Dark Chocolate Covered Pretzels | The Pioneer Woman

Growing up, one of my favorite Christmas treats was dipped pretzels. My mom would make almond bark covered pretzels around the holidays, and I could just eat and eat those things. There was something amazing about salty pretzels in a sweet coating that had me going back for more.


I still have a place in my heart for those almond bark enveloped pretzels. They just scream Christmas to me. But I also have a huge place in my heart for dark chocolate. So of course I wanted to recreate that Christmas nostalgia with one of my all-time favorite foods. Spoiler alert: dark chocolate + pretzels is an amazing combination.

Let me show you how to make these dark chocolate covered pretzels. They’re suuuuper easy, I promise!


You only need two ingredients to make this happen: dark chocolate, and … wait for it … pretzels!


You can use either chocolate chips or a chocolate bar. If you have a favorite chocolate bar, it will probably translate really well to these pretzels. This brown butter one is so good.


Place the chocolate in a heat-proof bowl and set it over a pot of simmering water. Stir until completely melted. Allow to cool for 15 minutes.


Dump in the pretzels.


Gently toss the pretzels until they’re completely coated in the chocolate. Now, you could totally dip each pretzels individually. That would make for more evenly coated pretzels. But I’m lazy practical, so I just dump them all in at once and give it a good stir.


Place the pretzels on a parchment-lined baking sheet to cool and harden. You can carefully set them out with a fork like I did here, or you can just dump them all out and spread them out. That definitely gives them a more messy—I mean rustic—feel. I put the broken pretzels on one end to keep them separate. They’re perfect for sampling your work.

By the way, if you have any extra chocolate in the bowl, scrape it into a mug, pour some frothed milk on top, and you’ve got yourself some amazing hot chocolate. 


You can totally just leave these dark chocolate covered pretzels as is—or you can decorate them!

Option #1: Add sprinkles! You could go with Christmas-colored sprinkles, or keep it simple with white.


Option #2: Flaky sea salt! If you like your chocolate treats on the salty side, go ahead and add extra salt on top of these! Just be careful if you use a salted chocolate bar, as these could easily go from “pleasantly salty” to “makes you want to drink a gallon of water” territory.

A couple more options I thought of: You could drizzle white chocolate stripes on top, or dip half of the pretzels in white chocolate. Or you could crush some freeze-dried raspberries and sprinkle those on top.

If you have any more ideas for toppings, make sure to share with us in the comments!


You can either leave the pretzels at room temperature to harden, or stick them in the fridge to firm up. If you’re planning on just making these for yourself, you can go ahead and put them in an airtight container once they’ve hardened.


If, on the other hand, you’re planning on giving these as gifts, there are a few options for packaging them up prettily.

My first idea is to put them in a long, clear bag, tie it up with twine or a ribbon, and put a sticky label on the front of the bag. That way people can tell what they’re getting right away!


An even easier option would be to put them in Christmas-themed zippered plastic bags. You can find these at the supermarket around the holidays.

If you’re planning on storing them in plastic bags, it’s a good idea to store them in a cool place. Otherwise the chocolate can melt a bit and dirty up the bag. It’s just not as pretty that way.


Or you could go classic and line a tin with wax paper and fill it with the dark chocolate covered pretzels. Then you could put the lid on, tie a ribbon around it, and hang a little gift card off the ribbon. So pretty!


Excuse me while I polish off far too many of these in one sitting.

What treat always makes YOU think of Christmas? Share with us in the comments!

Here’s the link to the printable recipe: Dark Chocolate Covered Pretzels


Dark Chocolate Covered Pretzels

Prep Time:
1 Hours
Cook Time:
10 Minutes
6 Servings
  • 1 cup Dark Chocolate Chips Or Chopped Chocolate Bar
  • 3 cups Pretzels

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.

Place the chocolate in a heat proof bowl. Set the bowl over a pan of simmering water. Stir until the chocolate is completely melted. Allow to cool for 15 minutes. 

Pour the pretzels into the melted chocolate. Very gently toss the pretzels in the chocolate until they are completely coated.

Using a fork, transfer the pretzels individually to the parchment lined baking sheet. Allow to cool at room temperature for 2 hours or in the refrigerator for 30–60 minutes,  or until firm. Store in an airtight container.

Erica Kastner of Buttered Side Up


Hello! My name is Erica and I was born and raised in northern Minnesota. I’ve enjoyed being in the kitchen as far back as I can remember. I was so happy when my mom let me wash dishes for the first time when I was about 5 (I just wish I was still as enthusiastic). I was so proud to be allowed to knead bread dough when I was 8. And my mom would let me concoct my own recipes for deviled eggs, no supervision. When I was about 16, I became very interested in the nutritional aspect of food. I began experimenting with adapting recipes to make them healthier. After several failures, I was able to make meals and treats that my family loved. I wanted to share my successes with the world, and so I started my very first recipe blog. I have been blogging about my love for food ever since! Some random facts about me: I’m a shortie: a little over 5’2″ tall. Foods that gross me out: watermelon, margarine, and mellow yellow. I broke my leg in a horse riding accident when I was 9. My favorite guilty pleasure late-night snack is cold cereal (with loads of cream). And finally, I was homeschooled for all of my education, and I loved it!

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