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

  • Elesha: Cindy you can do it with Rollos December 6, 2018 at 4:49pm Reply

  • Amanda: Made these last night. I followed the recipe-EXACTLY and they were perfect! No problems here.
    Kids love them.
    Thank you :) November 30, 2018 at 7:33am Reply

  • Irene: I used chocolate kisses. Also put Christmas sprinkles along with the red/ green mnms. Are the supposed to be a bit hard when you bite into them? They taste delicious November 26, 2018 at 1:32pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: They shouldn’t be any harder than the hugs chocolates normally are. Were they chilled because that can definitely make a difference? November 26, 2018 at 2:48pm Reply

      • ann: Hugs are better because they have white choco and have a higher melting point so they don’t harden like the chocolate kisses do. If stores dont have i order on Amazon or Walmart, instacart.. etc. December 11, 2018 at 1:51am Reply

  • Diana: I use butter snaps all of the time and it’s fine- great recipe June 19, 2018 at 3:28pm 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

  • 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

    • Shanna: I usually leave them at 300 and watch them carefully. It’s a gamble though, especially if your not right there though. Other than that, 200 for about 20 min in my area for us. December 3, 2018 at 11:42am Reply

    • Deb guinan: 200 is perfect cuz they don’t melt.They just get soft then when ya put M&M on top you push it down and very soft. I’ve made them for 3 yrs. perfect everytime December 14, 2018 at 8:09pm Reply

    • Deb Guinan: 200 is perfect. Not supposed to melt. Just be soft so that when you put M&M on top you push it down. I’ve made these for 3 yrs now. December 14, 2018 at 8:13pm 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

  • 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

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