One giant bag of semi-sweet or milk chocolate morsels
One giant bag of white chocolate morsels
A giant tub of pretzel rods
Sprinkles of some sort
Before you pull the pretzel out, let it lean a bit on the edge of the cup and keep spinning to slough off a bit of chocolate without scraping or leaving bald spots. Then holding the pretzel vertically over the bowl of sprinkles, pinch some up and dust them over the chocolate. Can you roll them on wax paper instead? Sure. But I was dealing with the chaos of my older son while doing this, so the idea of sugar on a flat surface near the edge of a counter was tres scary.
After getting the chocolate nice and covered, place the pretzel on a parchment or wax paper lined cookie sheet. Make sure it's one that fits in your fridge before you put your freshly decorated pretzels on it! When you're all done dipping, spinning, sprinkling and placing, stick 'em in the fridge.
Now on to the M&M covered ones. This was a trickier business. My thought was; melt, stir, spin, roll, place, fridge. And it was almost that easy. Not quite though. I used milk chocolate in deference so my mom who has expressed a preference for it. I melted the morsels just as I did above and stirred. This time as it cooled I put a piece of wax paper on the counter and put the minis on it. It was a much safer prospect at this point because Mr.-"just two (thousand) more pieces of candy"-Alex was now snoozing away for his nap. And while I'm sure Ethan would just love some chocolate, he can't reach that high yet. I dipped, swirled and tried to roll the pretzel in the candies. Not. So. Much. The candies wanted to roll off and leave little globs of chocolate with them. I figured out that you set the pretzel in the bits, lift it off, turn it a bit, then place it down again. Repeat until the pretzel is covered.
You'll still have fallout and they'll probably not be as pretty as the professionally made ones. But that's why they charge the big bucks and I'm at home making my own. I'm betting they'll taste just fine though. You'll need to stick these in the fridge as well. For display, I plan on putting a second package of minis in a glass bowl and sticking the rods, chocolate side up, down in the candies like a flower arrangement. I'll let you know how it worked out when I write next time.