Are you looking for a fun Valentine’s Day treat for kids that’s easy to make? These Valentine Pretzels are perfect for kids to help make and give as sweet Valentine’s Day gifts to their friends and family.
These Valentine Pretzels have been one of our reader favorites since we first shared this post in 2012. One of our contributors Cat Davis made these dipped pretzels with candy melts with her kids and they’ve been such a hit that we decided to update this post and share it with you again.
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.
How To Make Chocolate Covered Pretzels With Candy Melts
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.
Can you use candy melts for pretzels?
Yes! Candy melts are the perfect product to use to make dipped Valentine pretzels. They melt easily and come ready in fun holiday colors like red, white and pink.
How do you melt the “candy melts” for your dipped pretzels?
When melting 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.
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… pouring the melted candy with a spoon works really well for the decorated pretzel rods.
Place the dipped pretzels on a sheet of wax paper and decorate with your favorite candy sprinkles.
Let the dipped pretzels harden for about an hour. You can also place them in the fridge for a quick chill.
Wrap your treats with candy wrappers, which you can find at your local craft store.
These Valentine pretzels made with candy melts are so easy to make and kids love them.
- 1 bag Pretzel Rods
- 1 bag Pretzel Twists
- 1 bag Pink Candy Melts
- 1 bag White Candy Melts
- 4 tbsp Vegetable Shortening
- Candy Sprinkles (various colors)
Add 1 cup of each color of candy melts into separate microwave-safe bowls.
Add 2 tablespoons of vegetable shortening to each bowl of candy melts.
Microwave the melts in 30 second intervals, stirring each time in between until the melts are smooth and creamy.
Place a large sheet of wax paper over a hard surface.
Dip and cover each pretzel covering about a third of the surface or use a spoon to pour the candy melts over the pretzels.
Tap the pretzel on the side of the bowl to remove excess candy.
Place the dipped pretzels on the wax paper and decorate with candy sprinkles.
These Valentine Pretzels 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?
We published the first version of this post on Feb 2, 2012.
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