Instant Pot Chocolate Covered Pretzels—use your Instant Pot as a double boiler to melt chocolate and keep it warm and melty while you dip pretzels. I’ll never melt chocolate another way again!
Instant Pot Chocolate Covered Pretzels
This time of year it’s fun to dip stuff in chocolate. Marshmallows, strawberries, pretzels, cinnamon bears, nuts…I’m a fan of it all. Using your Instant Pot as a double boiler is a great way to melt the chocolate and then keep it warm and melty as you dip, dip, dip until your heart’s content. The Instant Pot keeps the chocolate the PERFECT temperature the entire time that you are dipping. I think that it’s much easier to use than the stove top method or the microwave method because the Instant Pot is placed on the counter and your parchment or waxed paper is placed right next to it. This leads to much less mess and it’s very convenient.
Because some things are just easier to show you than write I made a video. Watch my tutorial on how to make chocolate covered pretzels using your Instant Pot…
What type of chocolate is best for dipping pretzels?
As mentioned in the video I used dark chocolate for my pretzels because that’s how I roll. I know many people love using milk or white chocolate for pretzels and that is great too. If you use white chocolate you may need to double dip the pretzels. Dip the pretzels once and then let them dry. Then dip them another time to ensure they get really coated and covered completely. White chocolate, which I usually think is too sweet, works well with pretzels because they are salty.
Can I used chocolate chips for dipping pretzels?
I used the Ghiradelli melting wafers that are made specific for melting and dipping. However you can use chocolate chips. I would suggest adding in 1 tablespoon of shortening or vegetable oil with the chips. This will give you the desirable glossy finish. Chips won’t look like they are melting because they are designed to hold their shape. So stir a lot. This time of year it’s easy to find melting chocolate and it is often on sale. This would be my preferred choice but in a pinch chips will work too.
More Instant Pot Treats…
Instant Pot Rice Krispy Treats
Instant Pot Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate
What Pressure Cooker Did You Use?
To make I used my 6 quart Instant Pot Duo 60 7 in 1*. I love this Instant Pot because it has the yogurt making function which I use almost weekly. It has two pressure settings (high and low), and there are also little slots in the handles so that you can rest the lid there instead of putting it down on your counter-top.
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Instant Pot Chocolate Covered Pretzels
- Prep Time: 30 minutes
- Total Time: 30 minutes
Use your Instant Pot as a double boiler to melt chocolate and keep it warm and melty while you dip pretzels. I’ll never melt chocolate another way again!
- 10 ounces of melting chocolate (you can use chocolate chips in a pinch)
- Pour 2 cups of water into the bottom of your Instant Pot. Turn your Instant Pot to the saute setting adjust to “more.”
- Place a glass or metal bowl that sits in/on the Instant Pot without falling in on top of the Instant Pot.
- Add the chocolate into the bowl. Stir every minute until the chocolate is smooth and melted. Turn the Instant Pot to the Keep Warm setting.
- Place a pretzel on a fork. Lower the pretzel into the chocolate. Coat the pretzel in the chocolate. Tap off excess chocolate. Then place the pretzel on a piece of parchment or waxed paper. Repeat until all the chocolate is used.
- Let the pretzels dry. Then place in an airtight container or ziploc bag.
If you use chocolate chips add 1 Tbsp of shortening in with the chocolate chips. This will give a better finish and look and feel of the chocolate.
If you want to use sprinkles, just sprinkle them on before the chocolate hardens.
- Category: Dessert
- Method: Instant Pot
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I have not tried this yet but looking at all the reviews I know i will love them. Do you think I could make these and freeze them. I would love to make these for Christmas gift for my co-workers.
Yep they would freeze great!
Thank you for getting back to me so soon. I am sure my co-workers will love these. Happy holidays. Love your site and have made many of your recipes, none of which has failed me.
Would (pan) as in pot n pot method work on an elevated trivet?
Have you tried this method with real dipping chocolate and not the wafers which are pre tempered??
No I haven’t but I think it would work great!
Can I melt chocolate directly in pot? I don’t have a glass bowl that would fit on top.. I mostly own Tupperware hah.. otherwise I’ll have to buy one!
You could, but I’d only put it on warm setting or low slow cooker setting. The direct heat might burn the chocolate.
I ended up buying a glass bowl. Amazing results!!
What brand/size bowl did you buy?
Rosemary Correia says
I melted chocolate as described but made ritz crackers spread with peanut butter and marshmallow and dipped in chocolate. Delicious. I will not melt chocolate any other way for dipping as the chocolate stays smooth throughout the whole process. Thank you.
Ok that just sounds like heaven.
I love pb & marshmallows and am trying to visualize this…how does the mallow melt and stay on while you dip it in the chocolate? I’m asking because I want to try it. Thank you.
Just wanted to pass along a warning…when I was finished making the chocolate covered pretzels and turned off the instant pot it was was like a vacuum with the metal bowl that I used. I couldn’t separate the bowl from the instant pot. I figured I would turn the instant pot back on and maybe that would release the bowl. Boy, did it ever! It popped out with a bang! It could have been very dangerous!
P.S. The pretzels were delicious!
YIKES!!! Thanks for the warning!
CHRISTINE BIELLER says
This has worked awesome for me for pretzels!! Can I do this with strawberries do you think?
Oh for sure!!
Hélène Paquin says
Amazing, this new way of melting chocolate has become my favorite. My husband brought those pretzels to work and the guys just loved them, they said the presentation was so nice they thought it was store-bought. I used a mixture of dark and milk chocolate and sprinkled them with the xmas colour sprinkles. However make sure you have 2 or 3 hours, that’s how long it takes to dip a full bag of pretzels in chocolate one by one. If you have left over chocolate you can always spread it on parchment paper and sprinkle with mixed nut or candy cane shaving and you have some chocolate bark.
They are so tasty! I’m glad you and your husband enjoyed them!
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Yum those look awesome!! You are trying to many things! How awesome 😊
I made these last night following the recipe exactly. They came out “perfect”! I like the salty/sweet combination. The chocolate wafers melted beautifully and the putting together is simple. This is one recipe I will make again and again. Thank you for posting.
I’m so glad you hear this Eileen!
I did not make these pretzels but wanted to thank you for making my holiday candy dipping SOOOOO much easier! You are a GENIUS Karen! When I saw this recipe, I thought to myself that this would work for dipping my truffles and buckeyes, which it did. I dipped 8 dozen oreo truffles (in white choc) and 16 dozen buckeyes (in milk choc) with very little effort. My chocolate stayed at the perfect temp and as I started getting low in the bowl, I just added a handful of chocolate and it melted quickly. No scorched chocolate. No constant stirring. Perfect in every way. I used my 3 quart Instant Pot which is shorter (on the counter) and it was easier to find a bowl to fit it. Thank you so much!
Wow Marcia!!! I really want to live next to you and sneak some of your truffles and buckeyes!!! I am so happy that this worked well for you. It really is so convenient.
I used almond bark (both white and chocolate) to dip the pretzels into. This new way is so much easier than melting it in the microwave and then keeping it warm on the warming element on the stove. I won’t use the old way of preparing it again now that this is so much easier. Thank you for your ingenuity.
I’m glad you tried it Sharon! It really is such a good method! It makes it so much easier.
Sharon Schroeter says
This is a great recipe–thank you!
Should the bowl touch the water or be above the water?
Mine was above the water. If it was barely touching that would be okay too.