As the holiday season approaches, I wanted to make sure I carved out quality time in the kitchen with the 4 grandsons. I wanted to whip up something kid friendly and festive. Based on their absolute love of anything “candy corn” I chose to do Candy Corn Pretzels.
Candy Corn Pretzels are crunchy, salty and sweet all in one bite!
I don’t know why I was so resistant to using a double boiler, but I wish I had come to my senses sooner. I read the package on melting chocolate and it said I could microwave the chocolate a minute or two at a time, stirring between “nuking” sessions and all would be great! NOT! My first bowl of chocolates started to melt fine, then stopped and seized up tighter than two coats of paint!! That batch hit the trash hard!
Second try was with a double boiler and in fact this took significantly less time than I had anticipated. Since we were doing Candy Corn Pretzels, I had to have the designated orange, yellow, white and alternate brown. I placed a sauce pan with a few inches of water over a medium flame. I set a bowl over the pot and poured chocolate into the bowl and stirred on occasion for approximately 5 minutes and they were melted perfectly. You will want to make sure the chocolate has cooled a little before having a child help you. It will still be thin and liquid enough to coat the pretzel when cooled slightly.
Candy Corn Pretzels are simple to make and an awesome and tasty kid friendly project.
There are many ways to approach making Candy Corn Pretzels. We started by dipping our entire pretzels in melted white chocolate. You will want to make sure the pretzel is completely covered in the chocolate. We began by using our fingers to dip the pretzels, but that was leaving too many fingerprints on the pretzel, so we then switched to some extra wooden skewers I had in a drawer.
We were able to toss the pretzels in the chocolate and then fish them out with the skewers and let the excess chocolate drip off. You will then lay the coated pretzel onto a baking sheet lined with parchment or wax paper. Then pop the full baking sheet into the fridge for about15 minutes so the Candy Corn Pretzels can harden before a dip into the next color.
While the pretzels are chilling out in the fridge, melt your next color of melting chocolates and in this case it was the orange. Remove the coated pretzels from the fridge and dip the bottom 2/3 of the pretzel into the melted orange chocolate. Since the white chocolate had hardened, you can handle the Candy Corn Pretzels without problem. You can actually leave these out on the counter and they will harden, but to hurry up the process since I was working with kids, I popped them back in the fridge for another 10-15 minutes.
Again, melt your next color while the twice dipped pretzels are chilling and this time it was the yellow and brown. This time you will only be dipping the bottom 1/3 into the yellow or brown (which ever you prefer) and then place back onto a lined baking sheet to harden for the final time.
Candy Corn Pretzels
- 1 12 ounce bag White Candy Melting Chocolates
- 1 12 ounce bag Orange Candy Melting Chocolates
- 1 12 ounce bag Yellow Candy Melting Chocolates
- 1 12 ounce bag Brown Candy Melting Chocolates *optional color*
- 1 12-16 ounce bag salted preztels
- To create a double boiler; fill small sauce pan with a couple inches of water. Place a medium sized bowl with one color of melting chocolates into it and then place this bowl over the sauce pan with the hot water and melt the chocolates, stir occasionally.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or wax paper.
- Dip the pretzels one or two at a time into the melted chocolate. When removing from the chocolate, let the excess drip off. Start with one solid color either the white or the orange. I started with white chocolate.
- Place pretzel filled baking sheet into the fridge for 15 minutes. While the baking sheet is chilling in the fridge, melt your next color of chocolates as listed above.
- Dip your pretzel into the orange and refrigerate for 15 min.
- While the twice dipped pretzels are chilling, melt your final color yellow and this one you will dip the bottom 1/2 into the yellow and place back onto the baking sheet to harden.
- Either refrigerate for 15 minutes or let sit out on the counter for an hour or so to completely harden. Then store as you like or pack into a goodie bag! Enjoy!
Once these are hardened, you can store them in a zip lock bag, airtight container or pack them in goodie bags for the kids. I used gluten free pretzels so that everyone in my family could eat them and eat them we did!! Not only are these cute, they taste great! The salty, crunchy pretzel is great with the sweet chocolate. Each one is a perfect bite! I hope you enjoy making and eating these as much as we did!
Do you have a favorite Halloween treat you like to make with kids?