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Christmas Pretzel Hugs

These Christmas pretzels hugs are an easy festive treat to make for holiday gifting and snacking! All you need are 3 ingredients including pretzels, Hershey’s Hugs and M&Ms.

Pretzel hugs in jar.
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Easy Pretzel M&M Hugs

These pretzel hugs (also known as Christmas hugs, Christmas pretzels, pretzel kisses, etc.) are one of my favorite holiday desserts! I found the pretzel kisses recipe on the back of the candy bag years ago and have been making them ever since.

They’re perfect if you want to make a homemade holiday treat but need something super easy that the kids can help make just like these rolo pretzels and rolo pretzels turtles!

These hug pretzels make great gifts for the holidays, too! Wrap with cellophane and a bow or stick in a glass jar and add one of my adorable Christmas hugs tags (free download below). They are so delicious and seriously addicting!

Christmas hugs on baking sheet.

3 Simple Ingredients

  • Hershey’s hugs candies: These are basically like Hershey kisses, but with white and milk chocolate.
  • Pretzels: Snap pretzels work better than pretzel twists, because the chocolate won’t melt through the holes.
  • M&M’s: Use the festive red and green Christmas M&M’s for a fun pop of color.
Pretzel kisses lined up on parchment paper.

Quick Tips + Variations

  • Rolo candies. If you’d rather use Rolo’s instead of Hershey’s hugs, you can definitely swap the candies.
  • Pretzel sandwich. You can also stack another pretzel on top, similar to a rolo pretzel sandwich.
  • More festive. For a more festive Christmas flare, try using the candy cane Hershey’s kisses. You can top with Christmas sprinkles, too!
  • Pecans. Sometimes I’ll top mine with a pecan half if I don’t have M&M’s on hand.
  • Make year round. These can be made any time of the year. Just use different colored M&M’s based on the occasion.
Christmas pretzel hugs in a glass container.

Free Printable Tag

If giving these pretzel hugs as a holiday gift, don’t forget to print out these FREE adorable Christmas tags!

Instructions: Print on cardstock paper and cut out the tags. Then tie some bakers twine around a jar filled with Christmas hugs and you’ve got yourself a pretty cute and inexpensive gift! :)

Jar of pretzel hugs with Christmas tag.

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Christmas pretzel hugs in a glass container

Pretzel Hugs

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Author: Jamielyn Nye
These Christmas Pretzel Hugs are the easiest holiday treat! Made with just 3 simple ingredients and take only 10 minutes from start to finish. Perfect easy and inexpensive holiday gift idea! 
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 50



  • 50 Hershey’s hugs candies
  • 50 pretzels
  • 50 M&M’s


  • Heat oven to 320°F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or foil. Place pretzels on baking sheet. Top each pretzel with one unwrapped Hershey's hug.
  • Bake 2 to 4 minutes or until chocolate begins to soften, but not melt. Remove from oven and top each pretzel hug with an M&M. Allow to cool a few minutes if they’re too hot. 
  • Allow to cool several hours and then store in an airtight container. 


Feel free to use Rolo’s instead of Hershey’s hugs if preferred. You can also top each pretzel hug with a pecan half instead of a M&M. 
To make a pretzel sandwich, top with an additional pretzel. 


Calories: 31kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 17mg | Potassium: 1mg | Sugar: 3g | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 0.1mg

Nutrition provided is an estimate. It will vary based on specific ingredients used.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American

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