Reindeer Pretzel Rods are easy to make with only 5 ingredients. This sweet and salty treat is perfect for kids during the holiday season.

Reindeer Pretzel Rods in a mason jar.
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Reindeer Pretzels are so much fun to make for Christmas. It is such a festive holiday treat for holiday gifts. I have been making reindeer treats for years and the kids love Nutter Butter Reindeer, Reindeer Cookies, and Reindeer Pretzels. They are great for parties or movie night while watching Rudolph. You can even make Chocolate Covered Pretzel Rods.

Why we love this recipe for Pretzel Rod Reindeer

  • Christmas Pretzel Rods only uses 5 simple ingredients.
  • The recipe is a quick and easy no bake recipe.
  • Kids can help make pretzel reindeer and it’s so much fun!
  • Sweet and salty combination that is perfect for holiday gifting.


Ingredients for recipe - pretzels, candy eyes, red M*M's, chocolate, pretzel rods.
  • Melting Chocolate
  • Large Pretzel Rods 
  • Candy Eyes 
  • Mini Red M&Ms 
  • Pretzel Twists 

Find the complete ingredient list and recipe at the bottom of the post.


  • Red Nose. Substitute any other small red candy for the nose that you desire.
  • Holiday sprinkles. Feel free to add sprinkles to each red-nosed reindeer.
  • Coating. You can use almond bark, chocolate chips or white chocolate.

How to make Chocolate Covered Pretzel Rod Reindeer:

Pretzels on wooden board.

Step 1. Prepare a baking sheet with wax paper. Then carefully break the pretzel twists to form the antlers.

Melted chocolate in bowl.

Step 2. Melt the chocolate using a microwave-safe bowl in 30 second intervals. I like to use a tall container because it is perfect for dipping.

Pretzel dipped in melted chocolate.

Step 3. Carefully dip the pretzel rods in the melting chocolate. Only cover about half of the pretzel. 

Pieces arranged for reindeer face.

Step 4. Get the pieces ready to make the reindeer so you can quickly add them.

Candy eyes and red M&M being placed on pretzel rod.

Step 5. Place the candy eyes and red M&M on the pretzel. Make sure to do this quickly before the chocolate sets.

Broken pretzel pieces on chocolate for antlers.

Step 6. Add the broken pretzels to the top of the pretzel rods to complete the reindeer face. Place on the lined baking sheet and refrigerate for 10 minutes.

Reindeer Pretzel Rods on a platter.

Tips for Success

  • Melt the chocolate in 30 second increments. This will prevent the chocolate from being overcooked and burning.
  • Line the baking sheet. Use parchment paper or a silicone liner on the baking pan.
  • Add the pieces quickly for the face. The candy and pretzels need to be added right away before the chocolate hardens.

Frequently Asked Questions

How to store?

Store any leftover bark in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks inside an airtight container. It is ok to leave the treats at room temperature for parties and such but should be stored in the fridge.

How long will they last?

They last about 2 weeks if stored inside an airtight container. If not, they will get stale.

Do I have to use the microwave to melt the chocolate?

No, you can use a double boiler if you prefer.

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Reindeer Pretzel Rods

5 from 3 votes
Reindeer Pretzel Rods are easy to make with only 5 ingredients. This sweet and salty treat is perfect for kids during the holiday season.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Refrigerate 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 24
Cuisine American
Course Dessert
Calories 132


  • 1 pkg Melting Chocolate 12 ounces
  • 24 Large Pretzel Rods
  • 48 Candy Eyes
  • 24 Mini Red M&Ms
  • 48 Pretzel Twists
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  • Line a baking sheet with wax paper, parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  • Gently break each of the pretzel twists in half to make the antlers for the reindeers.
  • Melt the melting chocolate in a tall glass.
  • Heat the chocolate in 30 second intervals, stirring after each interval, until they are fully melted.
  • Dip each of the pretzel rods in the melting chocolate making sure to cover about half of the pretzel.  Then place them on the prepared baking sheet.
  • Work quickly before the melting chocolate sets and place candy eyes, mini M&Ms and the broken pretzels twist to the pretzel rods to make the reindeer faces.
  • Refrigerate for 10 minutes for the chocolate to set and then the pretzel rods are ready to serve and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Store any leftover bark in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 132kcal, Carbohydrates 18g, Protein 2g, Fat 6g, Saturated Fat 3g, Polyunsaturated Fat 0.3g, Monounsaturated Fat 2g, Trans Fat 0.01g, Cholesterol 1mg, Sodium 163mg, Potassium 109mg, Fiber 2g, Sugar 5g, Vitamin A 7IU, Vitamin C 0.3mg, Calcium 12mg, Iron 1mg

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