A while back, I saw these pretzel “crayons” by Gourmet Mom on-the-Go, and I knew I had to make them for Jack’s first day of kindergarten. You simply dip the ends of pretzel rods in candy melts (or melted white chocolate chips with some food coloring) and wrap the middle with a “crayon wrapper.” After dropping off Derek for his first day of preschool today, Jack (who starts kindergarten tomorrow) and I stopped by the store to pick up pretzel rods, then headed home to make these together. They were so easy and fun to make, and they’re perfect for back to school time. You could easily make them look neater than these turned out, but Jack was in charge of the dipping, so ours look a little rough around the edges. 😉
- Pretzel rods
- Candy melts in assorted colors (I had green, brown, orange, pink and yellow left from making cake pops, so I just used those), or white chocolate chips and food coloring of your choice. Candy melts are sold at craft stores in the baking or candy-making aisle
- A sheet of these crayon wrapper templates, made by Gourmet Mom on-the-Go. Simply print the template out on colored paper, or, if you’re cheap like me and don’t want to get colored paper, print them out on regular paper and color the wrappers with crayons. Ha!
- Scotch tape
- Wax paper or foil
Break the pretzel rods in half (approximately; doesn’t need to be precise). Place some candy melts in bowls (one bowl for each color, of course), and melt in the microwave according to package instructions. If you’re using white chocolate chips, melt those and stir in a couple of drops of food coloring until you reach the desired color. You don’t need a lot of candy melts, since you’re only dipping the ends of the rods. Make sure your wax paper or foil is spread out so your dipped rods have somewhere to dry.
Dip one end of a pretzel rod into the melted candy, rolling the rod so that it’s covered evenly. You want to dip enough up the rod so that the paper (when you get around to putting it on) will overlap the candy-coated portion of the rod.
While you’re waiting for the rods to dry, cut out your crayon wrappers. Then, wrap each label around the pretzel rod, and use a piece of tape to attach the ends of the label. Repeat until all the “crayons” are covered.
Fun, right?! I taught Jack how to break the crayon in half, then slip the halves out of the wrapper for faster eating. He loved making these, and is so excited to bring some to school for his snack tomorrow!