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Valentine’s Pretzel Hugs

These 3 ingredient Valentine’s Pretzel Hugs are super easy holiday treats that your special someone will love!

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Valentines Pretzel Hugs

Looking for a quick and easy treat to surprise your special someone on Valentine’s Day? These pretzel hugs have just 3 ingredients and take less than 15 minutes to make.

These sweet and salty bite-sized treats also satisfy all the cravings.

A crunchy and salty pretzel, topped with a creamy chocolate hug, topped with a crispy coated M&M candy! The perfect colors and flavors for Valentine’s Day.

Why this Recipe is Awesome!

  • just 3 ingredients
  • easy to customize with different colors and shapes
  • quick to put together
  • makes a great gift!
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Ingredients Needed

PretzelsA lot of recipes call for the square pretzels or “butter snaps” but I used the mini twists because they have a “heart-like” shape which is perfect for Valentine’s Day.

Hugs Kisses – You can use regular Hershey Kisses candies but the hugs have white chocolate which helps it melt better.

M&M Candies – Grab your favorite M&M even the flavored ones. I use the Black Forest Cake flavored ones in this recipe but use your favorite. An almond or peanut would probably be too heavy and flatten them too much.

The best part is that you can customize for the occasion with different colors!

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How to Make Pretzel Hugs

First: Preheat oven to 200 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.

Second: Lay out the pretzels, spaced out a little, on the prepared baking sheet. Top each pretzel with an unwrapped Hugs candy.

Third: Place in the oven and let heat for 3-4 minutes. Watch carefully as you don’t want them overly melted. You want them soft and shiny but not melted.

Remove from the oven and let sit on the counter for 1-2 minutes to cool slightly.

Fourth: Press an M&M on top of the soft Hug candy. If they are slightly over melted, just set the M&M on top and let it sink into the Hug all by itself. If they are firm enough you can press the M&M into the Hug.

Fifth: Place back in the fridge to cool them down and let them set up. This can take 10-15 minutes. When they are set up, remove them from the fridge. Store at room temperature and enjoy!

For the full recipe and detailed instructions, please refer to the recipe card at the bottom of the post.

bowl of pretzel hugs with three on the board


  • Skip the M&M and top with add another pretzel. Then you have a pretzel sandwich!
  • If you like caramel, add a Rolos candy instead of a Hugs kiss.
  • Leave off the M&M and top with your favorite nut. I love a toasted pecan on mine! This is really good if you are using a caramel candy.
  • For Valentine’s Day, top with a conversation heart!
  • Try different flavors of chocolate kisses.
  • Don’t like Hershey’s Kisses? You can use Candy Melts!
  • Change up the colors to fit your occasion.
  • Like peanut butter? Use Reese’s Pieces instead.

How To Store

Make sure the Valentine’s pretzel hugs are completely set up before you store them.

Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.

For bonus points store in a clear jar with a pretty ribbon!

hand holding a pretzel with an M&M

Tapas Tips & Tricks

  • Don’t completely melt the hugs. The chocolate should be shiny and soft.
  • If your oven doesn’t heat evenly you might need to rotate the pan halfway during the melting process.
  • To keep the mess down to a minimum, line the pan with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  • After you remove the candy from the oven, let it sit out for 1-2 minutes so the hugs aren’t too soft.
  • Before storing, cool completely to keep them from getting stale.

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bowl of candy with text "valentines pretzel hugs"

These pretzel treats are fun to make with kids of all ages and make a great edible gift!

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Valentine's Pretzel Hugs

Yield: 72 pretzel hugs
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 4 minutes
Total Time: 9 minutes

These 3 ingredient Valentine’s Pretzel Hugs are super easy holiday treats that your special someone will love!


  • 70 pretzel twists
  • 1 bag (7.8 ounces) hugs kisses (unwrapped)
  • 8 ounces colored M&M candies


  1. Preheat oven to 200F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  2. Spread pretzels out on baking sheet.
  3. Top each pretzel with a hug kiss.
  4. Place in the oven and heat for 3-4 minutes. Watch carefully as they will melt fast. You want them to be soft but still hold their shape.
  5. Remove the baking sheet and let set for 1-2 minutes.
  6. Place an M&M on top of each one. If they are just right the weight of the M&M will settle into the hug and flatten it just enough.
  7. Place in the refrigerator to set up for 10-15 minutes.
  8. Remove and store until ready to enjoy.
  9. These make a great edible gift!


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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 24 Serving Size: 3 hugs
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 366Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 1031mgCarbohydrates: 74gFiber: 3gSugar: 8gProtein: 9g

This nutrition information was generated via a third party. I can not be held liable for any discrepancies in the information provided.

It’s time to start planning our Valentine and Galentine events, you’ll need some lovely recipes to serve! Check out these delightful Valentine Sweets and Cocktails, all part of the #ValentineSweets blogging event hosted by Michaela from An Affair from the Heart: Content and photographs are copyright protected. Sharing of this recipe is both encouraged and appreciated. Copying and/or pasting full recipes to any social media is strictly prohibited.

Nikki Lee

Friday 4th of February 2022

Have to make this for my sweeties! So delicious!

Inger@Art of Natural Living

Thursday 3rd of February 2022

I love the stripes from the hugs! What a fun Valentine's snack!


Wednesday 2nd of February 2022

Sweet and salty flavor in one treat! This is on my list as this is so easy to make!


Wednesday 2nd of February 2022

These will be a super fun treat to make with my niece! So many great Kisses and M&Ms to choose from now.


Wednesday 2nd of February 2022

This would be a cute snack for my sons Pre-K this Valentine's Day!

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