Chocolate Pretzel Candies

This is Easy Christmas Treat #1 in the series “Easy Christmas Treats.” Easy Christmas Treat #2 will be featured tomorrow and then … well, that’s it for the series. It’s not a long one, sorry.

That I found the energy to make either easy treat sometimes feels like a Christmas miracle in and of itself. Women who have done this pregnancy thing more than once, I salute you. I am humbled by you, admire you and practically worship you. I’d curtsy in your general direction too, but then I wouldn’t be able to get back up without help.

So! As far as easy treats go, these are insanely so. Put down a pretzel, add a  Hershey’s kiss, melt the kiss a little and then plop an M&M on top. They’re so simple you can do most of the prep sitting down. And that I did.

And they’re good, too. Sweet and salty = score.

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Chocolate Pretzel Candies

Sweet and salty = yum! As far as easy treats go, these are insanely so. Put down a pretzel, add a Hershey's kiss, melt the kiss a little and then plop an M&M on top.


  • 36 waffle-shaped pretzels
  • 36 Hershey's hugs, unwrapped
  • 36 Red and/or green M&Ms
  • or
  • 36 circular peanut butter sandwich pretzels
  • 36 Hershey's milk chocolate kisses, unwrapped
  • 36 Red and/or green M&Ms
  • Sea salt (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 170 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Lay a piece of parchment paper on a cookie sheet.
  3. Lay the pretzels on the cookie sheet and top with a kiss.
  4. Bake for 4 - 7 minutes, until the kiss or hug is soft but still retains its shape. One way to test is to poke it with a spoon; another is to pull them out at 4 minutes and try to top with an M&M; if it's still hard in the middle, give it another minute or two.
  5. Pull from the oven and top immediately and quickly with M&Ms. If you're using the peanut butter sandwich pretzels and notice they don't have much salt, sprinkle the kiss with a little sea salt if you want.
  6. Allow to harden - this will take a couple of hours, or you can transfer them to the refrigerator to speed up the process.

Idea from Family Fun Magazine

Originally posted on The Hazel Bloom December 21, 2011. Updated and posted on Kitchen Treaty December 12, 2012. More about this

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Kare is a vegetarian home cook living among carnivores. She loves creating irresistible and flexible recipes that help multi-vore families like hers keep the peace - deliciously.