Quick and Easy Chocolate Pretzel Bites for St. Patrick’s Day

I know I said I was done with St. Patty’s Day, but I had to add one of my favorite treats – it’s so easy and quick that it just can’t be left out.  This really may be the one of the quickest recipes I have.   I’ve made this a number of times when I needed something at the last minute.  Salty and sweet, I seriously don’t think you can ever go wrong with chocolate and pretzels.    When I say these are quick, they are so quick that writing about them probably takes longer than making them.   Here’s what you need…

Get yourself some small pretzels (I like the squares, but you can really use any shape), chocolate melting discs (some people use Hersey’s Kisses or even Rolo’s – you can easily do either) and some M&M’s.   Here we go…

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.   Put a piece of foil on a cookie sheet and lay out however many pretzels you want to make.

Next put a chocolate disc on each pretzel.

After you’ve put a piece of chocolate on each pretzel, put it in to the oven.   Baking time will vary based on your oven and what type of chocolate you use.   I’ve had it take less than a minute, I’ve had it take two minutes (this tray did).   I’ve never had it take too much longer than that, so stay close to the stove and ignore your kids until you take these out of the oven.   When you give some to the kids later, they will totally forgive you.

You just want to melt them so that they are soft.  You are not trying to cook them until they melt all over the pan.  That would be a mess, and a mess would not be quick.   I usually give mine a little touch to make sure they are ready.

Get your M&M’s ready.   You will want to put them on to the chocolate right after you take them out of the oven.  Some of them may crack, but that’s okay.  They will still taste good, I promise.   “Drop” an M&M on to each piece, and than lightly press it into the chocolate.

You will want to work fairly quickly, as the chocolate can start setting up.  Usually my eight year old helps me do this.  Unless I’m feeling lazy, and than she does it all.   I figure learning to make chocolate pretzels will probably be more useful to her in life than geometry.

Let them cool.  If you are in a super hurry, pop them in the fridge for a few minutes.  Otherwise they take around an hour or so, but again, that totally will depend on what type of chocolate you use.

These are crazy good, especially considering how easy they are.

Put some in a cellophane bag or other container (I used the 49 cent containers I found at Michael’s) and you have a quick and easy gift.   These will be going to school with my daughter tomorrow for her teacher.

 

Comments

  1. Lisa says

    These are good, super easy. I made them over the holidays with Rolos and red and green M&M’s. Like turtle pretzels. Mmm good. The square pretzels look cute (it’s hip to be square, you know).

  2. says

    These look like a fabulous thing to have out on a table of snacks. And even better, the colors can be switched up to fit any occasion. Thanks so much for sharing! I look forward to trying this out!

  3. mary oleary says

    just made them for valentines day w red chocolates & m& Ms will do yours for the next holiday st pattys day

  4. Mrs D says

    Love them! I love the idea of using the white chocolate ones for Dr. Suess’ Birthday. You could add a small piece of fruit leather as a “slice” of ham :)

    • says

      Courtney – it’s been a while but it either would have been a St. Patty’s day pack or I just simply picked out all of the green ones from a regular bag. :) Or a Christmas bag (which covers Vday and St. Patrick’s!).

  5. Barbara says

    When I went to my grocery store I could only find the round waffle pretzels. They work just fine. I made these for Christmas and I loved them. I had made enough to take to 2 parties. They are just wonderful. I made them again tonight for myself. I put them in the freezer to keep them from going stale. Also, I won’t eat them as fast. I had lost the pin I found at Christmas. All I needed was the temperature and for the length they needed to be in the oven. Thanks!!!

  6. Elizabeth says

    These are so amazing! I made these last night and they are my favorite sweet snacks! Since these are so delicious I was wondering if I could use the recipe and photos in a school project. It would be great if I could. Thanks!

  7. bebethao says

    Question…I don’t have access to an oven here in South Korea (because apartments don’t come with one). I was wondering if I can just do this using a microwave? (Granted it’ll take longer, but I’ve got time..haha) Or would the chocolate be to soft?

    • says

      Bebethao, honestly I’m not sure about how they would do in a microwave. The good thing is you could just try with one or two and see! :)

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