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DIY Bake Free Valentine's Day Pretzels

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Hi everyone! Today I want to share with you how to make these easy, bake-free DIY pretzel treats that can be used for Valentine’s Day, birthdays, babyshower/bridal shower favors and classroom treats. I’ve been making these for my daughters’ classrooms for a few years now and it remains a favorite for the following reasons:

  • It’s easy and bake-free
  • It’s difficult to mess up
  • It looks really cute and gourmet when packaged
  • Everyone loves the taste
  • It’s a great alternative to candy

If you have the time and energy to make your own favors, give these pretzel treats a try. It’s very simple and easy to make with no baking required. The best part? You can use various color combinations for different occasions. For example, try red, green and white for Christmas, green and yellow for St. Patrick’s Day and pink, white and red for Valentine’s Day like I did for this post.

Here is the easy-to-follow instructions.

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Snyders’s pretzels work really well for these treats. Use two sizes for variation.

Step 1: Gather ingredients

1. Pretzels (I like to use these Snyder ones that can be found at any grocery store.)

2. Candy Melt in color of your choice (I like to use 2-3 colors)

3. Sprinkles in various shapes and sizes (can be found at Michaels or any grocery store)

4. Few microwaveable bowls (depending on how many colors you’re using)

5. Cookie sheet and parchment paper for drying

6. Clear bag and tie or ribbon for wrapping

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Candy melt and sprinkles can be found at any craft store like Michael’s and most grocery stores

Step 2: Melt candy melt in microwave

Follow the instructions on the back of your bag. Depending on your microwave, time may vary. I like to put the microwave in defrost mode and set the timer for 1 minute, stir, then another 30 seconds. Continue to use 10-20 second increments until you get the right consistency. Don’t overmelt because the candy melt will become too runny.

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Step 3: Dip pretzels into candy melt

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I like to do this over a large bowl so I can re-use the sprinkles.

Step 5: Carefully place it on parchment paper on cookie sheet.

Or you can use any wipeable flat surface.

Step 6: Let it dry for about one hour.

Or you can place in refrigerator for faster drying.

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Step 7: When dry, wrap in clear bag with tie or pretty ribbon

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That’s it! Then pass out as classroom treats, birthday & shower favors and more.

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