Pretzel M&M Hugs {Christmas Style}

12.11.2018

These Pretzel M&M Hugs are the perfect little festive treats for Christmas parties or gifts. They only need 3 ingredients, they take no time at all to make, they look so pretty and festive and of course they’re incredibly delicious!

Pretzel M&M Hugs in a red snowflake bowl. The consist of square pretzel base, hug chocolate and red and green M&M's.

Easiest Chocolate Pretzels!

It’s been six years since I first shared these so I thought in case you’ve missed them I better re-share them. Every year at Christmas these easy treats are always one of the most popular things on my blog!

We love to make these fun chocolates when the holidays roll around because they are they’re amazingly simple, so fun and festive, and so addictive!

Who can resist that sweet and lightly salty combo? And you just can’t go wrong with chocolate. Ever.

And thanks to the Hugs you get both white and milk chocolate in these (since their centers are filled).

Holiday treats don’t get any easier than this! They are perfect for gifting and it’s a treat everyone will love.

Pretzel M&M Hugs in rows on parchment paper lined baking sheet.

You Only Need 3 Ingredients for This Easy Christmas Treat!

The best part about this recipe – you only need 3 ingredients!

  • Square Pretzels (not butter flavor!)
  • M&M’s
  • Hersey’s Hugs Chocolates

Ingredients for pretzel m&m hugs shown here.Pretzel M&M Hugs

How to Make These Chocolate Pretzels

  • Preheat oven to 200 degrees.
  • Line a cookie sheet with a Silpat or parchment paper.

Showing how to make easy christmas treat. Putting square pretzels lined up in rows on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.

  • 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 – 6 minutes, until the chocolate is shiny and soft, not totally melted!

Adding hugs to pretzels on baking sheet.

  • 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 freezer or refrigerator and allow to rest until chocolate has set, about 5 – 15 minutes (freezer will be fastest).
  • Store in an airtight container.

Adding M&M chocolate over melted hugs in center.

I love to wrap them up in cellophane bags and tie  with red ribbon, or place in festive tins and give to friends and neighbors. Just be sure to save a stash for yourself!

I highly recommend making a double batch which is what I did this time around.

How Many More Bags for More Batches?

  • One 12 oz. bag of Hugs will have about 75 chocolates (enough for one batch).
  • Then you should be able to get about 5 batches from an 11.4 oz bag of M&M’s and a family size bag of pretzels.

Tips for This Recipe

  • Don’t melt chocolates fully. They should still be standing, they might droop slightly but no puddles. Test one M&M then return to the oven if needed.
  • If your oven doesn’t totally cook even you can rotate the sheet halfway through if the back of the oven cooks hotter.
  • I love to use silicone liners here because then they don’t slide around. Parchment will work too though. Just be sure to line with one or the other so they don’t stick to the baking sheet.
  • Be sure to let the chocolate set fully before you package or store them otherwise they’ll smudge and stick.

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Pretzel M&M Hugs

4.83 from 23 votes

These Pretzel M&M Hugs are the perfect treats for Christmas gifts or parties. They only need 3 ingredients, they take no time at all to make, they look so pretty and festive and they're dangerously delicious!

Servings: 70 pretzels
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  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.
  2. 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).
  3. 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. 

  4. Place in freezer or refrigerator and allow to rest until chocolate has set, about 5 - 15 minutes. Store in an airtight container.
Nutrition Facts
Pretzel M&M Hugs
Amount Per Serving
Calories 31 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 2%
Cholesterol 1mg 0%
Sodium 17mg 1%
Potassium 1mg 0%
Total Carbohydrates 4g 1%
Sugars 3g
Calcium 1%
Iron 0.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chocolate Pretzels, Christmas Treat, Easy Christmas Treat
Calories: 31 kcal
Author: Jaclyn
Recipe adapted from g*rated

 

134 comments

  • michele holt: Totally easy. My husband and both have M names and have been called M&M. Just made these for him for Valentines Day. I even found a Valentine M&M tin to out them him. Im sure he will love them ! February 12, 2019 at 12:23pm Reply

  • Pam Wallace: Made these for Christmas and the grandkids loved them. They ate these and ignored the other desserts. My granddaughter wants me to make them again for her birthday in March. January 11, 2019 at 11:32am Reply

  • Karen: I have been making these for years but had the same problem with the kisses not melting. I figured out that the Christmas holiday ones were the ones that didn’t melt. I compared the bags of regular and holiday and their ingredients are indeed listed differently. I’m going to the store right now to try and get some of the regular ones. I’m trying to be hopeful as these are such a big hit for my family and coworkers. January 3, 2019 at 4:44pm Reply

  • Kathy Schoen: You should know that they have changed the recipe for hugs, and they DO NOT MELT anymore! I have made this awesome recipe for years, but it does not work anymore, because the HUGS do not get soft or glisten…just sit there like a piece of plastic on a pretzel. I am so frustrated after unwrapping all of those HUGS! January 1, 2019 at 7:15pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Sorry they didn’t work for you, I made them this year twice and both batches worked for me so not sure what’s happening. January 1, 2019 at 8:21pm Reply

    • Susan House: Kathy- I just made a batch before Christmas and the Hugs worked fine as always. January 1, 2019 at 8:37pm Reply

  • JESSICA S ALU: why does it say do NOT use butter snaps? December 22, 2018 at 11:57am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I don’t like the flavor with these but some people have said the like them with butter snaps so I guess just personal preference. December 22, 2018 at 3:40pm Reply

  • Virgie: Can they be frozen? Or how far ahead of time can I make these? December 21, 2018 at 9:45pm Reply

  • Keeley: I love these but noticed that the m&m color fades on mine, so they don’t look as vibrant like in this pic. Do you know how to prevent that? December 21, 2018 at 3:33am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Sorry I’ve never had that happen so I’m not sure what’s happening. Maybe a humidity issue. Are you keeping them in an airtight container? December 21, 2018 at 10:52am Reply

    • April: I had the same issue with my first batch. Making a second batch now and going to skip the fridge and just let them cool on the counter. I think maybe that’s the issue?? December 22, 2018 at 12:34pm Reply

    • April: I had the same issue with my first batch. Just made another but skipping the cooling off in the fridge. So far no fading, so I’m guessing that’s where the issue is. December 22, 2018 at 3:21pm Reply

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