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Pretzel Button Snacks

This is a quick snack that is perfect for parties. Hopefully there is enough time for you to try them this Easter weekend. This is also a versatile recipe with all the different flavors of Hershey’s Kisses and M&M’s that are now available. The flavor combinations are almost endless! There are also lots of new candy colors that make this an especially cute snack! If you want to coordinate with party colors, you can even order special colors of M&M’s from their website (http://www.mymms.com/).

Variations:

  • I tried these with Rolos and pecans. Not bad for a “quick turtle” candy treat. Sprinkle with a little flake salt for an extra sweet and salty treat.
  • Spelt pretzels are also very good in this recipe for people on a wheat-free diet! I like the spelt pretzels from Newman’s Own.
  • Removing the wrappers from the Kisses takes the most time (aside from the cooling).  To save time, you can use jumbo chocolate chips, sometimes found in the baking aisle.  They won’t be as chocolatey, but I bet they would still be delicious. 
  • You can also use chocolate disks or wafers found at cake supply stores (like Lynelle’s in Huntsville). 
  • Future experiment:  I think mini Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups would be delicious, but I’m not sure how they would look (not that it really matters, since the taste would be so good!).
  • I don’t think the peanut M&M’s are as “cute” as the regular sized M&M’s, but they still taste good!
     

 Pretzel Button Snacks

1 bag pretzels (squares are perfect; round, or traditional also work)

1 bag Hershey’s Kisses (most any flavor would work)

1 bag M&M’s or Reese’s Pieces (most any flavor would work)

Preheat oven to 300º F.  Line a baking sheet (preferably with sides) with parchment paper.  Cover with a single layer of pretzels.  Place a Hershey’s Kiss in the center of each pretzel. Carefully move the baking sheet to the oven.  If you jostle them too much, you might end up with lopsided pretzel buttons (not that I did this or anything :-).  Bake for about  2½ to 3 minutes. Watch them while they cook; you don’t want them too melted.  You want them just melted enough to hold an M&M.  Remove baking sheet from the oven.  Immediately, press an M&M into each melted Kiss so it looks like a button.  Don’t press too hard or chocolate will squish everywhere. Allow the chocolate to harden before storing or serving.  You can either do this at room temperature (if you have enough time) or in the refrigerator (if you have enough space).  Store in an air-tight container.

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  1. April 4, 2012 at 9:30 pm

    How can you go wrong?!

    • April 4, 2012 at 9:41 pm

      That’s what I thought! Now I have an idea to make some kind of dessert square: pretzel crust and a Reese’s-like filling with a chocolate ganache topping.

  2. Shelli
    April 5, 2012 at 8:06 am

    I love pretzels and chocolate..yummo. Can’t wait to try these.

    • April 5, 2012 at 8:18 am

      Hope you like them. These are much easier to make than regular chocolate dipped pretzels. The Rolos with the pretzels are probably my favorite – salty, sweet, crunchy, and chewy!

  3. Cyndia
    April 12, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    I’m late in responding to this post, but you’ve combined two of my favorite things, chocolate and pretzels! Yum!

    • April 12, 2012 at 7:11 pm

      I think the Rolo, pretzel, pecan combo is my favorite. I bet a certain little nephew might like them (even though he doesn’t really eat stuff like this)!

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