Quite possibly the easiest holiday treat ever, these yummy, poppable Christmas Pretzel Hugs are so simple to make and require only 3 ingredients: pretzels, Hershey's hugs, and M&M's.

If you love making homemade edible gifts for the holidays, be sure not to miss any of my easy Christmas candy recipes! We love making English Toffee and Old-Fashioned Homemade Peanut Brittle to take around to the neighbors with these pretzel hugs!

prepared christmas hugs on a silicone lined baking sheet

We love, love, love chocolate covered pretzels over here. That salty sweet combo is irresistible and completely addicting! Weirdly, while pretzels generally aren't my snack of choice, add some chocolate and I'm a goner!

So even though these pretzel hugs (aka Christmas pretzels, Christmas hugs, etc.) are possibly the most basic treat ever and probably nobody needs the recipe, I wanted to share them anyway.

Really these fun and festive pretzel hugs are perfectly customizable for any holiday celebration from Christmas (red and green M&M's) to Easter (pastel M&M's), Valentine's Day (reds, pinks & whites), or the 4th of July (red, white, and blue - natch), and anything in between.

An image of easy pretzel hugs with red and green Christmas M&M's on a baking sheet with a silpat mat.

They make the easiest, most perfect neighbor or teacher gift.

My 7 & 4 year old girls love making these Christmas treats because they can do the whole thing from start to finish on their own with the sole exception of having me stick these in the oven and pull them out when the hugs are soft and starting to melt.

An image of pretzels and Hershey's hugs on a baking sheet in the oven, melting to make easy Christmas pretzels treats.

We like to use Snyder's Snaps, which are checkerboard shape square pretzels, for our pretzel hugs. But traditional mini twists work fine too.

An image of Christmas hugs made with square pretzel snaps, melted Hershey's hugs, and red and green Christmas M&M's.

How do you make a Christmas pretzel hug?

  1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees F.
  2. Arrange pretzels on a parchment or silpat lined baking sheet for easy cleanup. I fit 70 pretzel snaps on a baking sheet.
  3. Top each pretzel with an unwrapped Hershey's Hug candy.
  4. Place the baking sheet in the oven for 4-6 minutes, just until the candy starts to melt. They should look shiny and soft, but you don't want to go too far or they will liquify and you will have a mess!
  5. Remove from oven and let sit for 1 minute (they continue to soften inside while they sit). Then press an M&M into the center of each hug. If the hug is still too firm, pop the baking sheet back in the oven for another 1-2 minutes, then try again.
  6. Let the candy set until hardened again before serving. They will do this at room temperature, but you can speed up the process by sticking the baking sheet in the fridge for 10-15 minutes.
  7. Store in an airtight container.
A collage of step-by-step pictures showing how to make Christmas Pretzel Hugs.

Pretzel Hug Variations

  • Skip the M&M and top the melted hug with a second pretzel to make a pretzel hug sandwich for a greater crunchy, salty to sweet ratio.
  • Swap out the Hershey's hugs for rolos - those caramel filled candies. They work the same way and give that added caramel element.
  • Use pecans instead of M&M's for a nutty version. This is especially yummy if you are using rolos in place of hugs.

Tips for Christmas Pretzel Hugs

  • I like using my silpat liners better than parchment paper for these. They are more grippy on the pretzels so they don't slide all over when I'm transferring to the oven.
  • Don't let the hugs get too melted in the oven. Leave them for 4 minutes, then test one by placing an M&M on top and seeing if you can squish the hug down. Pop the pan of candies back into the oven for additional time if they aren't melted enough to spread when you press the M&M into them.
  • Let the pretzel hugs set up completely before transferring to an airtight container or packing for gift-giving, otherwise they will squish and get messy.
An image of bite-size Christmas treats made festive with red and green M&M's pressed into melted Hershey's hugs on top of square pretzels.

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Christmas Pretzel Hugs

5 from 4 votes
Amy Nash
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Additional Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 70 pretzel hugs
Quite possibly the easiest holiday treat ever, these yummy, poppable Christmas Pretzel Hugs are so simple to make and require only 3 ingredients: pretzels, Hershey's hugs, and M&M's.

Ingredients
  

  • 70 Snyder's snaps pretzels
  • 70 Hershey's Hugs unwrapped (not quite 1 full 12 oz. package)
  • 70 Christmas M&M's

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 200 degrees F.
  • Arrange pretzels on a parchment or silpat lined baking sheet for easy cleanup.  Top each pretzel with an unwrapped Hershey’s Hug candy.
  • Place the baking sheet in the oven for 4-6 minutes, just until the candy starts to melt. 
  • Remove from oven and let sit for 1 minute.  Press an M&M into the center of each hug. If the hug is still too firm, pop the baking sheet back in the oven for another 1-2 minutes, then try again.
  • Let the candy set until hardened again before serving. They will do this at room temperature, but you can speed up the process by sticking the baking sheet in the fridge for 10-15 minutes.  Store in an airtight container.

Nutrition

Calories: 34kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 18mg | Potassium: 1mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 3IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. Just browsing thru some candy recipes I found these and it brought back the times my mother made them for Christmas and now that I see these recipes I know I will be trying them out.
    Just looking at the pictures made my mouth water. So thank you for sharing all these wonderful recipes.

  2. 5 stars
    These are such a festive-looking treat, and perfect for little hands helping in the kitchen. My oven runs hot, so they were a bit more melty, but absolutely delicious nonetheless. We were able to make a ton with little time and effort, perfect for our Christmas party tonight. Thanks for the idea Amy!