Chocolate peanut butter pretzel wands are a fun and whimsical candy treat. Pretzel rods are drizzled in a sweet peanut butter confection, coated in chocolate, and decorated with magical sprinkles and stars.
Halloween is coming, and you may be looking for a fun and unique candy treat for the kids. Chocolate peanut butter pretzel wands are an easy, no-bake confection that's perfect for your next party or weekend activity.
Pretzel rods are swirled with a pipeable peanut butter topping, dipped in chocolate, and decorate with sprinkles. Then, they're chilled until set. It's so easy that kids can help decorate their own!
With the popularity of Harry Potter, princesses, and fairies, kids and adults alike are sure to enjoy these fun pretzel wands. Make these along with chocolate frogs and pumpkin juice for your next Harry Potter themed party.
Ingredients and substitutions
- Pretzel rods - You're looking for large pretzel rods, about 7 to 8 inches long, for this recipe.
- Chocolate chips - I used a combination of white chocolate chips and semi-sweet chocolate chips for a variety of color. Feel free to use your favorite. Chocolate chips and coconut oil can also be substituted with melting wafers if preferred.
- Coconut oil - Thins the chocolate chips when melted and solidifies at room temperature.
- Peanut butter - Can be substituted with other nut or seed butters, like almond butter or sun butter, if desired. Using other butters will alter the flavor, so use one that you enjoy.
- Confectioner's sugar - Necessary to thicken and sweeten the peanut butter to create a pipeable topping.
- Sprinkles - Optional, but a variety of sprinkles are fun for decorating. Stars, rainbow jimmies, nonpareils, and gold/silver sanding sugar are great choices.
Tips and tricks
- First, prepare baking sheets - Line two baking sheets with parchment paper before beginning. This is where you'll prepare your pretzel wands and transfer to the freezer/refrigerator to harden.
- Piping - For easy piping, transfer peanut butter mixture to a piping bag or plastic sandwich bag and cut off the tip. Pipe peanut butter mixture in zig zags, stripes, or waves about ⅔ of the way down each pretzel rod.
- Freezing - Don't skip the freezing step - this helps the peanut butter layer firm up for easy dipping. Meanwhile, you can prepare your chocolate for dipping.
- Use tall glasses - For easy dipping, use tall, thin glasses, like drinking glasses. To best coat your pretzel rods, tip the glass slightly and roll the pretzel rod in the melted chocolate to coat all sides.
- Add sprinkles immediately - While the chocolate is still wet, add sprinkles and other decorations.
Frequently asked questions
Pretzel rods are about 7 to 8 inches in length, depending on the brand. You'll need rods for this recipe, not the small "sticks" size.
Yes, these pretzel wands can be made using gluten-free pretzel rods. Most chocolate chips and sprinkles do not contain gluten, but please check the packaging of your specific ingredients to be sure.
Your finished pretzel wands will keep for up to two weeks in a tightly sealed container at room temperature. If your home is very warm, you may want to store them in the refrigerator to prevent melting.
- 6 tablespoons peanut butter
- ¼ cup confectioner's sugar
- 20 pretzel rods
- 1.5 cups chocolate chips, white or dark
- 4 teaspoons coconut oil, or vegetable oil
- In a small bowl, combine peanut butter and confectioner's sugar. Spoon into a plastic bag and cut off one corner, creating a piping bag. Set aside.
- Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and lay pretzel rods 1 inch apart, allowing pretzels to roll until they lay naturally. Carefully pipe peanut butter mixture onto the tops of each pretzel rod in a swirl or zig zag pattern, stopping about ⅔ of the way down each rod. Freeze baking sheet for 15 minutes, or until peanut butter is firm.
- In a tall, thin microwaveable glass (like a drinking glass or highball glass), microwave chocolate and coconut oil in 30 second increments until melted. stir to combine.
- Dip each pretzel rod into the chocolate, making sure to cover all of the peanut butter swirls. If needed, tilt the glass and roll the pretzel rod over the chocolate to coat all sides. Tap to remove excess chocolate. Place on baking sheet, peanut butter side up.
- Add sprinkles and decorations immediately, before chocolate dries.
- Refrigerate for 20 minutes, or until chocolate has set completely. Serve and enjoy.
- Pretzel wands will keep for up to 2 weeks at room temperature in a tightly sealed container. If your home is very warm, you may want to store them in the refrigerator to prevent melting.
- Peanut butter can be substituted with other nut and seed butters.
- Chocolate chips and coconut oil can be substituted with melting wafers.