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Mizzou Tiger Tail Pretzel Sticks | Missouri Tailgate

These Mizzou Tiger Tail candy coated pretzel sticks were SO FUN to make!  And just a few ingredients : pretzel rods, candy melts, and sprinkles. This is a great way to get your kids involved prepping for your next Missouri Tailgate. Each sweet & salty pretzel is uniquely decorated. You can go Bold and Gold or show your stripes! School spirit is definitely a must on SEC weekends, and this fun tailgate party snack is a great way to show your Tiger pride.

Tiger Tail Candy Coated Pretzel Sticks

SEC Tailgate Special : The University of Missouri

Football season is our FAVORITE time of year. We love the weather, the crowds, the crazy football action, and of course, the food!  This year, we created a tailgate recipe for every team in the South Eastern Conference.

Our goal: to capture the spirit of each school’s team and make a fun and delicious recipe using local flavor and flair. So we put our football differences aside, and researched every school.

If you have ever been to an SEC Tailgate, you know that food is the only thing that brings opposing fans together. (Besides the fact that we all want to beat Florida.)

If you don’t follow college football or aren’t a fan of the SEC…that’s totally ok. The SEC Tailgate recipes are still awesome for your next party. Or a Tuesday. (We won’t judge.)


Mizzou Tailgate Recipe - Tiger Tail Candy Coated Pretzel Sticks


Mizzou Tiger Tail Pretzel Sticks | Missouri Tailgate

This Missouri Tailgate recipe was so much fun. And super easy. Seriously this isn’t a recipe, but it is tailgate inspiration for your next party. These are almost as cute as Truman the mascot!


Tailgating 101 | Tasty Recipes for Football Fun


Tiger Tail Candy Coated Pretzel Sticks - Mizzou Tailgate


We bought colored Wilton candy melts and melted them according to package directions. Just microwave, stir, and keep going until it is smooth.


Tiger Tail Candy Coated Pretzel Sticks - Mizzou Tailgate


Spoon some of the coating into a cup so you can easily coat each salty pretzel stick. Twist and turn and remove. You can use any sized pretzel stick you want. We went for the salted pretzel rods. Great size and the salt goes so great with the yummy candy coating.




Tiger Tail Candy Coated Pretzel Sticks - Mizzou Tailgate


*Note, by the end of this process, the kids were in charge of these candy coated pretzel sticks and they just slopped the candy coating on with a spoon. Hey, whatever works, right?


kids making candy coated pretzel sticks


While the candy coating is still moist, decorate with your favorite sprinkles. Again we went with Mizzou colors : black and gold! (Wilton has a wide variety of candy melts and sprinkles you can easily do any team color.)

If you do a lot of candy coating, Wilton has the best little device to keep your candy coating melted to the perfect temperature while you work. This is worth it if you are making a double or triple batch of these for a crowd.


The Finished Result : Tiger Tail Candy Coated Pretzel Sticks


Tiger Tail Candy Coated Pretzel Sticks - Mizzou Tailgate


Get creative! We created tiger stripes in a few different ways to get different results. We carefully layered some on by alternating sprinkle glitter colors. On others we used a wooden skewer and drizzled the melted candy on in a tiger stripe pattern.


Get fast and easy instructions for this football banner DIY.


Have fun! Pretty sure this one was my favorite.


More SEC Tailgate Recipes You Have to See:

Mississippi Mud Dessert Dip

12th Man Texas Tailgate Chili

Cocky’s Carolina Mustard Wings



Tiger Tail Candy Coated Pretzel Sticks - Mizzou Tailgate


Decorate each pretzel. Place them on wax or parchment paper until hardened. This takes about 10 minutes.

Then they are ready to share and eat at your next Missouri Tailgate.

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Mizzou Tiger Tail Candy Coated Pretzel Sticks | Missouri Tailgate

Fun candy coated salted pretzel sticks, great for game day, parties and more.

Course Snack
Cuisine American
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 24
Calories 115 kcal
Author Buy This Cook That

Buy This

  • 1 12 oz bag salted pretzel rods
  • 1 10 oz bag yellow Wilton candy melts
  • 1 10 oz bag black Wilton candy melts
  • Sprinkles of choice gold, yellow, black, etc

Cook That

  1. Place a large sheet of parchment paper over your working surface.
  2. In a microwave safe bowl, heat the yellow candy melts according to package directions. Microwave 30 seconds, stir, repeat until melted through and smooth.
  3. Repeat the process for the black candy melts.
  4. Either spoon some of the melted candy into a small narrow cup, or use a spoon to coat the pretzel sticks in desired color.
  5. Top with sprinkles of desired color, create tiger stripes with alternate color, or whatever you would like.
  6. If the chocolate hardens, reheat as needed.
  7. *Note: work with one pretzel at a time. The candy coating will harden quickly.
  8. Let the candy coated pretzel sticks harden for about 10 minutes, then serve and enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Mizzou Tiger Tail Candy Coated Pretzel Sticks | Missouri Tailgate
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 115 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Sodium 206mg9%
Potassium 20mg1%
Carbohydrates 19g6%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 1g2%
Calcium 3mg0%
Iron 0.8mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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  • Reply
    November 21, 2016 at 12:17 pm

    Okay, LOVE these. Chocolate covered pretzels are one of my all time holiday faves, and this team spirit version is too cool. The kids and I are going to have so much fun with this!

    • Reply
      November 25, 2016 at 9:18 pm

      My kids had a lot of fun, and a lot of mess. Oh well, it was a delicious creation. 🙂

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