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Homemade for the Holidays: Santa Pretzel Rods

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Welcome to Homemade for the Holidays! During this series, I’ve been sharing gift giving ideas with you.

Pretzel Rods are always fun to make and give as gifts, but how do you package them? Cellophane bags that you tie with a cute bow are always a good idea. Or if you like to recycle, these Pringle Chip cans are perfect.

First let’s talk about the Pretzel Rods…

Chocolate Santa Pretzel Rods

Chocolate Santa Pretzel Rods

Fun and festive chocolate-dipped Santa Claus pretzel rods from HoosierHomemade.com.


Chocolate Dipped Pretzel Rods

  • Chocolate Almond Bark (in the baking aisle) or other melting chocolate
  • Assorted Sprinkles

Christmas Tree Pretzel Rods

  • Marshmallow Christmas Trees (like Peeps that you buy at Easter, we found them at Walgreens)
  • Chocolate Almond Bark or other melting chocolate

Santa Pretzel Rods

  • White Almond Bark or other white melting chocolate
  • Mini Marshmallows
  • Eyes – Mini M&M’s
  • Mouth – Large pink heart sprinkle
  • Nose – Red candy coated sunflower seed or other small candy
  • Face – Pink sugar
  • Hat – Red fruit slice


Chocolate Dipped Pretzel Rods

  1. Melt chocolate in the microwave, usually about 2 minutes. It’s best if it’s not all the way melted, then just stir it until the rest of the chocolate melts. I usually use a tall container making it easier to dip the pretzels.
  2. Dip the pretzel, tap off excess and add sprinkles. Place on waxed paper and put in fridge until set.

Christmas Tree Pretzel Rods

  1. Melt chocolate, dip the pretzel, tap off the excess and add Christmas Tree to the top, pushing it onto the pretzel rod.

Santa Pretzel Rods

  1. Melt white chocolate and dip pretzel, immediately sprinkle with pink sugar. Let dry.
  2. Cut a fruit slice in half and place one half on top for Santa’s hat. You can either dip the end in chocolate or just carefully push the fruit slice onto the pretzel rod.
  3. Add a mini marshmallow on the tip of the hat, then cut marshmallows in half and place around the bottom of the hat.
  4. Using the melted white chocolate, attach the eyes and nose.
  5. Then add some cut marshmallows for the mustache.
  6. Add a heart sprinkle for the mouth, then add more cut marshmallows for the beard.

Now for the container…

Simple wrap a Pringles Chip container with scrapbook paper, add some twine or ribbon and a gift tag. Place Pretzel Rods in the container, and seal with the lid.

Homemade for the Holidays Series…


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  1. You remind of of an idea to bake something like this next Christmas. I really hope that I can have this on our table and enjoy the holiday season.

  2. Those are too cute! 🙂

  3. Thanks so much for this post. I feel I can make these for the grandkids with confidence now. Thanks for the heads up as to where to find the trees. Love how clear and precise your directions are. I have seen other recipes for making pretzel rods but yours are much better. Thanks again and Merry Christmas.

  4. Blog is the New Black says:

    These are so adorable! Love it!

    1. Thanks so much! They are super fun to create!
      Thanks for always stopping by and leaving such nice comments! I really appreciate it!

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