These red, white, and blue patriotic pretzel rods are a fun addition to your 4th of July or Memorial Day BBQ festivities! Easy to make and fun to eat, they’ll be a hit for sure!
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I love making delicious, fun, and adorable recipes with my kids, and dipped pretzel rods hit the mark on all three! Patriotic pretzel rods are simple to make with your kids, fun to eat, and make a festive addition to your buffet!
Ingredients for Patriotic Pretzel Rods
You only need a few items to make these red, white, and blue pretzel rods!
Pretzel Rods – You can usually find these in the chip aisle at most large grocery stores!
Candy Melts – These can sometimes be found in larger grocery stores and craft stores with a baking section. Otherwise, they are easily found on Amazon as well. While I sometimes use white almond bark and food coloring, I find using the candy melts gives me the brighter colors I want for these red, white, and blue pretzel rods.
Sprinkles – For my patriotic pretzel rods, I used red sprinkles, star sprinkles, and white pearls. You can usually find these in the baking aisle of your local grocery store but you can also check the baking section of a craft store. However, get creative and grab whatever patriotic sprinkles you can find!
How to Make Red, White, and Blue Pretzel Rods
These are simple to make and a great way to get your younger kids cooking with you! My boys love helping me and these are always a hit! For best results, I recommend working with one color at a time so they don’t dry before you get to the first one you made.
Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
Melt the red, white, and blue candy melts per the package instructions. You can either use a microwave or a double-boiler works great for melting candy melts.
Using a spoon scoop the melted candy melts over the top of one end of the pretzels. Roll the pretzel slowly as you are scooping and then tap lightly to get the excess candy melts off the pretzel.
Alternatively, you can put the melted candy melts in a tall glass and dip the rod into the melted candy.
Place on parchment paper. I recommend working with 3 pretzels at a time and one color.
Before the candy melts dry add the white pearls to the blue pretzels, the red sprinkles to the white pretzel rods, and finally the star sprinkles to the red pretzel rods. Or go wild and change it up some! When my kids do these you never know what crazy color combinations you’ll get!
All to dry and serve!
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- Line a baking sheet or cookie sheet with parchment paper.
- Melt the red, white, and blue candy melts per package directions.
- Using a spoon scoop the candy melts over the top of one end of the pretzels.
- Roll as you are scooping and then tap lightly to get excess candy melts off the pretzel.
- Place on parchment paper.
- Before the candy melts dry, add the white pearl sprinkles to the blue pretzels, the red sprinkles to the white pretzel rods, and the star sprinkles to the red pretzel rods.
- Allow to dry and serve.
If you don't want the pretzel rod to have a flat side from drying on the parchment paper you can make holes in an empty box such as a shoe box or cereal box. Instead of laying them on parchment paper, stand the chocolate-dipped pretzel rod into one of the holes in the box so the chocolate can dry without getting a flat side.
For best results, I recommend working with one color candy melt at a time so the first chocolate-dipped pretzel rod doesn't dry before you are ready to add the sprinkles.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 282Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 146mgCarbohydrates: 66gFiber: 0gSugar: 38gProtein: 1g
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How to make chocolate covered pretzel rods without a flat side?
If you don’t want the pretzel rod to have a flat side from drying on the parchment paper you can make holes in an empty box such as a shoe box or cereal box. Instead of laying them on parchment paper, stand the chocolate-dipped pretzel rod into one of the holes in the box so the chocolate can dry without getting a flat side.
Can I make patriotic pretzel rods ahead of time?
Yes, chocolate-dipped pretzel rods can be made up to one week in advance and stored in an airtight container in a cool, dry place. They are best stored at room temperature and not in the fridge.
Can I use other kinds of pretzels?
Sure, you can use regular pretzel shapes or nuggets or mini pretzel sticks for a different twist.
Final Thoughts on Red, White and Blue Pretzel Rods
Add these patriotic pretzel rods to your Memorial Day, Independence Day, or Veteran’s Day celebration and add a festive and delicious touch to your table! Fun to make with kids and delicious to eat, they will be a hit with all ages!