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M&M Pretzel Hugs

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These quick and easy M&M pretzel hugs are a fun, festive, sweet and salty treat. Perfect for parties or gifts. 
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  1. M&M PRETZEL HUGS INGREDIENTS
  2. HOW TO MAKE THIS M&M PRETZEL HUGS RECIPE
  3. HOW TO SERVE
  4. STORAGE
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Cute and yummy, these M&M pretzel hugs are the perfect festive holiday treat. It only takes a few minutes to layer salty pretzels, sweet Hershey’s hugs, and festive M&M’s together in this rich, sweet and salty homemade snack. 

These reindeer pretzels and snowmen truffles are two more adorable treats to make this holiday season.

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M&M PRETZEL HUGS INGREDIENTS

You’ll need:

  • 84 square mini pretzels
  • 84 Hershey’s hugs chocolates, unwrapped
  • 84 M&M’s, red and green

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

PRETZELS: You can use crossed or round pretzels if you prefer. I like the pretzel squares because they work well with the chocolate. Do not use butter flavor pretzels. 

HERSHEY’S HUGS: You could also use Rolos instead of Hershey’s chocolate hugs if you’d like or classic milk chocolate Hershey kisses or peppermint Hershey’s kisses. 

M&M’S: You can make this easy recipe year-round and use another color of M&M’s, like pastel for Easter, pink for Valentine’s Day, red, white, and blue for the 4th of July. 

SPRINKLES: You could also top these Christmas pretzels with a dash of sprinkles for even more festive colors.

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HOW TO MAKE THIS M&M PRETZEL HUGS RECIPE

PRO TIP:

You can use any amount of the ingredients in equal numbers. You could make smaller or larger pretzel M&M batches easily. 

STEP ONE: Preheat the oven to 200°F. Unwrap the Hershey’s Hugs and set them aside. 

PRO TIP:

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

STEP TWO: Using a large baking sheet place a silicone baking mat on the sheet. Place the pretzels on the mat in a single layer 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, though. 

M&M Pretzel Hugs process shot of pretzels placed on a baking mat

STEP THREE: Place the unwrapped Hershey’s hugs on the center of each pretzel. Put the baking sheet into the oven and bake for 5 to 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. 

M&M Pretzel Hugs process shot of Hershey's hugs placed on pretzels

STEP FOUR: Remove the baking pan and gently push the M&M’s on top of each Hershey’s hug. 

PRO TIP:

You can put more than one M&M on each mini pretzel if you’d like.

M&M Pretzel Hugs process shot of m&m's placed on top of Hershey's hugs

STEP FIVE: 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.

HOW TO SERVE

These hugs candies are colorful and delicious, perfect for serving at Christmas parties or as an edible gift to friends, neighbors, and teachers. Add them to a gift box along with our peanut brittle and gingerbread fudge.

STORAGE

IN THE FRIDGE: You can store this easy treat for a week or two in an airtight container in the fridge. 

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You’ll love these darling and fun pretzel bites. Salty pretzels are spread on a baking sheet and then a Hershey’s hug is placed on top of each pretzel along with festive red or green M&M’s candy on top. We love these little treats for holiday parties and gifts during the Christmas season. Quick and easy and super tasty! 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Can I use a different type of chocolate for this recipe?

These pretzel treats could also be made with Rolos or other similar-shaped chocolates.

Can I freeze these little Christmas pretzels?

This simple recipe doesn’t freeze very well as the pretzels would get soggy. We’d recommend making them fresh.

Can I use a different base for these treats?

If you prefer something other than pretzels for this recipe, you could use graham crackers, cookies, or other similar-sized treats.

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M&M Pretzel Hugs

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These quick and easy M&M pretzel hugs are a fun, festive, sweet and salty treat. Perfect for parties or gifts. 
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°F.
  • 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 hug on the center of each pretzel.
  • Put the baking sheet into the oven and bake for 5 to 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 hug.
  • Let them cool for the chocolate to harden. You can also place them in the fridge or freezer if you’re in a hurry.

Notes

TIP: You can use any amount of the ingredients in equal numbers. You could make smaller or larger pretzel M&M batches easily. 
TIP: Unwrapping the candy is a great place for little hands to help out!
TIP: You can also use parchment paper. The mat doesn’t slide so it is preferable, though. 
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.
TIP: You can put more than one M&M on each mini pretzel if you’d like.
TIP: Be sure to let the chocolate set fully before you package or store them, otherwise they’ll smudge and stick.

Nutrition

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