Do you have a Grinch in your family? Make them up a batch of these adorable Grinch Pretzels and their heart will grow three sizes!! Crunchy pretzels combined with sweet candy – it is the perfect bite of sweet and salty goodness and we have all the directions you’ll need to make them.
How to Make Grinch Pretzels
You will need:
- Rold Gold Tiny Twists Pretzels
- Wilton Red Candy Melts
- Wilton Bright White Candy Melts
- Wilton Dark Green Candy Melts
- Wilton Bright Green Candy Melts
- Wilton Yellow Candy Melts
- Handful of Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips
- Plastic Sandwich Bags
To make the Grinch face we mixed two colors of Wilton Candy Melts – Bright Green and Dark Green at a ratio of approximately 1 to 3. In a small bowl we put 23 Bright Green Candy Melts and 7 Dark Green Candy Melts. This gave us what we thought was the perfect Grinch Green but you could choose just one of the greens for your Grinch Pretzel Bites. We made 15 Grinch Pretzels with this amount of candy melts.
Melt the candy melts in the microwave. Start with 30 seconds, open the microwave and then check the candy melts and give them a stir. Then continue to melt at 10 second intervals until they are all completely melted.
Lay out the mini pretzels on a piece of foil or parchment paper. We used Rold Gold Tiny Twists for our Grinch Pretzels, they are a little bigger than the other mini pretzels we saw at our grocery store and we liked that. But this decorating technique will work with any sized pretzel twist. Place the pretzel on its side as shown in the picture above. Using a spoon fill in the bottom two loops of the pretzel – this will be the Grinch’s face.
I worked assembly line style. I created all the Grinch Pretzels and allowed them to dry before moving on to the next step. If you work on a foiled covered cookie sheet, you can place the cookie sheet with the pretzel bites in the refrigerator for 5 minutes to speed up the drying process.
Melt the Red Candy Melts in the same manner. Using a spoon, add the Grinch’s Santa Hat in the remaining area of the pretzel. Allow the red candy melt mixture to dry.
Melt a handful of White Candy Melts and use them to create the fur of the hat. Allow that to dry. They you are ready to make the Grinch face. You will need to melt a couple of yellow Candy Melts and a handful of chocolate chips. Using a toothpick, create the Grinch’s eyes, eyebrows and mouth.
That’s it. So very adorable! Store them in an airtight container until you are ready to serve them. Pretzel Bites freeze fine if you want to make these ahead for Christmas. But they also keep for quite a while at room temperature as long as you have them in a very airtight container.
In the words of Dr. Seuss himself …
“And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow, stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so?
It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags.
And he puzzled and puzzled ’till his puzzler was sore.
Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before.
What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store.
What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.”
These Grinch Pretzels are fun and tasty. Sweet, salty, crunchy and delicious! And look at that Grinch-y face. The kids will love them! Make up a batch, turn on How the Grinch Stole Christmas and enjoy!
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