Bag of "O" shaped pretzels (squares work OK if you're in a pinch.)
2 small bags of Hershey's Hugs (or a big one if you can find one)
Bag of Christmas Colored M&Ms
1)Have one of your kids unwrap all the Hugs. Good luck keeping them from eating them. :) Maybe you should buy three bags.
2)Place wax paper over a baking sheet and scatter "O"s on the wax paper.
(Eat the broken ones, because they are of no use to you in this recipe.)
3)Place one unwrapped HUG in the center of each "O".
Place this whole tray into the oven at about 250-300 degrees. DO NOT go above 300. I have found that if you do, the chocolate browns and hardens at the tips, making it very hard to smoosh down (that's totally
You want to see that they are softening, not puddling. Pull the tray out and test one by placing an M&M on top and seeing if the chocolate is soft enough to fill the pretzel. If it is, keep going. If not, put it back in for a few minutes. Keep watching and testing till they are ready. This should only take a few minutes.
4) Place M&Ms in the centers of the Hugs and press them in so that the chocolate spreads out to fill the pretzel. If you are careful, you can keep the stripes intact. They look really cute!
5) Place tray in freezer (or put them out on your patio table) for about 5 minutes. It doesn't take long till they are firm enough to remove from the tray.
These got a little swirly, so we ate most of them as "tests". The more I made, the prettier my stripes were, but since this is a "last minute" kind of thing, I was running late and did not get pictures of the best ones. But you can see the stripes in here some. Either way, they taste yummy!