Reese’s Dipped Pretzels are a Disneyland copycat recipe! Pretzel rods are dipped in caramel and chocolate and coated with Reese’s Pieces. These are easy to make at home!
In case you didn’t know, I’m a complete and total Disney addict. Jordan and I have season passes so we go several times a year, but I don’t go for the rides. Nope, I go for the FOOD.
Whether we’re in California Adventure and I’m sampling seasonal food at the kiosks, sampling beignets in New Orleans Square, or shopping for candy in Downtown Disney, the food is where it’s at for me. In fact, I really want to plan a trip for just myself (and maybe some other like-minded adults) where we just go to the parks and eat eat eat all day long, no rides required.
Jordan loves Disney food too, but she’s more of a stickler for tradition: Goofy’s Kitchen for a splurge dinner, Carnation for Chicken Fried Chicken, or lunch at Alien Pizza Planet. Me? Nope. I have favorites for sure (I’m looking at you, peanut butter sandwich and Dole Whip) but I prefer to try NEW things every time we’re there. There are so many choices at Disneyland that it’s impossible to try them all in one trip!
No matter what we do or where we eat in the parks we always stop at the candy shop on Main Street in Disneyland and Bing Bong’s Sweet Stuff in California Adventure. Both have the traditional fare (cookies, cake pops, Rice Krispies treats shaped like Mickey, etc) but they usually have one or two new items (and sometimes they’re different in each place). Whether it’s a cake pop shaped like Nemo or a new kind of candy (like coconut patties) I always pick the newest thing I see.
My goal going forward is to share Disney copycat recipes with you from now on. I just LOVE making my own Disney food!
When Jordan and I were there for her birthday a few weeks ago I found these Reese’s Pieces Dipped Pretzels at Bing Bong’s. They also have the fruity pebble ones there but the Reese’s one caught my eye. (Hello: peanut butter!)
The pretzel rods at Disneyland are pretty epic: they’re big and stuffed full of chocolate and candy and – surprise – caramel. One is just too much for one person…unless you’re me.
I knew I was going to recreate it at home, and this is the recipe!
Now you can make your own Disneyland Pretzel Rods at home with Reese’s Pieces or any candy coating!
What makes a Disneyland Reese’s Dipped Pretzel Rod so amazing?
THE CARAMEL! Yes, that’s right: there’s caramel under all that chocolate!
Normal dipped pretzels are just dipped in chocolate but the Disney ones go a step further: they are dipped in melted caramel before the chocolate. I mean, leave it to Disney to be a bit extra, right?
How do you make dipped pretzels?
Really, this dessert could not be simpler. It’s no-bake and just needs a few ingredients:
- Pretzel Rods
- Caramel bits or squares (i.e. Kraft)
- Chocolate made for melting and dipping (i.e. Candiquik, almond bark, or candy melts) – you can find all of those in the baking aisle at the grocery store.
Making these pretzel rods are a three step process:
- Melt the caramel squares (or bits), then dip the rods in them. Caramel is sticky, thick and hardens fast so I recommend using a spoon to help coat the pretzels instead of relying on dipping. Let them harden. TIP: spray parchment or wax paper before laying the dipped rods on them to harden. They’ll stick!
- Melt your chocolate and dip your pretzels. TIP: pour your melted chocolate into a tall glass for easy dipping!
- Sprinkle with the candy of your choice and let harden!
If you’re nervous about melting chocolate and coating with it, check out my how-to tutorial.
At Disneyland these are coated with lots of MINI Reese’s Pieces candies. However, after looking at two different stores, I could only find regular sized candy, so that’s what I used. Use either one!
Tips for making Disneyland dipped pretzel rods at home:
- Melt the caramel and chocolate in paper bowls (i.e. Dixie brand). This makes for really easy clean up!
- Be sure to spray your parchment or wax paper with nonstick cooking spray before placing the caramel dipped pretzels. The caramel will stick!
- Use melting chocolate for best results. My favorite brands are either Ghiradelli or Candiquik (you can find both in the baking aisle).
- Use any kind of candy on top: regular or mini Reese’s Pieces or even mini M&Ms!
Making your own Disney copycat recipes at home brings the magic of the parks to your kitchen!
What will you make first?
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Reese’s Dipped Pretzels (Disneyland Copycat)
- 12 pretzel rods
- 6 ounces caramel squares or bits 20 squares, unwrapped
- 8 ounces almond bark or melting chocolate, see note
- 1 cup Reese’s Pieces minis, if you can find them
- Line a cookie sheet with wax or parchment paper. Important: spray the paper with nonstick cooking spray.
- Melt caramel in a microwave-safe bowl for about 1-2 minutes, stirring after 1 minute, until the caramel is melted and smooth.
- Dip and/or coat each pretzel rod ¾ of the way with caramel. Wipe off any excess. Place on prepared cookie sheet.
- Once the caramel solidifies, carefully peel the pretzels off the cookie sheet. Replace the paper with fresh wax or parchment paper.
- Melt chocolate according to package directions. Place melted chocolate in a tumbler or tall glass. Dip each pretzel rod into the chocolate, covering the caramel. Tap off any excess and place on cookie sheet. Place or sprinkle with Reese’s Pieces.
- Let harden then store in an airtight container.
- Almond Bark can be found in the baking aisle with the baking chocolate. It’s chocolate that is easy to melt in the microwave. You can also use Candiquik, Ghirardelli chocolate melts/wafers, or candy melts (i.e. Wilton brand).
- Reese’s Minis are more true to form and easier to sprinkle on the coated pretzels, but they’re hard to find. You could also use mini M&Ms for this!
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Published on: March 10, 2019