Kid Friendly Dipped and Decorated Pretzels for Valentine’s Day

by Cat Davis*

Valentine’s Day is one of those wonderful holidays where the only gift you need to give is a little love to the people you care about most. As a mom, I spend all year doing the things I have to do with my kids and I like taking the extra time during the holidays to do the things I want to do with them. That usually means baking something extra special or surprising the kids with a breakfast made with love in the form of heart shaped pancakes.

This year we’re getting in the kitchen to spend some time together making treats our children as young as 3 can help create like these Dipped and Decorated Pretzels for Valentine’s Day.

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valentine's day dipped pretzel twists rods

*Step 1*

Gather your favorite pretzel snacks. The large pretzel rods and twists work well for this sweet project but you can definitely dip the small sticks and twists too for a mini treat.

giant pretzel rods and twists

*Step 2*

Candy melts are a great product for a non-chocolate flavor and come ready in fun holiday colors like red, white and pink. When melted the candy, use a microwave-safe bowl and add 2 tablespoons of vegetable shortening to about a cup of candy melts. Microwave the melts in 30 second intervals, stirring each time in between until the melts are smooth and creamy.

pink candy melts

*Step 3*

Place a large sheet of wax paper over a hard surface. Dip and cover each pretzel covering about a third of the surface. Tap the pretzel on the side of the bowl to remove excess candy. If your bowl is too small, use a spoon to pour the candy melts over the pretzels (necessary for the rods).

pink candy dipped pretzel twist

*Step 4*

Place the dipped pretzels on a sheet of wax paper and decorate with your favorite candy sprinkles.

decorated pretzel twists

*Step 5*

Let the dipped pretzels harden for about an hour. You can also place them in the fridge for a quick chill.

pink dipped decorated pretzel twists

*Step 6*

Wrap your treats with candy wrappers which you can find at your local craft store.
dipped pretzel treat bags

The Valentine’s Day Pretzel Treats are perfect for some special time in the kitchen with kids and even an affordable treat to make and take to school parties. Do you have a special treat you like to make for Valentine’s Day?

Written By 5 Minutes for Food Contributing Editor Cat Davis
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Cat Davis is the author of Food Family Finds, a blog where she shares her life as a work-from-home mom to three children, recipes and favorite product finds.

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{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Tiff February 2, 2012 at 10:42 am

These look yummy and cute. And definitely an affordable way to give VAlentine’s treats!


2 Cat Davis February 2, 2012 at 8:55 pm

Oh absolutely. You could make a ton of these for under $10.


3 Nichol February 2, 2012 at 11:45 am

I love how you made them for our next holiday. So pretty!


4 Cat Davis February 2, 2012 at 7:26 pm

Thanks Nichol, they’re almost too pretty to eat. :)


5 Margaret February 2, 2012 at 6:26 pm

Love this! Thank you!


6 Cat Davis February 2, 2012 at 7:25 pm

You’re welcome Margret, please do let me know if you try them out.


7 Zsa Zsa February 3, 2012 at 3:20 am

Hmmm… I think my kids can make these for their teachers this Valentine’s Day.


8 Cat Davis February 3, 2012 at 10:09 pm

That’s a great idea. I was thinking since I can’t bring homemade treats for the kids, at least the teacher could enjoy a special goody basket.


9 Melissa February 7, 2012 at 3:13 pm

YUM! These look so good and easy too!


10 @PamelaMKramer - A Renaissance Woman February 13, 2012 at 1:26 am

Candy melts! I had no idea.


11 Susan February 15, 2012 at 1:05 am

I made these with my girls on the weekend and they had so much fun. (But I couldn’t find candy melts at the store… and as I had all three little girls with me, I just grabbed white chocolate chips which didn’t work as well.)


12 excited 4 coupons January 25, 2013 at 9:55 am

wow beautiful and yet so simple to make, hope u dont mind me adding your idea in my blog but of course will give u full credit.. thanks again..


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