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Christmas Pretzel Hugs

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These quick and easy Christmas pretzel hugs are a fun, festive, sweet and salty holiday treat perfect for parties or gifts. Pretzels are layered with Hershey's Hugs and M&M'S candy for this simple snack.
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  1. Christmas Pretzel Hugs
  2. Ingredients for Christmas Pretzel Hugs
  3. How to Make Christmas Pretzel Hugs
  4. Storing + Sharing Christmas Pretzel Hugs
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Cute and yummy, these Christmas pretzel hugs are the perfect holiday treat! It only takes a few minutes to layer pretzel, Hershey’s Hugs, and M&M’S together in this rich, sweet and salty homemade snack. They are colorful and delicious, perfect for serving at Christmas parties or as an edible gift to friends, neighbors, and teachers. 

MORE CHRISTMAS TREATS: Christmas Crunch | Candy Cane PieHomemade Turtle Chocolates | Ritz Cracker Toffee | Candy Cane Kiss Cookies |

Christmas Pretzel Hugs

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The sweet and salty combo of these little treats is addicting and irresistible.

They’re fun to make and eat plus they look so festive thanks to the bright red and green. 


CHRISTMAS COOKIES: Christmas Pinwheel Cookies | Peanut Butter Balls | Cinnamon Roll Cookies | Peanut Butter Cookie Cups | Gingerbread Cookies |


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Ingredients for Christmas Pretzel Hugs

  • 84 square mini pretzels
  • 84 Hershey’s Hugs, unwrapped
  • 84 M&M’S, red and green

Recipe Notes

  • You can use any amount of the ingredients in equal number. You could make smaller or larger batches easily. 
  • You can use round or crossed pretzels if you prefer. I like the square pretzels because they work well with chocolate. 
  • Do NOT use butter flavor pretzels. 
  • You can put more than one M&M’S on each pretzel if you’d like.
  • You could also use Rolos instead of Hershey’s Hugs if you’d like or classic Hershey’s Kisses or Peppermint Hershey’s Kisses. 
  • You can make these year-round and use another color of M&M’S, like pastel for Easter, pink for Valentine’s Day, red, white, and blue for 4th of July. 
  • You could also top with a dash of sprinkles for even more festive colors.

How to Make Christmas Pretzel Hugs

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BEGIN: Preheat the oven to 200 degrees. Unwrap the Hershey’s Hugs and set aside. 

PRO TIP: Unwrapping the candy is a great place for little hands to help out! 

STEP ONE: Using a large baking sheet place a silicone baking mat on the sheet and place the pretzels on the mat in rows. You can put them all pretty in lines or just fit them all on there!

PRO TIP: You can also use parchment paper. The mat doesn’t slide so it is preferable. 

STEP TWO: Place an unwrapped Hershey’s Hugs on the center of each pretzel. Put the baking sheet into the oven and bake for 5-6 minutes or until the chocolate is soft but not melted completely. 

PRO TIP: Don’t melt the chocolates fully. They should still be standing and a bit shiny but not fully melted. You want them soft enough to push the M&M’S on them. You can always pop them back into the oven for a minute more if you need to! 

STEP THREE: Remove the baking pan and gently push the M&M’S on top of each Hershey’s Hugs. 

STEP FOUR: Let them cool for the chocolate to harden. You can also place them in the fridge or freezer if you’re in a hurry.

PRO TIP: Be sure to let the chocolate set fully before you package or store them otherwise they’ll smudge and stick. No fun! 

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Storing + Sharing Christmas Pretzel Hugs

FRIDGE: You can store them for a week or two in an airtight container in the fridge.

GIFT: You can wrap these in food-safe boxes or cellophane for tasty holiday gifting! 

BARKS & BRITTLES: Peanut Brittle | Microwave Peanut Brittle | Peppermint Bark | Oreo Peppermint Bark | Chocolate Peanut Toffee |

FUDGE RECIPES: Oreo Fudge | Chocolate Fudge |  Peanut Butter Fudge |  Reese’s Pieces Fudge | Gingerbread Fudge | Tiger Fudge |  Rocky Road |

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You’ll love these darling and fun Christmas pretzel hugs. Pretzels are spread on a baking sheet and then an unwrapped Hershey’s Hugs are placed on top of each pretzel. After baking a few minutes, place a festive red or green M&M’S candy on top. We love these little treats for holiday parties and gifts. Quick and easy and super tasty! 

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Christmas Pretzel Hugs

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These quick and easy Christmas pretzel hugs are a fun, festive, sweet and salty holiday treat perfect for parties or gifts. Pretzels are layered with Hershey's Hugs and M&M'S candy for this simple snack.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 26 minutes
Servings 84

Ingredients
  

  • 84 square mini pretzels
  • 84 Hershey’s Hugs unwrapped
  • 84 M&M'S red and green

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 200 degrees.
  • Unwrap the Hershey's Hugs and set aside.
  • Using a large baking sheet place a silicone baking mat on the sheet, place the pretzels on the mat in rows. You can put them all pretty in lines or just fit them all on there!
  • Place an unwrapped Hershey’s Hugs on the center of each pretzel.
  • Put the baking sheet into the oven and bake for 5-6 minutes or until the chocolate is soft but not melted all flat.
  • Remove the baking pan and gently push the M&M'S on top of each Hershey’s Hugs.
  • Let them cool for the chocolate to harden. You can also place them in the fridge or freezer if you’re in a hurry!

Nutrition

Calories: 31kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 17mg | Potassium: 1mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 2IU | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 1mg
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