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Daughter decided to make a food gift for all of her school friends this year for Christmas. She picked and easy, yummy recipe – M&M Hugged Pretzels. I helped her put the treat together. As we got started, she said, “Mom, aren’t you going to take pictures for your blog?” That’s Daughter, always thinking ahead.

Pre-heat oven to 170 degrees Fahrenheit

Pre-heat oven to 170 degrees Fahrenheit

Gather the following ingredients:

Roundish pretzels - holiday shaped ones are also good - don't use sticks or rods

Roundish pretzels - holiday shaped ones are also good - don't use sticks or rods

Hershey's Hugs - Don't mix Hugs & Kisses on the same pan. They melt at different rates.

Hershey's Hugs - Don't mix Hugs & Kisses on the same pan. They melt at different rates.

M&M's - If going with a holiday theme, pick the appropriate color.

M&M's - If going with a holiday theme, pick the appropriate color.

Line baking sheet with aluminum foil. Place pretzels on sheet & put a Hug on top of each.

Line baking sheet with aluminum foil. Place pretzels on sheet & put a Hug on top of each.

Put baking sheets in oven and set timer for 5 minutes.

Put baking sheets in oven and set timer for 5 minutes.

After 5 minutes, check to see if Hugs have melted enough. If not, leave in oven for another minute. (It took ours 6 minutes.)

After 5 minutes, check to see if Hugs have melted enough. If not, leave in oven for another minute. (It took ours 6 minutes.)

Place M&M on top of the melted Hug. Must be done fairly quickly - before chocolate sets.

Removed pan from oven. Place M&M on top of each melted Hug. Must be done fairly quickly - before chocolate sets.

When M&M's are all in place, put the baking sheet in a cool place to allow the chocolate to set. A refrigerator works, or, in our case, the back porch.

When M&M's are all in place, put the baking sheet in a cool place to allow the chocolate to set. A refrigerator works, or, in our case, the back porch.

After the M&M Hugged Pretzels have cooled, go ahead and enjoy!

[December 30, 2008] NOTE! – We tried this recipe with Kisses last night  and it didn’t work. The low temperature wouldn’t melt the Kisses. We kept them in the oven longer and turned up the heat, to no avail. We merely succeeded in drying out the Kisses, ruining the whole batch. In looking for a solution online, we found that we should have set the oven temperature to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and left the Kissed pretzels in for about 3 minutes. We’re thinking that the reason Kisses don’t melt at a lower temp is that they don’t have as much cocoa butter in them as other chocolate does.

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