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If you are on the lookout for the perfectly perfect Christmas treat to make, this just might be it. These fun and festive chocolate Christmas Tree pretzels are SO easy to make! They combine that sought after salty/sweet flavor combo. Follow the tutorial below and make some delicious Christmas treats this year!
During the Christmas holiday season, I am typically ALL IN. I’m here for the Christmas music, treats, decorations, the festive merrymaking and yes, even the occasional sappy-predictable movie. Unfortunately my husband doesn’t quite share my affinity to the holiday spirit, so it’s usually a good-natured battle to get the tree up as soon as trick-or-treating is over. Ah well.
Among my favorite things about the holiday, I really do love the chance to make some cute holiday themed treats. This Christmas dessert grazing board was an awesome addition to our Christmas Eve dessert table a couple years ago.
Make sure you take a look through our Christmas content for even more ideas when it comes to holiday decor, DIYs, and food!
Christmas Tree Pretzels Treats
I love this simple, no bake Christmas tree treat. It is an easy sweet to make and easier enough that older kids could most likely make them with little-to-no adult assistance. The ingredient list is minimal (see below) and the trees can be enjoyed immediately after making. (They can also be stored for up to a few days if you would like to make them ahead of your holiday gathering!)
Perfect solo: These pretzel trees would make a great treat to gift. Place them in some clear treat bags and you have an instant gift.
Cookie tray accent: If you plan on putting some cookie trays together, either to hand out to friends or to serve at a party, consider adding a few of these sweet trees to the tray. Their color will really make them POP off of the tray!
Cupcake toppers: I have also seen these pretzel tree treats used as cupcake toppers. They look amazing! Simple stick the bottom of the tree (pretzel) into cupcake frosting!
Tips for Working with Melted Chocolate
Chocolate melts come in a variety of colors and are fairly easy to work with. I have been working with these candy melts for years and have definitely learned some dos and don’ts! Here are some tips that might help you to get started:
- You can melt this chocolate using a microwave oven. I recommend using a glass mixing bowl and heating the candy at 30 second intervals, stirring in between intervals.
- If you are heating the chocolate using the microwave, consider working with the candy in small amounts.
- If you would rather not microwave, I HIGHLY recommend this Wilton candy melter! I have had this handy melter for years and have used it dozens and dozens of times. It keeps the melted candy at a consistent temperature. You won’t have to worry about the candy hardening and having to re-heat it while you are trying to work with it.
- Chocolate will firm up in room temperature or you can speed up the process by sticking it in the refrigerator.
- A plastic ziploc bag works great for DIY piping bags. Simply fill a bag with a small amount of melted chocolate. Work the chocolate into one bottom corner of the bag and use scissors to snip the corner off.
A few warnings
- This recipe calls for green candy melts to give the look of an evergreen Christmas tree. I’m not sure why you would, but do NOT add food coloring to the candy melts. This will cause the chocolate to seize up. Simply use whatever color candy melts you wanted besides green.
- On the same note, if you find that your chocolate is not as “runny” as you’d like, do NOT add water. Water will cause the candy to seize up and you will be left with an unusable mess. You can try a very very small amount of vegetable, canola or even coconut oil to change the consistency. (Note: using coconut oil will give the chocolate a faint coconut flavor.)
Ingredients for Pretzel Trees
- 1 12-ounce package green candy melts
- 15 stick pretzels
- Sprinkles for decorating (we used Wilton Christmas sprinkles and Light Bulb decorations)
Supplies for Pretzel Trees
- Large baking sheet
- Microwave-safe bowl
- Candy melter (optional)
- Piping bag (or ziplock sandwich bag)
- Wax paper or parchment paper
How to Make Chocolate Christmas Tree Pretzels
Let’s jump right into this one!
Chocolate Christmas Tree Pretzels Recipe
- chocolate melter (optional)
- 12 oz green candy melts
- 15 small pretzel sticks
- holiday sprinkles
- Heat the green candy melts in the microwave according to the package instructions. (Or use our tips above for using a candy melter!)
- Transfer the melted candy to a piping bag (or ziploc bag) and cut the tip off of the bag.
- Drizzle the melted candy over the top of each pretzel stick in a zigzag pattern. Make the lines slightly larger as you move down the pretzel, creating a triangle shape. Leave a small big of pretzel uncovered at the bottom for the tree trunk.
- Add holiday sprinkles to the chocolate immediately, working quickly to place them before the chocolate hardens.
- Allow the chocolate to cool and set until it hardens completely. (You can speed this up by placing in the refrigerator if you want.)
Aren’t they just perfection?
Fun Christmas Treat Collection
We have made a lot of fun and easy holiday treats over the years! Here are a few of our very favorites:
- Melted Snowman Bark (here’s another melted candy treat if you enjoy working with the melts)
- Hot Chocolate Grazing Board
- Easy Christmas Tree Sprinkle OREO Cookies
- How to Make Hot Chocolate Bombs
- Grinch Dip (Easy Christmas Dunkaroo Dessert Dip)
If you decide to give these pretzel trees a try, let me know how they turned out! Feel free to tag me if you post a picture of your treats to social media – I would love to see them!