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Overhead view of a red and white striped bowl of gluten-free chocolate peppermint pretzels.

Gluten Free Chocolate Peppermint Pretzels (Vegan-Friendly)

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  • Author: One Lovely Life
  • Total Time: About 30 minutes
  • Yield: 2 cups chocolate dipped pretzels 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


Gluten-Free Chocolate Peppermint Pretzels – These chocolate peppermint dipped pretzels only require 3 ingredients and 20-30 minutes to make. The easiest holiday treat around! (Gluten-Free + Vegan-Friendly)


  • 2 cups (about 50) pretzels (gluten-free, as needed)
  • 1 cup (6 oz.) chocolate chips (dairy-free/vegan, as needed)
  • 46 mini candy canes, crushed

Optional: 1/2 cup white chocolate chips or vanilla candy melts (dairy-free/vegan, as needed)


  1. Set up a cooling station. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or a nonstick silicone baking mat.
  2. If you haven’t already, crush your candy canes. You can do this with a mortar and pestle, though I usually put the candy canes in a resealable bag and crush the candy canes with a rolling pin or the back of a sturdy cup.
  3. Next, gently melt your chocolate. Microwave* 20-30 seconds at a time, stirring in between each break, until they are smooth and glossy. (Do stir often so the chocolate doesn’t scorch. If it scorches, it will seize and go grainy.)
  4. If using white chocolate/vanilla melts, melt those using the same method in a separate bowl.
  5. Dip the pretzels into the melted chocolate chips and use a fork to flip and coat the pretzels. Shake off or let drip any excess chocolate drip off the pretzel and transfer to the prepared baking sheet.
  6. If using white chocolate, you can drizzle a little white chocolate over the pretzels before adding candy cane.
  7. Repeat until all pretzels have been dipped and coated with candy cane, re-warming the chocolate in the dipping bowl as needed if it starts to set up/cool.
  8. Sprinkle the dipped pretzels with crushed candy canes. (You can dip several pretzels at a time before sprinkling with crushed candy cane. You just want to make sure to add the candy cane before the chocolate sets!)
  9. Allow the pretzels to cool and set completely (this will take about 20-30 minutes or so at room temperature, but can be hurried by placing the trays in the refrigerator for 10-15 minutes).


*Alternatively, you can melt your chocolate in a double-boiler. Place a heat-safe bowl (glass or metal) over a pan with 1″ of simmering water. Melt the chocolate in the glass bowl, stirring regularly until it’s smooth and glossy.

  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 3 minutes
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: No-Bake
  • Cuisine: American