I’ve never paid much attention to wine and food pairings. If I want red, I’ll drink red. I don’t care if I’m eating steak or fish or cheese or chicken. (Blasphemy, I know!)

But when it comes to books and food, I do care—probably too much. I like to show up at book club meetings with an appetizer or dessert that somehow relates to the story we’ll be discussing. Sometimes it’s a subtle link and sometimes everyone sees the connection right away.

During a recent book club meeting, we discussed John Green’s Turtles All the Way Down (you can read my review of the book here). I brought chocolate-dipped pretzel rods to this meeting because they paired perfectly with this amazing book. One of the major themes in this book is mental illness—specifically, Aza’s OCD, which is spiraling out of control. The white chocolate spiral drizzle on the pretzels represents this theme. 

If you really want to read into the relationship between the book and this dessert, we can say the pretzel rod looks like the letter “I”, which is central to the story line because Ava is on an introspective quest to discover who she is, with and without her medication. Also, these I-shaped treats represent my favorite line in the book: “I is the hardest word to define.”

Chocolate-Covered Pretzel Rods

Chocolate-Covered Pretzel Rods are a SUPER easy sweet treat for book club meetings, parties and bake sales.

Keyword Chocolate, Dessert, Pretzels
Prep Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Author Emily Oberton


  • 1 12 oz bag Pretzel rods
  • 16 oz Milk or dark chocolate dipping wafers
  • 8 oz White chocolate dipping wafers
  • Sprinkles, M&Ms or other candy toppings if desired


  1. Melt the milk/dark and white chocolate per the instructions on the package. 

  2. Pour melted chocolate into a small, shallow pan or container.

  3. Dip ¾ of each pretzel rod into the milk or dark chocolate, making sure to coat all sides.

  4. Place coated pretzel onto a cookie sheet that is covered with parchment paper or foil. If adding sprinkles or other candy toppings, add them immediately after placing them on the cookie sheet.

  5. After the chocolate dries, place the melted white chocolate into an icing bag with a small decorator tip, or into a resealable plastic baggie (cut a very small sliver of a corner off).

  6. Squeeze the bag gentle to pipe the chocolate in a spiral onto the pretzels.

  7. Display your chocolate treats on a cake stand, tray or plate. You can stack them once the chocolate coating has hardened. 

Chocolate-Covered Pretzel Rods

I think you’ll love these chocolate-dipped pretzels! Leave a comment below to share your thoughts on these super sweet treats!

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