Saint Patrick’s Day is coming up and I have a fun and easy snack idea! These homemade shamrock pretzel pops are perfect for at home or as a Saint Patrick’s Day snack for a party or gathering. (Maybe even for a Saint Patrick’s Day playdate!)
Beyond being cute and easy, I also love that these shamrock pretzel pops are perfect for having the kids help in the kitchen. With a quick demonstration on construction, a lot of kids will actually be able to make these on their own.
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Shamrock Pretzel Pops – Fun St. Patrick’s Day Snack
The Shamrock Pretzel Pops are quick to put together, though they will need time to dry. You should be able to find all or most of the ingredients needed at your local store. I also have some alternate ingredient options and omissions to make that even more possible.
Shamrock Pretzel Pop Ingredients and Supplies
Mini pretzels (three per pop)
Green candy melts – if you can’t find these, you could use white candy melts or vanilla flavored almond bark and then cover the shamrock pretzel pop with green sanding sugar or green sprinkles
Gold coin sprinkles (Available at Michael’s) or Yellow Mini M&M’s (or you can skip this step completely if you prefer)
Shamrock Pretzel Pop Directions
1. Line a large baking sheet or cutting board with waxed paper. (Or, of course, you can do what I might normally do, which is to just put a large piece of waxed paper on my kitchen counter.) Place lollipop sticks on the waxed paper with enough space to allow room for each shamrock.
2. Melt your candy melts in a microwave-safe bowl, according to package directions for complete melting.
Do not overheat your melts as the candy will seize and become unusable. If the candy is too thick to pour from a spoon after completely melting, stir in 1 teaspoon of coconut oil or vegetable shortening. Test for consistency and add more coconut oil if needed, up to 1 tablespoon. I sometimes have that issue with the disc candy melts. I do not, however, with almond bark.
3. Dip each pretzel in the melted candy coating, turning to coat. Remove the pretzel from the candy with a fork and tap it against the bowl to remove any excess.
4. Place your pretzel on the waxed paper with the bottom edge of the pretzel touching a lollipop stick. Use a toothpick to slide into place if needed. Repeat with each pretzel until three pretzels are around each stick to form a shamrock.
5. While the pretzels are wet, shake your gold sugar sprinkles onto the shamrock.
6. Repeat until you have as many shamrock pretzel pops as you want.
7. Pour the remaining candy melts into a piping bag or a plastic sandwich type of bag. Snip the corner of the bag and squeeze to add a small amount of candy melt into the hole where the pretzels are around the rod. Immediately add a gold coin sprinkle. (Tip: To apply the coin, you may want to use a pair of tweezers.)
If you don’t want to add a coin or M&M, you still might want to add a little extra candy melt in order to secure your pretzels to the lollipop stick.
8. Allow your pops to set completely. Place in the refrigerator for faster results. Store in an airtight container at room temperature until eating.
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