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Candy-Coated Rolo Pretzel Pumpkins

2017 September 27
by Emily Hill

Rolo pretzels get a Halloween makeover! Candy-coated Rolo pretzel pumpkins require few ingredients and far less time than their carved counterparts!

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After those easy last-minute Nutter Butter ghosts I made last year, I couldn’t wait to make another Halloween treat involving something yummy dipped in something else yummy and decorated with cute facial expressions. I’m pretty sure these candy-coated Rolo pretzel pumpkins were a successful second round.

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Candy-Coated Rolo Pretzel Pumpkins -- Rolo pretzels get a Halloween makeover! Candy-coated Rolo pretzel pumpkins require few ingredients and far less time than their carved counterparts! | isthisreallymylife.com

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Pretzel twists are naturally pumpkin shaped, and smashing melted Rolos between two tiny pretzel twists is always a great idea. Coating those Rolo pretzels in almond bark felt like a natural step after tasting the deliciousness of those Nutter Butter ghosts and krispie treat fireworks pops.

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Candy-Coated Rolo Pretzel Pumpkins -- Rolo pretzels get a Halloween makeover! Candy-coated Rolo pretzel pumpkins require few ingredients and far less time than their carved counterparts! | isthisreallymylife.com

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These candy-coated Rolo pretzel pumpkins have an extremely short list of ingredients (even shorter if you decide not to decorate): pretzels, Rolos, almond bark, soft gel paste food coloring (you can’t color almond bark with traditional water-based coloring), gel icing (or edible markers). That’s it! They’re super easy to make, though dipping and decorating does take a bit of time. But you could totally skip the facial expressions or let the kids takeover. The former is quickest but the latter would make for some pretty interesting pumpkins!

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Candy-Coated Rolo Pretzel Pumpkins -- Rolo pretzels get a Halloween makeover! Candy-coated Rolo pretzel pumpkins require few ingredients and far less time than their carved counterparts! | isthisreallymylife.com

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I found the best way to get those little pretzel stems to stay put was to gently press them into the candy coating and blow a half dozen times or so on the coating. That usually kept them in place. You could leave off the stems but I think they add the perfect touch!

Printable recipe for candy-coated Rolo pretzel pumpkins below. Enjoy!

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Candy-Coated Rolo Pretzel Pumpkins -- Rolo pretzels get a Halloween makeover! Candy-coated Rolo pretzel pumpkins require few ingredients and far less time than their carved counterparts! | isthisreallymylife.com

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Candy-Coated Rolo Pretzel Pumpkins
 
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Rolo pretzels get a Halloween makeover! Candy-coated Rolo pretzel pumpkins require few ingredients and far less time than their carved counterparts! Makes 48 pumpkins.
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Recipe type: Dessert
Ingredients
  • 96 tiny pretzel twists plus more for stems
  • 48 Rolo candies, unwrapped
  • 1½ (24-oz) packages vanilla almond bark
  • Orange soft gel paste food coloring*
  • Black gel icing or black food coloring markers
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Place tiny pretzel twists in one layer on baking sheet. Place one Rolo on top of each pretzel.
  3. Bake for 2 minutes. Remove from oven and place another pretzel on top; gently press down.
  4. Place cookie sheet in freezer for 10 minutes to set chocolate.
  5. Melt almond bark according to package direction. Add desired amount of soft gel paste to color the candy coating orange.
  6. Use a fork to dip Rolo pretzels in melted coating; turn to coat evenly. Remove and gently tap fork to remove extra coating.
  7. Placing on parchment paper and add a piece of pretzel for the stem. (You can gently blow a few times on the stem to help set it in the coating.)
  8. Decorate with black gel icing (or food coloring markers). Store in an airtight container.
Notes
* Almond bark does not react well to traditional water-based food coloring. You will need to use coloring in oil, powder or paste. Check the blog post for a link to the soft gel paste food coloring I used in this recipe.

 
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