Recipe – Pretzel Hugs

I have been making these pretzel hugs for Christmas for the past few years. They are wonderful for gifting and super easy to make. They are pretty, too, unless your bag of pretzels are broken – like mine were. Since I was not presenting them to Gordon Ramsay I figured they would be okay.

To make these, you will need square pretzels (not buttered flavored!) I have seen star shaped pretzels in the past, but I couldn’t find them this year. I thought they would be cute for Christmas. You will also need Hershey’s Hugs and a bag of M&M’s. I used red and green because I was making them for Christmas. They are also pretty with the regular M&M’s.

Preheat your oven to 200 degrees.

Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. (I used wax paper because I was out of parchment paper and I refused to go back to the store for the 100th time.)

Align the pretzels on the paper in a single layer.

Place one hug on the top of each pretzel.

Bake in the preheated oven for 4-6 minutes. You want the chocolate to be shiny and soft, but not entirely melted!

Place an M&M on top of the slightly melted hug and press down gently; just enough to spread the chocolate a little bit.

Put them in the freezer to allow them to set, about 15 minutes or so. When they are set, put them in an air-tight container.

These are pretty wrapped in cellophane bags tied with a ribbon, or placed in cute little tins for gifting.

The sweet and salty combined makes these pretzel hugs highly addictive, so you’ve been warned!

Pretzel Hugs


  • Square Pretzels (not butter flavored)
  • Hershey’s Hugs chocolates, unwrapped
  • Milk Chocolate M&M’s


  • Preheat oven to 200 degrees.
  • Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Align pretzels in a single layer on the paper, then top each pretzel with a Hershey’s Hug.
  • Bake in a pre-heated oven for 4-5 minutes; just until the chocolate is shiny and soft, but not completely melted. Remove from oven and place an M&M on top of each melted chocolate. Press down to spread out the chocolate. 
  • Place in the freezer for about 15 minutes or so, until the chocolate has set. Put in air-tight containers. 
Pretzel Hugs

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54 thoughts on “Recipe – Pretzel Hugs”

  1. Those are so festive! I’m going to make some and send it off to family back east. I’m sure they’ll travel well. Hopefully, I can find the Hershey hugs! We never seem to have them here and I think that’s just weird. – Can’t wait to make these! Thanks!

  2. Good!! Job!! Michelle!! Looks Yummy!! Happy Bless New Year 2019 to you and your family. ((Hugs))

  3. What a cool recipe! I like the striped kisses! I have used rolos in the past and these things vanish almost as soon as they are cool! I am loving your new blog look πŸ™‚

  4. Hey, thanks for following my blog.
    Pretzels! They’re so shiny! My dear, this must have been a feast not just for the eye!
    I also like the word ‘Pretzel’ it sounds so cute – in Germany we say Brezel but usually mean the bigger saltier version;)
    All the best

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