What can I say, these Valentine Pretzel Rods are a classic. Super simple to make and always a hit at school parties. the best part? They can be made ahead of time so this dessert works right into your busy schedule.
I don't know about you, but I am not the best candy maker in the world. I can make the candy recipes but for whatever reason they don't always look the prettiest.
These Valentine Pretzel Rods are the exception. Why? Well, they don't all have to look alike. In fact, it is good if they have a little personality.
Why you will love this recipe
- This is an easy recipe for the kids or as teacher's gifts.
- The pretzel rods only have 3 ingredients.
- You don't have to be an excellent candy maker to make this recipe. This valentine's day dessert doesn't have to look perfect.
- The sprinkles hide little imperfections.
- This recipe can be made ahead of time.
- Large pretzel rods
- Almond bark
- Valentine's sprinkles of different shapes
Any pretzel rods will work, whether they are name brand or store brand. I used the store version of the pretzel rods and it worked fine. It is a taste preference.
The same goes for the vanilla almond bark. I have used the Aldi version in the past and it is the typically the lowest price for it.
Bowl to dip the pretzels or a cup
With the length of the pretzel rods, a bowl may not be the best option to melt the almond bark in. It is typically what is used, but unless the bowl is big enough and deep enough, it does make the dipping process a little tough.
If the bowl is too big, then you will need more almond bark and I am all about not wasting ingredients if I can help it.
I choose a large coffee mug and it worked perfectly to melt the almond bark.
To melt the almond bark, just follow the directions on the back of the package. The brands may differ slightly and you don't want to overheat the bark.
Dipping the pretzels
The trick to dipping the pretzels in the almond bark is to cover the area completely and not to get a flat spot on the rod when the almond bark dries.
So, what to do?
The key is to get as much excess off as possible and to stand the rods up while they are drying.
Personally, I didn't stand up the rods after they were dipped. I just didn't worry about it. After the bark is dry, typically, you can snap excess off if needed.
After dipping the pretzels in the almond bark, give them a tap on the side or a slight shake to remove the excess.
Immediately after dipping the pretzels, sprinkle on the sprinkles. You can put a lot on or a little, depending on your preference.
Be sure to lay the pretzel rods on parchment paper or waxed paper. You wouldn't want the rods to stick to the surface. The parchment paper or waxed paper helps that.
Sure. Same rules apply.
Yes! In fact, strawberry or chocolate would be great as well.
Yes they do! They don't need to be refrigerated so they can go where ever you go. I wouldn't leave them in the sun or in a hot car though.
This Valentine treat needs to be kept in an airtight container on the counter.
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Valentine Pretzel Rods
- 1 large mug
- 25 pretzel rods
- 12 squares almond bark vanilla
- Valentine sprinkles
- Spread parchment paper or waxed paper out on the counter.
- Melt the almond bark in a microwave safe mug according to the package directions.
- Dip the pretzel rods into the almond bark.
- Give the rods a gentle tap or shake to get the excess bark off.
- Sprinkle the sprinkles on top of the almond bark and lay on the paper to dry.
- Serve or store in an airtight container.