no-bake with kids: nut-free chocolate covered pretzels

for a friend’s holiday party, little one and i made chocolate covered pretzels to share. it is a fun activity do with little one – dipping in melted chocolate and sprinkling festive sprinkles. after we were done, we put it in the freezer for the chocolate to harden.

sdltd-plp_172129_choc-cov-prtzprepping our first batch, i didn’t melt the chocolate correctly so it was too thick. therefore the chocolate coating was lumpy and when the chocolate hardened, the pretzels were soft due to too much chocolate.

our second batch worked out much better. the chocolate was nice and thin, resulting in crispy pretzels inside the chocolate coating. yum!

cooking tools

  • cookie sheet
  • parchment paper
  • fork or chopsticks



melt chocolate so it is nice and thin* (if melting over boiled water, temperature should be 115 degrees then let cool to 80 degrees).

line a sheet of parchment paper on a cookie sheet.

drop a pretzel into the melted chocolate, shake off excess chocolate and place on parchment paper. add sprinkles before the chocolate hardens.

remove from fridge and enjoy!



melting chocolate cooking tip from Real Simple: How To Melt Chocolate

  • Place chocolate in heat-proof bowl
    Set chocolate pieces in the bottom of your metal or glass bowl, making sure it’s heat-proof.
  • Place bowl over a saucepan of simmering water
    Bring about an inch of water to a simmer in your saucepan. Set the heatproof bowl in the mouth of the pot, making sure the water doesn’t touch the bottom of the bowl.
  • Stir the chocolate
    Stir chocolate occasionally as it softens. When you have just a few small unmelted chunks, remove bowl from heat (residual heat will melt the rest).

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