When I was 11, my cousin Laura and I came across a recipe for pretzel sparklers in a magazine–I believe it was Quick Cooking, which is no longer published but was owned by Taste of Home. Neither of us were highly experienced chefs, but we excitedly gathered all the ingredients and made our first successful batch of “sparklers.”
Every year since then, we’ve eaten them every 4th of July. It’s never Independence Day without a batch of these! Not only did this recipe become a tradition in our family, but I think it inspired both of us to become more active in the kitchen. It was definitely a turning point for me. After having so much fun making these, I began collecting cooking magazines of my own and trying new recipes on a regular basis. The rest, as they say, is history!
These pretzel sparklers are a perfect fit for the 4th of July, and kids especially have fun with them. You can customize them to other holidays by using different colors and shapes of sprinkles. But of course, they’re most fun when followed by the real sparklers!
Happy Independence Day!
- 2 (12-oz.) bags large pretzel rods (I used Rold Gold)
- 24 oz. vanilla almond bark
- Sprinkles of choice in red, white and/or blue
- Prepare a long sheet of waxed paper on a flat workspace.
- In a tall, microwave-safe glass, melt almond bark for 90 seconds. Stir and continue microwaving at 15-second intervals until completely melted and smooth.
- Dip a pretzel rod in melted almond bark, leaving just a few inches uncovered for the base of the "sparkler." Gently tap to remove excess liquid. Immediately cover in sprinkles, holding pretzel over a bowl to catch runaways. Place on waxed paper to dry. Repeat with remaining pretzels.
- When pretzels have dried completely, display in a glass, sprinkle-covered ends up.