White Chocolate Peppermint Bark Christmas Pretzel Rods are one of my favorite holiday addictions. It all started with a Costco sample of holiday pretzel crips…and of course I had to make my own using gourmet, white milk chocolate chips, peppermint, and pretzel sticks. They’re so fun, but a little tricky to make…come see!
White Chocolate Peppermint Bark Christmas Pretzel Rods
Melting chocolate, dunking pretzels, and dusting them with crushed candy cane sounds easy enough, right?
It’s actually tricky. It all hinges on…the chocolate coating, and timing.
What kind of chocolate do I use for peppermint bark?
I’ve noticed this type of recipe typically calls for candy coating, and those are typically made with palm oil; i.e., hydrogenated oil aka the stuff we never hear good things about.
So, if we’re trying to keep things au naturale, I like to use gourmet, white chocolate that use cocoa butter instead of palm oil…Guittard and Ghirardelli. 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 Covered 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 dip pretzels in without making a mess?
The best way I’ve found to keep pretzels pretty is to use the jar sides to remove excess chocolate. But you really need a tall, slender jar if you’re using pretzel rods.
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.
You’ll need these ingredients for White Chocolate Candy Cane Pretzel Sticks:
- 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 No-Cook Cranberry Pomegranate Relish served over warm, brie cheese.
Be sure to check out my recipe roundup of 21 Healthy Holiday Foods That Pop With Pomegranate…this post is loaded with talent and easy-to-make recipes!
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I’m a monthly recipe contributor on Amanda’s Cookin’ recipe site and I originally published this recipe there in Nov 2016.
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