Easy Maple Bacon Pretzel Rods

These Maple Bacon Pretzel Rods are the perfect combination of sweet & salty – a bacon lover’s dream! You only need 4 ingredients & they’re SO easy & yummy!

Maple Bacon Pretzel Rods

I have this donut shop near my house that I absolutely love.  It opened up in a location where other places that’d opened up had failed.  You know the places – every town in America has them.  It’s like the location is cursed or something.  Every business that’s been there ends up closing not too long afterwards, as if the location is doomed for a business to survive, much less thrive, there.

Thankfully, that wasn’t the case with this little donut shop up the street from my house. It has been here for a couple years now, and I see no signs of it closing up any time soon. I drive past the donut shop 80% of the time when I have to run errands, & it’s so hard not to stop in each and every time.  The struggle is real, people.

Nearly every time I drive by, the parking lot is full. And I know why! I am so in love with their donuts! My favorite donut by far is their maple bacon donuts. Oh my word – they’re so fabulous. Sweet, salty – deliciousness.

maple bacon donut

Not very often does a donut inspire me to create a pretzel based treat – but this one certainly did.  It’s just some sort of special, I tell ya… both the donut and this pretzel recipe!

Think about it for a second. Doesn’t the sweet & salty combination of maple frosting, bacon, & pretzels sound oh-so-delicious? And friends, let me just assure you in case you have any doubts, this combo is perfection at it’s best.  These flavors are seriously a match made in heaven. So, so good!

Maple Bacon Pretzel Rods

This recipe is a tad bit on the dangerous side because of how easy & yummy they are.  A whole can be made pretty quickly with just a few basic ingredients.  Not to mention they’re totally addictive.  Salty. Sweet. Perfection.

Here’s what you need:

  • cooked crispy bacon
  • candiquik (or substitute almond bark or white chocolate) 
  • maple flavoring 
  • pretzel rods

Candiquik is located on the baking aisle of your grocery store, usually with the chocolate chips. You can also use almond bark or white chocolate chips,  both located in the same place. I like candiquik because it comes with a little microwavable tray making the whole process easier in my opinion.


Melt the candiquik according to package instructions in the microwave.

Once melted, add your desired amount of maple flavoring.  I use about 2 teaspoons for the whole thing. Stir it around really well to combine.

Maple Bacon Pretzels

Dip 1/2 to 3/4 of the pretzel rods into the maple flavored candiquik.  Lay out on a baking sheet lined with wax paper. Sprinkle with chopped cooked bacon, pressing it in as needed. Drizzle the bacon covered rods with a little extra maple glaze.

Let sit until the maple frosting is set.  You can refrigerate to hurry the process along if you’re impatient like me!

Maple Bacon Pretzel Rods

By the way, this would make an awesome gift for someone.  A bouquet of maple bacon pretzel rods?  Yes, please! 

Maple Bacon Pretzel Rods


  • 1 package vanilla Candiquik or sub with almond bark or white chocolate
  • 2 teaspoons of maple flavoring more or less to taste
  • 1 package of bacon cooked to a crisp & crumbled
  • 1 bag of pretzel rods


  • Melt the vanilla candiquik in the microwave according to the package directions. Stir in the maple flavoring. Dip 1/2 to 3/4 of the pretzel rods into the maple candiquik & place them on a baking sheet covered with wax paper. Sprinkle the crumbled bacon on top, pressing in the pieces as needed. Drizzle on a little extra maple glaze to finish them up. Let cool until set - refrigerate to hurry the process along.

Maple Bacon Pretzel Rods

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