Chocolate Pretzel Rings

Over the Thanksgiving holiday I made several cookie sheets full of these simple Chocolate Pretzel Rings. Some for treats, some to share around with friends, some for a fun activity with Kathy’s grandchildren and some for anyone who showed up for a visit! I also filled several small holidays tins, lined with colored plastic wrap. Very cute and makes a quick gifty treat.

You’ll love the combo of salty and sweet, but most of all how easy and cute they are to make. Would you call them a cookie, a candy or just a super fun snack?

CHOCOLATE PRETZEL RINGS

Ingredients
Bite-Size Pretzels
Hershey’s Kisses
M & M’s

Buy any amount of the ingredients.
I bought the giant size bag of each item as I knew I would be
making oodles and oodles of them over the holidays.

Instructions
1. Place the pretzels on baking sheets
(I lined my cookie sheets with Reynolds Non-Stick Foil, but silpats or parchment would work just fine.)
2. Place a chocolate kiss in the center of each ring.

Bake at 275 degrees F for 2-3 minutes or until chocolate is softened.
Remove from the oven and work quickly.
Place an M&M on each, pressing down slightly so chocolate fills the ring.

Refrigerate for 5-10 minutes or until chocolate is firm.
NOTE: Do not leave them in the cold refrigerator too long as the sheen
of the chocolate and the M&M’s disappears. Store at room temperature.

You can see from the various pictures I have posted here that the sky is the limit when it comes to which kinds of bite-sized pretzels to use (rings, twisted, braids, square waffle style, etc.).

It is super hard to find the Pretzel Rings here locally, however all the other shapes work just as well and certainly end up in the same place. But if you really can’t live without the novelty of the rings, or can’t find them in your area, then you can buy them here at Intercourse Pretzel Factory in Pennsylvania, but they are super pricey.

They would be fun to make any time of year because you can color-coordinate the M&M’s to each holiday. Think of the possibilities!

It is also evident that you can use any kind of Hershey’s Kisses (plain, hugs, striped, peanut butter, mint or other flavors, colored, or a combo, etc. Melting times might vary, so watch them carefully in the oven.). One person made them with Peanut M & M’s, another with Mini Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and another with chocolate chips in each little hole of the pretzel.

Oh my gosh, how about Rolo’s with pecan pieces and make them into Turtles! Or instead of M & M’s, use baby marshmallows, nuts or crushed candy canes. The mind boggles with ideas. Use your imagination!

BETCHA CAN’T EAT JUST ONE!

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2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Loni Gee on Monday, November 30, 2009 at 4:30 am

    Okay, these win the prize for cutest ever. simple and unique…love it. I’m off today to see if I can find the mini pretzels…thanks for this great, fun gift idea.

    Reply

  2. wonderful. quick, easy, the kids can help, and super tasty!

    Reply

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