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Monday, December 17, 2012

pretzel candy poppers {recipe}

I love pretzels and chocolate. I just can't pass up the combination of sweet and salty. And since the Christmas season is often busy with added events to the calendar such as parties to attend and shopping to be done I keep my 'baking' simple.

Don't get me wrong, I love a good sugar or spritz cookie (and am so grateful others make them). But I've learned I don't have the time or patience for them until I'm on Christmas vacation. For the first 2-3 weeks of December, I find myself committing to bring a treat and I am truly happy to bring something sweet to share. But with all the additions of the month, I have learned to go with easy to make treats that don't require a lot of labor on my part.

A week ago, I made salted caramel pretzel bark using a recipe I found via Pinterest (my version picture above). It was so easy! It only took about 10 minutes of prep, 5 minutes in the oven and then a few hours to set in the freezer. Cutting it was probably the toughest part, but even that only took 10 minutes or so. They're very tasty and everyone was asking for the recipe!

A few years ago, a friend shared the following recipe with me and I've been making it for holiday parties ever since! They only take about 10-15 min of prep (depending on how many you make) and bake for 5 min.

pretzel twists
hershey's hugs ((or kisses))

Preheat oven to 250 Fahrenheit
Line cookie sheet with parchment paper or foil for easy clean up
Line up pretzels as close together as possible
Unwrap all hugs/kisses and place in bowl
Place one hug per pretzel (try to center as much as possible since it will melt)
Place cookie sheet in oven for 5 minutes
Remove cookie sheet and place 1-2 M&M's per hug/kiss
Place cookie sheet in freezer to set or leave in oven overnight (oven should be turned off and let cool a bit)

I love being able to bring a homemade treat for a dinner party or Christmas gathering and no one has to know how simple and quick it was to throw one of these candy treats together!

What's your go to holiday treat?

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