Pretzel M&M Hugs {Christmas Style}


I just love everything about these fun little treats. Their sweet and lightly salty deliciousness, their beauty and of course, their simplicity. Holiday treats don’t get any easier than this. Another great thing about these bite size treats is that everyone loves them, young and old alike. They are perfect for a party, to give as a gift or even to make just for yourself because you simply must have them =). And when they take about 15 minutes to make, how could you not want to make these? I just love the holidays. Especially when these show up =). Enjoy!

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Pretzel M&M Hugs {Christmas Style}

4.67 from 9 votes

Yield: 70


  • 70 square pretzels (do NOT use butter snaps)
  • 70 Hershey's Hugs chocolates (from nearly 1 full 12 oz package), unwrapped
  • 70 Milk Chocolate M&M's , I used the red and green Christmas package


  1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with a Silpat or parchment paper. Align pretzels on cookie sheet in a single layer then top each pretzel with one Hershey's Hug chocolate. Bake in preheated oven for 4 - 5 minutes, until the chocolate is shiny and soft (but NOT melting, the chocolates should still hold their shape).
  2. Remove from oven and carefully place one M&M in the center of each soft Hug and press down on M&M to spread the chocolate. Place in refrigerator and allow to rest until chocolate has set, about 5 minutes. Store in an airtight container.
  3. Recipe Source: adapted from g*rated

….and a little food pop art. Love food, love art and I love Photoshop. Don’t know how to do hardly anything with it but it’s fun to learn all that it can do.


  • سالومه: hi
    thank you so much for your blog
    for the oven 200 degree F or C ?? December 9, 2012 at 6:51am Reply

    • Jaclyn: You are welcome, thanks for the thank you =). It is 200 degrees F. All of the recipes I post are in Fahrenheit in case you want to try another. I hope you have a chance to make these! December 10, 2012 at 11:24am Reply

  • Averie @ Averie Cooks: I love that pic with the red M & M popping out. I have tried and tried to learn Photoshop but I am way more geared toward Lightroom. Or geared toward many of these – love this holiday fave! December 9, 2012 at 9:13am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Averie! I always wondered about lightroom and how it works and now I know, your results are always amazing! December 10, 2012 at 11:18am Reply

  • GunDiva: I am so trying these today! Thanks for the great idea! December 9, 2012 at 11:15am Reply

  • sally @ sallys baking addiction: i adore pretzel hugs… i’ve even made them with candy corns before! You have to try peanut butter m&ms next time Jaclyn. OMG. Amazing. LOVE the pop art photos. I know nothing about photoshop lol. I use Lightroom. December 10, 2012 at 6:49am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Sally! So am I the odd woman out, the only one that uses photoshop =). Like Averie’s I love your photos too I’m going to have to look into lightroom. December 10, 2012 at 11:19am Reply

  • Diana Lesire Brandmeyer: Love this idea. I’m going to try them with gluten free pretzel. Hope it works. :)
    Diana December 10, 2012 at 4:17pm Reply

  • Anonymous: These look great! Can’t wait to try them! What website are these from? I would like to print the recipe. Thank you! December 10, 2012 at 5:10pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I adapted the directions from the link above, just below the recipe. I’m sorry I don’t currently have a print feature but am moving over to a new site hopefully by the end of the month which will have one. I hope you enjoy these tasty treats! December 11, 2012 at 11:28pm Reply

  • Donna: Just wondering why not to use butter snaps? They’re the same shape I think. Just wondered – since I have the butter snaps!! ha ha December 12, 2012 at 10:21am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Donna – you are more than welcome to use the butter snaps if you like the flavor of them =) and yes they are the same shape which is why I bought them on accident the other day. I didn’t like their flavor but if you like them of course you could use them =). I hope you enjoy these! December 12, 2012 at 9:49pm Reply

  • Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious: Gorgeous! I love that black and white shot! December 12, 2012 at 3:09pm Reply

  • Anonymous: These are great. I tried them using Rolo’s and topping with half a pecan. They tasted like Turtles’. December 14, 2012 at 7:24am Reply

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  • lisa hudder: why shouldn’t you use butter snaps?
    that is what I bought….. February 16, 2013 at 12:51pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Lisa – You can if you want I just personally don’t like the flavor of them but some people love them and if you do that yes definitely go ahead =). Hope you enjoy! February 16, 2013 at 2:11pm Reply

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  • Kasie: How many days will these last if I were to store them? June 3, 2013 at 3:05pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Probably a week at room temp or longer in the fridge/freezer. June 3, 2013 at 6:36pm Reply

  • Patti Kemper: you can do the same thing using pretzel squares, a Rolo candy with a pecan on top. So easy for both of these recipes. Thanks for sharing. November 20, 2013 at 8:02pm Reply

  • Nancy Cahill: Hi- I don’t usually see Square Shaped pretzels. Can you tell me where I can find these?
    Thanks November 20, 2013 at 8:26pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I always just find them next to the regular shaped and stick pretzels. They are usually called pretzel snaps I think. November 21, 2013 at 10:23am Reply

  • terry wike: Can’r wait to try these for Christmas gifts! November 20, 2013 at 10:52pm Reply

  • Susan H.: Jaclyn- I just made these- super easy (hardest part was the tedious unwrapping.)! I didn’t see this in the comments, but I used some Pumpkin Spice Kisses when I ran out of the Hugs. They’re probably seasonal & not in stores now, but I had snagged several bags around Halloween. I used the red & green M & M’s, but they probably would look better with another color. Regardless, they’re pretty tasty. November 26, 2013 at 4:45pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Sounds delicious with the pumpkin spice kisses! December 2, 2013 at 8:18pm Reply

  • Lisa: Hi! I have seen these on so many sites and thought they looked like something I would be able to do (I’m not a baker). When I took them out of the oven to put the m&m in, it was harder to press down than I thought it should be & the chocolate hug kind of cracked. I put them back in the oven for another minute to soften them some more, but they became even harder – almost like they were drying out. Does anyone have an insight? I have enough to make another batch but want to make sure I get it right! December 5, 2013 at 12:24am Reply

    • Cindy: I had the same problem last year, but I had baked them too long and/or at a higher temperature. Try baking them for less time and/or a slightly lower temperature and see if that works. Maybe try just a couple to experiment and see how long and the right temperature for your oven as ovens can vary! Merry Christmas!! December 6, 2013 at 4:52am Reply

      • Lisa: Thanks Cindy! I tried it at 160 degrees…and did one at a time…took me a few attempts to figure it out but it seemed to work best heating them for only one minute! When I put the m&m on, it would easily push down the top, but wouldn’t go down far enough. I let them sit like that for a minute or two as it seemed the chocolate continued to melt even though they were out of the oven, then pushed them down a little bit more so they would flatten out the rest of the way, and popped them in the freezer. A few melted down a bit too much and spilled over the edge, but not many. They certainly don’t look quite as good as the ones in the photos but pretty close – and MUCH MUCH improved over the first try! Thanks so much for the advice!! December 6, 2013 at 6:40pm Reply

  • becca: i just made these, and had to buy more hugs, so while i was at it i bought some wilton peppermint candymelts too. they look so cute! try it! December 13, 2013 at 8:24pm Reply

  • Amazonite: Seems like everyone’s oven works a little bit different, you need to just experiment and figure out what works best for you. I need to use a 250 degree oven and heat regular milk chocolate kisses for 5 minutes. I’ve heard that different types of kisses take different amounts of time.

    Re: the butter snaps, I used them the first time I made these because that’s all I could find, and ugh. Will never do it again. The faux-butter flavor just comes through as NASTY with the chocolate. I found the regular ones and that’s where I’m heading for my next batch.

    I found some Brach milk chocolate stars, which I remembered from my childhood and didn’t even know they still made; my next batch is going to include some of those. They’re cheaper than kisses, you don’t need to unwrap anything, and being slightly smaller, I think they’ll work well. December 16, 2013 at 7:18am Reply

  • Maggie: I just made these and of course they do not look like the picture :( I followed directions to the ‘T’ but didn’t turn out so pretty. Was there a step I was missing? Help! December 16, 2013 at 8:39pm Reply

  • Tiffany: Why can’t I use butter snap pretzels December 20, 2013 at 2:46pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I hate the artificial flavor they have especially with these, it would be really overpowering I think. December 20, 2013 at 2:57pm Reply

  • Donna Cook: i dont know what happened to mine- i am not a baker but i attempted these, with regular kisses, they didnt melt all the way, and look like volcanoes :{ December 22, 2013 at 1:35am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’d just leave them in a minute or two longer. December 22, 2013 at 6:03pm Reply

    • Laura: Me too! I think we Overcooked the HUGS. Kisses take longer, I found out. Hugs take less time. Experimentation is the key! August 21, 2016 at 1:02pm Reply

  • Gale: Just made some of these last night and another batch this morning. So simple and yummy! I have some candycane kisses that i may try too! December 22, 2013 at 7:21am Reply

    • Lisa: The candycane kisses are sooooo yummy – definitely try them! December 24, 2013 at 12:34am Reply

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  • Stacey: I agree with some of the other posters. I tried these with half hugs and half regular chocolate kisses. I started with the 200 degree oven at 5 min., and they didn’t melt at all. I put them back in another 5 min. and still not soft on top. They just kinda cracked when I tried to push down the M& M. I turned up the oven to 300 degrees and did another 5 minutes, and nothing. I’m not sure what I’m doing wrong, but so far this 15 min. dessert is at 1 hour and still not done. It took 20 minutes just to unwrap all the kisses. I guess I will go to 350 degrees next and see what happens. December 23, 2013 at 3:31pm Reply

    • Lisa: Hi Stacey – sounds like you are having the same issues I did – check my posts above from Dec 5 & 6 for what I ended up doing (less heat & less time worked although it seems counter-intuitive)! Good luck! They ARE delicious and they were a hit at the cookie exchange & holiday parties I have taken them to! Merry Christmas. :) December 24, 2013 at 12:33am Reply

    • Laura: Cook less time! August 21, 2016 at 1:03pm Reply

  • Kerri: Works with hugs not reg kisses. Mine look just like pic at 350 for 2 min and hugs. December 25, 2013 at 7:32am Reply

  • Fred: We love ’em with the buttersnaps! December 29, 2013 at 5:36pm Reply

  • A Musing Mommy: Thanks for the fun project! We really enjoyed this one. It was a perfect holiday gift and activity for my preschooler. My husband, the recipient, said they were really tasty. I believe him since he scarfed these down in a couple of days. We blogged about our experience with photos too. We’re thinking of making these for Valentine’s Day with reds and pinks. January 11, 2014 at 3:44pm Reply

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  • Elizabeth: I used the butter snaps because that is all they had at the store. By the way, I’m looking at the ingredients list, and there is no artificial flavor in them. Looks like the flavor — whether you like the flavor or not — comes from butterfat and “natural flavors.” November 12, 2014 at 2:46pm Reply

  • Judith: Just wondering if I make these for gifts how long can I keep them and have them stay fresh. December 6, 2014 at 4:41pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I think they should stay fresh for a week at least, can’t say for sure how long because they never last that long for us :). December 8, 2014 at 10:08pm Reply

  • Joanne: I made these today with candy cane flavored kisses… they turned out great! I followed the recipe just as you stated. Very yummy! December 6, 2014 at 8:36pm Reply

  • debbie: I mad these with he hugs last year and am going t make today. I took them to work, and everybody loved them. They come out perfect every time. The Hershey kisses don’t work as well because they take longer to get soft. Not as pretty either. December 10, 2014 at 5:59am Reply

  • Marj Bensley: I was just wondering if these could be made using the microwave? December 10, 2014 at 7:31pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Possibly but I haven’t tried to so I’m not totally sure. I think it would be hard just because if it did work you probably wouldn’t be able to do very many at once because the ones in the middle would likely cook slower than those on the edge? December 11, 2014 at 10:35am Reply

  • Mrs Blister: do these need to be stored at room temp or kept in the refrigerator? December 16, 2014 at 1:46pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Room temp is fine. December 16, 2014 at 2:36pm Reply

  • Fine Arts Friday: Edible Christmas Art! « Oddly Said: […] also made these pretzel/hug/m&m things that are so dang good and so dang easy. I don’t know whether to hug Alisha for introducing us […] December 19, 2014 at 11:37am Reply

  • mary: I’d love to know how anyone does this!! I can’t get the m& ms to squish into the kisses! Just threw everything away!!!! December 20, 2014 at 3:02pm Reply

  • Natalie: I just tried these for the first time and they turned out great!!! I didn’t realize I had gotten butter snaps but they didn’t taste bad to me! Thanks for the recipe :) Im storing them until Christmas Eve (2 days) so I’m hoping they stay how they are until then. Thanks again! December 22, 2014 at 11:19am Reply

  • Fred: Hugs only, not kisses. 190 degrees if you can, keep pretzels 1/2″ apart. Leave the center of the pan empty, even if it takes twice to bake all of them. I preheat, then 4 minutes & 15 seconds. Parchment paper is not a must, but makes a BIG difference. December 25, 2014 at 3:42pm Reply

  • C A Moore: I have made these 2 years in a row. They turn out good, the kids love them, but they seem to fall off the pretzel. What am I doing wrong? December 26, 2014 at 10:15am Reply

    • Beth Eby: I had that problem too. November 30, 2017 at 10:50am Reply

  • R: My first batch I baked with snaps and regular kisses, for 5 min at 200 deg, and they came out ok- the choc did crack a bit. The second batch I did for a bit longer, and the chocolate cracked way too much, so I put them back in the oven. However, the longer the time in the oven, the worse it got. Like volcanos like someone mentioned. Then I looked at your advice- less time and it worked. I put the next batch in for only 2 minutes and they turned out the best!
    However, I was able to fix my second batch. I made them into sandwiches, by putting a pretzel on top and pressing down. That way the cracked chocolate didn’t show, and enough melted chocolate came through the top for me to stick an M&M on top. Thanks for the recipe!!! I will definitely make again. December 30, 2014 at 8:53pm Reply

  • Lindsey: These look great! Can they be made ahead of time and frozen? Has anyone tried? November 15, 2015 at 6:10pm Reply

  • vanessa: how long can these be stored for? December 3, 2015 at 2:30pm Reply

    • Fred: Store them? They never last long enough to wonder! But, I’d guess they’ll keep until the pretzel goes stale. Covered with clear wrap, I’d think a week or more in the fridge. December 4, 2015 at 4:47am Reply

  • Dorian: These look so adorable. I went to the store and got everything to make them except the pretzels. I couldn’t find round or square pretzels(that weren’t butter snap). I bought mini round pretzels. Do you think that will work or should I continue the search?? TIA December 14, 2015 at 9:41am Reply

    • Dorian: I’m sorry I didn’t mean mini round. I purchased just regular mini pretzels December 14, 2015 at 11:51am Reply

    • Sharon: They have them at the Bulk Barn…. they are called ‘waffle pretzels’. March 5, 2016 at 2:15pm Reply

  • Kara: I made these with regular kisses. I put them in mason jars and after a few days noticed they had white spots on them. I looked on Hersheys site and it says could be chocolate bloom caused by heating the chocolate and the cocoa butter separating. The site says they are fine to eat, but look strange for gifts! Looks like mold! Wondering if anyone else has experienced this. December 16, 2015 at 5:11pm Reply

  • Coni: Did anyone have a problem with the kisses turning white? December 19, 2015 at 7:34pm Reply

    • Fred: That’s why we use “hugs” not “kisses”. December 20, 2015 at 2:26pm Reply

  • Dianne: I have looked @ CVS, HEB, etc., this past week & have not been able to find Hugs anywhere in the regular candy or Christmas aisle. Any suggestions?
    We made two bags of Pretzels using give bags of Kisses today & they are volcanoes. We kept leaving each batch in longer trying to get them to melt more… I just read all the comments – Duh! I would never have guessed less time. December 21, 2015 at 10:34pm Reply

  • Dawn: Thanks for posting this, trying tonight for Valentine’s! February 13, 2016 at 8:17pm Reply

  • Nini: Can you use a Shortbread, etc, cookie? Any ideas on how to make them Halloween themed? October 6, 2016 at 11:33am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’d just use the green, orange and brown m and ms. You can also order purple ones online. And you should be fine to use shortbread or another type of crisp cookie. October 6, 2016 at 10:53pm Reply

  • Heather: My mom has been making various versions of this for over 30 years! So very simple but such a fun treat. I get amused when they show up as “new” treats! Hahaha. They are hardly new, but it’s still fun to see different ways people make it their own. December 15, 2016 at 3:49pm Reply

  • Jodi: I just made them using candy cane hugs! They are adorable…and minty! December 22, 2016 at 3:04pm Reply

  • Harriette: Why “NOT” the butter ones? Just curious. December 22, 2016 at 3:09pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I just think the flavor is overpowering for these. December 23, 2016 at 10:37am Reply

  • Hanuman chalisa 108 times: So cute and easy! Love these! January 4, 2017 at 3:45am Reply

  • Kimberly: So, I just made these and they turned out great! After leaving them in the refrigerator, they firmed up, but once they became room temp, they still seem “sticky” to the touch, so I’m scared to store them bc they may stick together! I’m going to leave them out on the counter to “dry”, but hasn’t one else experienced this or did I do something wrong? July 13, 2017 at 9:04pm Reply

    • Karen: I just keep mine in a tin with waxed paper between layers. I have never encountered a sticky problem. I love cold chocolate and these are great from the freezer or the fridge. November 20, 2017 at 8:24am Reply

  • Karen: I made these last year with Peppermint Kisses. Holy Cow!! This is a new Christmas tradition. They are so good. Thanks for this recipe. November 20, 2017 at 8:22am Reply

    • Jaclyn: So glad you love them Karen! November 20, 2017 at 10:07am Reply

  • Sharon: Has anyone ever tried making these in the microwave? Curious as I won’t have access to an oven and wondered if I could make these work in a microwave?
    Thx! November 30, 2017 at 8:59pm Reply

  • Diane: Thanks for a idea to make these December 5, 2017 at 6:33am Reply

  • Maria: Hi. I was wondering if you can freeze these? Thanks in advance! December 12, 2017 at 2:02pm Reply

  • Marika: I too use Peppermnt kisses. Amazing taste. Kids love it as well as grownups. December 13, 2017 at 12:32pm Reply

  • Sharon: I make the peppermint kisses w/M & Ms on top for a friend who adores peppermint AND has a collection of all M & M products, tins, toys, etc. He absolutely LUVS these lil gems…& SO ez for ME to make ….w/o pulling out all my cookie making gear!! He has no idea how ez to make… 👍👌 December 20, 2017 at 8:58am Reply

    • Jaclyn: That’s the best part! So good and so easy! December 21, 2017 at 3:06pm Reply

  • Barbara: Do not use regular brown kisses. They don’t melt well at all. ‘Maybe’ with a higher temperature they would, but I didn’t try that. December 20, 2017 at 9:37am Reply

  • Laura: Made these for the first time today. I baked two at a time until I found the right temp and time combo for my oven. For me they had to be baked on the bottom rack at 225 degrees for 3 minutes. I have to say I’m not crazy about the Snyders square pretzels taste-wise. I may try a different brand next time. December 21, 2017 at 8:35am Reply

  • Angie: Are these supposed to be firm??? Mine are not. December 24, 2017 at 2:29am Reply

  • Sue: Hi all! Mine are cooling right now. First time. I will have to say that 2 minutes in a convection oven was too long. I’ll have to adjust for that in the future. No worries though. They may not be as pretty but I’m sure they’ll taste just as good! December 25, 2017 at 5:43pm Reply

  • Cindy: Made these last year and turned out great! Tried this year with the Caramel kisses and could not get them to melt or smoosh, kept cracking every time and wouldn’t hardly budge at all. Finally just gave up. I guess I’ll stay with hugs unless someone knows how to make the Caramel kisses melt correctly. I tried time ranges from 2 minutes to 6 minutes and none were successful.😞 December 30, 2017 at 2:13pm Reply

  • Vergie sears: What temp, tried 200 degrees not hot enought 250 degrees not hot enough, no mention of what ddgree please enlighten mr. Have made these twice, they dont melt down enough. January 28, 2018 at 5:13am Reply

  • Vergie sears: I did try chocolate a mess, did not melt, Im thinking of trying mint ones for sure. January 28, 2018 at 5:17am Reply

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