You can get really creative with these cute and colorful Unicorn Pretzel Rods. They are ideal for unicorn party snacks or as magical party favors. All you will need is your imagination, plus pretzel rods, candy melts, sprinkles, and sanding sugars to decorate.
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Unicorn Pretzel Rods
The full ingredients list and instructions are found in the printable recipe card at the end of this post. I highly recommend reading the blog post all the way through so that you don’t miss any tips or substitution suggestions, to ensure that you have all the ingredients and equipment required and understand the steps and timings involved.
If you’re hosting a unicorn-themed birthday party or sleepover for your kiddo, then I think these unicorn pretzel rods are going to be an awesome snack for the party guests!
With a little help from you, kids could dunk the pretzels into melted candy and decorate them as a fun party activity.
This is the kind of snack that you can let your imagination run wild with a variety of different colored candy melts, as well as lots of magical sprinkle options!
There is something about the sweet and salty combination of pretzels with candy that is always a winner.
The candy-coated unicorn pretzel rods can be enjoyed at the party, or even bagged up as cute, and yummy party favors!
Ingredients & Equipment Used In This Recipe
While most ingredients can be bought in grocery stores, for your convenience, any specialized or notable ingredients and equipment needed for this recipe have been linked to Amazon or other stores if available online.
It may not include staple ingredients such as oil, salt, sugar, etc., as you’re likely to have those in your kitchen. The complete list of ingredients with measurements is found on the recipe card.
- Pretzel Rods
- White Candy Melts – or white melting chocolate or white almond bark
- Lavender Candy Melts
- Blue Candy Melts
- Assorted sprinkles and sanding sugars such as:
- Purple Pearlized Nonpareils
- White Sprinkling Sugar
- Star Sprinkles
- Wilton Unicorn Icing Decorations
- Wilton Unicorn Sprinkles
For my UK readers: Pretzel rods are longer and chunkier than pretzel sticks – and the latter seems to be the kind that I see in our supermarkets.
The brand that I bring home from the USA is called Snyder’s of Hanover, and they sell a range of pretzel products, which I have seen on Amazon UK. However, pretzel rods do not seem to be one of them, which is super annoying!
You could check out stores like Aldi or Lidl which might carry larger pretzel sticks. Or if you can’t find pretzels in rod or stick form, just use this method on regular shaped pretzels! Or even plain breadsticks (just don’t use garlic or cheese ones because I can’t imagine that would be a good combo!!)
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Melting Tips for Candy Melts
You can melt candy melts/candy wafers in the microwave or a double boiler, or if you plan on making lots of candy-covered treats in the future, I recommend investing in a Wilton candy melting pot as treat-making life is then so much easier!
If you use the Wilton Candy Melting Pot, you can check out Wilton’s demo video on YouTube which is really helpful. They also give tips on how to melt candy melts in the microwave, as well as using the double boiler method.
The two most important things are
- Do not overheat – use an even melting temperature
- Do not add water – it makes the candy seize up and become unusable. Make sure the equipment used is completely dry, and avoid using utensils that retain moisture like a wooden spoon.
If you find that the candy is too thick, add vegetable shortening or (solid) coconut oil in 1 teaspoon increments, up to 1 tablespoon, and stir well.
Another reminder – do not add water. The very first time I used candy melts I managed to get water in the bowl and it was ruined. Learn from my mistakes! Additionally, do not use vegetable oil, butter, milk, or any other liquids as this will also make the candy seize up.
If you are using your microwave, test melt a small amount of candy melts first, to see how it works. You may need to adjust the temperature and time to suit your machine. Heat in 15-30 second increments, stirring the candy melts each time. They may not look melted, but they might have started melting from the inside. Stirring helps to distribute the heat.
More Unicorn-Themed Treats!
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Pretzel Dipping Tips
- You want to cover the pretzel rods about two-thirds, and I think it’s easiest if you can do that in one dunking.
- If you want to drizzle candy melts onto the pretzels you’ll need zip-top freezer bags or disposable piping bags to get the job done.
- And some wax paper to lay the coated pretzel rods on so that they can set.
- Use a taller container – like a tumbler or glass jug – rather than a bowl. That way you can dip the pretzels into the melted candy, and voila, candy-coated pretzel rods! Or you can use a spoon to help you to cover.
- Tap off any dipping excess candy. (Speaking of excess candy, any candy that is leftover can be transferred to an airtight container, and you can re-melt it for another recipe.)
- Store the coated pretzels in an airtight container in a cool, dry place. Storing in the fridge may cause the pretzels to soften – not good when you want them to be a crunchy treat!
How Do I Make Unicorn Pretzel Rods?
Check out the printable recipe card below with full ingredients and instructions. Any demonstration photos do not print out to save your ink.
- 12 Pretzel rods
- White Candy Melts
- Lavender Candy Melts
- Blue Candy Melts
Assorted sprinkles and sanding sugars such as:
- Purple pearlized nonpareils
- White sprinkling sugar
- Star sprinkles (available at Michaels)
- Unicorn icing decorations (Pictured: Wilton Unicorn Icing Decorations)
- Unicorn sprinkles (Pictured: Wilton Unicorn Mix Sprinkles)
- Line a large tray or baking sheet with wax paper and set it aside.
- Place candy melts in individual microwave-safe bowls. Melt each one on high heat, stirring every 30 seconds until completely melted. Do not overheat. If the candy is too thick, add vegetable shortening or coconut oil in 1 teaspoon increments, up to 1 tablespoon, and stir well. Do not add water or any other liquid as it will make the candy seize up and harden.
- Dip pretzels into melted candy, and using a spoon, cover the pretzel about two-thirds with melted candy.
- Hold pretzel longways over the cup or bowl, allowing excess candy to drip off.
- If applying sprinkles, do so immediately rotating the pretzel rods to coat all sides. Larger sprinkles work best if placed individually.
- Place pretzel rod on prepared baking sheet.
- If drizzling with additional colored candy melts, allow initial candy coating to set completely. Then, use a spoon or fork to drizzle candy coating over the pretzel rods. Before the pretzel sets, gently pick it up and move to clean wax paper.
- Let pretzel rods dry completely (about an hour) before packaging or serving.
- Store in an airtight container at room temperature. Placing in the refrigerator may cause the pretzel to soften.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 63Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 131mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 0gSugar: 4gProtein: 1g
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