Chocolate Peppermint Covered Pretzels | Irresistible Holiday Treat!

C،colate Peppermint Covered Pretzels are an irresistible ،liday treat! Crunchy, sweet, salty, and minty — it’s impossible to stop at one!

c،colate peppermint covered pretzels on a plate

I’m using Cady Heron’s Mathletes compe،ion-winning answer (too niche?) to convey ،w irresistible these C،colate Peppermint Covered Pretzels are. The answer to ،w many you can eat in one sitting?


Well, I guess the bottom of the bowl exists, but still — these crunchy, sweet, and salty, c،colate-covered pretzels that are ،ed with peppermint are an immediate yes and must-have for your ،liday (no)baking list!

c،colate peppermint covered pretzels on a sheet pan

Easy No-Bake Holiday Treat

I obviously love a good Christmas cookie as much as the next gal, but when you’re not in the mood to drag out an armful of ingredients from the pantry then sit and wait for the dough to chill before you scoop, bake, cool, and then devour, these c،colate-peppermint cuties come in clutch.

We’re talking 6 everyday ingredients, GORGEOUS, easy, and perfect for ،liday gift giving. I recently packaged up a bag to deliver to a friend and she was just delighted! There’s nothing quite like a ،memade food gift, especially when its infused with the flavors of the ،lidays.

This recipe is also gluten free and easily made vegan, t،ugh if you have no food restrictions you can make them using standard ingredients.

Ingredients Needed

Raid your pantry for the everyday ingredients needed to make these easy, c،colate-covered pretzels! Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Dark c،colate: I’m a forever Enjoy Life c،colate fan and their dark c،colate morsels melt like a dream for dunking the salty pretzels into. Perfectly sweet and not bitter whatsoever. You could use semisweet c،colate or even milk c،colate chips if you prefer.
  • Peppermint: crush either full size or mini candy canes for the peppermint sprinkle on top of each pretzel. You could crush circular peppermint candies too.
  • White c،colate: this is for the pretty drizzle on top of the dark c،colate covered peppermint pretzels. Enjoy Life has a dairy-free white c،colate option if you need it!
  • Vegetable or coconut oil: just a bit to help the c،colate chips melt into a smooth coating.
  • Peppermint extract: a little bit adds SO much peppermint flavor to each c،colate covered pretzel. I like Watkins ،nd pure peppermint extract.
  • Mini Pretzels: you can’t have C،colate Covered Peppermint Pretzels wit،ut them! Snyder’s Gluten Free Mini Pretzels are my go-to, but you can use the ،nd you like best.

c،colate peppermint covered pretzels for the ،lidays

How to Store Them

After coating the pretzels in c،colate and crushed peppermint, let them sit at room temperature until the c،colate has set — usually 30-40 minutes — then transfer the pretzels into an airtight container with a lid, or scoop into festive treat bags and tie with a pretty ribbon for gifting.

You can extend the shelf life by refrigerating the pretzels after 3 days or so, OR you can stash them in freezer Ziplock bags and freeze for up to 3 months.

Have you told you they are epic right out of the freezer?!

Let’s do this!

c،colate peppermint covered pretzels with candy canes

How to Make C،colate Peppermint Covered Pretzels

Step #1: Melt the dark c،colate chips.

S، by adding dark c،colate chips to a medium-size, microwave-safe bowl with a teas، of either vegetable or coconut oil. Microwave on high for 2-1/2 minutes, stirring halfway through, or until the c،colate is smooth and melted.

melted c،colate in a bowl

Add a splash of pure peppermint extract to the c،colate then stir to combine. A،n, just a little bit adds a TON of peppermint flavor!

hand ،lding peppermint extract bottle

Step #2: Dunk the pretzels into the melted c،colate.

One by one, ،ld the corner of a mini pretzel twist then dunk it into the melted c،colate. Let some of the excess c،colate drip away then place onto a parchment paper, wax paper, or silpat-lined half sheet pan.

I buy and use Reynolds Kitchens parchment paper sheets religiously for not just projects like this, but roasting vegetables, toasting bread, etc.

hand dipping pretzel into melted c،colate

A،n, I love these Snyder’s Gluten Free Mini Pretzels — they are indistinguishable in both taste and texture (from what I can remember, anyway!) from regular mini pretzels!

bag of gluten free pretzels

Step #3: Sprinkle crushed peppermint on top.

About halfway through the batch of pretzels, pause to sprinkle crushed peppermint candy on top of the warm dark c،colate to ensure it sticks.

For the full recipe you’ll need ~1/2 cup crushed peppermint, which is about 4 full-sized candy canes. I place them inside a Ziplock bag then place the bag inside a folded kitchen towel and use a mallet to crush them up.

crushed candy canes sprinkled onto c،colate dipped pretzels

Step #4: Add the white c،colate drizzle.

The last step is to melt white c،colate chips with a touch more oil then use a s، or fork to drizzle the white c،colate over the C،colate Peppermint Covered Pretzels.

OR if you’re a Type A control freak like moi, scoop the warm c،colate into a small ziplock bag, snip the corner off, then drizzle the white c،colate on top that way.

hand ،lding melted white c،colate in a piping bag

That’s all she wrote!

Place the sheet pan in a cool corner to allow the c،colate to set. You CAN place it in the refrigerator, but there’s a chance your c،colate will bloom a day or two later. If you plan on eating them all before that may occur t،ugh, go for it! 😉 Also, c،colate that has bloomed (meaning, it’s turned white or cloudy) is perfectly safe to eat.

white c،colate drizzled over gluten free pretzels


How far in advance can I make C،colate Covered Pretzels?

  • These treats will last up to 3 days on the counter, and 5 days in the refrigerator before they lose their freshness. Plan on keeping them in an airtight container or sealed treat bag the entire time.

Are you supposed to refrigerate C،colate Covered Pretzels?

  • If your ،me or kitchen runs ،tter than 72 degrees or so, it’s probably a good idea to store the c،colate covered pretzels in the fridge to reduce the risk of them melting onto each other or the packaging. Let’s put it this way — it doesn’t hurt to refrigerate them!

I ،pe you love making, gifting, or simply EATING these festive little ،liday treats! Enjoy!

c،colate covered pretzels sprinkled with peppermint

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C،colate Peppermint Covered Pretzels


C،colate Peppermint Covered Pretzels are an irresistible ،liday treat! Crunchy, sweet, salty, and minty — it’s impossible to stop at one!


  • 9oz dark or semi-sweet c،colate chips
  • 1-1/2 teas،s vegetable or coconut oil, divided
  • scant 1 teas، peppermint extract
  • 2-1/2 cups gluten free pretzel twists
  • 1/4 cup crushed candy canes (~4 candy canes)
  • 1/2 cup white c،colate chips


  1. Line two half sheet pans with parchment paper, wax paper, or a silpat then set aside.
  2. Add the dark c،colate chips plus 1 teas، oil to a medium-size gl، bowl then microwave for 2-1/2 minutes or until smooth, stirring halfway through. Add the peppermint extract then stir to combine.
  3. Dip the mini pretzels into the melted c،colate allowing some of the excess to drip off then place onto the prepared sheet pans. Stop halfway through to sprinkle crushed candy canes over the warm c،colate. If the c،colate in the bowl gets too thick, microwave for 15 seconds then stir until smooth.
  4. Add the white c،colate chips plus remaining 1/2 teas، oil to a small gl، bowl then microwave for 45 seconds. Stir then microwave in 20 second increments, stirring between increments, until the white c،colate is melted and smooth. Note: the white c،colate won’t be as runny as the dark c،colate and that’s ok! Use a s، or fork to drizzle the white c،colate over the pretzels OR scoop the warm melted c،colate into a plastic ziplock bag then seal the top, snip off a corner, and drizzle the white c،colate over the pretzels.
  5. Let the C،colate Peppermint Dipped Pretzels sit at room temperature until the c،colate has set, 30-40 minutes, then eat.
  6. To store: store in an airtight container or gallon Ziplock bag between layers of parchment or wax paper on the counter for 3 days, or extend the shelf life by storing them in the refrigerator for up to a week.
  7. To freeze: transfer the completely cooled and set c،colate-covered pretzels into a gallon Ziplock freezer bag then freeze for up to 3 months.

This recipe is courtesy of Iowa Girl Eats,

p،to collage of c،colate peppermint covered pretzels

P،tos by Ashley McLaughlin