How to Make Cactus Pretzel Rods. These are one of the easiest and most festive treats and the cactus theme is everywhere right now! With only three ingredients - these sweet and salty snacks can be made in a snap and they're perfect for party favors or dessert tables.
These cactus pretzel rods will go with so many party themes... a Fiesta party, a Llama party, a Flamingo party or even a straight-up Cactus themed party! I made them for my sister-in-law's Llama-themed baby shower 🌵🌵🌵
Okay - are you ready to see what you'll need to make these? Here you go...
Cactus Pretzel Rod Supplies & Ingredients:
- Giant Pretzel Rods
- Dark Green Candy Melts
- White Confetti Sprinkles, White Nonpariels, Chunky Sugar or White Jimmies
- Shortening (optional and not pictured, but highly recommended for thinning candy melts - see this post: How to Thin Candy Melts)
You might notice in the pic below that I didn't use the same sprinkles on all of them.
You see - the day before the baby shower, it was sort of a last minute request from our pastor's wife for me to make these Cactus Pretzel Rods for the shower. She'd seen something similiar on Pinterest and thought they'd be perfect!
So, without time to order supplies, I had to "make do" with what I had on hand... I used White Jimmies (from this jar of mixed sprinkles), some sparkling chunky white sugar, and some white confetti sprinkles. If I'd had my pick, I'd have just ordered a big jar of white jimmies to do them all!
How to make Cactus Pretzel Rods
- Pour the green candy melts into a tall (skinny-ish) microwave-safe container. Add a couple of teaspoons of shortening (or check this post for other ideas to help thin them).
- Melt green candy according to package instructions. I put mine in the microwave for a minute, stirred, then again in 30 second increments until completely melted and smooth.
- Dip the pretzels, one at a time, tapping off the excess candy.
- Place them on a parchment paper, wax paper, or a cookie sheet with a silicone baking mat. Sprinkle with jimmies. You can let them set at room temperature (it takes awhile) or pop them in the fridge for 5-10 minutes.
And that's that - easy-peasy!
Here is a printable instructions/recipe card for you:Print