Pretzel Cigars, Rocky Road Bars, and Golf Ball Pops… for Dad

Whether it’s your dad, grandpa, papa, husband, or a man in your life who is “just like a dad” I really think he deserves one of these treats. Or all.

Because you love him. He loves you. So show the love and make him something – and maybe, just maybe you will reap some of the benefits.

It’s a win, win sitch(uation).

I was trying to think of “manly” treats. It wasn’t easy. But here is what I made and found for ya.

p.s. hopefully your dad enjoys golfing, cigars, or rocky roads.

My dad…well, doesn’t. He probably hasn’t touched a golf club since 1975 nor have I ever seen him smoke a stogie. However, he likes rocky road candy bars (and woodworking). I was going to form a cake ball to look like a piece of wood but I’m pretty sure I’d be the first and last to create that idea. At least I made rocky road bars. Phew.

Pretzel Cigars


1 package Chocolate CANDIQUIK Coating

24 pretzel rods

cigar bands – don’t worry, here they are so you can print them –> Print Cigar Bands

Cigar Bands with “Grandpa” option


Melt CANDIQUIK Coating according to the package directions.

Completely dip each pretzel rod in the CANDIQUIK, coating completely and pull out with a pair of tongs or a fork. Set on wax paper to dry.

Attach cigar bands to the pretzel rods once dry. Secure with a piece of tape.



Everyone loves (or should love) spongy little marshmallows and crunchy peanuts, all enrobed in a cocoa-y chocolate.

Rocky Road Bars

yield: 16 bars


1 package Chocolate CANDIQUIK Coating

1 1/2 cups mini marshmallows

1 1/2 cups salted peanuts


Mix peanuts and marshmallows in melted Chocolate CANDIQUIK. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto wax paper to dry.

And if you don’t like peanuts you could certainly use almonds, walnuts, macadamia nuts, or any other fine nut…

The peanuts are just the nut o’ choice for those on a budge(t). And they taste mighty good too!

BTW- Salted nuts are the way to go - it brings out the overall flavor.

These pops aren’t my work - but I wanted to get the ideas out to you ASAP – and these are similar to the golf ball pops I will make! I found them here and 1 Fine cookie has perfect golf ball pops (with a twist)!

Too cute.

Here’s how I would make them…


Yield: approximately 48 pops

2 packages Vanilla CANDIQUIK Candy Coating

1 box white cake mix (plus ingredients for cake)

Plastic cake tool (with a rounded tip – to make indents in cake pops)

OR if you want to be super fancy – you can purchase a super cool golf ball lollipop mold like 1 fine cookie did in her pops. Check ‘em out!


Prepare cake mix as directed on box.  Allow cake to slightly cool.

Crumble cake into a large bowl. Mix thoroughly with frosting (it may be easier to use fingers to mix together).

Chill mixture for approximately 2 hours in the refrigerator (you can speed this up by placing in the freezer).

On a wax lined baking sheet, roll mixture into 1 inch balls. Using a plastic cake tool (or something laying around w/ a small, rounded end) to create the indentations in the cake pop.

Insert a lollipop stick into each cake ball.

Melt Vanilla CANDIQUIK® Candy Coating according to the directions on the package.

Dip each cake pop into the CANDIQUIK and coat completely. Place in a Styrofoam block to dry.

tip: when dipping cake pops, make sure they are cold, or they could fall off the stick into the chocolate!

(If you want to use the golf ball mold approach- follow  Jasmin’s directions!)

For the “tee”: use icing writer to color the lollipop stick or wrap the lollipop stick with candy (with a chewy candy such as fruit roll-ups).


P.S. Click here to check out my Cake Pop Tutorial! Follow Miss Candiquik on BlogLovin'

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    • says

      Hi Tiffany, there is a link that says “print cigar bands” – click on it, it will pull up the PDF and you can print. Maybe you aren’t able to open a pdf? Let me try adding the image so that you can click on the image and print it that way.


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