Pretzel Hugs

Once you pop – you really won’t stop. These easy Pretzel Hugs are sweet, salty, and addictive.

These easy Pretzel Hugs are sweet, salty, and addictive!!

If you’ve been reading my blog for the past few months, you may have noticed that I am a tad obsessed with chocolate covered pretzels. They were the first “recipe” I ever made many years ago. I got my love for chocolate covered pretzels from my mom. She loves them with dark chocolate – yum. Chocolate covered pretzels quickly became my go-to treat for nearly every holiday.

Decorated with sprinkles, nuts, chocolate chips, or caramel, the unique possibilities and variations of chocolate covered pretzels are endless! Let your creative juices flow. They’re easy, quick, and pack a HUGE sweet/salty punch.

Pretzel M&M Hugs are so simple!

Today I’m sharing my latest little pretzel treats, Pretzel Hugs.

Are these not the cutest things you’ve ever seen? Not only are they adorable, they are so easy. Stick a hershey kisses hug on top of a square pretzel. Melt for 3 minutes. Press an M&M on top. EAT!

For Christmas, I use red and green M&Ms.

Pretzel M&M Hugs for Christmas

Melt, press, eat! Enjoy.


Pretzel Hugs

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 4 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: however many you want!
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


Once you pop – you really won’t stop. These easy Pretzel Hugs are sweet, salty, and addictive.


  • circle or square-shaped pretzels
  • Hershey ‘s Kisses Hugs
  • M&Ms


  1. Preheat oven to 250°F (121°C).
  2. Line baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Align pretzels on the sheet. Unwrap Hugs and place one on each pretzel. Stick in the oven until the hug begins to melt down. Mine takes about 4 minutes.
  3. While the Hugs are melting in the oven, get your M&Ms ready because you will have to move quickly once they are out of the oven.
  4. Remove pretzel hugs from oven and gently press an M&M down on each one. The Hug should flatten out when you press the M&M on it. If it is not flattening out, place the pretzel hugs back in the oven for 30 more seconds.
  5. Let the pretzel hugs cool completely and let the chocolate set for about 10 minutes in the refrigerator.


  1. Make Ahead Instructions: These are a great make ahead treat. You can prepare them a week or two before you need them. Cover tightly and store in the refrigerator.
  2. Adapted from

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Want an easy holiday treat? Try these festive pretzel hug treats!


  1. Can you give us an idea of the size pretzels you use for dipping, like those with the pink and red sprinkles in the post? Thanks.

    1. The pretzels I use for my pretzel hugs are mini pretzel squares. The pretzels I use for my chocolate covered pretzels with red/pink sprinkles are these:

  2. LOVE these!! Would they be able to be mad in advance? I have a girly get together next saturday and kinda wanna get things done sooner than later…would they go stale?

    1. Hey Kira! Nope, they won’t go stale. Keep in the refrigerator until then. Hope you and your friends enjoy. Girls nights are the best.

  3. Will these freeze ok? Would like to make them for a cookie exchange 4 weeks away, was hoping to make them, give them to the host to freeze as I can’t be there for the exchange, but that way the tears would be.

  4. I’ve had the kisses and pretzels in the over 10+ minutes and they’re not melting. The tops melted down and bit, then everything stopped. I used the peppermint kisses, so thinking they might not melt like the others!

  5. my kisses didnt melt at 250 degrees either. tried the broiler but pretzels burned kisses still didnt melt. threw in the towel but all is good, experimentation is valuable in its own right.

    1. The kisses don’t look like they have melted, they will still be standing tall! Once you gently push down the m&m, the kiss will go down. I read a different recipe that said once they look glossy. I just cooked these at 250 for four minutes and they are perfect!

      1. I read somewhere that they changed the recipe of the Kisses and that’s causing them not to melt. I tried the above recipe and my kisses didnt’ soften either. (tops hardened) I’m going to try doing a few at a time in the microwave.

  6. Great photos and mouth watering recipes. I learn something new whenever i came here. I always follow your tips about blogging. Thank you…. 🙂

  7. Loved the Pretzel Hugs! I wrote about these recently and linked back to your post:
    They turned out really cute packaged up for Christmas!

  8. love making these Sally, and always a hit. My question is — how come your M&M is ‘free’ of hug chocolate!! I always seem to smear a bit on them as I go along!! But they’re still good!!!

    1. Hmm. I really have no idea. You mean, the melty hug chocolate smears on the M&M? I’m usually very careful pressing it down.

      1. Sally, I guess I need to be more careful, but when I put the M&M on the hug, somehow my finger gets in the melted chocolate of the hug and then for the next M&M it smears on that!! I can’t figure out to put on the M&M without getting my finger a little chocolatey. (Hope everything is safe in your neighborhood!)

  9. These look so adorable. I wanted to make but can’t find mini round or square pretzels. Only butter snap and that just seems gross haha. I bought just regular mini pretzels. Do you think that will work? Or should I continue searching? TIA

  10. Hi Sally, love your recipes since I’ve seen you at the Sweets and Baking Show in Schaumburg. I’ve tried your caramel recipe for dipping pretzels. It took forever to get to the temperature and then it turned really hard and chewy. What did I do wrong. I then poured it into a mason jar and now it is as hard as a rock. Can I save it? I can’t even put a spoon into it now. Thank.

    1. Judy, I’m wondering if you cooked the caramel too long. That is usually the reason for caramel hardening. Did you test your candy thermometer to make sure it is accurate (I mention how to do it in the beginning of the book). Unfortunately, even if you warmed the caramel in the microwave– it would just harden again. So perhaps try again?

  11. I tried these and the Hershey kisses didn’t melt. I had the oven at 250 degrees and left them in for about 10 min. The kisses didn’t melt. It was almost like they were like an over cooked brownie..dry and crumbly. Just bought the choc kisses at the store that day but betting they were old. Will try again.

  12. These are DANGEROUS!!! I am making them now as I’m typing this and all I keep doing is snacking on them haha! So I gotta make triple on what I was intending to make! My best friend and I are doing cookie exchanges this year and these are perfect to fill up some space in the tin. Also, I’m going to make these for an ugly Christmas sweater party this weekend and my works pot luck!

    I bought the wrong M&M’s (The mini kind) but it still worked. I just put at least 3 on each pretzel. Also, I couldn’t find mini square or round pretzels as well so I bought the traditional (mini) pretzel. All worked just fine!

  13. I’m going to try these…I found peppermint hugs (white with RED swirls) at Target for Christmas!  I’m obsessed with pretzel and chocolate ANYTHING so I’m excited to make these!  Thank you for the idea!!

  14. I’m so excited to try these!! We’re having a work potluck on Halloween…I’m making some each of M&M’s with Kisses and Reeses Pieces with Hugs (there’s something about peanut butter and white chocolate–YOOOOMMMM!!!)

  15. Do you think these could be made a little faster in the microwave? I think I might try my own experiment. I know they might not turn out as good. . .But thought I’d ask?

  16. These are super cute, fun and sooo easy to put together. Love that these are a perfect make ahead recipe too! These taste delicious and are super addictive. I used mini pretzels, the regular shaped ones and the chocolate was melted perfectly in 4 minutes! Definitely a keeper!

  17. I have used this recipe for years and love them! However, I went to buy my ingredients early for Christmas and can’t find the “old” hugs anywhere. They now have a milk chocolate center instead of the white chocolate all the way through. Anyone else having this issue? 🙁

      1. Maybe they have and I just never noticed because you don’t see the brown center when you flatten them out.

  18. For those who say they cooked for 10 minutes or more and the chocolate never melted — you over cooked them and “burned” the kiss.
    The kisses do not loose their shape and they only need a couple of minutes in the oven. You then pull them out and immediately put the m&m on it and slightly press down.

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