Easy Pumpkin Pretzels are orange chocolate covered pretzels that look like cute pumpkins! Chocolate covered pretzels for Halloween are fun & festive treats for your Fall party!
Making these simple chocolate covered pretzels for Halloween is so easy, with only 5 ingredients they come together quickly and are fun to make too! Get the kids involved in making these sweet and savory Halloween treats, watch out because the candy might disappear as you go.
Festive Pumpkin Pretzels
Pumpkin Pretzels are the Halloween recipe I’d like to share with you all today! It is a cool, dreary day today here in Utah, so I officially deem it Fall. My favorite season! Fall also equates to pumpkins in my book, so I thought I would post these cute little pretzel pumpkins today. They could not be easier to make either, melt chocolate, color orange, dunk pretzel. OK, there are a few more steps, but really, it is so easy! I love pretzels and chocolate together too, the sweet chocolate and salty pretzel is a great combination. I also include tips for melting chocolate and the BEST tool to use. Give them a try today!
Why we think you will adore this fun Halloween recipe
In case you need more convincing to try these delicious pumpkin treats, here are a few more reasons why we think you should.
- Quick and easy. To make this festive pumpkin pretzels you do not need a ton of time or effort. You can create a tasty treat in a short amount of time that will impress anyone who tries them.
- Simple and inexpensive. What I love about this easy recipe is that the ingredients are so basic and inexpensive. You can make a bunch of these tasty treats quickly and easily.
- Classic fall flavor look! If you are like me and adore fall, you will love this recipe. Pumpkin season is my favorite and anything related is great in my book!
How do you melt chocolate in the microwave?
Melting chocolate in the microwave is easy if you go slowly. Always use a glass or ceramic bowl and chocolate that is not old, that is an important key component. To melt 1 cup of chocolate chips I would begin with 1 minute in the microwave. After the 1 minute, let chocolate sit for 2-3 minutes. Then, gently stir and see if chocolate begins to melt smooth. If it is still really solid, add 20 seconds in the microwave, then let it sit again. Often chocolate looks like it is not melted when it really is, and you do not know for sure until you gently stir it. If your chocolate melts but it is too thick to work with, try adding 1/2 teaspoon of coconut oil or shortening, then letting it melt and stirring it in.
Pumpkin Pretzels Ingredients
Pretzels: You will need a bag of mini pretzels to create these cute Halloween treats.
Chocolate: For the coating you need ¾ cup of white chocolate chips or orange candy melts.
Coconut oil: If you need to thin out the chocolate, using ½ tsp coconut oil (or shortening) could help greatly.
Food coloring: To make the chocolate coating pumpkin color, use orange food coloring to obtain the desired shade.
Green candy: For the stem of the pumpkin, grab a bag of green chocolate candies.
How to make Halloween Chocolate Covered Pumpkin Pretzels
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
Begin by placing the white chocolate chips in a glass bowl along with coconut oil and microwave on high for 1 minute. Let the chocolate sit in the microwave for an additional 1 minute, then stir gently, and return to the microwave for 15 seconds, if needed.
*If using candy melts, omit the use of the coconut oil, it will not be necessary.
Next, add the orange food coloring to chocolate and stir gently to combine well.
Proceed to dip each pretzel into the bowl of chocolate, gently tapping the edge of the bowl to release excess chocolate. This process is so much easier when you use a dipping tool! Then lay each of the covered pretzels down on the prepared baking sheet. Next, place 1 green chocolate candy into the top indent of the pretzel on its side, so it is standing up and looks like the stem of the pumpkin. Let cool for about 30-60 minutes or until solid.
Repeat the process until you have the desired amount of pumpkin pretzels, re-heating up the chocolate as necessary. Store in an airtight container to save.
EASY PUMPKIN PRETZELS
- 36 mini pretzels
- ¾ cup white chocolate chips or orange candy melts
- ½ tsp coconut oil or shortening*
- orange food coloring
- 36 green chocolate M&M candies
- Prep: Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
- Melt chocolate: Begin by placing the white chocolate chips in a glass bowl along with coconut oil and microwave on high for 1 minute. Let the chocolate sit in the microwave for an additional1 minute, then stir gently, and return to the microwave for 15 seconds, if needed. *If using candy melts, omit the use of the coconut oil, it will not be necessary. Next, add the orange food coloring to chocolate and stir gently to combine well.
- Assemble: Proceed to dip each pretzel into the bowl of chocolate, gently tapping the edge of the bowl to release excess chocolate. This process is so much easier when you use a dipping tool! Then lay each of the covered pretzels down on the prepared baking sheet. Next, place 1 green chocolate candy into the top indent of the pretzel on its side, so it is standing up and looks like the stem of the pumpkin. Let cool for about30-60 minutes or until solid.
- Repeat the process until you have the desired amount of pumpkin pretzels, re-heating up the chocolate as necessary.
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How long will these chocolate covered pretzels last?
If stored in an airtight container, these festive treats will last up to 2 weeks. Perfect for gift giving or making a few days ahead of time to prepare for your Halloween party.
Can you freeze chocolate covered pretzels?
Yes you can! Be sure to store them in an airtight, freezer-safe container so no moisture can get in. Frozen chocolate-covered pretzels can stay fresh for up to 12 months. When you are ready to enjoy them let them thaw for 15-20 minutes and they will be ready to eat.
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Easy Pumpkin Pretzels are chocolate covered pretzels made with simple ingredients and great for Halloween! These chocolate covered pretzels are a festive treat to bring to your kids school for their class party.
Kathleen Climer says
Do the pretzels have to be stored in refrigerator. Our Halloween party is Saturday, can I make them ahead of time?
Nope! No need to refrigerate them. They last a while, but I’d say they look the best if eaten within 5-7 days.
I’ve been making white chocolate pretzels for several years. But I sprinkle on colored sprinkles according to the holiday instead of coloring the chocolate. I tried coloring the chocolate twice with two different food colorings and it did something very weird to the chocolate. Can you tell me what type of food coloring you use? I have never used coconut oil when melting, would that help with the food coloring?
I am not one of those moms that does a ton of baking for every holiday, so these pretzels are basically all my kids get. 🙂 So, I would love to at least mix it up a bit!
Using a bit of coconut oil (or shortening!) is very helpful when you use coloring in chocolate! It will help it soften and coat your pretzels smoothly. One tip to remember is to not overheat the chocolate. I like to go really slow- microwave it in a glass or ceramic dish, then let it sit for 3-5 minutes and continue to melt. Stir gently too! Hope this helps!
Chocolate instantly seized when food coloring was added. Terrible execution of this recipe.
Sounds like you needed to add some shortening like I suggested. 😉