Festive Pretzel Rods

by Dorothy Reinhold on December 5, 2019

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Festive Pretzel Rods are the no-bake sweet you want on your Christmas cookie tray. Dipped in chocolate and smothered in sprinkles, they’re also great for a bake sale or a kid kitchen project. Change out the sprinkles assortment for different holidays!

I’d love to call these Funfetti Pretzels, but I don’t want to confuse anyone because they don’t have cake batter in them.

However, they do have a prodigious amount of sprinkles – always the hallmark of a good seasonal treat! Don’t you agree?

Decorated Festive Pretzel Rods are lined up on a gold tray, with a hand holding one to the camera. I made these for a bake sale to raise money for our high school theater program. They disappeared rather quickly, to my glee. The last thing you want at a bake sale is for your item to sit there forlornly, unloved, unsold, unmunched. Sprinkles guarantee good sales.

Festive Pretzel Rods lined up on a white plate for a bake sale. They would also make a great addition to a Christmas cookie plate given as a gift, and let’s not forget their appeal to kids. They’re so easy to make that kids with any ability in the kitchen will be able to do it themselves. Or, you melt the chocolate and let the kids do everything else.

A boy in a blue shirt holds 2 decorated pretzel rods in front of his face and is peeking through themNow THAT’S a true gift, what with winter break looming!

Festive Pretzel Rods

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 1 minute

Yield: 15 or more

Festive Pretzel Rods

Dipped in chocolate and smothered in sprinkles, these Festive Pretzel Rods are perfect for a Christmas cookie tray, bake sale or a kid kitchen project. Simply change out the sprinkles colors or mixture for different holidays!


  • 1 cup colored sprinkles or jimmies
  • 1 (12-ounce) bag semi-sweet chocolate chips (can use milk chocolate if you prefer)
  • Pretzel rods (I used Snyder’s of Hanover Pretzel Rods, but use what you like)


  1. Line a baking sheet or large platter with waxed paper. Set aside. Pour sprinkles into a 9-inch square baking dish.
  2. Pour half the bag of chocolate chips into a glass bowl, and microwave for 33 seconds. Stir, and microwave another 20 seconds if not melted. Stir again and microwave another 9 seconds if not melted. Repeat another 9 seconds if needed. (Chocolate chips keep their shape even when melted, so you must stir to check. It is better to continue heating at 9-second intervals than to scorch them.)
  3. Hold a pretzel rod with one hand, and, using a small offset spatula or a spoon or butter knife in the other hand, scoop and spread the chocolate up the rod, leaving a portion uncovered for the “handle’ area. You want a light coating – just enough to adhere the sprinkles. Scrape the excess chocolate back into the bowl.
  4. Immediately roll the pretzel rod in the sprinkles, using your hand to sprinkle additional sprinkles until all chocolate is coated. Set rod on the waxed paper sheet.
  5. Continue making rods until you have as many as you want, laying them side by side when done, not touching. A half bag of chocolate chips will cover 15ish (maybe more) rods, depending on how heavily you apply the chocolate. If you need more chocolate, simply add more chips to the bowl and heat as you did before, in small increments, until melted, stirring as you go.
  6. Allow coated rods to dry for at least 1 hour. When they are dry, the chocolate will have hardened again, and the sprinkles will be firmly stuck. Once they are dry, the rods can be carefully stacked for storage if needed.
  7. Store in a covered container at room temperature.
  8. For serving, count on 1 rod per person.


Recipe source: Dorothy Reinhold | ShockinglyDelicious.com


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A boy holds Festive Pretzel Rods in front of his face in the top photo, and in the bottom photo the decorated rods are on a cookie sheet

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{ 22 comments… read them below or add one }

Hadia December 10, 2019 at 2:23 pm

This is such a fun treat, so easy to put together, yet so creative and presentable on a Christmas cookie tray!


Cathy December 9, 2019 at 6:44 am

These are adorable and my kids would totally love making them with all the fun options!


Toni December 8, 2019 at 10:13 am

this is such a fun idea! So fun to make and eat!


Catalina December 8, 2019 at 5:06 am

wow! What a brilliant idea! I should make it!


Erin | Dinners,Dishes and Dessert December 7, 2019 at 9:42 pm

These Funfetti Pretzels sound delicious right about now!


Sara Welch December 6, 2019 at 8:38 pm

What a fun activity to do with my kids! Looking forward to making these for Christmas gifts this year!


Ellen December 6, 2019 at 6:04 pm

I love sweet and salty together. These are such fun treats that are easy for kids to help.


Hezzi-D December 6, 2019 at 5:30 pm

I always put chocolate pretzels on my cookie trays and who doesn’t love sprinkles?


Annie December 6, 2019 at 5:13 pm

These are so fun!


Jessica December 6, 2019 at 12:48 pm

Delicious and so much fun to make with the kids!


Lisa Kerhin December 6, 2019 at 6:39 am

I love the simpleness of this recipe, always have. Perfect for that last minute gift or treat needed….or just because.


Karen December 5, 2019 at 7:56 pm

You are totally making me shop on Amazon!


Dorothy Reinhold December 6, 2019 at 5:16 am

Call me the sprinkles enabler!


fabiola@notjusbaked December 13, 2014 at 11:04 am

Oh my goodness this is soooo cute!


Dorothy Reinhold December 13, 2014 at 1:05 pm

Thanks Fabiola!


cristina December 13, 2014 at 7:07 am

What a great idea for a bake sale! These are fun and festive and easy to eat…who wouldn’t want to grab a few to munch on? Addictive! 😉


Dorothy Reinhold December 13, 2014 at 7:11 am

The present well in a tall glass, too!


Annamaria @ Bakewell Junction December 8, 2012 at 7:39 pm

What an easy treat. All those sprinkles would definitely be a hit for any Christmas dessert table.


Holly December 7, 2012 at 3:33 pm

Yes, this is great for a bake sale. You could make a lot quickly and have plenty of happy kiddos eating mounds of sprinkles. Perfect!


Connie Kaiser December 7, 2012 at 10:40 am

Great idea – and so simple!!!!!


Dorothy Reinhold December 13, 2014 at 1:05 pm

Those were the little press-on nail art things you get at the drugstore!


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