Cactus Pretzels & Cinco de Mayo Strawberries

Cactus Pretzels

Can I just say, I love chocolate dipped pretzels. Tiny twists, rods, dipping sticks, old fashioned… I’m not picky.

Plus, there are soo many ways to dress them up; from bunnies to cactuses.

Another great thing. Modeling chocolate. And yes, you can make modeling chocolate with CandiQuik Coatings. Printable recipe at end of post.

So…what does this have to do with these cactus pretzels?

If you haven’t already guessed, the arms of these are made from this modeling chocolate recipe. I just added green (oil based) food coloring to my CandiQuik.

This is what will soon be cactus arms…

A little forming and here’s the result:

I then dipped pretzel rods in green colored CandiQuik and attached the ‘arms’…

Add a few sprinkles for texture if you desire

Cactus Pretzels
Prep time
Total time
Serves: 12
  • 1 package (16 oz.) Vanilla CandiQuik
  • Green food coloring (oil or powder based only)
  • ¼ cup lite corn syrup
  • Pretzel rods
  • Green sugar sprinkles
  1. Melt 8 oz. (half-package) of CandiQuik Coating in tray according to package directions. Add green food coloring and stir until completely combined. (Let the melted CandiQuik sit while preparing the corn syrup, this will allow it to cool slightly but still remain fluid.)
  2. In a small saucepan, heat corn syrup until it just begins to boil.
  3. Pour the heated corn syrup on top of the CandiQuik and mix with a rubber spatula until it combines and forms a smooth paste.
  4. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate, allowing the modeling chocolate to firm (at least 2 hours and preferably overnight).
  5. Remove from fridge and knead until it becomes soft and pliable. Form cactus arms.
  6. Melt remaining (8 oz.) Vanilla CandiQuik and add green food coloring.
  7. Dip pretzel rods in coating and place on wax paper. Immediately attach cactus arms. Sprinkle if desired. (Store any unused modeling chocolate in refrigerator.)

Here’s another cute idea for Cinco de Mayo!

Cinco de Mayo Chocolate Strawberries

Cinco de Mayo Strawberries

Tell Me Something Sweet

  1. says

    Found you on Buns in the Oven. This is just the cutest idea! I live in El Paso – on the border. These ideas are perfect for a Cinco de Mayo party!

    Thanks for sharing your clever ideas.



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