Pretzel Rings

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Today I have the most simple and easy Christmas treat. The hardest part about them is generally finding round pretzels. For some reason pretzel rings can be hard to come by. There have been several years that we searched high and low to find them. Over the years I believe that manufacturers have realized just how popular these little treats are and have made a point to have pretzel rings at least around the holidays. These Hershey Kiss pretzel rings are the easiest holiday treat.

Ingredients Needed

  • Pretzel Rings
  • Hershey Kisses
  • M&Ms
Pretzel rings with Hershey Kisses in the middle.
Arrange your pretzel rings on parchment paper and add a Hershey Kiss.

Directions

  • Preheat the oven to 350. 
  • Arrange the pretzel rings on a baking sheet. We typically use parchment paper underneath. 
  • Remove Hershey Kiss wrappers. 
  • Put a Hershey Kiss in each pretzel ring. 
  • Place pan in the oven for 1 minute. (Yes, ONE minute)
  • Remove the pan. The chocolate will be hot. 
  • Push an M&M in the middle of each Hershey Kiss. 
  • When all of the Hershey Kisses have M&Ms on them put the pan in the refrigerator so they can cool.

Okay, this last step is optional but I swear to you they are so much better refrigerated. In fact, we store them in the refrigerator! When they are cooled, pop them off of the pan and put them in a bag or container. Store them in the fridge and try not to eat them all at once! 

Tips

Sometimes, for whatever reason, one minute isn’t enough. You want your Hershey Kiss to spread out and touch the pretzel ring when you push the M&M in. If it is not doing that put the pan back in the oven for another minute. Keep doing this until the Hershey Kisses will spread as needed. It should not take more than 3-4 minutes. 

Make sure your Hershey Kisses are soft enough so they can spread out to the pretzel ring.
Some of these were my initial ones and they weren’t ready. You can see the Hershey Kiss doesn’t spread to the pretzel ring.

Try to work quickly with the M&Ms. The Hershey Kisses will cool as they are sitting there and this can also make it difficult to push down the M&Ms in. My mom is super particular and wants the “M” face up on these so it takes us a little longer. If you aren’t particular you should be able to blow right through them with no issues.

Some of them might fall apart as you pull them off of the pan. If you don’t push your M&Ms in good to spread out the Hershey Kiss this will definitely happen and you will be disappointed. If, however, you followed directions you should only have a few that don’t work out. You may just have to take one for the team and eat those so that your guests or recipients don’t have to. It’s a shame, I know.

Variations

The cool thing about these is that they could be a year round treat. If you can find the pretzel rings year round you would be able to make them just about any time! There are many different ways to make them so they don’t even look like a Christmas treat.

  • Use Rolos instead of Hershey Kisses.
  • Use different kinds of Hershey Kisses. At the store yesterday I saw the candy cane and hot chocolate kind. There are usually some white chocolate ones that can look cool too.
  • Use pecans for toppings (or other types of nuts).
  • Top with peanut M&Ms.
  • Top with any of the crazy M&M flavors that are out there. I honestly don’t even know all of the flavors that they have anymore! At one point they had caramel and mint. Try to branch out and use some of the crazy ones with your Hershey Kisses or Rolos.
Hershey Kiss Pretzel Rings
Finished pretzel rings.

They’re Kid Friendly, Too!

One of the best parts about these is that kids can definitely help! They can help arrange the pretzels on the baking sheet. They can help unwrap all of the Hershey Kisses. Plus, they don’t take very long so there is some instant gratification for kids too. They won’t need a long attention span. 

Have you tried these easy Hershey Kiss pretzel rings yet? What is your favorite variation? Are you eating them year round or are they just a Christmas treat?

M&M Pretzel Rings

A quick and easy holiday treat.
Prep Time 3 mins
Cook Time 2 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 10 people

Equipment

  • Baking Sheet
  • Parchment Paper

Ingredients
  

  • Hershey Kisses
  • Pretzel Rings
  • M&Ms

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • Arrange the pretzel rings on a baking sheet. We typically use parchment paper underneath.
  • Remove Hershey Kiss wrappers.
  • Place a Hershey Kiss in the middle of each pretzel.
  • Place the pan in the oven for 1 minute.
  • Remove the pan.
  • Use an M&M to push down the Hershey Kiss.
  • When all Hershey Kisses have an M&M put the pan in the refrigerator.

Notes

The Hershey Kisses need to be soft enough so that when you push the M&M in it fully touches the edges of the pretzel ring. If it doesn't touch the pretzel ring then you need to put them back in the oven for another minute. Keep doing this until you can fully (and easily) push the M&M all the way down.

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