M&M Pretzel Kisses

A pretzel, a Hershey’s kiss, and a fun colored M&M — so easy, but these make ahead bite-sized sweet and salty M&M pretzel kisses are super addicting!  Perfect for preschool classrooms and adults alike. 

M&M Pretzel Kisses: a pretzel, a Hershey kiss, and a fun colored M&M -- so easy, but the bite-sized sweet and salty combination is irresistible. Match M&M colors to holidays for a fun school treat! #dessert #valentines

I love to make really rich, decadent desserts.  This… is not one of those desserts.

This is something I threw together for my 2.5 year old’s preschool class valentines.  A bite-sized pretzel, a Hershey’s kiss, and a Valentine’s Day colored M&M.  M&M pretzel kisses are, quite simply, the easiest dessert in the world.

M&M Pretzel Kisses: a pretzel, a Hershey kiss, and a fun colored M&M -- so easy, but the bite-sized sweet and salty combination is irresistible. Match M&M colors to holidays for a fun school treat! #dessert #valentines

And yet.  Yet.  These are such a perfect bite-sized balance of salty and crunchy, milk chocolatey sweet, and fun colored, that adults can’t resist.

Every adult who has come through our house since I made the first batch has asked if they can try one (and usually they go back for a few more).  It’s true: despite making these for a group of 2 year olds, adults are addicted, too.

(I am, too — as someone who generally can leave or take most of what I bake, I couldn’t stop snacking on these.  I love chocolate covered pretzels, and M&M pretzel kisses have the same flavor, with none of the hard work!)

M&M Pretzel Kisses: a pretzel, a Hershey kiss, and a fun colored M&M -- so easy, but the bite-sized sweet and salty combination is irresistible. Match M&M colors to holidays for a fun school treat! #dessert #valentines

Don’t worry.  This isn’t going to turn into some Pinterest mom “foods and crafts for kids!” blog.  But these are just too good not to share!

Maybe you’re also looking for an easy Valentine’s treat idea for preschool valentines or an elementary school party.  Or maybe you just want a bite-sized perfect snack.

M&M Pretzel Kisses: a pretzel, a Hershey kiss, and a fun colored M&M -- so easy, but the bite-sized sweet and salty combination is irresistible. Match M&M colors to holidays for a fun school treat! #dessert #valentines

(Or maybe you’re only into rich, decadent, chocolatey adult desserts for Valentine’s Day, in which case I direct you to the following: no bake nutella pie, chocolate fudge bundt cake, chocolate brownie pie, chocolate hazelnut cake, chocolate buttermilk pie, flourless chocolate ganache cake.)

Oh, and did I mention you can make these a week or two in advance?  That’s right – no last minute preschool class valentine drama necessary!

But if you’re ready to embrace your inner child who loves festive colored M&Ms, let me share a few tips I’ve learned in making several batches of M&M pretzel kisses!  When it comes to melting the kisses, low and slow is the way to go.

I had the best results by far when I used an insulated cookie sheet lined with a baking mat, baking at 200 °F for 5 minutes.  The chocolate melted perfectly and pushing an m&m into the kiss was nice and smooth.

M&M Pretzel Kisses: a pretzel, a Hershey kiss, and a fun colored M&M -- so easy, but the bite-sized sweet and salty combination is irresistible. Match M&M colors to holidays for a fun school treat! #dessert #valentines

Higher temperatures left the kisses more likely to crack.  Lower temperatures took a really long time.  A non-insulated pan also lead to more cracks in the chocolate, whether I did them at lower or higher temperatures.

Obviously, none of this matters when it comes to eating (and especially not for preschoolers!), but if you’re looking for visual perfection: insulated cookie sheet, 200 °F, 5 minutes.

M&M Pretzel Kisses: a pretzel, a Hershey kiss, and a fun colored M&M -- so easy, but the bite-sized sweet and salty combination is irresistible. Match M&M colors to holidays for a fun school treat! #dessert #valentines

And whatever you do, don’t walk away and think you can rewarm the kisses.  Nope.  Not gonna happen.

Let’s say, hypothetically, you’re making these on a Sunday afternoon while your toddler is napping.  And some solicitor happens to ring your doorbell while you are halfway through putting the M&Ms into the melted kisses.

You rush to silence your dog, open the door, get in a minor argument with the solicitor (who says “you need to get your loud @$$ dog under control” — as if it’s YOUR fault the solicitor rang the doorbell and your dog barked, also waking up your sleeping toddler) and then a few minutes later, you go back to finish them up.

Since the chocolate has cooled to room temperature and is too hard, you pop them back into the oven for another 5 minutes to re-melt the kisses.

Fail.  Total fail.  Once the kisses cool to room temperature, you cannot re-melt them.  This is the result:

M&M Pretzel Kisses: a pretzel, a Hershey kiss, and a fun colored M&M -- so easy, but the bite-sized sweet and salty combination is irresistible. Match M&M colors to holidays for a fun school treat! #dessert #valentines

So in other words, just do as many as you can get through in a few minutes.  This is not the time to load up your largest sheet pan – break it up into 2 or 3 batches.

Because the kisses sometimes don’t even stay on the re-melted attempts, and that, my friends, is what preschool tantrums are all about.

M&M Pretzel Kisses

A pretzel, a Hershey’s kiss, and a fun colored M&M — so easy, but these bite-sized sweet and salty M&M Pretzel Kisses are super addicting!

Ingredients:

  • 75 miniature bite-sized pretzels
  • 75 Hershey’s kisses (1 12-ounce bag)
  • 75 M&Ms, in desired colors

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 200 °F.  Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or a baking mat.
  2. Line up pretzels along cookie sheet.  Place an unwrapped Hershey’s kiss on top of each pretzel.  Bake for 5 minutes, until kiss looks shiny and slightly soft (kisses will still retain their shape).
  3. Remove from oven and immediately press one M&M into the center of each melted kiss, spreading the chocolate across the pretzel.
  4. Cool until chocolate solidifies to room temperature and is no longer soft to the touch, about 1 hour.

M&M Pretzel Kisses can be made up to two weeks in advance.  Store in an airtight container at room temperature or in the refrigerator, if living in a warm climate.