To make chocolate-covered pretzel sticks or rods, melt chocolate and shortening or oil in a container, and dip the pretzels in the melted chocolate. Place the prepared sticks on parchment paper or waxed paper to cool and harden. Before the chocolate hardens, enhance the chocolate-covered pretzel sticks with drizzled, sprinkled or rolled toppings to make a fun, decorative and flavorful treat. Dip or sprinkle the covered ends evenly before placing the pretzels to cool.
Any pretzel rod or stick works for chocolate-covered pretzels. The chocolate can be milk, dark, semi-sweet, white or a combination to make a mix of swirled and decorative pretzels. Melt the chocolate in the microwave in a microwave-safe container or over medium heat on the range in a double boiler. Heat each type of chocolate simultaneously and in separate containers for clean decoration.
Decorations and enhancements for chocolate covered pretzels include other flavors and colors of chocolate, sprinkles in any color, caramel, crushed or broken nuts, and any number of crushed or crumbled candy bars or pieces. The dry decorations, such as sprinkles and nuts, should be added while the chocolate is still warm, coating evenly on all sides before placing the pretzel down to cool.