Pretzel Snowmen

How cute are these pretzel snowmen!

 I came across the idea from scrolling through Facebook.  The idea came from an awesome site called, Hungry Happenings.  She has some seriously adorable ideas for sweets!  As soon as I saw these pretzel snowmen, I had to make them.  You don’t have to bake anything to make these little cuties.  Made with only a handful of ingredients, pretzel rings, white candy coating/almond bark, mini chocolate chips, fruit roll ups,  and orange starbursts – or any small candies for the noses.  

I sent an army of pretzel snowmen to school with Landon.  His kindergarten class and teacher really liked them!  His teacher is so sweet and thought they were soo cute!  

 

I made forty snowmen with scarves and a dozen snowman heads.  The process goes fast once everything is ready and you’re prepared.  

I used a double boiler method to melt the candy coating or almond bark. I boiled water in a small sauce pan, and shut off heat. Placed a stainless steel bowl on top with chopped candy coating inside.  Allow the heat from the steam of pan to melt the candy coating.  If the candy coating starts to set up, just turn heat on low to re-heat and melt again.  You could also just microwave the candy coating.  

Some pictures to help you make these pretzel snowman at home.

I first cut my fruit roll up strips. Unroll and cut 5 – 6 inch strips.  I cut the strips in half to make two scarves from one piece.  Continue to cut until you have reached your desired amount, set aside.  Now, for the noses – you can use any small orange candies or use an orange starburst candy.  If using starbursts, you have to unwrap and heat in microwave for 10 seconds and flatten.  Then use a knife or kitchen scissors to cut out small triangles.  NOTE:  I only needed one orange starburst for the whole batch.  The noses need to be really small.

Once the candy coating is melted, you’re ready to assemble the snowmen.  Make sure you have all the ingredients ready and in reach. 

I dipped two pretzels in the melted candy coating and placed on a large cookie sheet lined with a non-stick cooking mat.  Make sure the two pretzels are touching and snug up against eachother.

Let them set up for a few minutes.  Then start to fill in the top pretzels for the faces, using about a teaspoon of melted candy coating.  I just went down the line and filled them in with a small spoon and small spatula.  Give the pan a good shake, back and forth to smooth out the melted chocolate.  Now fill in the faces with the mini chocolate chips for the eyes and orange candies for the noses.  

Continue to fill in the faces and bodies with the melted candy coating.  When working on the bodies, don’t forget to place 3 mini chocolate chips in the middle for buttons.  Once finished filling in your snowmen, allow them to set and firm up.  This will take 5 minutes.  If your candy coating is starting to thicken up, just turn the heat on low to simmer the water in the pan.  Or if using microwave, just reheat. 

Attaching the scarves – place the cut fruit strip on surface, place a snowman in the middle of fruit strip.  Spread a drop of candy coating on the throat area of snowman.   Wrap one end of fruit strip over press down.  Use another drop of candy coating to place on throat area again and fold over the other side of scarf. Press down and allow to dry.

 


Pretzel Snowmen – Makes 40

  • 15 oz bag of pretzel rings
  • one package of vanilla candy coating or almond bark
  • 1 box of fruit roll ups
  • 1 cup of mini chocolate chips
  • handful of orange starburst candies or any small orange candies (orange sunflower seeds work too)

 

STEP ONE:  Cut up the fruit roll up into 5 – 6 inch strips.  Then cut the strips in half to make two long strips.  Chop the candy coating and place in metal bowl.  Fill a small sauce pan half way with water and bring to a boil.  Once it starts to boil, turn off the heat and place metal bowl on saucepan.  The candy coating will slowly start to melt.  Stir and check until it’s all melted and silky smooth.  ( You can microwave the candy coating too, follow melting directions on package)

STEP TWO: While waiting for the candy coating to melt you can cut out little noses from the starburst candy.  If using starbursts, you have to unwrap and heat in microwave for 10 seconds and flatten.  Then use a knife or kitchen scissors to cut out small triangles.  NOTE:  I only needed one orange starburst for the whole batch.  The noses need to be really small.

STEP THREE: Once the candy coating is melted, your ready to assemble the snowmen.  Make sure you have all the ingredients ready and in reach.  Dip two pretzels in the melted candy coating and place on a large cookie sheet lined with a non-stick cooking mat.  Make sure the two pretzels are touching and snug up against eachother.  Let them set up for a few minutes.  Then start to fill in the top pretzels for the faces, using about a teaspoon of melted candy coating.  I just went down the line and filled them in with a small spoon and small spatula.  Give the pan a good shake, back and forth to smooth out the melted chocolate.  Now fill in the faces with the mini chocolate chips for the eyes and orange candies for the noses.

STEP FOUR: Continue to fill in the faces until they’re all done.  Start filling in the bodies with a teaspoon of melted candy coating and place 3 mini chocolate chips in the middle for buttons.  Allow the snowmen to set up for 5 minutes before removing.

STEP FIVE: Attaching the scarves – lay the cut fruit strip on surface, place a snowman in the middle of fruit strip.  Spread a drop of candy coating on the neck of snowman.   Wrap one end of fruit strip over the neck and press down.  Use another drop of candy coating to place on neck area again and fold over the other side of scarf. Press down and allow to dry.  Can be stored in an airtigh container for a week.

By: Vanessa 

Inspired by: Hungry Happenings


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Vanessa

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10 comments on “Pretzel Snowmen

  1. Celli

    ADORABLE! Will put a smile on a kids face!!!

    1. Vanessa
      Vanessa

      Celli, they sure made Landon’s class smile! The teacher and the kids had a discussion on how they were made!

  2. Beth @ Hungry Happenings

    Your snowmen turned out so cute. I’m so happy to have inspired you and really appreciate you mentioning Hungry Happenings. I’m glad the kids and teacher enjoyed their special treats.

  3. Kearstin

    Where did you find your pretzel rings? I’m not having any luck finding them!

    1. Vanessa
      Vanessa

      Hi Kearstin, I found the pretzel rings in our local market, called Country Side Market. That’s a bummer, that you’re not able to find them. Maybe, you could use the square pretzels? I’m sure they would look just as cute!

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