These Peeps Pretzel Rods are a fun, kid favorite treat to make for the Holidays. Salty crunchy pretzel rods are dipped in white chocolate and decorated with pastel Easter sprinkles, colored candy melt drizzle, and marshmallow Peeps!
If you love those colorful marshmallow Peeps then be sure and also make my Peeps Cookie Pizza.
Easter Recipe with Peeps
I'm sharing another fun way to use up those marshmallow Peeps from Easter! Your family and kids will love these bright, colorful, sweet, and easy to make peeps pretzel rods.
My favorite thing to do with these pretzel rods is to package them up all cute, with easter grass and coordinating ribbon, and take them to neighbors, family, and friends.
You only need a few ingredients to make them including candy melts (melting chocolate), pretzel rods, sprinkles, and of course, Peeps!
- Pretzel Rods - The recipe calls for 24 pretzel rods, but you can very easily half the recipe and use 12 rods, or just make a few if you don't want tons of them.
- White Dipping Chocolate - You need 4 cups total in order to make the 24 pretzel rods in the recipe. You can use white chocolate chips, white chocolate melting wafers (by the Ghirardelli brand), white candy melts, or vanilla flavored almond bark. I like using the Ghirardelli white melting wafers because I think they're easier to work with.
- Yellow, Blue, Pink Candy Melts - These are for the fun & colorful chocolate drizzle over the pretzel rods. You add them after you dip the rods in the white chocolate. You can use all 3 colors, just 2 colors, or use just one. You can also change up the colors depending on what color the Peeps are. You can find candy melts in the cake decorating aisle (like at Walmart) or find them at any craft store.
- Easter Sprinkles
Step-by-Step Directions For How To Make Peeps Pretzel Rods
Learn how to make this recipe with these easy-to-follow steps. Be sure and read to the bottom of the page where there is a detailed recipe card with all my tips, a printable recipe option, and a pin it button so you can save this Easter treat recipe for later.
- Prep : Line a cookie sheet, or the countertop, with parchment paper or wax paper.
- Melt White Dipping Chocolate : Add the white chocolate into a microwave-safe bowl. Heat for 1 minute and then stir. Continue heating in 30-second increments, stirring after each, until it's combined, fully melted, and smooth.
- Pretzel Rods : Dip each pretzel rod into the melted white chocolate about ¾ of the way up. Allow the excess to dip off and then lay it on the parchment paper. Repeat with the remaining pretzel rods.
- Colored Candy Melts : Melt each candy melt in separate bowls. Place the melted chocolate into a ziplock bag, or a piping bag, snip the corner off and drizzle it over the white chocolate dipped part of the pretzel rods. Repeat with the remaining colors.
- Sprinkles : Immediately after drizzling the colored candy melts on, add some sprinkles.
- Glue The Peeps On : Use up leftover melted candy melts to 'glue' the peep onto the top portion of the pretzel rod.
- Let Set : Allow the pretzel rods to set for at least 20-30 minutes at room temperature.
Variation & Substitution Ideas
There are several ways to change up this recipe depending on what ingredients you have access to and other Holiday vacations. Here are some approved ideas for variations and substitutions.
- White Dipping Chocolate : There are so many different options for this. White chocolate chips, bright white candy melts, vanilla flavored almond bark, or white melting wafers (Ghirardelli brand found by the chocolate chips). I think the easiest thing to work with are the white melting wafers. They come in a bag, in the baking aisle, and they are little round discs of white melting chocolate - they are not as sensitive to heat, like white chocolate chips are, which is why I think they're the best to use. You need 4 cups of white chocolate (no matter what you use).
- Dipping Chocolate : Switch this up and try using dark chocolate, milk chocolate, or whatever else you want. There are also tons of different colors of candy melts, and any of them would be good for this recipe. Maybe try a pastel color to match the Easter theme (like light pink, purple, yellow, or orange). You can also color coordinate the dipping chocolate to whatever color of Peeps you are using.
- Sprinkles : Use anything here! I like to use two different kinds of sprinkles for a variety and they look good.
- Chocolate Drizzle : You don't need all 3 colors for the chocolate drizzle. Pick on color and use it. Or, use the leftover white dipping chocolate to drizzle over the pretzel rods. The recipe calls for the 3 different colored candy melts but you can use just one or two, or you can even try melting some chocolate chips and using those instead.
- Make For Any Holiday : I have noticed that there are marshmallow 'peeps' for any Holiday. Try using the red and green ones around Christmastime, or the 4th of July peeps. You can change up the chocolate drizzle color and the sprinkles depending on what Holiday you're making them for.
How To Store Chocolate Dipped Pretzel Rods with Peeps
Store these Peeps pretzel rods at room temperature, in an airtight container, for up to 5-7 days.
These are some helpful tips for this recipe so you can have success recreating it in your own kitchen ♥
- Presentation Tip : For a cleaner and more uniform look, once the white chocolate has hardened after about 10 minutes, you can use a butter knife to trim the excess chocolate from the rods. When you lay the pretzel rods on the parchment paper (after they have been dipped) there will be some extra chocolate on the bottom, you can easily trim it to clean the rod back up again if wanted.
- Packaging Idea : Make these with your kids and package them up all pretty to take to friends and neighbors. Grab some cellophane plastic bags (there are ones specifically made for pretzel rods in the cake decorating aisle at Walmart or craft stores). Tie it with some pretty pastel ribbon, or Easter bunny ribbon, and hand them out. Another fun idea is to put some easter grass into a treat container and then put the Peeps pretzel rods on top of the easter grass.
- Peeps : The candy melts dry pretty quickly so you want to immediately 'glue' the peep onto the pretzel rod. Don't wait even a second. Put the melted candy melts on the back of the Peep and immediately press it onto the pretzel rod. I recommend using the bunnies because they are flat and will stick better to the pretzel. Feel free to use any color of Peeps that you want!
More Easter Treats You'll Love
- Easter Dirt Cake - A no bake dessert with layers of Oreo crust, pudding, and easter bunnies on top in 'dirt'.
- Peeps Rice Krispy Treats - Gooey marshmallow treats full of sprinkles, candy, chocolate drizzle, and Peeps on top.
- Bunny Bark - White chocolate bark with a colored candy melt drizzle and decorated with sprinkles and jelly beans.
- Easy Easter Cookie Bars - Use up those pretty pastel m&m's and make these cookie bars that start with a sugar cookie mix + a chocolate chip cookie mix.
- Swirled Easter Cake - A 'doctored up' cake mix is the base of this easy easter cake recipe with swirls of pastel colors throughout.
Peeps Pretzel Rods
- 24 pretzel rods
- 4 cups white chocolate chips (or vanilla almond bark, white chocolate melting wafers, or white candy melts)
- ½ cup pink candy melts
- ½ cup light blue candy melts
- ½ cup yellow candy melts
- pastel Easter sprinkles
- 24 Peeps bunnies (any color or assorted colors)
- Line a cookie sheet, or the counter top, with parchment paper or wax paper.
- Add the white chocolate chips into a microwave-safe bowl and heat for 1 minute. Stir. Continue heating in 30-second increments, stirring after each, until it's melted and smooth. Carefully pour the melted white chocolate into a tall jar or cup (this will make it easier to dip the pretzel rod into the chocolate).
- Dip a pretzel rod ¾ of the way into the melted white chocolate. Allow the excess to drip off and place it on the parchment paper. Repeat with the remaining pretzel rods.
- Melt the colored candy melts, in separate bowls, according to package directions. Place each color of the melted candy melts into a ziplock bag or small piping bag. Snip a small piece off of the bottom corner. * I use a sandwich size ziplock bag, place it into a cup, and that way it's easier to pour the melted chocolate into the bag.
- Drizzle the melted candy melts over the white chocolate dipped portion of the pretzel rod. Repeat with all the colors. Immediately add some sprinkles onto the wet drizzle from the melted candy melts.
- Use some of the remaining candy melts, or melted white chocolate, to use as 'glue' to attach the Peeps onto the top part of each pretzel rod.
- Allow the Pretzel rods to set at room temperature for about 20 minutes before serving.
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