add some peppermint extract right into the chocolate - I LOVE mint! Thanks for posting :)
  10. I really want to make these but the last time I tried to melt white chocolate in the microwave it all got burnt and I followed the directions. Maybe it was the brand I was using.
    • It could also be the temp your microwave cooks at. Try setting the micro to medium power when melting. I've had burned chocolate before with a different microwave, but this one seems to cook at a good temp. Also, the brand of chocolate I used this time was a little pricier than I normally buy, but it was worth it.
  11. These look delicious, and they make a great gift! I will have to try these with my kids. Thanks for the idea.
  12. Love those pretzels! Snacking on some now!!
  13. Looks delicious!
  14. These Candy Cane Chocolate Covered pretzels would be a great item to bring to a Christmas Eve party. I like chocolate on Pretzels and the sweetness and saltiness really tastes good. This is an easy recipe!
  15. Nancy Hilderbrand says
    Plan to make these with our grand kids
  16. These look scrumptious!! And I LOVE that they're gluten free as I have celiac.
  17. Krista Grandstaff says
    We made some similar to this but used a short pretzel was easier on little hands because they could dip half into the chocolates, and still have a "handle".. a bunch of different sprinkles, glitter, sugar and crushed nuts...and they were in decorating heaven :) I will definitely try the mints next time!
  18. Lindsey C. says
    These look so cute, definitely have to remember for neighborhood gifts next year :)
  19. Those look delicious! I love chocolate covered pretzels.
  20. Jean Fisher says
    These look stupendous, and not too hard to make! My husband would go absolutely nuts for them - he can't get enough of white chocolate covered pretzels.
  21. Looks like a fun activity. I will try this with my son
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