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Rainbow Pretzel Butterflies

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Rainbow Pretzel Butterflies
  • Prep Time 35 min
  • Total Time 1 hr 5 min
  • Servings 20
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Rainbow Pretzel Butterflies

Pretzel Butterflies are not only a tasty treat, but also a terrific project to bring out the creativity in kids of all ages.


small pretzel twists
cup white vanilla baking chips or 2 oz vanilla-flavored candy coating, cut into pieces
box Betty Crocker™ Fruit Roll-Ups™ snacks (multi-colored varieties look cool!)
packages Betty Crocker™ Fruit Gushers™ fruit flavored snacks (from a box)
small pretzel sticks (for straight anntena) or small pretzel twists (for curved antenna)


  • 1 Line large cookie sheet with waxed paper. Unroll Fruit Roll-Ups™, one sheet at a time. Trace each small pretzel on the Fruit Roll-Ups™ with a sharp knife. Remove shape and press firmly to back of pretzel. Continue until all pretzels are covered. Place pretzels in pairs on waxed paper, with bottom tips touching as shown to form wings.
  • 2 Cut 10 Gushers™ fruit flavored snacks in half to make 20 halves. Set aside. In a microwave-safe bowl, melt white chocolate chips on high for 30 seconds. Remove from micro, stir, and return to micro for up to another 30 seconds until chocolate is melted completely and can be stirred smooth. Using a small spoon or pastry bag, dab chocolate to join each pretzel set to make a butterfly. Before the chocolate sets, add a Gushers™ half, cut-side down, to make the butterfly body.
  • 3 Snap remaining pretzel twists (or pretzel sticks) into anntena size. Dip one end of each piece into the melted chocolate and place on the butterflies. Allow chocolate to harden completely before removing from wax paper.
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Rainbow Pretzel Butterflies

As prepared by tbspSusan,

Butterfly season is back! And you don't even need a net to catch a batch of these li'l perties.

I used to have a butterfly fettish when I was a baby. That's how the family story goes, anyway. Mom told me that I'd stare at a butterfly mobile for hours and hours. B.O.R.I.N.G. What a yawnster youngin.

Well at least I grew up to make exciting snacks! These colorful butterflies are the edible variety. So their scientific name would be edilicious flutterbyus. Here at Tablespoon, we call 'em Rainbow Pretzel Butterflies -- and you can make them too.

Recipe for Pretzel Butterflies

These are so super cute and easy. Grab a kid to help and let's fly!

First, cut wings out of Fruit Roll-Ups. Look for the Fruit Roll-Ups with mixed colors, like Blastin' Berry or Tropical Tie Die. I used a tiny heart cookie cutter, so I could get different colors on all the wing sections.

Small Heart Cookie Cutter

If you have a mini cookie cutter, the kids can help with this step.

Cut Hearts from Fruit Roll-Ups

No heart cookie cutter? NO WORRIES! Just trace around a mini pretzel with a sharp knife, like this:

Tracing Pretzel to Cut Fruit Roll-Ups

Either way, take the Fruit Roll-Ups pieces and press them to the backs of the pretzels to fill in the wing sections with rainbow colors. Amazing! The Fruit Roll-Ups stick like glue!

2 pretzels = 1 butterfly. Keep making wings til you have as many as you want.

Press Fruit Roll-Ups to Pretzel Back

Hold it up to the light and say "Peace and Love" five times. These would be groovy peace-sign snacks for your next 60's party.

Pretzel with Fruit Roll-Ups on the Back

Cut Gushers Fruit Flavored Snacks in half. These'll be the bodies. Even cuter than REAL butterfly bodies, which are kinda insecty. Eeuuw. Just saying.

Fruit Gushers for Butterfly Bodies

On a sheet of wax paper, set your pretzel wings in pairs, bottom-ends together, to make butterflies. Melt some white chocolate chips in a small bowl in the microwave. Stir til smooth and dab on your butterflies to keep those wings together.

Melted White Chocolate Keeps Pretzel "Wings" Together

Before the white chocolate sets, add a Gushers half for the body, cut side down.

Gushers as the Butterfly Body

Snap some mini pretzels (or pretzel sticks cut in half, like I did here) into antenna size. Dip one end of each into the melted white chocolate and "glue" them in place.

Butterflies with Pretzel Anntena

Whoa, so cute! Let them set up until the chocolate is completely hard, then gently remove them from the wax paper. Butterfly...BACK LIT!

Rainbow Pretzel Butterfly

Here's a perf party idea -- add sucker sticks  to 'em with more melted white chocolate chips, and display them in a vase or little bucket like this:

Pretzel Butterflies on Sucker Sticks

Go ahead ... fixate on them. I am! I'm in awe that I MADE THESE. Guess I'm not so boring after all. Hmmm...maybe I should make a mobile out of them?

Rainbow Pretzel Butterfly Snacks


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Expert Tips

Use the melted white chocolate to adhere a sucker stick to the bottom of the butterflies. When set, these can be placed in a small Mason jar, clay pot or other decorative vase for a great display. Use sugar or clean floral gems to keep the sticks in place.

Do each section in a separate Fruit Roll-Ups™ color. I used a tiny heart-shaped cookie cutter to cut 3 pieces for each wing (6 for each butterfly), then pressed each piece to a separate section so they looked like stained glass windows.

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