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holiday homemade treat boxes.


You can absolutely tailor this recipe to make fewer pretzels, or use a different type of chocolate that suits you.  I wanted them to look fun and festive so chose the type of chocolate based on that. Yield:  approximately 100 1 inch size pretzels
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
setting time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 20 5-pretzel servings
Calories 99kcal
Author Toni Dash


  • 1 bag semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 bag pretzels I used gluten free pretzels from Glutino which come in at least three shapes
  • Small cake decorating toppings I used nonpareils and pearls


  • In the top of a double boiler or in a metal bowl over a saucepan of boiling water, melt the chocolate chips, stirring occasionally.
  • While the chocolate is melting, line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.  Place the cake decorating toppings on a plate or a flat-bottomed bowl.
  • Once chocolate is melted, dip half of a pretzel into the chocolate, coating thoroughly and allowing any excess chocolate to drip off back into the pan.  Place the pretzel on its side in the desired decoration allowing the decoration to stick to the chocolate.  Turn onto the other side to cover as well.  Place on the parchment paper and allow to dry until hard (usually takes between 30-60 minutes); can be expedited by putting the tray into the refrigerator.
  • Part of the reason I like to only coat part of the pretzel is for mobile outings (in the dark) especially, it allows the pretzel to be eaten without chocolate melting all over.
  • A gourmet tip:  one of my favorite (and local) chocolate bar companies is Choc-o-love.   They make a variety of wonderful flavors like Chilies and Cherries in Dark Chocolate.  Instead of chocolate chips, you can chop up a bar, melt it and proceed with the recipe, or omit the decorations and just let the chocolate do the talking.


I wanted a variation of both shape and textures in my treat boxes so made the same recipe above only with (gluten free) pretzel sticks and decorating sugars.  In particular I used a red sugar and a beautiful silver flakes I had not seen before. 


Calories: 99kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 96mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 9IU | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 1mg