I just can’t get over the cuteness of these Cactus Chocolate Covered Pretzel Rods!
They’re the perfect festive Cinco de Mayo or Southwestern party dessert, and kids will have a blast putting them together.
Cactus Chocolate Covered Pretzel Rods Ingredients
- 6 pretzel rods
- 12 oz bag Wilton green candy melts
- 1/4 cup corn syrup
- Dark green jimmies sprinkles
- Light green jimmies sprinkles
- 12 Wilton candy eyes (small)
- 6 Wilton candy mustaches
(Yields: 6 cactus chocolate covered pretzel rods)
To make your green chocolate “taffy”
Line a cookie sheet with wax or parchment paper and set aside.
In a microwave safe bowl, add the corn syrup and green candy melts. Microwave and stir in 30 second increments until the mixture becomes thick and slightly pliable (this took me about 4 increments).
Pour the melted green candy melts onto the lined cookie sheet and spread out evenly. Allow to cool for 5 minutes. The texture will turn into a taffy-like consistency
Divide up your green chocolate “taffy” into 6 separate pieces. Each piece will be used to make one cactus pretzel. Set aside the lined cookie sheet for later use.
To make your cactus chocolate covered pretzel rods:
Divide your taffy piece in half. Flatten and roll out one of the half pieces and place the upper part of a pretzel rod on top of it.
Roll the melted chocolate around the pretzel and over the top. Pinch and seal any openings and roll the pretzel back and forth to even the chocolate out.
Divide the remaining “taffy” piece in half. Roll each piece into the shape of a cactus arm and press firmly into the shaped pretzel rod. Place back on the lined cookie sheet.
Before the chocolate completely hardens on each cactus pretzel, sprinkle with the dark and light green jimmies sprinkles to represent the cactus spines.
Press 2 candy eyes into the middle of the pretzel and a candy mustache directly underneath the eyes. Allow the chocolate to completely harden (20-30 minutes).
Make candy cactus centerpieces:
1. Fill mini clay flowerpots ( I found at Dollar Tree 3/$1) with leftover green “taffy” at the bottom. If the chocolate has already hardened, microwave for 10 seconds to soften it back up.
2. Insert each pretzel rod into the chocolate taffy and fill the flower pot with graham cracker crumbs to look like sand.
NOTE: If you don’t need your centerpieces to be edible, you can also fill each flower pot with Playdoh to keep the cactus upright and then cover with graham cracker crumbs.
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