No Bake, Artificial Dye Free Chocolate Easter Dessert!


A couple weeks ago, I felt like being a Pinterest Mom for the day, and trying out something new and fun. My kids love dessert, and they love helping in the kitchen. That’s how these no bake, artificial dye free, dessert pretzels were born. Read on if you’re interested in giving them a try! 

Easy DIY No Bake, Artificial Dye Free Chocolate Dessert

We had so much fun coming up with this “recipe” although I hesitate to even call it a recipe because it was SO simple to make these. We picked up some pretzels, Ghirardelli White Chocolate Melting Wafers, Color Kitchen Natural Food Colors, and some sprinkles. I was originally intending on making yogurt pretzels but couldn’t find the right ingredients at the grocery store. This was way simple, and it would’ve been way easier if I had just ordered everything on Amazon because all the ingredients are available for WAY cheaper there, and I was able to find the artificial-dye free stuff I needed in one stop. I linked it all above and down below if you are planning to try this! 

Why artificial dye free? Between Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day and Easter, I feel like my kids have been pumped with sugar for the holidays. Whenever I can help it, I like my kids to eat a little healthier. If we’re making a sweet treat, it doesn’t hurt to sub out food coloring for something that’s a little more natural. It doesn’t take too much effort to make a healthier choice, so I do it.

Color Kitchen’s colors are from natural. Their natural food dyes are artificial dye-free, the colors are derived from plants, they’re vegan, gluten-free, and non-gmo. I love that they come in blue, pink and yellow color packets. We were easily able to make a mixture of colors, which made this kind of a fun lesson plan! 

My kids had a great time with this craft. To make these fun colored pretzels, we melted a handful of Ghirardelli White Chocolates in the microwave, and added some of the Color Kitchen food dyes. My kids were able to see in person how when we mixed two colors together, it created another color. We created purple by mixing blue + pink. We created green by mixing blue + yellow. The biggest trick was being able to have enough chocolate on the pretzel that it would stick. We put the completed pretzels on a piece of wax paper, and within about 10-15 minutes the chocolate had cooled down and dried. We chose to add sprinkles to some, but this part would be optional. 

This was such a fun DIY for the kids. I would totally do this again. It would make a great DIY project for St. Patrick’s Day (Pot O’ Gold pretzels anyone?) or it would make a good Easter recipe. I love the pastels! They’re just so springy for any occasion. 

Pot of Gold Pretzels for St. Patrick's Day

Even Val really loved to help! This batch was family only…too many baby fingers in the mix! Is this something you would make with your kids? It was so much fun! 

What is your favorite Easter tradition? Do you like to DIY? Desserts, crafts, or both? 

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