Christmas Pretzel Hugs

Christmas Pretzel Hugs are an easy candy to make in bulk. All it takes is pretzels, Hershey kisses, and m&m’s to make the perfect holiday treat. 

This easy Homemade Candy Recipe takes the idea of Chocolate Covered Pretzels and adds holiday M&M’s to make them even more festive and adorable.

M&M Pretzel Hugs in gift box


Delicious Christmas Pretzel Hugs are just as cute as their name makes them sound. The chocolate of the Hershey’s Kisses wraps around the M&M’s like a hug, and using green and red M&M’s makes them look wonderfully Christmas-y. 

This treat is the perfect combination of flavor and texture. The sweet chocolate pairs perfectly with the salty pretzels. Similarly, the M&M candy coating and pretzels bring a lot of crunch to the chocolate treat. 

You can enjoy these as a sweet snack throughout the holiday season or put them out at your next party with other festive treats. Arrange Pretzel Hugs out on a tray with homemade candies like Easy Chocolate Fudge, Peppermint Oreo Bark, and Chocolate Truffles. The great thing about all these desserts is that you can make them ahead of time and keep them in the freezer until your holiday party. 


Homemade treats and candy like this are perfect to make holiday presents. Package up these pretzel candies to give to neighbors, friends, family, and your kids’ teachers around the holidays.

Wrap up the Pretzel Hugs in cellophane and tie the top with a Christmas ribbon or twine. You could also package them in a cookie tin. Line the bottom of the tin with wax paper or colorful tissue paper then add in a layer of the chocolate pretzels. If you want to add another layer, put another sheet of paper to separate them. 




This is one of the easiest holiday treats you can make. Pretzel Hugs are an especially great recipe because you can make so many at once. You can even double up the recipe to make them on two baking sheets if you’re making them to share with a big group. 

  • Line your baking sheet with tin foil to make for easy cleanup. 
  • Lay out 70 pretzels over the baking sheet. 
  • Top each pretzel with a Hershey’s kiss.
  • You want to make the chocolate soft enough so that you can press the M&M’s into the top. Put the baking sheet in the oven for 2-3 minutes, but don’t heat them long enough they melt or lose their shape. 
  • Press an M&M into the top of each slightly softened kiss. 
  • Put them all in the fridge for at least 20 minutes the chocolate can re-harden before setting. 

Candy Corn Pretzel Hugs pretzels and chocolate on baking sheet


  • Chocolate: There are lots of different kinds of Hershey’s Kisses you can use in your Pretzel Hugs. Try using Candy Cane, Cherry, Mint Truffle, White Chocolate, Dark Chocolate, Cookies n’ Cream, or any other kind of Hershey’s Kiss you’d like. 
  • M&M’s: You can make your Pretzel Hugs for any time of year depending on what M&Ms you use. Just use regular multicolored for any time of year, or use Reese’s Pieces for Halloween. You could also try peanut M&Ms, caramel M&Ms or other variations to change up the taste of treats. 
  • Peanut Butter: To add some peanut butter to your treat add a dollop of creamy peanut butter to the bottom of the chocolate kiss before you put it on the pretzel. 



  • Serve: You could keep this candy in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks, but this will only work if you keep your house fairly cool so the chocolate doesn’t melt. 
  • Store: To keep your candy longer put it in an airtight container in the fridge. They’ll stay good for about 3 weeks in the fridge. 
  • Freeze: Christmas Pretzel Hugs can also keep well in the freezer. Make these in advance of the holidays and keep them in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 6 months. 

M&M Pretzel Hugs on baking dish

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Christmas Pretzel Hugs

Christmas Pretzel Hugs are an easy candy to make in bulk. All it takes is pretzels, Hershey kisses, and m&m's to make the perfect holiday treat. 
Yield 70 Pieces
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 32 minutes
Course Candy
Cuisine American
Author Sabrina Snyder


  • 70 square pretzel snaps
  • 70 Hershey's kisses
  • 70 m&m candies , red and green


  • Preheat the oven to 250 degrees.
  • Line a baking sheet with foil.
  • Line up the pretzels on the baking sheet.
  • Top with Hershey's kisses.
  • Place in oven for 2-3 minutes until chocolate is shiny but not losing its shape.
  • Remove carefully and press an m&m into the center of each chocolate candy kiss.
  • Press gently to ensure the kiss maintains most of its shape.
  • Let cool completely in refrigerator for 20 minutes.


Calories: 31kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 17mg | Potassium: 1mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 2IU | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 1mg
Keyword: Christmas Pretzel Hugs

Christmas Pretzel Hugs collage

About the Author: Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

Sabrina Snyder is a professionally trained personal and private chef of over 10 years who is the creator and developer of all the recipes on Dinner, then Dessert.

She is also the author of the upcoming cookbook: Dinner, then Dessert – Satisfying Meals Using Only 3, 5 or 7 Ingredients which is being published by Harper Collins.

She started Dinner, then Dessert as a business in her office as a lunch service for her coworkers who admired her lunches before going to culinary school and becoming a full time personal chef and private chef.

As a personal chef Sabrina would cook for families one day a week and cook their entire week of dinners. All grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning was done along with instructions on reheating. As a private chef she cooked for private parties and cooked in family homes in the evenings for families on a nightly basis after working as a personal chef during the day.

Sabrina has been certified as a ServSafe Manager since 2007 and was a longstanding member of the USPCA Personal Chef Association including being on the board of the Washington DC Chapter of Chefs in the US Personal Chef Association when they won Chapter of the year.

As a member of the community of food website creators Sabrina Snyder has spoken at many conferences regarding her experiences as a food writer including the Indulge Food Conference, Everything Food Conference, Haven Food Conference and IACP Annual Food Professionals Conference.

Sabrina lives with her family in sunny California.

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  1. Hi Sabrina,

    Did I miss seeing the oven temperature in this recipe? I’ve had these Christmas pretzel hugs before but never made them and they’re really good!