Tell me if this scenario rings any bells for you. It’s 8 p.m. and I’m loading the dishes from dinner into the dishwasher while the boys hunker down with their homework, when from a distance I hear a sweet, calm voice…
“Oh yeah, Mom, tomorrow is our class holiday party and I said we’d bring something”.
Looking back I can laugh. When it was happening…not so much.
Hopefully, your children always give you weeks of advance notice and you’ve got these things on your calendar but just in case, this is a good recipe to hold on to. Instead of running to the store to buy a package of commercially prepared treats, just grab some pretzels, Kisses, and M&M’s and you can put together these festive little sweet bites in a matter of minutes. And, they’re so pretty!
There are a huge variety of candies to choose from but for this batch, I’m going with Hershey’s Hugs, some dark chocolate Kisses and the standard, old school variety of plain M&M’s (no peanuts). I’m using square pretzels as the base.
Line up the pretzels on a baking sheet and top them with the Kisses, centering them as well as you can. Transfer the pan to a 300 degree oven just long enough to soften the chocolate, but not melt it down. It will only take a minute or two, max so stay put near the oven.
Now, carefully set an M&M on the top of each softened Kiss and lightly press it down a bit. I think it looks prettier to place the M&M into the chocolate with the printed side down. Transfer the pan to your fridge for about 20 to 30 minutes to let them set up and you’re good to go.
Let’s do some more!
For this batch I’m using standard, circular shaped pretzels so you can see how that looks. I’m going with all dark chocolate Kisses this time.
Very nice! I like this batch.
Let’s do more.
The candies come in different flavors and colors for the holidays so you can make them look special for Halloween, Valentine’s Day, etc. Considering we are just a couple of weeks away from Christmas, l grabbed a bag of seasonal Candy Cane Kisses and M&M’s in Christmas colors. The Hugs will look pretty for Christmas too so we’ll include some of those in this batch.
Line them up and plop a Kiss on each pretzel. The Kisses swirled with white melt faster than the milk or dark chocolate variety so be vigilant near that oven.
Festive little Christmas bites. Toss some of these on your Christmas cookie trays to add a bright, festive touch.
More..more..let’s do more! I think I need an intervention.
I saw these caramel filled Kisses and couldn’t resist. I mean, pretzel, chocolate, and caramel. Please!
Here’s a shot of them in the oven. It’s been just about a minute and the chocolate is shiny but the Kiss is still holding it’s shape. It’s time for them to come out.
These may not be the prettiest of all the batches, but they were the tastiest. The caramel will ooze out a bit when you press the M&M down into the the Kiss but oh, my…
After my exhaustive research in the field of pretzel candies I have come to the following conclusions.
- Different types of Kisses melt at varying rates of speed. White swirled Kisses melt FAST. It’s best to bake each type separately for this reason.
- Don’t walk away from the oven. One to two minutes is all it takes.
- It’s challenging to open 50 chocolate Kisses and not eat one…or five.
- Pretzels, square or round
- Hershey's Kisses, any variety
- Plain M&M's (regular or any seasonal variety)
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
- Line baking sheet with pretzels. Center one Kiss on each pretzel.
- Bake for 1 to 2 minutes. Kisses will soften but still hold their shape.
- Remove from oven and carefully place one M&M, printed side down, on top of each Kiss, pressing lightly.
- Refrigerate until set.
Adapted from Allrecipes.com