These Shamrock pretzels are super cute and so easy to make with just three ingredients. The perfect shamrock candy to make with the kids for St Patrick's Day.
These St Patrick's day pretzels are an easy and fun St Patrick's day snack. With just three ingredients and no cooking other than melting chocolate they would make a great St Patrick's day craft activity to make with the kids.
Pretzels: you'll need the small, hard, baked pretzels for this recipe, not the big soft bready kind. Salted pretzels is fine, the salt provides a nice contrast to the chocolate.
White chocolate melts: are the easiest to use in this recipe as they will obviously melt easily and are good for coloring. You could also use regular white chocolate if you like, just be aware some of the cheaper cooking white chocolate had have a more yellow color which may affect the overall color of the pretzels. If you can get green candy melts you can use these instead if you like.
Oil based green food coloring: is different from regular water-based food coloring you usually get from the supermarket. It's important to use oil based food coloring because the water in the other kind will make the chocolate seize. You can get oil based food colors from specialty baking stores, online and from some supermarkets. Choose a bright green color.
How to make Shamrock pretzels
Line a couple of baking trays with baking paper.
Open the pretzels, find the broken ones and break them into stem-shaped pieces. I find its easier to lay the uncoated pretzels out onto a tray first. It will give you an idea of how to break the pieces to form the stems and how you need to place the pretzels together once coated to form the shamrock shape.
Melt the chocolate. I find it easiest to do this in a microwave-proof bowl in the microwave, in one minute or so bursts, stirring well as needed.
Alternatively you can use a double boiler, or at a pinch, a heat-proof bowl over a pot of hot water. Take care not to burn yourself. Make sure the water does not touch the bottom of the bowl and most importantly that you don't get any water into your chocolate or it will seize.
Add several drops of food coloring to the chocolate and stir until you reach your desired level of greenness. I used about ten drops of color to achieve a lovely moss green for my pretzels. If you want to amp it up to a deeper shamrock green you could add more food color.
Dip the pretzels into the green chocolate one at a time. A metal skewer can be useful to help push the pretzels around in the chocolate to coat it and to fish them out of the chocolate.
Once out of the chocolate I found it easier to gently hold the edge of the pretzel. This makes it easier to shake off the excess chocolate and place the pretzels on the baking paper.
Place three pretzels at a time in a clover shape. Make sure the pretzels touch well and the edges or they won't stick together.
Dip the stem piece in the chocolate and add to the three pretzels to form a stem.
Repeat with the remaining pretzels until you have run out of pretzels and chocolate.
Cover and allow to set on the bench or in the fridge until the chocolate is completely set and dry.
Once set carefully peel back the baking paper and you're done!
How to serve
To serve these St Patrick's day pretzels pop them onto a plate and enjoy! Perfect for a St Patrick's day party or a St Patrick's day craft to do with the kids.
How to store
These shamrock pretzel pops will store well in an airtight container lined with baking paper for up to three days. After that they will still be edible but the pretzels may start to lose their crunch.
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Looking for more yummy St Patrick's day desserts?
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- Bailey's ice cream
- Pandan ice cream with a beautiful natural green color
- Apple crisp (apple crumble)
- Homemade cola
- Mint choc chip ice cream
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- 1 packet (7 oz/ 200 gms) small crunch pretzels
- 10 oz packet (290 gms) white chocolate melts
- Several drops oil based green food color
- Line a couple of baking trays with baking paper
- Find the broken pretzels in the packet and break apart to form the stick pieces.
- Melt the chocolate. Its easiest to do this in a microwave proof bowl in the microwave, for one minuet bursts, stirring as needed until the chocolate is melted. Alternatively you can use a double boiler but be careful not to get any water in the chocolate or it will seize.
- Add several drops of green food color to the melted chocolate and mix until the desired darkness of green is reached.
- Working quickly dip each pretzel into the chocolate. Remove and shake off the excess chocolate, placing three pretzels together to form a clover shape. Ensure the edges are touching well or they won't stick together.
- It can help to use a skewer to move the pretzels around the chocolate to help coat them and fish them out of the chocolate.
- Once you have the pretzel out of the chocolate I found its easiest to gently hold them on the side with your fingers. This helps with shaking off the excess chocolate and with placing them in the clover shape. You can use the skewer to blog on a little chocolate to cover the finger gap if you prefer.
- Dip one of the stick pieces in the chocolate and add the stem to clover.
- Repeat until you have formed all your clovers.
- Allow to set on the bench or in the fridge for about an hour, or until chocolate is fully dry.
- Carefully peel back the baking paper to remove and enjoy!
Nutritional information is an estimate based on an online database. The nutritional content of ingredients may vary by brand. If you require accurate nutritional information, you should calculate this based on the specific brands and products you are using.
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I love this idea! It's something that you can do with kids.
Thanks Harriet, yes its something fun you can do with the kids for St Patrick's day. And they are surprisingly tasty to, the salty pretzels and the chocolate work well together 🙂