Candy Cane Chocolate Covered Pretzel Rods

Unsure what to give your neighbors, friends, colleagues? I have the BEST idea for you. Back in October when I made chocolate covered pretzel rods I brainstormed ideas for a Christmas version. I though about using colored sugars and different types of chocolate, and in fact a reader emailed me telling me of all the different combinations she made (Hi!!!!), but ultimately, the classic one won: CANDY CANES.



Candy canes are so pretty with their red and white stripes, and peppermint and chocolate are such a great pairing. I wasn’t going to do chocolate covered pretzel rods for Christmas, but I just couldn’t resist.

The basics of how to make chocolate covered pretzel rods can be found here.

I made 8 bags of 3 pretzels/bag. These make a perfect stocking stuffer or Christmas gift this year. Cost:

$5.95- Cellophane Cello Bag 4″ x 11″ 100 each/pkg (used 8 bags, or $0.48) Country Kitchen Sweet Art
$1.99- 1 box of 12 candy canes (used full box) Toys R Us
$3.50- 1 12 oz bag dark chocolate chips (used 1/2 package, or $1.75) Nestle Toll House
$1.79- 1 box of 25 pretzel rods (used full package)
From the house: ribbon, wax paper

Total cost for 8 bags: $0.48 + $1.99 + $1.75 + $1.79 = $6.01
Cost per bag: $0.76

How’s that for inexpensive?

The Christmas music came on, the apron too, the workspace was cleaned, and the fun began.


Step 1:
Unwrap all of your candy canes and put in a large ziploc bag. I cut the top and bottom of the plastic off each candy cane and the wrappers came off easily that way. Seal the ziploc bag and crush the candy canes using a mallet or rolling pin. Again, don’t be afraid to really crush them. You want a combination of very small pieces and a few chunkier ones for the best presentation. Pour the candy cane bits onto a piece of wax paper.




Step 2:
Make sure your full workspace is ready. Set out a few sheets of wax paper within easy reach so you can place the finished pretzels there to dry. Heat your chocolate chips in a deep, narrow vessel in the microwave until almost melted and then stir to complete the melting process. Don’t overheat in the microwave! If your chocolate is too thick, feel free to add a tablespoon of vegetable oil and stir well.


Step 3:
Coat your pretzel rods with the chocolate, using a small spatula to remove the excess. Roll in the crushed candy cane and place on the wax paper to dry fully.


Step 4:
When all the pretzel rods are completely dry, place three to a bag and seal well with a ribbon or sticker. I chose ribbons this time. I also added gift tags for some of them.



Step 5:


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32 responses to “Candy Cane Chocolate Covered Pretzel Rods

  1. What a fabulous idea! I am totally going to steal this!!!

    *check out my giveaway from Raw Revolution*

  2. I’m loving this candy rods, I think I will be making these with my peppermint bark!

  3. Looks fun and easy, yet very fancy. I like it πŸ™‚

  4. Oh if you haven’t seen it yet, check out my somersaults giveaway. I think you’ll like them! πŸ™‚

  5. These are so pretty! I am planning on making some chocolate covered pretzels too and might use this idea!! πŸ™‚

  6. That’s exactly how I made mine too! I also used white chocolate chips and made a batch of those as well! The version with crushed ginger snap crumbs have been well received but the pretzel peppermint bark (that’s what I call the candy cane version) have been by far the most popular. Such a great idea you shared back in October. I imagine I will be coming up with variations for all holidays and special occasions!

  7. First off girl- you are so naturally gorgeous. Great pictures of you! Second, I couldn’t decide what to make for a party we’re going to tomorrow night, now I know!!!

  8. Love them! I’m totally obsessed with all things peppermint this year so these are perfect. Now if only I can stop my boys from eating all the pretzels before I get around to make them!

  9. Beautiful! They look professional and I am sure everyone will love them. Unfortunately, I would probably eat all the pretzels in the process and there would be nothing to dunk.

  10. how cute!! no stockings to stuff this year, but i still just might make these! πŸ™‚

  11. But if I eat them all, they only make a bad day for me…seriously this is really great idea for gift, I just need to put in like a mouth guard to make them

  12. wow that’s a great idea as a gift and it looks great and yummy! Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

  13. Those are so fun!! Great idea to roll them in candy canes! By the way, I love that Yankee candle πŸ™‚

  14. these are incredible! love them and that last photo!

  15. Such a beautiful and yummy stocking stuffer!

  16. those look GREAT! and they are so pretty too!

  17. I have some rods in my cupboard-I may be making these this weekend!

  18. Those peppermint sticks look delish and very festive πŸ™‚ I am a fellow phillygirl and am starting up my own food blog just wanted to say I love yours and have been following for a couple months now!

  19. I made those several years ago – haven’t thought about them in ages – but its the perfect sweet/salty combo that’s always a hit!

  20. Great gift idea! They look beautiful all wrapped up with a bow! πŸ™‚

  21. Great minds think a like. We just did a post on a candy recipe that we created!!! Love it πŸ™‚ Looks yummy

  22. That crushed candy cane photo is so pretty!

  23. These rods are so pretty Sabrina. I’m always looking for inexpensive homemade gifts to make for the holidays. I’ll have to add these to the list!

  24. What a great idea! I have a family Christmas party tomorrow and I am trying to decide what to make. I think this will be on the list.

  25. Too cute! What an awesome idea, thanks for sharing!

  26. Going to make these tomorrow night. Thank you so much for all the pictures. I am slowly learning how to bake and love all of your recipes! You make it look so fun and easy! πŸ™‚ I love love love your blog!!

  27. YUM! those look amazing!
    i love your apron, too πŸ˜€

  28. I just discovered your blog from Itzy. I love it and be making these rods, my heart is 100% set on it for Christmas. I’m excited. NOw I’ve got to read your previous entries! thank you

  29. Just found your site from Itsy’s Kitchen and I love it! These pretzels are great!

    I too eat a “real food” diet…you are very inspirational! I have a Nonna too! πŸ™‚ Will be back to read more! Great blog!

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