Pinterest Pass or Fail: American Flag Pretzels

Much like you (we’re sure), we love scrolling through Pinterest for fun recipes. Pat at Everyday Savvy’s American Flag Pretzels caught our eye. Made with simple ingredients we thought the pretzels could be a fun snack (and decor) at Memorial Day, Fourth of July or Labor Day cookouts. So, we gathered the ingredients and got into the Test Kitchen.

What You’ll Need

  • 1 bag white candy melts (like Wilton), 12 oz
  • 1 bag blue candy melts, 12 oz
  • 1 bag red candy melts, 12 oz
  • Pretzel rods
  • Star sprinkles with white stars removed
  • Parchment paper
  • 1 resealable plastic bag
  • 3 small microwave-safe bowls
  • 3 spoons

How To Make American Flag Pretzels

1. Pour the candy melts into individual bowls. You’ll need 2 cups of white candy melts, 1 cup of blue and 1 cup of red. Separate the white stars from the other colors and place in a bowl. Gather pretzel rods.

2. Melt the candy melts. Place bowls in the microwave. At 40% power, melt for 1 minute. Stir. Melt in 30-second intervals until completely smooth. Stir after every 30 seconds.

3. Place pretzel rods on a piece of parchment paper.

4. Spoon white candy melts onto the pretzel rod. Cover the entire rod except for a small area so the pretzel can be held. Set aside to let the white candy harden.

5. Then, dip the pretzel rod into the blue candy melt leaving about half the white candy showing.

6. Before the blue candy hardens, place the white stars onto the candy. Place rods back on the parchment paper.

7. Put the red melted candy melts into a resealable bag. Cut a small piece off the tip of the bag.

8. Drizzle the red candy across the white half of the pretzel.

9. Let the candy completely harden before serving.

The Results: A Pinterest Pass

Not only are these pretzel sticks super cute and patriotic, they are also tasty with a fantastic salty-sweet flavor combination. They’re easy to eat too. For presentation, place them in a mason jar and let people grab a pretzel. They’ll be a fun snack for your summertime celebrations.

Test Kitchen Tips

  • To help the candy harden faster, place the parchment paper on a cookie sheet and lay the pretzels on it. Pop the cookie sheet in the refrigerator between changing colors.
  • If you have a real piping bag with tips, use it. You’ll get more uniform and neater stripes.
  • When we tried to separate the pretzels after the red stripes hardened, we found they started to break a bit. We would suggest doing the red stripes on individual pretzels rather than going across the row at one time.