Peppermint Bark Pretzels are that perfect no bake last minute holiday treat or gift – they’re sweet, salty, crunchy, and so easy to make!
peppermint bark pretzels are a no bake holiday treat
Sometimes the simplest things are the best – and tastiest! I love to bake elaborately decorated cookies and beautiful layer cakes during the holidays, but sometimes I just need some instant-gratification, or a last minute gift (What? We don’t have anything to offer Santa??) Chocolate covered pretzels are the delicious sweet/salty solution to all that. Plus they make the perfect munch-able to set out on the counter throughout the holidays.
three ingredients = holiday snacking perfection
- SEMI-SWEET CHOCOLATE – I recommend bar chocolate, or wafers, because they melt much better than chocolate chips do in my experience. I used Baker’s bar chocolate, but use any brand you like. One of the best things about making chocolate-coated treats like these pretzels is that you can use much better quality chocolate than you’ll ever find in the ready-made variety. You can substitute bittersweet chocolate if you’re a dark chocolate lover, or milk chocolate if that’s your preference, too.
- PRETZELS – again, choose anything you like, you can make mini versions, or giant versions, too!
- crushed PEPPERMINT CANDY – you can crush your own, but I like to buy the pre-crushed kind that comes in bags because it doesn’t get sticky like homemade crushed peppermint tends to. I’ve been using Andes Peppermint Chips lately, they’re great.
peppermint bark pretzels are perfect for holiday movie binges
You’re gonna need sustenance for those long cozy nights on the couch glued to your holiday movie channel of choice. These pretzels bring some crunch, sweet, salt, and a festive touch of peppermint to the party. Here are some more binge-worthy snacks…
- Christmas Popcorn Snack Mix
- Mom’s Easy Fudge or Perfect Peanut Butter Fudge in 10 Minutes!
- Naughty and Nice Party Mix
- The Ultimate Hot Chocolate
- Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix ~ it’s the creamiest!
variations on the chocolate peppermint bark pretzels theme
- Traditional peppermint bark has a white chocolate layer, so you could add a white chocolate drizzle before sprinkling with the crushed peppermint candy to get the full effect. My favorite kind of white chocolate for melting is white confectionary, aka almond bark. This comes in wafer or bar form and melts super easily.
- Use larger pretzels and dip half into the chocolate, leaving the other half bare.
- Take a cue from my peppermint mocha bark and add a dash of espresso powder to your melted chocolate for another layer of flavor.
need more last minute gifts?
- Peppermint Mocha Bark
- Dark Chocolate Mendiants
- Sugar Plum Fairy Bark
- Chocolate Dipped Pretzels
- Spanish Peanut Clusters Recipe
- No Bake Vegan Thin Mint Cookies
- Easy No Bake White Chocolate Thin Mints
- Pecan Buttermilk Fudge
Peppermint Bark Pretzels
- 8 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
- 50 small pretzels (approximately)
- 1 cup crushed peppermint candy, buy it here.
- Line a couple of large baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
- Melt the chocolate either using a double boiler, or in the microwave. I use a microwave safe container and microwave the chocolate for 20-30 seconds at a time, stirring in between. A container that is deeper than it is wide will be useful for coating the pretzels.
- When the chocolate is melted, carefully dip each pretzel in the melted chocolate to fully cover it. I used a fork to dip the pretzels in the chocolate and then lift them up. Let the excess chocolate drip off the pretzels.
- Place the chocolate coated pretzels on the lined baking sheets, stopping after you've done 5 or 10 to sprinkle some of the crushed peppermint candies on top while the chocolate is still wet.
- Continue until you've used up all your chocolate. You may need to briefly re-melt your chocolate once while you work depending on how quickly you go. I put mine back in the microwave for another 20 seconds one time.
- Allow the pretzels to fully set up before moving or packaging.