My sister recently got married and I was so excited when she asked if I could help her do the welcome bags. I needed to use some creative juices and this was the perfect opportunity. I decided to make bride and groom pretzel rods as party favors. I found long skinny pretzel bags at Wal-Mart which served as the perfect packaging. Here is the tutorial…
- Pretzel Rods (Mine had about 16 per package so I used 4 bags)
- Chocolate Candy Melts
- White Chocolate Candy Melts
- Small white nonpareils
Start with a pot of gently simmering water and cover with a bowl to make a double boiler.
Melt the white chocolate candy melts first. Keep stirring the candies until they are melted into a nice, smooth consistency. I turned the heat off at this point and the chocolate stayed warm enough to use the whole time.
Cover your pretzel rod with white chocolate. I found it was easiest to spread the chocolate on with a spoon (instead of dipping) and then gently tap it on the side of the bowl to remove the excess.
After the pretzel has been covered in chocolate, sprinkle white nonpareils all around the surface of the wet candy. Helpful Tip: lay newspaper under your cooling racks to catch excess chocolate and nonpareils for easier cleanup.
Keep going until you have finished half of your pretzel rods and allow them all to cool.
Use a spoon to spread white chocolate on the remaining half of your pretzels. This will be the white shirt of the groom so it only needs to cover the front.
Using the same spoon spreading process, create the groom’s “coat and pants” with the brown chocolate. I ran my spoon along the edges of the white “shirt” part of the pretzel to get the angled coat.
Using a piping bag with a fine tip, create a bow tie and two buttons with the brown chocolate. I found it easiest to go in a “Figure 8” motion to create the bow tie.
I created small labels for the packaging. If you like these labels, I’d be happy to create some customized with your bride and groom’s names. I have these custom labels for sale at Etsy.
After all the pretzels had cooled, I slid one of each into the long pretzel bags and stapled the top. Be careful as you lift the pretzels off the cooling rack. The dried chocolate might make them stick a little so it’s best to use a gentle rocking motion to lift them off the rack.
These were very fun to make and were a huge hit for all the guests. A couple of them broke so I was able to taste them and they were very yummy! Hope you have a chance to enjoy them too!