Firecracker Pretzel Rods

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Firecracker Pretzel Rods make a fun 4th of July activity and treat for kids. Not only do they have a fun and festive look, they taste great too.

Firecracker Pretzel Rods with Pop Rocks


The pretzel rods are dipped in melted white chocolate and then decorated with red and blue mini M&Ms, sprinkles, and Pop Rocks! As you eat them, the Pop Rocks make multiple mini explosions in your mouth.

Firecracker Pretzel Rods for the 4th of July. Pop Rocks candy create little explosions in your mouth!

You can order red and blue M&Ms online, but I just bought a bag at the grocery store and we sorted out the red and blue ones. The brown, orange, yellow, and green became a snack while we sorted them.

Firecracker Pretzel Rods for the 4th of July. Covered in Pop Rocks candy.

I ordered red and blue Pop Rocks, but I soon found that the blue tends to turn green in color. 🙁

If I were to make these again, I would only purchase red Pop Rocks. You can probably find them at your local convenience store, so no need to order a big box of them like I did.

Firecracker Pretzel Rods for the 4th of July. Covered in red and blue mini M&M's and Pop Rocks.

You can melt the white chocolate in a double boiler, a mini crock pot, or the microwave. I almost always melt chocolate in a small All-Clad saucepan that has a really heavy bottom. I place it on one of the small burners on my gas cook top turned as low as it will go and I’ve never burned any chocolate this way. It is so much easier than using a double broiler. As long as you have a saucepan with a really thick and heavy bottom and the ability to turn your burner to really low heat, you should have success doing it this way. Just make sure you give it a quick stir every 30 seconds or so.

Firecracker Pretzel Rods for the 4th of July. Covered in red and blue M&Ms and Pop Rocks.


Firecracker Pretzel Rods for the 4th of July. Covered in red and blue mini M&Ms and Pop Rocks candy.

The pops of explosion in your mouth make Firecracker Pretzel Rods the perfect 4th of July party treat!

Firecracker Pretzel Rods for the 4th of July. Covered in red and blue mini M&Ms and Pop Rocks candy.


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Firecracker Pretzel Rods with Pop Rocks

Firecracker Pretzel Rods

Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 12
Author: Christin Mahrlig
Firecracker Pretzel Rods are dipped in white chocolate and decorated with mini M&Ms, sprinkles and Pop Rocks. Make a fun 4th of July treat!
Print Recipe


  • 1 package pretzel rods
  • 1 package white chocolate candy melts or white Almond Bark
  • red and blue mini M&Ms
  • red and blue sprinkles
  • 4 packages red Pop Rocks


  • Line a baking sheet with wax paper.
  • Melt candy melts in a double boiler or using the microwave.
  • Dip about 2/3 of a pretzel rod in melted white chocolate. It may be easier to pour the chocolate into a tall mug to do this. If the chocolate starts to get too thick, microwave it for 20 seconds.
  • Place on waxed paper. You will need the chocolate to set slightly before the M&Ms will adhere well. Decorate with sprinkles, Pop Rocks, and M&Ms.
  • Repeat with remaining pretzel rods.


Can be placed in the refrigerator if you want the chocolate to set up quickly.


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7 thoughts on “Firecracker Pretzel Rods

  1. Oh my goodness! The big, little kid in me LOVES this idea!!!! The pop rocks and m&ms are SO fun on these pretzel rods! Plus you dipped them in white chocolate(!) Which I looooove because I am allergic to cocoa (so no milk or dark chocolate for me). I am TOTALLY going to make these with my niece and nephew- they are going to adore this! Thank you so much for sharing and getting me super excited to share these with my two favorite little munchkins ♡ cheers to a beautiful weekend!!

  2. Love this! The colors totally draw me in. It’s fun (to make and eat!) and tasty as well. Makes me want to have a party so I can make these for the kids and be a superstar. : )

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