Valentine’s Day is approaching fast and this particular holiday is always full of special cards, flowers, dinners out and yummy treats. I’m joining 15 of my blogging friends for this special holiday recipe Pinterest challenge, hosted by Cindy from Country Road 407. That’s right, 16 delicious Valentine’s worthy recipes will be shared today! I am sharing the easiest & sweet Valentine’s Day Treat Pinterest challenge.

If you are coming over from Niky at The House On Silverado welcome! Didn’t her chocolate pots de creme look so divine!?

Some of you reading today may be new, so let me introduce myself! My name is Kim and I’m so glad you’re joining me at my Cottage in the Mitten! I live in the beautiful four season state of Michigan. I’m passionate about my faith, family, a good cup of tea and I love home decor! Another tidbit about me, I make blankets for a cause and I would love for you to read all about that in my post The Journey.

“All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.” —Charles M. Schulz

The Story of Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day can also be referred to St. Valentine’s Day or the Feast of St. Valentine. It is always celebrated on February 14th. It was originally celebrated as a Christian feast day which honored one early Christian martyr named St. Valentine. Over the years, it has become a significant cultural, religious, and commercial celebration of love and romance all over the world.

The Easiest & Sweet Valentine’s Day Treat Pinterest Challenge

When my sons were young, I was big into decorating & baking for Valentine’s Day. Heck, I even served heart shaped pizza! Now that they are out of the house, I have toned down what I do for the heart holiday.

However, I still use a few holiday touches and of course, chocolate is always necessary!

Speaking of chocolate, on to the Pinterest Challenge!

I’m going to show you how to make chocolate covered pretzel rods. They are super easy and fun to make! There is no baking involved and I promise everyone will love them!

Ingredients

The ingredients are few. I’m guessing many of you will already have some of the ingredients on hand.

  • Pretzel rods
  • Chocolate of your choice
  • Sprinkles

You will also need one sheet of wax paper and a cooling rack to lay the pretzels on after they are dipped in chocolate. I lay the wax paper under the cooling rack so you can sprinkle the pretzels directly on the cooling rack. Any access will fall onto the wax paper.

Melting & Dipping The Chocolate

I suggest that you use chocolates of your choice. For this recipe, I used vanilla almond bark, chocolate chips and strawberry candy melts. I did so because it’s what I already had in my pantry.

The most imporant tip…Make sure that you melt the chocolate you decide to use, according to the package directions. Typically, 50% power works best. Melt for about a minute, take it out, stir and repeat the process until it is the right consistency.

I melt all of the different chocolates I am going to use before I start dipping. If you prefer to melt one chocolate at a time and dip some of your pretzels, that works too.

When dipping the pretzels in the chocolate, I only dip one pretzel at a time. You may think that sounds time consuming but it really isn’t. Once your chocolate is melted, the dipping goes fast.

No need for bulky bowls! I melt everything in one and use a spoon to coat those pretzels like magic. Drip off the excess, then onto the cooling rack they go!

Decorating

There are so many fun options out there to decorate with. The easiest is sprinkles. I had a multi set with all sorts of Valentine shapes and colors. If you can’t find something like that, red, pink and white sprinkles work just as well!

I decorate the pretzels while the chocolate is still soft. That being said, I dip 3 or 4 pretzels then I decorate them with sprinkles.

Repeat the process until you are finished. Once they are decorated, I transfer them to a piece of wax or parchment paper.

**Make sure you remove the pretzels from the cooling rack before they are completely dry. If you don’t, they will stick to the rack and break in half when you try to remove them.**

Easy & Sweet Valentine’s Day Treat

Chocolate Covered Pretzels
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American

Ingredients
  

  • Pretzel Rods
  • Chocolate (your choice) Follow melting directions on package
  • Sprinkles Red, Pink and White

Instructions
 

  • Melt chocolate according to package directions. Do not over cook. I typically melt at 50% for a minute. Repeat the process until thoroughly melted.
  • Dip pretzel rod into chocolate – one at a time. Let excess chocolate drip off and transfer to cooling rack. Dip 3 or 4 pretzels and then decorate with sprinkles. Repeat the process until all your pretzels are complete.
  • Before the decorated pretzels are completely dry, transfer pretzels from cooling rack to wax or parchment paper.
Keyword chocolate, pretzels

I hope you enjoyed this super easy Valentine’s Day treat! They make a great gift for your friends and family. Just use a cellophane bag with a sweet ribbon. If you have littles, they will especially love them!

Next up, is my friend Renae from Peacock Ridge Farm. She is sharing an amazing heart shaped charcuterie board. You won’t want to miss it!

Happy Valentine’s Day, my friends! See you next time!

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40 Comments

  1. These are such a fun idea to have for any party. I love to have these so people can snack away and they are wonderful to use as a coffee stirrer too.

  2. 5 stars
    Kim, I made chocolate covered spiders for Halloween and then some choc. pretzel rods with the leftover chocolate. Soooo good! A teacher I worked with in the past introduced me to them, then my daughter and I would make them for Christmas presents for her friends at high school.

    Really fun to make! Thank you for the reminder as I can make some for students at school for our after-school Makers Space group.

    Happy Valentine’s hugs,
    Barb 🙂

  3. Weren’t those the good ol’ days when the kids were little and we went all out to make them feel loved? I’ve only made these once and it was a Christmas years ago. I remember loving them though. Perfect amount of salty and sweet. Yours are so cute with the colors and sprinkles. We’ll need to try these again. Thank you for joining us. Hope your Valentine’s Day is special this year. pinned

  4. Kim, your chocolate covered pretzels are so fun and festive! I love the combination of sweet and salty. My kids at school would love these. Thank you for sharing! Pinned!

  5. Ahh chocolate! A favorite thing is dark chocolate. One of the important things I would take to an island, if given that challenge.
    Love the quote and links here. Your Valentines pretzel rods look almost to good to eat.

  6. These are almost too pretty and festive to eat, I love them! I can’t wait to try this over the weekend and to share them on my Friday Faves post today. They’re the perfect way to celebrate the season. Hope you have lots of fun celebrating, CoCo

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