Candy Cane Chocolate Covered Pretzels Recipe

by Alice Currah on December 15, 2009


Today I would like to share a super easy no-bake Christmas treat with you.  It is so easy even a 2 year old can make them – I kid you not.   Back in 2003 when our kitchen also was our laundry room too, I captured this video of Abigail (now 8.5 yrs old) making chocolate covered pretzels dipped in crushed candy cane.  She was only 2 years old and was the most adorable helper, ever!  Below is the short clip of Abigail making this on our extended counter space (washer and dryer) with me filming her with my (then) 11 month old daughter attached to me with a sling.

If you are looking for an easy, fast, no-bake holiday treat to make as a gift or to serve to guests, this is the recipe for you.  And if you have small children, this makes a great activity.  As you can see, my 19-month old son can do this – isn’t he stinking cute?  I present to you Chocolate Covered Pretzels with Crushed Candy Canes.  Happy Holidays and Enjoy!

Candy Cane Chocolate Covered Pretzel Recipe


Pretzels (mini-twists)

Chocolate  Chips – any variety you want

Candy Canes, crushed


Crush candy canes by placing them in a ziplock bag and seal.  Using the flat side of a  meat tenderizer or a hammer, break the candy canes up in little pieces.  Place crushed candy canes in a bowl.  In a microwavable bowl, place up to a cup of chocolate chips and microwave for 30 seconds.  Stir the chips and microwave again in increments of 30 seconds, stirring in between until smooth.  Take pretzels and dip them in chocolate first, then in crushed candy canes.  Place each pretzel on wax or parchment paper and allow to dry.  Enjoy!

Other No-Bake Holiday Treats:

Peppermint Bark

Puppy Chow aka Muddy Buddies


This is Abigail today

This is Abigail today


19-month Eli helps mom make no-bake peppermint chocolate pretzels

19-month Eli helps mom make no-bake peppermint chocolate pretzels

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Nicole December 15, 2009 at 5:19 pm

Those pretzels are so pretty and would make a wonderful gift. The pics of your kids helping are very, very cute.


Kimberly December 15, 2009 at 5:44 pm

Beautiful children I must say!!!…..mine are mostly grown now! Made your pecan bacon bars today for a party we are hosting tomorrow night! Thanks for the receipe. My husband is also making Pioneer Womans Pecan Pie.
We met Ashley R. and her husband waiting for Delancey Pizza to open. I made her salted carmels also…..such yummy treats!!
Was wondering do you guys live in Ballard also?


Michelle December 15, 2009 at 5:52 pm

So festive and fun! I love those treats that get the kiddos involved. Great idea!


Michael Natkin December 15, 2009 at 6:29 pm

Mighty cute munchkins you got there! Always nice to think of straightforward projects they can help with. Sometimes mine get a little bored with the 18-step recipes ;).


SuperChef December 15, 2009 at 7:00 pm

Eli looks so cute trying to help you out!! :)


Elizabeth December 15, 2009 at 7:43 pm

I love that your children are always involved in the cooking/baking process. My daughter is 16 months old and I try to get her in the kitchen as much as possible!


Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction December 15, 2009 at 11:14 pm

Love these! I am all about peppermint right now, and never thought to combine that flavor with pretzels. Yum!


nandini.p December 15, 2009 at 11:24 pm

how adorable… Pics reflect the involvement and joy of ur kids in the process of making the candycane covered pretzel..
Will be trying with my twins…
Clicks are very elegant and poetry like…


Marc @ NoRecipes December 16, 2009 at 12:16 am

Mmmmm chocolate and peppermint is one of my favourite flavour combo’s ever! Love the idea of putting them on salty pretzels:-D


Amy J in SC December 16, 2009 at 8:24 am

These are the cutest – and the pretzels too! So simple. A great combo.


megan December 16, 2009 at 10:40 am

that first picture is amazing. I love it! And I want to make these. somehow I never thought to dip chocolate covered pretzels in crushed candy canes! It’s so festive :)


kms December 16, 2009 at 1:20 pm

i love savory sweet combos. especially when they’re no-bake!


Eva December 16, 2009 at 3:36 pm

I love your receipe and pictures! I am going to try it this weekend with my 2-year-old. I am sure he will love to help, too! :)


Ashley December 16, 2009 at 7:30 pm

I love this idea – Baron would too. I’m a sucker for anything salty and sweet.


Mel @ December 16, 2009 at 9:21 pm

That’s absolutely darling, Alice :)


Lauren December 16, 2009 at 11:56 pm

So cute and simple! I love it =D.


ThatsSoYummy December 17, 2009 at 6:32 am

love it love it love it! I am making these for my kiddies teachers….. Cannot wait to eat them also… hehehe :-)



Nutmeg Nanny December 18, 2009 at 10:41 am

Delicious and beautiful! I’m still debating which peppermint crunched dessert I’m making this Christmas. This is definitely in the running!


Eva December 20, 2009 at 9:36 pm

My husband and son loved it and they helped me, too! It was fun~~
Thank you for the recipe! :)


Sara December 22, 2009 at 11:45 am

This is PERFECT for these gift jars I’m packing up for family friends this Christmas. Thank you for posting! And I love the video…what a cutie!


Gordon January 29, 2010 at 5:09 pm

What they don’t realize is that kids might choke on the pretzal dipped in the candy cane.


alice January 29, 2010 at 5:30 pm

Hi Gordon,
Thanks for pointing this out. I wouldn’t recommend parents to feed anything to their children they are not old enough to eat whether it be pretzels, apple slices, carrot sticks. Parents should be careful only to feed their children food they are developmentally ready for.



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