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Make this monster pretzel recipe for a treat so easy even kids can make it at your Halloween party! It only needs 5 ingredients, but the variations are endless.


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Bookmark this super cute and easy monster pretzel recipe for a spooktacular Halloween treat.

You’ll only need 5 ingredients to make these monster pretzels, and you don’t even have to turn on the stove or the oven!

Kids will freak out at how adorable and quirky these pretzel monsters are.

No tricks here; just frightfully fun Halloween treats. ?

What Is Monster Pretzel?

While the name sounds spooky, monster pretzels are just adorable Halloween desserts.

If you’re looking for a fuss-free Halloween treat, I dare you to find something easier to make than these pretzels decorated with candy eyes. ?️

In fact, this monster pretzel recipe just uses 5 ingredients, and you don’t even need to use the stove or the oven!

What Is Monster Pretzel

Pretzel monster eyeballs are also kid-friendly because they don’t look too freaky. While I’m all for creative food presentations, don’t you agree that it’s better to serve Halloween desserts that don’t look downright repulsive? ?

And because these sweet, crunchy snacks are frightfully delicious and store quite well, you can even pack them for trick-or-treaters!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Perfect Last-Minute Dessert: Hosting a Halloween party? These monster pretzels come together so easily with just a few ingredients without needing a complicated set-up or lengthy clean-up.
  • Kid-Friendly Treat: Pretzel monsters are easy, fun, and oh-so-adorable! They don’t look too creepy, and kids will surely enjoy making their own monster pretzels.
  • Endless Concepts To Choose From: Enjoy the thrill of customizing and decorating these super cute monster pretzels. Kids and kids at heart will surely be delighted mixing and matching different colors, toppings, and flavors!

What Do Halloween Pretzels Taste Like?

These Halloween monster pretzels are sweet, slightly salty, and delightfully crunchy! The contrast between sweet and salty makes these treats thrilling for kids and adults alike. ?

This recipe combines green gel food coloring, white frosting powder, and some lemon juice as the “glue” for the sweet candy eyes.

You can also use water instead of lemon juice, but I think the acidity tastes fantastic with the sweet-salty pretzel treats. 

What Do Halloween Pretzels Taste Like

And since this is a pretty simple monster pretzel, you can play around with different toppings and create yummy texture and flavor combinations. 

If you need inspiration, just scroll down for 3 super adorable pretzel monster ideas. ?

Are Monster Pretzels Healthy?

Monster pretzel treats are basically Halloween candies made from pretzels, frosting, and candy eyes. And like any other sweet treat, you don’t want to snack on these adorable pretzel monsters like a mindless monster. ?

To help little kiddos manage their portions, I suggest just giving them a piece or two instead of serving these crunchy monster pretzels in a bowl. But of course, that’s easier said than done, especially with Halloween pretzels as part of the DIY activities at your Halloween party. 

It might be better to tame your children’s sweet tooth by offering them healthy desserts alongside these adorable monster pretzels.

Our gluten-free apple muffins are delicious and filling, while our dairy-free pumpkin bread is guaranteed to get everyone in the mood for fall. 

And if you have guests who can’t eat gluten, these gluten-free Halloween appetizers are quite literally the best starters for your Halloween party. ?

What Are The Benefits Of Pretzel Monsters?

The best thing about these cute monster pretzels is how easy it is to make them! You don’t need to set up the oven or stove because the adhesive for the candy eyes is just made from frosting powder, food coloring, and lemon juice.

It’s so easy to build your own monster pretzel that this fun Halloween treat makes a good activity for kids at your Halloween party. You don’t need to worry about them handling anything sharp or hot.

What Are The Benefits Of Pretzel Monsters

Adults will also enjoy this monster pretzel recipe because it’s customizable!

Make your Halloween pretzels as cute, spooky, or tasty as you want with different toppings and flavors. 

Ingredients For Halloween Monster Pretzel 

  • Pretzels – Square, crossed, or even round pretzels work for this monster pretzel recipe!
  • White frosting powder – This will be our “glue” for the candy eyes.
  • Lemon juice – You can also just use plain water to make the frosting adhesive for your monster pretzels.
  • Green gel food coloring – The color for these pretzel monsters is up to you!
  • Candy eyes -You can use any cute, edible googly eyes. If you use green frosting, it makes a fun pairing with blue candy eyes.

Tools Needed To Prepare Halloween Monster Pretzel

Other Super Cute And Easy Monster Pretzel Variations For Halloween

Frankenstein pretzels

Build your own Frankenstein using square pretzels! Just coat them with green candy melts and add the details by piping melted chocolate on their faces.

Ghost pretzel rods

Have a pretzel decorating party for Halloween! Pretzel rods can become sweet little ghosts. ?

Just coat the pretzel sticks in melted white chocolate, then draw the ghost’s cute face with edible black marker

Pretzel bones

Another Halloween pretzel treat is pretzel bones! To make the adorable humorous, ahem, humerus bone, push a mini marshmallow on each end of the pretzel rod.

And to make these sweet treats look more like bones, dip them in melted white chocolate twice! 

How to Make Monster Pretzel For Halloween


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STEP 1: Gather the ingredients for your monster pretzel.

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STEP 2: Add green food coloring to the frosting powder. Stir in some lemon juice and mix until combined.

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STEP 3: Spread a tablespoon of frosting on top of each pretzel. This will serve as the adhesive for the candy eyes.

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STEP 4: Press a candy eye over each pretzel.

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STEP 5: Allow the monster pretzels to set in the fridge for at least an hour before serving.

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What To Serve With Halloween Pretzels

Serve these Halloween monster pretzels with other treats like cookies, cupcakes, or cheesecake bars that fit your Halloween party’s theme. Check these terrifyingly tasty Halloween desserts for ideas.

Want to become the “cool house” that trick-or-treaters love visiting? You can also include these fantastic monster pretzels in your goodie bags with bite-sized candy bars.

What To Serve With Halloween Pretzels

But if you want a frightfully festive Halloween dessert table, arrange a platter of these pretzel monsters alongside charcuterie boards. 

Dessert and snack boards are so in right now, and the spooktacular holiday is perfect for serving a mouthwatering s’more charcuterie board and a pumpkin snack board that will get you in the fall spirit.

Having an adult Halloween party? Here are some scarily good Halloween cocktails that will go well with these boards!?

Tips About Making Monster Pretzels

  • If you don’t have candy googly eyes for decorating your monster pretzel, don’t worry! Just cut mini marshmallows in half and decorate the “eyeballs” with an edible black marker pen.
  • If you prefer the taste of candy melting wafers over frosting, you can use them as the adhesive for your monster pretzels. Put a candy melt on top of each pretzel, melt them in the oven for a few minutes at 350°F, then press the eyes into the pretzels before the candy sets. 
  • Make different types of pretzel monsters for an adorably spooky dessert table. For swamp monsters, mix pretzel sticks with melted colored chocolate wafers, scoop out the pretzel stick pieces, then decorate them with candy eyes!

How To Store Pretzel Monsters

  • Fridge: Don’t throw out your leftover monster pretzels from the party! Just put them in an airtight container, and you can still enjoy them for up to a week if refrigerated. 
  • Freezer: Unfortunately, these sweet little pretzel monsters might just turn soggy after thawing.

Can you make this Halloween monster pretzel recipe in advance? Yup! You can make these treats three days in advance.

How To Store Pretzel Monsters

And if your little one is having a party at school,  make these monster pretzels with the best sweet and savory Halloween classroom snacks!

How to Decorate Pretzels For Halloween?

There are many ways to decorate pretzels for Halloween and to be honest, it’s not an exaggeration to say the sky is the limit.

You can dip them in melted chocolate or colorful candy melts, roll them in nuts and other candy pieces, or construct adorably spooky characters like Frankenstein, mummies, spiders, and pumpkins by adding details using edible pens and assorted sprinkles.

What about Halloween parties with specific themes? For gothic Halloween parties, black velvet cake and lemon blueberry cheesecake fit the bill!

How Do You Get Toppings To Stick To Pretzels?

Before transforming pretzels into cute and sugary sweet monsters, you’ll need an edible adhesive for the decorations and toppings. 

The edible “glue” we used for this monster pretzel recipe is made from lemon juice and frosting powder, but you can also coat the pretzels with melted chocolate or candy wafers.

However, speed is the key, and you must decorate quickly before the edible glue sets. 

Once done, just pop the coated pretzels in the fridge before serving your spooky treats.

And for other Halloween-themed desserts, check out our freakishly cute graveyard pudding cups and Halloween bat cupcakes.

What Flavors Go Best With Pretzels?

Tweak this monster pretzel recipe to your liking and serve different “monsters” to suit every sweet tooth at your Halloween party!

Using different toppings, coatings, and candy decorations, you can make white chocolate, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, nut, or even fruit-flavored pretzel monsters.

What about savory monster pretzels?

The first thing that comes to mind is cheesy Halloween pretzels! But since we’re making Halloween treats, why not turn pretzel rods into a witch’s broom?

The broom head can be made from strips of cheese sticks and chives! ?

Why Are My Chocolate Covered Pretzels Not Hardening?

Are your chocolate-covered pretzels not hardening? First, make sure you’re helping the chocolate harden by putting it somewhere cool. If the room is too warm, you’re making it harder for your chocolate to harden (heh, get it?)

Second, use quality chocolate and melt it correctly!

Melt your chocolate slowly over low heat while continuously stirring. And if the chocolate is too thick, here’s how to make melted chocolate thinner.

Isn’t our blog neat? It’s complete with recipes and cooking FAQs to make your kitchen adventures stress-free! 

how to make melted chocolate thinner

FAQ About Pretzels

Do pretzels expire?

Like any food, pretzels expire. Typically, the crunchy snacks can last up to three months

Are pretzels okay in the fridge?

It’s okay to refrigerate pretzels, especially if you have leftovers like these monster pretzels. However, nothing beats room-temperature pretzels when it comes to taste and texture.

Are pretzels a bad late night snack?

Did you know pretzels are popular bedtime snacks? That being said, it’s better to snack on healthier treats for the best sleep quality. After all, some pretzels can be high in carbs and sodium. 

Monster Pretzel (Easy Halloween Treat Recipe)

Monster Pretzel

Yield: Varies
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes

Make this monster pretzel recipe for a treat so easy even kids can make it at your Halloween party! It only needs 5 ingredients, but the variations are endless.


  1. Gather the ingredients for your monster pretzel. 
  2. Add green food coloring to the frosting powder. Stir in some lemon juice and mix until combined. 
  3. Spread a tablespoon of frosting on top of each pretzel. This will serve as the adhesive for the candy eyes. 
  4. Press a candy eye over each pretzel.
  5. Allow the monster pretzels to set in the fridge for at least an hour before serving. 


  • Can't find candy eyes for decorating your pretzels? Make edible googly eyes by cutting mini marshmallows in half, then dotting them with an edible black marker pen for the lens!
  • Another way to make the "adhesive" for this monster pretzel recipe is to put a candy melt on top of each pretzel and melt them in the oven for a few minutes at 350°F. Just work quickly so you can press the eyes into the pretzels before the candy sets.
  • These pretzel monsters can be made with round, square, or crossed pretzels. But if all you have are pretzel sticks, you can mix them with melted colored chocolate wafers, scoop out the "monsters," decorate them with candy eyes, and then refrigerate for 10 minutes.  

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 407Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 79mgCarbohydrates: 91gFiber: 0gSugar: 63gProtein: 0g

* Please note that all nutrition information are just estimates. Values will vary among brands, so we encourage you to calculate these on your own for the most accurate results.

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This monster pretzel recipe is so easy, it’s scary (in a good way!)

If you need a last-minute dessert for your party or want something new to delight trick-or-treaters, these pretzel monsters are perfect!

You only need 5 ingredients, and you can assemble them without turning the oven or stove on. They’re also fun to make, so I’m sure kids will enjoy decorating their own monster pretzels. 

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