Kids of all ages can help to decorate these bright and cheerful Smiley Face Pretzels. The design is simple and easy to make using round pretzels, candy coating, mini chocolate chips and a food coloring marker. They make great snacks and served alongside Smiley Face Cookies are fun treats to use for a Smiley Face Party.
Smiley Face Pretzels
Ingredients: (makes 75)
10 ounces yellow confectionery coating (Candy Melts) or white confectionery coating
optional: yellow candy coloring if using white confectionery coating
75 pretzel rounds
150 mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
black food coloring marker
Pour candy melts into a microwave safe bowl. Heat on high power for 30 seconds, then stir. Heat for another 30 seconds, then stir. Heat for 20 seconds, then let the candy coating sit in the microwave for 2 minutes, then stir. If all the wafers have not melted, heat for 10 second increments, stirring after each until melted.
If using white candy coating, stir in some yellow candy coloring. Be sure to only use coloring that is made for candy. The coloring should not contain any water, which will make your candy coating seize up (harden.)
Set a piece of parchment paper on a baking sheet. Arrange the pretzel rounds on the baking sheet. Pour a few tablespoons of the yellow candy coating into a zip top bag, and snip of one tip making a small hole. Pipe the yellow candy coating into a few of the pretzels, then immediately, place two mini chocolate chips in the wet coating to create the smiley face’s eyes. Continue filling pretzels and adding chocolate chips. Pop the tray in the freezer for about 3 minutes until the candy coating hardens.
If little kids are helping, you can put the candy coating in squeeze bottles if that is easier for them to handle. You can also just spoon the candy into the pretzels, just be sure to scrape the bottom of the spoon each time you get more candy, so you don’t end up with drips all over the pretzels.
After you remove the pan from the freezer, allow the pretzels to come to room temperature for about 10 minutes, then use a black food coloring marker to draw on smiles.
If you’d like some tips for working with food coloring markers, particularly those that have dried up, check out my Edible Food Marker Tips tutorial.