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These Rolo pretzels are the easiest holiday dessert and are so fun and festive. Only 3 ingredients to make this sweet and salty treat that is crunchy and chewy, and all around delicious!

Rolo pretzels on a pan.
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Easy Rolo Pretzels Dessert

This rolo pretzels are one of our favorite holiday desserts! They’re the perfect addition to any Christmas dessert board and look great alongside Christmas cookies, toffee, fudge and peppermint bark.

This recipe and my Christmas crack recipe are the most addicting treats you will make this holiday season. With only 3 ingredients, this rolo pretzel bites treat is so easy that the kids can help, too. Make a double batch, though as they will disappear fast!

These cute Rolo pretzels really do have everything – chewy caramel, crunchy pretzels, smooth chocolate, and colorful M&M’s! They would make the perfect addition to your holiday plate!

Why This Recipe Works

  • Only 3 ingredients. Made with just pretzels, Rolo candy and M&M’s, these Rolo pretzels are hands down one of the easiest and most addictive holiday treats!
  • Quick and easy. Ready in just about 10 minutes and easy enough for the kids to help with.
  • Flavor and texture. Crunchy, salty, sweet, caramelly and chewy. These pretzels with Rolo’s have all of the best flavors and textures in just one little bite!
  • Festive. The bright red and green M&M’s give this Rolo pretzel recipe the perfect holiday flare!

Rolo Pretzel Ingredients

rolos on top of pretzels

You only need 3 simple ingredients to make these Rolo pretzels. This is literally one of the easiest recipes ever! Find the full printable recipe with specific measurements below.

  • Pretzels: Use the square pretzel snaps instead of the twists, so that the melted chocolate doesn’t seep through.
  • Rolo’s: These candies have caramel on the inside, with a chocolate exterior. They melt on top of the pretzels and taste delicious!
  • M&M’s: A colorful red or green M&M on top is the finishing touch to these delicious treats. Make sure to add the M&M’s right when you take the pretzels out of the oven while the Rolo’s are still warm and melty.

Other Fun Variations

Feel free to swap the M&M’s with pecans to make Rolo pretzel turtles. Or use a Hershey kiss in place of the Rolo to make Christmas pretzel hugs. You can also make these fun Rolo pretzel reindeer by using pretzel twists instead of snaps.

How to Make Rolo Pretzels

Made in less than 15 minutes, this Rolo pretzel recipe is as easy as it gets. Simply preheat the oven, assemble and bake. That’s it!

Showing how to make rolo pretzels in a 4 step collage.
  1. Assemble. Lay the pretzel squares out evenly in a single line on your baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Make sure each has a little bit of space in between.
  2. Add. Then add one Rolo candy on top of each pretzel square.
  3. Bake. Place the baking sheet in the oven and bake at 250°F for about 3 minutes, or just long enough for the Rolo’s to get soft.
  4. Top. Remove the pan from the oven and then press a M&M, pretzel or pecan on top of each softened Rolo. Make sure to let them cool completely before enjoying!
close up of rolo pretzel

Expert Tips

  • The pretzels don’t need to be in the oven for long, just long enough so that the Rolo’s begin to soften (usually about 3 minutes). If you keep them in any longer, the candy will melt completely and lose it’s shape.
  • Press the M&M’s on top immediately after you remove the pretzels from the oven so that it will sink down into the melted chocolate.
  • Feel free to add holiday sprinkles on top, or use different colored M&M’s depending on the occasion.
  • Let them cool for several hours before storing in an airtight container. Once the chocolate has hardened again, they are ready to store.

Recipe FAQs

What is Rolo candy?

A sweet and rich chocolate candy filled with gooey caramel in the center. If you love all things chocolate and caramel, these delicious Rolo’s will be no exception!

Can Rolo’s be frozen?

Yes, if you have leftover rolo’s you can place them in the freezer for up to 4 months. Pull them out and let them come to room temperature before serving.

Can I use this Rolo pretzel recipe for other holidays?

Absolutely! Use rainbow M&M’s on these Rolo pretzels to celebrate birthdays or other fun occasions. This recipe also works great on Valentine’s Day, Easter or Halloween using the festive holiday M&M’s!

What can I do with leftover Rolo’s?

If you have leftover Rolo candy to use up, try making my favorite Rolo cookies! They’re a delicious version of cake mix cookies and would be a great holiday cookie to take to a cookie exchange.

How to store Rolo pretzels?

These Rolo pretzel bites will last for up to 2 weeks if stored at room temperature in an airtight container. You can also store in the fridge in a container with a lid and take them out about an hour before serving. If stored in the fridge, these pretzel bites should last for a couple more days.

Rolo pretzels on a piece of parchment paper.

Rolo Pretzel Sandwich

This is another fun variation that tastes just as delicious. Instead of pressing M&M’s over the softened Rolo’s, you can add another pretzel snap on top to make a Rolo pretzel sandwich.

To decorate them even more, dip half of the pretzel sandwich in melted white chocolate and then top with festive holiday sprinkles. The white chocolate not only adds an extra hint of sweetness, but a fun pop of color.

bowl of rolo pretzel sandwiches

Have leftover pretzels? Mix them in with Christmas reindeer chow, use as the base for our favorite Christmas crack or to make a buttery pretzel pie crust.

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Rolo pretzels on a piece of parchment paper.

Rolo Pretzels

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Author: Jamielyn Nye
Only 3 ingredients to make and the perfect blend of salty and sweet, crunchy and chewy, and all around delicious! These Rolo pretzels are the easiest holiday treat and are so fun and festive
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 13 minutes
Servings: 25



Variation: Pecans


    • Preheat the oven to 250°F. Place the square pretzels on a baking sheet lined with parchment or foil. Place one Rolo candy on top of each pretzel.
    • Place the baking sheet in the preheated oven and bake for 3 minutes, until the Rolo's have softened. Remove from the oven and press a M&M on top (or use another pretzel or pecan instead if desired). Let cool completely.


    Variations: Replace the M&M on top with a pecan half to make Rolo pretzel turtles. You may also replace the Rolo candy with a Hershey hug to make Christmas pretzel hugs
    Rolo pretzel sandwich: Instead of adding M&M’s, place a square pretzel on top of each Rolo to form a sandwich. Let cool completely. For more decoration, you may dip half of the pretzel sandwich into melted white chocolate, then sprinkle with holiday sprinkles. 
    Storage: Store in a covered container up to 2 weeks. Store in the freezer for up to 3 months.


    Calories: 31kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 17mg | Potassium: 1mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 2IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 1mg

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

    Course: Dessert
    Cuisine: American
    Diet: Vegetarian

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