DIY Barnyard Animal Pretzel Treats


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DIY Barnyard Animal Pretzel Treats

Sheep and rabbits and chickens, oh my!  Put all three of these barnyard friends on display in candy form at your next party!  Check out these easy DIY Barnyard Animal Pretzel Treats.

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Looking for a super sweet Easter treat? Or maybe some desserts for your barnyard animal themed party?  Here is an awesome, cute, relatively easy DIY treat idea for your Easter OR barnyard animal themed dessert table!

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Barnyard Pretzel Treat Supplies

For all three animals:
Pretzel rods

Bunny:
White candy melts (for the body)

Mini marshmallows (for the ears)
Pink sugar crystals (for the ears)
mini chocolate chips (for the eyes)
heart-shaped sprinkles (for the mouth)
Black Candy Melts (for the whiskers)

Sheep:
White candy melts (for the body)
Black Candy Melts (for the face)
Marshmallow Mini Bits (for the wool)
White nonpareil sprinkles (for the eyes)
heart-shaped sprinkles (for the mouth)

Chick:
Yellow Candy Melts (for the body)
Yellow sugar crystals (for the body)
Mini chocolate chip morsels (for the eyes)
Orange and yellow mini M&M candies (for the wings and mouth)

How to Make Barnyard Animal Pretzel Treats

1. Work with the Candy Melts one color at a time. Place a handful of melts in a microwave safe bowl and heat in the microwave in short increments.  (I usually heat in 15-30 second increments, stirring in between each heating.) You can add 2 teaspoons of vegetable shortening or coconut oil to help thin the candy but do not add any other type of liquid as the candy will seize and harden.

If you are going to make a large quantity of these treats, I highly recommend using a candy melter!  This little appliance melts the candy and then keeps it warm, giving you more time to work before it hardens.

2. Pour candy coating over two-thirds of the pretzel rod and shake gently to remove excess. If applying sprinkles, do so immediately rotating the pretzel rods to coat all sides. Larger sprinkles work best if placed individually.

Chocolate Pretzel Rods

For the sheep, place marshmallow mini bits on white candy melts before the candy hardens. I actually rolled the pretzels in the marshmallow bits.

Mini Marshmallow Pretzel Rods

For the bunny ears, cut a mini marshmallow in half – lengthwise and on a diagonal. Sprinkle the sticky inside with pink sugar crystals. Use a small dab of melted candy to affix each ear to the pretzel rod.

Marshmallow Sprinkles

3. Place candy coated pretzel rods on wax paper or cooling rack.

4. If drizzling with additional colored candy melts, allow initial candy coating to set completely. Then, use a spoon or fork to drizzle candy coating over the pretzel rods. Before the pretzel sets, gently pick it up and move to clean wax paper.

5. Let pretzel rods dry completely before packaging or serving. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week.  (This is a great treat to make a couple of days ahead of your party!)

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