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Patriotic Pretzel Rods

These fun and easy Patriotic Pretzel Rods are perfect for the 4th of July, Memorial Day, or any patriotic celebration or event! Colored chocolate candy melts and salty pretzels make a quick and delicious treat that are a great project to do with your kids in under 30 minutes without even heating up your kitchen!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time2 mins
Additional Time20 mins
Total Time42 mins
Course: Sweets & Treats
Cuisine: American
Servings: 18 -24 Dipped Pretzels
Calories: 104kcal
Author: Amy Nash


  • 1 bag pretzel rods
  • 1 bag white candy melts
  • 1 bag red candy melts
  • 1 bag blue candy melts
  • Patriotic sprinkles optional


  • Melt the candy melts in separate, microwave-safe containers by heating one color at time in the microwave in 20-30 second increments, stirring well between each burst of heat until melted. Alternatively, they can be melted in the top of a double boiler on the stove over simmering water.
  • Transfer the melted chocolate into tall, narrow glasses and dip each pretzel rod about ¾ of the way. Shake off excess melted candy back into the glass, then lay the pretzels on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a wire rack. For the American Flag pretzels, dip the rods in the white candy melts first, then once that has set up, dip just the tip in the blue candy melts.
  • Once the pretzel rods have been dipped, transfer the remaining melted candy melts to piping bags or other tools for drizzling and decorating (see post for more ideas). You might need to warm them for a few seconds (usually no more than 5-10) in the microwave if the colors are starting to cool down too much.
  • Drizzle stripes over the dipped pretzel rods however you like. If doing the American Flag pretzels, drizzle red and white stripes with a blue tip.
  • Let the candy set before serving the pretzels either arranged on a platter or standing up in mason jars or other cups.


  • Storage: Keep any uneaten pretzels in a ziploc bag or other airtight container on the counter for 1-2 weeks.


Calories: 104kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 22mg | Potassium: 1mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 13g | Calcium: 1mg | Iron: 1mg