Chocolate covered pretzels are always a favorite for any party, so why not step it up a notch! These Farm Animal Pretzel Pops are one of a kind cute and will make anyone smile.
Did you know that today is National Farm Animal Day? Nope? I didn’t either until earlier this week. I found this little known holiday when I went searching for special occasions celebrated in April and I couldn’t let this opportunity to make these decorated chocolate pretzel farm animals pass me by. These sweet treats would be great to use when celebrating Earth Day, an animal themed birthday, or just the arrival of spring.
The idea to make animals using pretzel rods has been rolling around in my head ever since I saw the barnyard full of animals that Amanda, from Crafts by Amanda, made out of craft sticks. She painted and added googly eyes, felt, and buttons to ordinary wood sticks and turned them into adorable cows, horses, pigs, cats, and chickens.When you look at these farm animal craft sticks, do you see pretzels, too?
I used Amanda’s basic designs (see them all here,) but made everything edible. I first dipped each pretzel rod into melted chocolate then used modeling chocolate to make most of my decorations. I find working with modeling chocolate to be easier than working with the candies and I prefer the flavor combination too, but you may not, so I will share ideas for using store bought candies in the tutorial.I have a zoo full of animals yet to be created using pretzel rods, so be sure to stop back by in the next week or so to see more cute creations.
Chocolate Pretzels Farm Animals
TIP to keep the chocolate from cracking on your pretzels. Chocolate shrinks as it cools and when it shrinks onto something hard, it usually cracks. If you take the pretzels out of the bag and allow them to sit at room temperature for several hours or overnight they will soften just enough to keep this from happening, but not enough to become stale.
melted and tempered white and milk chocolate
OR melted white or light cocoa confectionery coating/candy melts
modeling chocolate* (or candies like Tootsie Rolls, Laffy Taffy, Starbust, etc.)
black food coloring marker
baking pans lined with parchment paper
tweezers (used for food only)
kitchen shears or knife
optional: rolling pin, small metal cutters
Either dip your pretzels into the melted and tempered pure chocolate or melted confectionery coating/candy melts. If using pure chocolate, one coat will probably be sufficient to cover the pretzel rods. If using confectionery coating/candy melts, you might want to put on two coats.
If making cows, chickens and lambs dip pretzels in white, if making pigs use pink, and for horses use milk. Unless you want to melt enough of each color to actually dip your entire pretzel into the chocolate, just spoon it over the surface of the pretzel, leaving the tip you are holding, uncovered. Shake off excess chocolate before setting the dipped pretzels on your parchment paper lined baking pans.
Refrigerate if using pure chocolate, freeze if using candy coating just until set. If freezing, it will only take about 3-4 minutes. Don’t leave them in too long or the candy coating will crack.
Decorate your pretzels using candy eyes and modeling chocolate or assorted candy. You can either pinch off pieces of the modeling chocolate or candy and shape them into ears, spots, snouts, beaks, feathers etc. or roll the modeling chocolate or candy out using a rolling pin then cut using small metal cutters or kitchen shears. I did a combination of the techniques. Then use melted chocolate as “glue” to attach the candy to the chocolate dipped pretzels.
2 candy eyes
dark modeling chocolate or Tootsie Rolls for the spots and ears
pink colored modeling chocolate, pink taffy or Starburst Fruit Chews for the snout
draw on the nose and mouth using a black food coloring marker
2 candy eyes
pink colored modeling chocolate, pink taffy or Starburst Fruit Chews for the snout and ears
draw on the nose using a black food coloring marker
2 candy eyes
red modeling chocolate, or Watermelon Air Heads, Starburst, or red taffy for the head feathers
orange modeling chocolate, or Orange Air Heads, Starburst, or orange taffy for the beak
2 candy eyes
light brown/milk modeling chocolate or chocolate taffy for snout and ears
dark chocolate or black modeling chocolate or Tootsie Rolls for the main
2 candy eyes
white and pink modeling chocolate or Strawberry & Vanilla Tootsie Rolls or taffy for ears and snout
black food coloring marker to draw on nose and mouth
optional – make the lamb furry by spreading white chocolate over the chocolate dipped pretzel, as the chocolate begins to set use a fork to press down on the chocolate then quickly pull up creating spikes of fur all over
Store your Chocolate Pretzel Farm Animals in an airtight container for up to several weeks. Wrap in clear plastic cellophane bags and tie with a bow to use as party favors for an animal themed birthday party, to celebrate Farm Animal Day or Earth Day, or just for fun.So far the cow is my favorite, but today I’m going to play around with some more designs. Which do you like best?
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