Celebrate the 4th of July with some tasty patriotic treats. These American Flag Pretzels combine salty and sweet into a super fun holiday treat.
American Flag Pretzels
If you’ve been following me here for a while, you know how much I love making festive chocolate pretzel treats. It’s been a few months since I shared my last pretzel craft creation, however, so today I am super excited to present this new design just in time for July 4th.
Have you tried your hand at making any pretzel crafts yet?
You should give it a try. They are really fun to make.
So far, I have shared tutorials for making Chocolate Snowman Pretzels, Chocolate Penguin Pretzels, Chocolate Pretzel Reindeer, White Chocolate Pretzel Olaf, Chocolate Pretzel Scarecrows, Chocolate Pretzel Turkeys, Black Crow Pretzels, and White Chocolate Easter Chicks.
You will create these treats by coating Pretzel Dipping Sticks in chocolate or candy melts. The pretzel dipping sticks are thicker and longer than traditional pretzel sticks, but much smaller than pretzel rods. They are approximately 3 3/4 inches long and 1/4 inch wide and they are the perfect size for making any of these chocolate pretzel crafts.
Now, I realize these American Flag Pretzels are not identical replicas of our nation’s flag. I chose to make my own, simplified version with just 5 stripes and 11 stars.
To get all 50 stars and 13 stripes on one of these, they’d have to be much larger than I wanted them to be.
These make the perfect sized dessert. They are about the same size as a Kit Kat Bar.
I also wanted them to be one whole flag, not just single pretzels set next to each other on a plate, so that I could attach them to sticks.
Wouldn’t your kids have fun waving these flags on July 4th?
So, let’s make some.
To make these red, white and blue pretzel flags, you will need to get these supplies.
You can find the Snyder’s of Hanover Pretzel Dipping Sticks at your local grocery store and the star sprinkles and Candy Melts at craft stores. You can also find all of these items and the other supplies you will need on Amazon.com (commission earned for Amazon sales.)
You will find detailed melting instructions on my Chocolate Making Tips page.
When you pull the pretzels out of the bag, you will notice they vary slightly in size. I suggest lining up 5 pretzels that are of similar size to make your flags.
Drop one pretzel into the red candy melts, coat it completely, then lift it out using a dipping or kitchen fork. Allow the excess candy coating to drip off, then set the pretzel on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.
Dip another pretzel into the white candy melts. Then using another dipping fork, remove the pretzel then set it next to the red one on the pan.
It’s best to attach the candy dipped pretzels together while they are both wet so the pretzels stick together well.
Continue dipping pretzels in red and white until you have a set of 5 stripes.
To ensure you get brightly colored pretzels, I suggest you create two sets of pretzels, then pop your tray into the freezer for 3-5 minutes, just until the candy coating sets.
If you leave the pretzels set at room temperature for too long, your red coating will develop spots and streaks.
Once your pretzels are all dipped and hardened, you can add the blue rectangle and white stars.
Pour your blue candy melts into a Squeeze-It bottle or a pastry bag then pipe on the rectangles in the upper left corner of each pretzel flag.
Pop the pretzels in the freezer and allow the blue to harden for about 2 minutes or so.
Then use small kitchen tweezers to attach the star sprinkles. You need to add a small dot of blue candy melts to one side of each star and press that onto the blue rectangle.
- I tried to add the stars while the rectangle of blue candy coating was wet, but couldn’t get them all attached before the candy hardened.
- Plus, the blue got spotty because it hardened at room temperature. You’ll get a much brighter blue if you freeze them quickly after they are piped.
- Don’t leave your pretzels in the freezer for more than a few minutes. If they get too cold, the candy coating will crack.
Once your American Flag Pretzels are all made, you can serve them just like they are or you can use some candy melts to attach a long lollipop stick or very sturdy paper straw to the back side of each flag.
- 6 ounces red candy melts, melted
- 6 ounces white candy melts, melted
- 3 ounces candy melts, melted
- 60 dipping pretzels
- 132 star sprinkles
- Dip one pretzel in red candy melts.
- Set on a parchment lined baking pan.
- Dip one pretzel in white candy melts.
- Set it next to the red pretzel.
- Dip another red pretzel, set it next to the white one.
- Then add another red dipped pretzel.
- Place the candy coated pretzel in the freezer for 3-5 minutes until the candy hardens.
- Pipe a rectangle of blue candy melts in the upper left corner of the red and white striped pretzel.
- Freeze it for about 2 minutes until hardened.
- Attach 11 white star sprinkles to the blue rectangle using more blue candy melts as "glue."
- Repeat, creating 12 American Flag Pretzels
These American Flag Pretzels will make great treats for any patriotic occasion.
Enjoy them on Memorial Day, Flag Day, Labor Day, Veteran’s Day, Election Day, and President’s Day.
If you recreate these American Flag Pretzels be sure to link to this tutorial and send a picture to firstname.lastname@example.org, so I can share it in my Readers’ Gallery.
If you’re looking for other 4th of July Recipes, click the link and explore all my other Independence Day inspired food.