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Easy Christmas Pretzels – Pretzel M&M Hugs!

Christmas Pretzels with kisses and hugs are so easy to make! Pretzel twists are topped with melted Hershey’s kisses, holiday M&Ms, and festive sprinkles. These pretzel Hershey Kiss M&M’s are the perfect sweet and salty snacks for your holiday parties.

Overhead view of a bowl of chocolate christmas pretzels.

Have you heard of Pretzel M&M Hugs? They are such a fun holiday treat, and to me they taste like pretzel M&M’s, but better. You can make these year round by simply switching up the M&M colors.

This easy treat is perfect for the holiday season and these make great Christmas gifts.

We love making sweet treats with pretzels. You can also use pretzel rods to make Christmas tree pretzels. Add a mix of Christmas pretzels and Christmas tree pretzels to festive tins, a Christmas plate, or a glass bowl at your next holiday party.

Why You’ll Love These Christmas Pretzel Hugs

  • Super Easy Recipe – Check out the full recipe in the recipe card for all the details. It takes less than ten minutes to make this sweet treat, and then you just have to be patient while they cool and harden.
  • Simple Ingredients – These holiday treats only use a few ingredients found at most grocery stores.
  • Festive – Holiday red and green M&Ms and your favorite Christmas sprinkles will jazz up these crunchy pretzels for the occasion.
  • Sweet and Salty – I love the combination of pretzels and chocolate in these pretzel m&m hugs. It’s the perfect balance and it’s hard to eat just one during your holiday celebrations.
  • Work Smarter, not Harder – While you’re making holiday pretzels, make White Chocolate Chex Mix at the same time! It’s a fun and festive treat. Both recipes use melted chocolate and need to set for the same amount of time and use some of the same ingredients.

If you have any questions on how to make these, please leave them in the comment section below.

a tray of mini pretzels with melted hershey kisses.

Tips and Tricks for Making Easy Pretzel Christmas Treats

  • You can use Kisses or Hugs – Actually, you can make these easy Christmas pretzels with any variety of Kisses, although I’d avoid the ones with soft-filled centers as that could get messy. Candy cane kisses are a great option for making these pretzel treats.
  • If you decide to use different types of Kisses on the same tray, you may notice that some of them melt more quickly than others.
  • Classic milk chocolate kisses need 3-4 minutes in the oven, while hugs only need 2-3 minutes, and get a bit meltier. It’s probably better to use two trays if you are using different Kiss styles.
  • Nonpareils are my favorite sprinkles to use here. They’re tiny and crunchy! You can use any type of sprinkles you have on hand though – this is a great recipe to use up leftover sprinkles from your Christmas Cookies.
  • To Store: Keep these in an airtight container at room temperature, or in the fridge if it’s warm in your house, for 5 days. The pretzels will start to get stale after that, no matter how you store them.

If you’re looking for neighbor gifts, these are a reader favorite holiday treat and they make the perfect edible gifts. Add these to a cellophane bag to make a holiday m&m stocking stuffer or gift bag.

If you love chocolate and pretzels together, check out this recipe I found for a chocolate pretzel crust pie! Top it with Italian Meringue for a smore’s like version of this delicious dessert.

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Easy Christmas Pretzels Recipe

Chrystal
Christmas Pretzels with kisses and hugs are so easy to make! Pretzel twists are topped with melted Hershey's kisses, holiday M&Ms, and festive sprinkles. These pretzel Hershey Kiss M&M's are the perfect sweet and salty snacks for your holiday parties.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 4 minutes
Cooling Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 9 minutes
Course Holiday Recipes
Cuisine American
Servings 48
Calories 32 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 48 mini gluten-free pretzels
  • 48 Hershey’s kisses of your favorite variety
  • 48 red and green M&Ms
  • 2 tablespoons holiday sprinkles

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 250°F/130°C. Line a baking sheet with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper.
  • Place the pretzels on the prepared baking sheet.
  • Top each pretzel with a chocolate kiss.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 3-4 minutes, until the chocolate is looking shiny and has started to melt, but is still holding its shape. Be careful not to bake too long.
  • Moving quickly, gently place an M&M on top of each chocolate kiss, pressing the chocolate down. Top with the holiday nonpareil sprinkles.
  • Let harden at room temperature for an hour, or speed up the process by placing the tray in the refrigerator for 20 minutes.
  • Serve and enjoy!

Notes

  • Some types of Hershey Kisses melt quicker than others. The classic milk chocolate one takes about 3-4 minutes. I’ve found the Hershey’s Hugs take 2-3 minutes and don’t hold their shape as well as the classic. If you prefer, you can place them on different sheet pans so you can watch the timing and pull the Hershey’s Hugs ones out sooner. 
  • You can use any sprinkles that you like for this recipe. I prefer the nonpareils because they’re tiny and really crunchy.
  • You can store these at room temperature in an airtight container for 5 days. The pretzels will start to get stale after that. For longer storage, you can refrigerate them, but again the pretzel will begin to get stale after 5 days.
  • Keyword Christmas pretzels, pretzel Christmas treats, pretzel m&m hugs

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