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Christmas Candy: Pretzel Hugs

Simple, easy and fun desserts are definitely my favorite for the holidays- less time in the kitchen means more time with family! And these Pretzel Hugs are the perfect Christmas candy! 

PRETZEL HUGS - The Perfect Christmas Candy! ONLY 3 ingredients!

With only three ingredients, these pretzel hugs only take a few minutes to make- and they are so cute and festive that they can definitely be given as gifts! I think making both versions (details below) and tying them up in a cellophane bag would be adorable for neighbors and teachers.

PRETZEL HUGS - The Perfect Christmas Candy! ONLY 3 ingredients!

The first way to make these treats (with candy on top) is the most popular, but the second way might be my favorite! By adding an extra pretzel, the combination of salty and sweet is perfect for me. And then you can add sprinkles- I am obsessed with sprinkles during the holidays- they just make everything a little bit more fun!

PRETZEL HUGS - The Perfect Christmas Candy! ONLY 3 ingredients!

These Christmas Pretzel Hugs take only 3 ingredients!

  1. Pretzels – I used Snyder’s Snaps (square)
  2. Chocolate Kisses – Hugs – 2 bags
  3. Christmas M&M’s chocolate candies – any color will work just fine

PRETZEL HUGS - The Perfect Christmas Candy! ONLY 3 ingredients!

Step 1:

  • While your oven is preheating to 200 degrees, add parchment paper to a large cookie sheet.
  • Then add the pretzels to the cookie sheet.

PRETZEL HUGS - The Perfect Christmas Candy! ONLY 3 ingredients!

Step 2:

  • Then unwrap the chocolate kisses and add to the top of the pretzels.
  • Into the oven they go for about 4 to 5 minutes. You can check them at about 3 to 4 minutes by adding a M&M chocolate candy to the top and gently pushing down to see if the kiss is melted enough.

PRETZEL HUGS - The Perfect Christmas Candy! ONLY 3 ingredients!

Step 3:

  • Add M&M chocolate candies to the top of the chocolate kisses and gently push down.
  • I used red and green candies, however you can easily use whatever color you want, and definitely change them for the holiday or season. They come in a variety of colors and flavors now.
  • Place cookie sheet in refrigerator 10-15 minutes or until firm

PRETZEL HUGS - The Perfect Christmas Candy! ONLY 3 ingredients!

Giving these Christmas Pretzel Hugs for a gift is perfect…and easy too! For some of the treats, I left off the M&M chocolate candy and instead add a pretzel to the top of the chocolate kiss.

After you remove them from the oven, immediately add the top pretzel. Then place them in the fridge to chill about 10-15 minutes or until firm.

In a small bowl, melt vanilla almond bark (a couple blocks) and have your Christmas sprinkles ready. I like to work over a paper plate, for less clean up.

Then dip the pretzel sandwich into the melted almond bark, and add sprinkles. Return to the cookie sheet and chill for 5-10 minutes.

PRETZEL HUGS - The Perfect Christmas Candy! ONLY 3 ingredients!

Looking for more easy Christmas candy to make? Try these!

(click on the photo for recipe)

Cookie Dough Truffles   Homemade Creamy Caramels    Christmas Candy Crunch

PRETZEL HUGS - The Perfect Christmas Candy! ONLY 3 ingredients!

Christmas Candy: Pretzel Hugs


  • 1 bag square pretzels
  • 2 bags Chocolate Kisses - I used Hugs
  • 1 bag M&M Chocolate Candies

Pretzel Sandwiches

  • Vanilla Almond Bark
  • Sprinkles


  1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees
  2. Add parchment paper or silicone baking mat to a large cookie sheet
  3. Add pretzels
  4. Unwrap and add chocolate kisses
  5. Bake for 4-5 minutes or until chocolate kisses are shiny and melted enough to add the M&M's
  6. Remove from oven and immediately add M&M's, push down gently
  7. Place in refrigerator to chill 10-15 minutes or until set.

Pretzel Sandwiches

  1. Remove from oven and immediately add another pretzel on top, pushing down gently
  2. Place in fridge to chill 10-15 minutes
  3. In a small bowl, microwave 2 blocks of vanilla almond bark. Cook for 1 minute, stir, then continue cooking in 30 minute intervals, stirring after each 30 minutes and removing just before chocolate is melted. Stir until completely melted.
  4. Set sprinkles out and work over a paper plate for easy clean up
  5. Dip each pretzel sandwich into melted almond bark, gently shake off excess, and immediately add sprinkles.
  6. Place back on cookie sheet and chill 10-15 minutes
  7. Store in air tight container


  1. My kisses keep popping off of the pretzels. The kisses were soft and melty. I have made them before and had no problems. Any idea why this could be happening?

    1. Hi Cindy, the only thing I can think of is the air condition when they were setting up. Maybe too humid?

  2. Rosemarie says:

    What is the yield for the Pretzel Hugs (not sandwiches)? How many per recipe?

    1. Hi Rosemarie, that will depend on the number of kisses that are in the bag you use. I think there are about 36-40 kisses per normal 12 ounce size bag.

  3. 200 degrees fahrenheit or celsius?

  4. Gail Dusome says:

    Hi! Fun and simple. I had to modify the recipe because I couldn’t find square or even the pretzel shaped pretzels so I bought chocolate covered pretzels. Then I couldn’t find Hershey’s Hugs anywhere. I guess because itsChristmas time everyone’s out of stock. I substituted with white chocolate chips. I used 3 because they are tiny. By mistake I bought peanut butter M& M’s. I added sprinkles and it worked! Beautiful and delicious!

    1. Glad you liked them Gail! Thanks for stopping by!

      1. Can you make ahead and freeze?

        1. Hi Jan, I have not tried freezing the pretzel hugs. I would try just a few and see if it works first. My concern would be the pretzel getting too soggy with the moisture from the freezer.

  5. I also make these with the peppermint Kisses. The red and white of the Kisses is festive and who doesn’t love the taste of mint at Christmas time?

    1. That’s a great idea Patsy! Merry Christmas!

  6. Making and baking with my kids is a holiday tradition. This year, I was on the hunt for some new, fun (And easy) recipes! These fit the bill perfectly…thank you!!! They’re yummy too!

    1. Thrilled you and the kids liked them!Thanks for stopping by to let me know!

  7. Awesome! I just made them after seeing this recipe this morning. Thank you so much, these will be a hit at our bake sale!

    1. Perfect idea! So glad you like them!

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