Mardi Gras Pretzel Rods

Take the King Cake to another level when you make Mardi Gras Pretzel Rods. This is a great snack for the parades, parties, and general “laissez les bon temps rouler” attitude that embodies the Mardi Gras fun and festivities.

These pretzel rods are super easy to make. I make them all the time, I just change out the candy melt colors and sanding sugars to match the event I’m going to.

Everyone loves these pretzel rods when I take them to any event. You’ll find that you can’t just eat one. You’ll also find lots of people asking you where you bought these. It always makes me feel good when I can tell someone I did them myself. You have to enjoy the little wins!

Mardi Gras Pretzel Rods

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Author Jennifer Grooms


  • Pretzel rods
  • White candy melts white chocolate morsels, or vanilla almond bark
  • Green candy melts
  • Purple candy melts
  • Yellow candy melts
  • Assorted jimmies in yellow purple, and green
  • Sanding sugar in yellow purple, and green


  1. Melt the candy coating according to package directions giving special care not to overheat the candy. If the candy coating is overheated, it will be too thick. You can add 2 teaspoons of vegetable shortening or coconut oil to help thin the candy but do not add any other type of liquid as the candy will seize and harden.
  2. Pour candy coating over two-thirds of the pretzel rod and shake gently to remove excess. If applying sprinkles, do so immediately rotating the pretzel rods to coat all sides. Larger sprinkles work best if placed individually.
  3. Place pretzel rod on waxed paper or cooling rack. (Cook’s notes: Waxed paper makes for easier release.)
  4. If drizzling with additional colored candy melts, allow initial candy coating to set completely. Then, use a spoon or fork to drizzle candy coating over the pretzel rods. Before the pretzel sets, gently pick it up and move to clean wax paper.
  5. Let pretzel rods dry completely before packaging or serving.

Recipe Notes

Store in an airtight container at room temperature. Placing in the refrigerator may cause the pretzel to soften.