I do the same thing but I use the chocolate candy melts found in the candy making/craft section of most stores. I like to use the dark chocolate kind, plus it's a little less chocolate on each pretzel AND you don't have to unwrap all those Hershey Kisses!
Oh man, I hate to be the one to say something negative....overall I do give these 5 stars for flavour, ease, and visual appeal, however I am disappointed because I made 3 batches to freeze and give away as gifts, but I didn't find these treats have any portability, so I can't use them. Mainly, the caramel kisses and white chocolate kisses melted okay, but they never hardened again, which means when I tried to package them up they turned into a gooey (delicious) mess. The almond kisses just never melted enough to "squish" for some reason, so I couldn't put candies on top. These tasted great and would be perfect for if you want to make them and serve them in the same evening, however for packaging up as gifts they did not work for me. Still a super-fun kids recipe though :-) I will make them again with my girls.
This is a super easy snack that is a great hit with the young and old. It saves well in an airtight container and can be enjoyed for a few days after your party or event. I did them in a 350 degree oven but had to watch them continuously but they were fast and fun! ChefDLH
Christmas Variation: Use the HERSHEY'S KISSES Candy Cane Flavored Candies and top with red or green M&M's for a festive Chistmas treat. My granddaughters (4&6) helped me make these at Thanksgiving. They liked them so much they requested we make them again for Santa!
I found with the Hugs I had to bake them at 170 for 6 to 7 minutes. During the Holidays these work really well with the pretzel rings. I also tried a batch with the caramel kisses and pecan halves. Those worked ok at 170 for 4 minutes. Other recipes I have seen use 350 degree oven at 4 minutes for the Hugs.
Love this recipe. It's easy and fun to make with the kids especially when preparing to go see family for a holiday or party. Found that they travel better when cooled for a while on a cooling rack and then in the fridge over night before freezing as it lets the chocolate harden before going into the freezer, but kids had a blast helping make it and enjoy sharing their special treats with everyone.
Another wonderful option for this recipe is to use Hershey's candy cane kisses. The red and white kiss with a red or green M &M atop, is very pretty...holiday pretty! If you like the candy cane kiss flavor, you'll love them in this recipe. I cannot claim using the red and white striped kisses as my idea, however. I received a gift treat bag of them from a friend Christmas 2013. Now I'm making it a regular on my list of what to "bake."
One of the best, simplest treats that I make every year for Christmas.
Aside from the cute presentation, this is tasty but nothing special. We only used Hugs. It simply tastes like a pretzel M&M. I suppose the upside is that my kiddos will enjoy making them.
That sounds so good. I think my aunt used to make those