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Santa Hat Pretzels for the Big Guy

Are you done with your holiday shopping yet?  I’m not.  I wasn’t stressed about it until yesterday when I had about 3 hours to get about 6 hours of shopping done.  And guess what, I didn’t get done.  I’m close, but not close enough.

I think I’m in the minority when I say I don’t like to shop.  If I could afford a personal shopper, I’d be getting one.  Along with a maid.  I don’t like to clean the house either.  I think there are dust bunnies living under our dining room hutch that are older than our youngest daughter. And you know how bunnies like to multiply.  Just saying, there is a whole nation of them under there.

One thing I’ve at least started on is my holiday baking.  I like to do this much more than shopping.  I plan to make caramel filled chocolates, pretzel toffee bark, chocolate chip cookies (because they taste great anytime of the year) and these here Santa hats.  The sweet and salty taste can’t be beat but present them as a Santa hat and your guests will be ooohhhing and aaahhhing over them until they are gone.  Which won’t take too long so enjoy the attention while you have it.

I showed Jennifer and Bill how to make them on News 8 This Morning.  Below is the video.

What’s on your holiday baking list? And please tell me you’re not done shopping yet too!

Santa Hat Pretzels

This recipe is easy to make and fun for kids of all ages to participate in.
1 pound bag of candy coating will do at least 45 - 50 small twist pretzels. It really depends on how much chocolate you put into the pretzel and the size of your pretzels.

Yield: 45 - 50 small twist pretzels

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes of set time total

Total Time: 30 minutes


Items Needed
Nonstick Mat
Twist pretzels – any size
1 lb – red candy coating
½ lb – white candy coating
Small marshmallows cut/torn in half
Small Spoon
Optional - accents – white non-pareils, white sanding sugar or crystals


1. Place pretzels on a Nonstick Mat.
2. Melt candy coating according to package directions.
3. Once candy coating is melted, spoon a small amount of red inside each pretzel until the holes are filled.
4. Once the red is set, about 10 minutes, dip one end into the slightly cooled white candy coating. If you dip the red pretzel into very warm white candy coating, the red will start to melt into the white causing pink streaks.
5. If you are going to add non-pareils or sanding sugar, do so right away while the white is wet. Let set.
6. Tear or cut the small marshmallows in half. Dip the torn end into some white candy coating to act as glue to your hat. Put the marshmallow on the hat and let set.
7. Once everything is set, store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks – if they last that long.

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3 Responses to “Santa Hat Pretzels for the Big Guy”

  1. #
    Sarah — December 13, 2012 at 8:47 pm

    Kendra – what a very cute idea – love it
    I think we are going to have to try some of those

  2. #
    Becky — December 15, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    Another great idea Kendra!! I am with you on the shopping and would love a personal shopper :-). I just finished regular white dipped pretzels, peanut clusters, and turtle pretzels but I think I need to make some of these as well!!

  3. #
    Julia — December 18, 2012 at 9:18 pm

    We’re making these on Thursday!