It was the Pixie’s birthday the other day and, as it falls right near St. Valentine’s day, we always have a red-and-pink theme to our family gathering.
And, as always, she requested pretzel kisses.
Normally I would never condone the eating of all the sugars, corn syrups, food dyes and god know what else lurking inside this tasty treat. But it was her birthday and, to be honest, I just love the salty, chocolaty goodness all wrapped up in a bite-sized piece of deliciousness.
I have no desire to know how many I ate.
And they are ridiculously easy to make. Okay. They are not idiot-proof… but you don’t need mixing bowls, long lists of ingredients, or very much time, all of which are highly beneficial when the party is a mere fourteen hours away, you haven’t actually done anything to make your house mother-in-law ready yet, and all you really want is to sit down with a glass of wine.
All you need are pretzels (the square ones work best), Hershey Kisses (I like the
dark chocolate ones and also Hershey Hugs), and M&Ms.
For the Pixie’s party,
I used the Valentine’s Day bag of M&Ms, but red and green make for a great
Christmas treat, and I have picked all the green (and a few orange) M&Ms
out of a great big bag to make a snack for a St. Patrick’s Day fest.
Preheat the oven to 200 degrees and spread the pretzels out a cookie sheet.
Unwrap the Kisses and Hugs—this takes forever and it is best to enlist the help of a spouse or a child who has recently washed his hands—and place one on top of each pretzel. It’s important to do the Kisses and Hugs on separate cookie sheets since they melt at different rates.
Bake for 3-5 minutes, until the Kisses or Hugs are soft and shiny, but still holding their shape. If they look like this, you baked them for too long.
Place an M&M on top of the Kiss (or the over-melted Hug; they will still taste fine) and you’re done.
It’s a good idea to place them in the refrigerator for an hour or so to harden up, and to keep you from burning your tongue trying to see if they are “ready”. After that, you can leave them on the counter—if you can trust yourself to leave them alone until your guests arrive!