This winter, get crafty in the kitchen by making some sweet and salty snowmen pretzels. Each Chocolate Pretzel Snowman Craft couldn't be cuter with their orange carrot noses and snowflake topped hats. They make perfect Christmas treats and wintertime snacks.
Originally published on January 7, 2015.
A simple wintertime craft inspired me to make these Chocolate Pretzel Snowmen. Instead of using popsicle sticks that have been painted and glued together to create my craft, I used chocolate dipped pretzels for a cute and tasty treat.
I'm not sure who made the very first popsicle stick snowman, but I'm pretty positive it was many years before the internet was popular. I have a vague recollection of seeing kits to make this craft back in the 80's in Oriental Trading catalogs.
I always thought they'd make a fun edible craft but knew that using pretzel rods would make a much larger treat than most people would want to eat and using pretzel sticks would be too small.
When I found a bag of pretzel dipping sticks made by Snyder's of Hanover, which are a little over 3 inches long and about twice, maybe three times as thick as a pretzel stick, I knew they were just right. (affiliate link)
The Dipping Pretzels, unfortunately, are not available at all grocery stores. I happened upon them while shopping at Kroger and also found them at Walmart. So, if you find them in your store, be sure to pick up a bag or two, so you can make these snowmen or one of the many other designs I'll be sharing with you soon.
You can get them from Amazon, but you have to buy 12 bags. That's a lot of snowmen treats, but perhaps you need a lot or you'll share the bags with some friends. I only made a few, just enough to share with some friends on a cold and blustery winter's day.
Chocolate Pretzel Snowman Craft
Items used for this project that are available on Amazon.com (commission earned for sales)
Here's a new video tutorial that shows you the entire process.
Pour melted orange candy melts into a small zip-top bag, and snip off one tip.
Pipe small triangle shaped orange carrot noses onto a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Each nose should be about ¾ inch long.
Pop tray in freezer for about 2 minutes, until the candy noses are set.
When you open your bag of Dipping Sticks. you will find various pretzel lengths.
I found it best to put 6 pretzels of similar size together for the snowman head, then find one that was longer for the brim of the hat.
Dip each of the 6 pretzel sticks into the white chocolate, remove from the chocolate and allow excess to drip back into the bowl then set them next to each other on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet.
Pop in the refrigerator if using pure white chocolate and the freezer if using confectionery coating for 3-5 minutes until the chocolate sets.
Allow the pretzels to warm up to room temperature, then dip the un-coated ends into dark chocolate.
Dip one pretzel completely in the dark chocolate, allow excess to drip off and let it sit a minute to begin hardening. Place it at a slight angle just at the bottom edge of the dark chocolate dipped pretzels forming the brim of the snowman's hat.
You can dip all your pretzel brims and allow them to harden before adding them to the snowmen if you prefer.
Use a food use only paintbrush, to paint chocolate eyes and a mouth onto each snowman.
Attach one orange carrot nose to each snowman using a dab of white chocolate.
Chill for 2-3 minutes until hardened.
Use a dab of white chocolate to attach a candy snowflake sprinkle to each hat.
I used Wilton's large white snowflake sprinkles to adorn my hats.
You can use any decoration you like. Stars or flowers would be great too. If you want to get fancy, add a band just above the hat brim.
Store in an airtight container for up to a month.
Snowman Pretzels Recipe
- 2 ounces melted orange Candy Melts*
- 1 bag Snyder's of Hanover Pretzel Dipping Sticks
- 16 ounces melted and tempered pure white chocolate
- or melted white confectionery coating/Candy Melts*
- 8 ounces melted and tempered pure semi-sweet chocolate
- or melted dark cocoa confectionery coating/Candy Melts*
- 24 snowflake sprinkles
- *Find melting tempering instructions on the Chocolate Making Tips Page at HungryHappenings.com
Pipe small triangle shaped orange carrot noses onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet.
Freeze for 2 minutes.
Remove from freezer and peel them off the paper.
Dip one pretzel into white chocolate, leaving the top edge un-coated.
Set on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.
Dip 5 more pretzels, setting them next to each other on the pan.
Freeze for 3-5 minutes until the chocolate sets.
Dip the un-coated part of the pretzels in dark chocolate.
Set on baking pan.
Dip one whole pretzel in dark chocolate and set it across the snowman creating the brim of the hat.
Freeze for a few minutes until hardened.
Attach one orange carrot nose to the snowman's face and a white snowflake on each hat.
Paint or pipe dark chocolate dots for the eyes and mouth.
Have fun making your Chocolate Snowman Pretzels.
This winter, you might also like to make these other cute Snowman Treats & Snacks
Frosty Snowman Pretzels • Snowflake Filled Snowman Cookies
Snowman Cupcakes • Snowman Truffles filled with Chocolate Hazelnut Coffee Ganache
Silly Snowman Rice Krispie Treats • Mini Cheesecake Snowmen
Skillet Dip Snowman • Mini Snowmen Cheese Balls
If you want to make some more chocolate pretzel crafts, check these out...
Chocolate Penguin Pretzels
Chocolate Pretzel Reindeer • White Chocolate Pretzel Olaf
Chocolate Pretzel Scarecrows • Chocolate Pretzel Turkeys
Black Crow Pretzels • White Chocolate Pretzel Easter Chicks
Be sure to check out all my fun Christmas Recipes!
If you'd like to make a more permanent version of this project be sure to check out the tutorial for a Reversible Scarecrow Snowman Pallet Craft at Crafts by Amanda.
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Kim (Life in the Van)
These are absolutely adorable. Easy to make. Can't wait to try these!
Dennis R. Hughes
Went bananas when I found these delightful "doins" and want to get your printed book on making them but, for some reason, I can't get it ordered. I see Amazon is involved but is there a way to order it by mail ?
Hi Dennis, there are a few ways to order my Candy Clay Creations book. You can order it through amazon and they will mail you a printed book. You can click on this link and you'll find the sales page on Amazon. http://amzn.to/2fC6IIb
You can also order an e-book if you prefer that and once you've paid you can instantly download the pdf file of the book. Use this link to do that. https://www.e-junkie.com/ecom/gb.php?c=cart&ejc=2&cl=318718&i=1517386
I hope you enjoy the book!
Hi Beth! these are so cute! i was just wondering if you can use almond bark for these also? ( i have a lot of it hanging around.)
Thanks, Marilyn. Yes, you can use almond bark. Have fun making some snowmen. 🙂
Hi Beth! These are so adorable! I am making them for my son's school and was wondering if I can keep them in a container in the fridge? Thank you 🙂
Hi Loren, if you keep them in an airtight container at room temperature they will keep for about a month. I don't recommend storing them in the refrigerator. Have fun. I hope your son's classmates enjoy their treats.
Hi Beth. I made the snowmen today and they were really fun to make. I couldn't find the dipping pretzels in the Walmart by my house, so I made them with regular pretzel sticks. For the nose I did an orange mini kiss instead of the carrot shape and I had to double dip the pretzels in the white chocolate, but they turned out almost like yours. I will make them again. Thank yoiu for your website. Very creative.
Hi Janet, I'm so happy to hear you made the snowman and am glad to know they worked with the smaller pretzel sticks. I'd love to share a picture of your snowmen in my Readers' Gallery. If you'd like to send one to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for sharing. 🙂
These are adorable! I was planning on only making cookies to give as gifts for the holidays but your website has so many great candy ideas too! I'm definitely going to make these pretzel snowmen.
OMG you always make the cutest food! You are so talented! I will be sharing these on Facebook 🙂
Thanks so much for sharing, Amanda! I am in awe of your creative genius and am so happy to know you enjoy my creations too:)
Is there any reason you couldn't make these smaller with the little stick pretzels? They are adorable!
You could definitely do them with the stick pretzels to make smaller versions of these winter treats. Thanks:)
They are very nice
Love these! really cute!
Would love to see more I love doing things like this I make plates up for Christmas for gifts
I hope you give these a try:)
Just wanted to let you know that "Michaels Craft Store" sells the pretzel rods also.
They would certainly warm year heart during the cold months!
I'm in love with these adorable snowmen!! What an awesome canvas you created with these pretzels! Can't wait to see more.
Thanks. I am so excited to turn this idea into other designs. I already posted another one.
love these beth! you are an idea machine! how do you get so much content out so fast!! happy new year!
Thanks, Michelle. I have more ideas than I have time to create. If someone would take over all the other blogging stuff, I'd be able to post once a day! I'd love that.
They're adorable and I saw the pretzel dipping sticks in Walmart also. For some reason I'm imagining them turned into witches for Halloween - give that a thought 🙂
Only you would have looked at wooden sticks painted white & thought of this.
Tavette - S. Fla.
I have lots of ideas using these pretzels including a witch, so stay tuned for more throughout the year.
Would you believe I actually have had my pretzels ready to go after seeing this in OT. You beat me to it and I LOVE the way your little snowmen pretzels turned out!
Great minds think alike:)
super duper clever! leave it to you to think of something edible by looking at a craft! 🙂
Thanks, Lisa. I look at everything in terms of edible crafts, and I mean everything:)
Cindyzs (cindy zemble stewart/freespiritczs)
Beth, those are just adorable! 🙂
Thanks so much, Cindy:)
wouldent a candy corn do in place of the carrot for the nose?
Sure that would work:)