12large classic pretzelsapproximately 2 and ½" in diameter
sprinklesnuts, additional melted chocolate, or assorted decorations, if using
Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
Place the chopped chocolate into a small heat proof bowl. Heat in the microwave on high for 30 seconds, remove, and stir very well. Heat in 10 second increments, stirring after each heating, until chocolate is completely smooth. You may also place the chocolate in a small saucepan and melt over medium heat, stirring constantly, until smooth.
Place a pretzel into the chocolate and, using a fork, cover the pretzel completely in chocolate. Lift pretzel out of the bowl and gently tap the fork on the lip of the bowl to remove excess chocolate. Place the pretzel on the prepared baking sheet and cover with sprinkles (or other decoration, if using). If you'd like to decorate the pretzel with drizzled chocolate, wait until pretzels are completely set before melting new chocolate and decorating.
When you are finished dipping your pretzels or you have filled a baking sheet, refrigerate pretzels for about 10 minutes to allow chocolate to harden. Remove from refrigerator and allow to continue setting at room temperature. Once chocolate is completely set, cover pretzels tightly and store at room temperature up to 2 weeks.
*Chocolate: do not use chocolate chips for these pretzels. They contain stabilizers that prevent them from melting down smoothly. You may use milk, dark, semi-sweet, or white chocolate for these pretzels.