White Chocolate Peppermint Bark Pretzel Sticks are one of my favorite holiday addictions. It all started with a Costco sample of holiday pretzel crisps…and of course I had to make my own using gourmet, white milk chocolate chips, peppermint, and pretzel sticks.
White Chocolate Peppermint Bark Christmas Pretzel Rods
Melting chocolate, dunking pretzels, and dusting them with crushed candy cane sounds easy enough, right?
It’s easy, but can be tricky. It all hinges on…the chocolate coating, and timing.
What kind of white chocolate do I use for this peppermint bark recipe?
I like to use Guittard. They’re available at many grocery stores and are made right here in the Bay area!
These babies are non GMO and use real vanilla, for the win! (this is not a sponsored post btw, I just love the product)
How do you make White Chocolate Bark Pretzels?
- Melt white chocolate (see full recipe below).
- Transfer melted chocolate to tall, slender, glass/ceramic jar.
- Dip pretzel rods in melted chocolate.
- Sprinkle crushed peppermint over chocolate to coat.
- Allow coating to set.
How do you get an even coat of chocolate on the pretzel rod?
The best way I’ve found to do this is to use a tall, slender jar and twirl the pretzel against the side of the jar to remove excess chocolate.
When you do this, it creates a uniform coating of chocolate on each one.
What happens if you overheat chocolate?
When you overheat chocolate, it seizes, which means it turns into an ugly clump and impossible to work with.
I was able to revive mine by adding 1 teaspoon of coconut oil, slightly heating it again, and whisking it like a maniac…praying that it would come back.
This worked for me, but I’d keep an extra bag of chocolate chips handy for a lower-stress scenario.
White Chocolate Peppermint Bark Christmas Pretzel Rods Ingredients:
- 8 oz bag salted pretzel rods
- 10 oz or 12 oz bag Guittard Vanilla Milk Chips or Ghirardelli Classic White Chips
- 3 oz peppermint stick
Kitchen tools I used for this recipe:
- bumpy-sided tenderizing tool (to crush candy cane)
- microwave safe bowl (to melt chocolate)
- baking sheets (provides candy-crushing surface and candy cooling surfaces)
- (optional) parchment paper (if you don’t have baking sheets for candy to cool)
- 6-8” tall glass jar (to dip pretzel into melted chocolate)
Have you seen my other holiday recipes?
If you like gourmet, homemade snacks, check out my Black Truffle Salted Dark Chocolate Drizzled Nuts.
These guys are as addictive as the Christmas pretzel sticks! Also, get your dish remembered at that next holiday party with my Cranberry Pomegranate Relish served over warm, brie cheese.
I first published this recipe on Amanda’s Cookin’ recipe site in Nov 2016. Hope you enjoy!