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Prancing and pawing 2011

Busy day! I have no idea whose bright idea it was to go to walmart in the middle of the day on the busiest traveling day of the year, but she was stupid.

But I needed a few things before a camping trip tonight, road trip tomorrow, shopping trip on Friday, and football drooling on Saturday. I needed candy. Lots of candy.

Before I get to the cooking, check out the quick condensed last touches of the final tree decorating. frankie

That is by far the most fun picture of the day. I’ll get more tree pictures later. Frankie is not a fan, but he looked so cute. What I’m not going to show you is the next 5 seconds after this picture. It involves a real hissy fit and Stephen in a pool of his own blood with Frankie flinging off the Santa hat and then stomping the ever loving fluff out of it.

After the near death experience, I made these. They were very quick and easy. The hardest part is peeling off the wrapper on the hugs. I won’t lie, it actually took a few minutes and it was tedious. But worth it.

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Holiday Pretzel Treats

From Family Fun

  • Bite-size, waffle-shaped pretzels
  • Hershey’s Kiss or Hershey’s Hugs
  • M&M’s candy. I used peanut M&M’s
Instructions
  1. Heat the oven to 200F. Set a number of bite-size, waffle-shaped pretzels (one for each treat) in a single layer on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper, then top each pretzel with an unwrapped Hershey’s Kiss or Hershey’s Hug.
  2. Bake for 4 to 6 minutes (the white chocolate will melt more quickly), until the chocolates begin to just melt. Remove the cookie sheet from the oven and quickly press an M&M’s candy into the center of each Kiss.
  3. Allow the treats to cool for a few minutes, then place the WHOLE SHEET PAN  in the refrigerator to set, about 10 minutes. Take the pan out, transfer pretzels to cooling rack. If they are not set, put pan back in fridge. Place handfuls of the candies in clear plastic bags and tie on colorful ribbons.

Edited: I clarified to put the whole pan in the fridge to set. Because the pan will be 200* coming out of the oven, I’m assuming that is why the original recipe said to let the treats cool for a bit. You don’t want to put a pan that hot in the fridge. I did NOT move a pretzel treat off the pan until after they came out of the fridge. Once they cooled and set, they went into a plastic bowl and across two states then to school. They did not melt or break apart. Hershey’s knows how to make “stable” chocolate 😉

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Vanessa

Saturday 21st of December 2013

I tried making these last night...thought they would be simple and quick. No matter how many times I tried the Hershey Kisses would not soften. When I would try to put a M&M on it the kiss would just crumble.

Sarah

Thursday 15th of December 2011

This looks delicious and easy! I would love if you shared this in my holiday dessert recipes Blog Hop. Enter it for a chance at a Wilton Pre-Baked Gingerbread Cookies Decorating Kit! http://www.recipelionblog.com/december-blog-hop-holiday-dessert-recipes-giveaway

Sarah @ RecipeLion

Melissa

Saturday 10th of December 2011

I just made these and they're fantastic and super easy. My problem was that I didn't do the hugs separately and they should've only been in there for two minutes, max. Now they're a puddle and I can't seem to get them to harden for a party tonight. I'd put them in the fridge, but I'm afraid they'll just get gooey again when I take them out (we have an hour drive to our party). Any ideas? Will they resort back to a solid state if left on the counter long enough?

Katrina

Saturday 10th of December 2011

Put them in the fridge-Don't take them off the sheet..put the whole sheet in the fridge for 15-20 minutes. Then take them out and leave them on the counter. They will resort back to the solid state and stay that way after coming out of the fridge. There is a solidifying agent in the hugs so they can withstand temp changes in shipping and shelving :)

Becky N.

Saturday 10th of December 2011

I just made these today and they are so great! This is definitely easier than making actual chocolate covered pretzels! Thank you for the recipe! :)

Katrina

Saturday 10th of December 2011

You're very welcome!

Erica

Friday 9th of December 2011

Too cute! I'm having trouble finding the waffle pretzels though.

Katrina

Friday 9th of December 2011

Erica, I used Snyder's brand. I found them in the chip aisle at Publix (regional) but I've seen them at Target and Wal-mart. If you can't find the waffle, the mini-regular shaped ones will work, too. I've seen those used when I did an image search in google :) If you use those, keep an eye on the stove and take them out just as soon as you see them start getting shiny and wilting.