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Feb

5th

valentine’s pretzel hugs

 

Valentine’s Day might be on some of your minds, as February 14th is just around the corner. So today I’m sharing with you a little Valentine’s gift idea to share with friends. Many of you know that Pretzel Hugs are a long-time favorite for our family – and possibly some of you as well. I love making these with the kids, so I think that’s one reason they’ve become a favorite in our family. Making Pretzel Hugs means together time.

Here’s what you need!

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Step One  |  Lay out all the pretzels on a baking pan or baking stone. We’re a stone family and this is the Pampered Chef stone you see in all these pictures. As for the pretzels, we always opt for the Snyder’s of Hanover Butter Snaps because there’s a little more real estate to work with and that tight little grid that’s built into the pretzel is helpful in holding everything together. Personal preference of course.

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TIP  |  I don’t place the pretzels too close together because once a Hug melts on top of each one, it spreads out a bit and I don’t want them sticking together.

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STEP TWO  |  Unwrap each individual Hug and place one Hug on each pretzel.

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ANECDOTE  |  Interestingly, I do not personally like pretzels. Or Hugs. Or even M&M’s. But combined and popped into my mouth at the same time? I love Pretzel Hugs. True story. I’m weird.

TIP  |  Expect sneaky snacking to happen during the work.

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STEP THREE  |  Place the pan in the oven, which has been preheated to 200 degrees. Set your timer for 8 minutes. That’s all it takes!

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When you pull the pan out of the oven, the Hugs will still have their shape (sort of), but they are for sure softened.

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STEP FOUR  |  Place M&M’s on top of each Pretzel Hug, slightly pressing into the melted chocolate.

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TIP  |  Placing just a single M&M on top will be best to help the overall Pretzel Hug to maintain a nice compact form. We always like to do 3 M&M’s because it’s more fun for texture as you get that little crunch from the M&M shells I guess. But this will make the Hug spread out a little more, just so you know. You could always go in the middle and do 2 M&M’s.

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STEP FIVE  |  Once the M&M’s are placed on top, you just set the pan aside and leave it alone to cool, which means that the Hugs will firm up a bit so these little gems are ready to serve. At room temperature, it can take a few hours to get to that point, so if you’re in a hurry, you can always speed things up with the refrigerator or if it’s cold enough outside, just set the pan outside.

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If you can restrain yourself from eating all of the Pretzel Hugs yourself, I do have a quick & easy way that you could package and present the snack if you’re interested. At the bottom of this post is a link to this free PDF printable. It’s a page of darling Valentine’s labels. The circles are 2″ – which is the perfect size to pop onto the Mason jar lids. Certainly you can use them in other ways, too. It’s free. It’s yours. Have fun!

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My recommendation is to print onto white cardstock (as opposed to a thin printer paper). Then cut out the circles with scissors – or if you have a 2″ circle punch, even more convenient! Then sign the bottom.

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I don’t see a need to do anything fancy with the way you attach the label to the lid. I just use a rolled up piece of Scotch tape and call it good. This makes it easy for the recipient to pull off the label and re-use the jar if they want to.

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For the 8 oz. Mason jars, I find that a dozen Pretzel Hugs fits nicely. Given that one batch means roughly 4 dozen Pretzel Hugs that fit on a pan (at least my pan), a single batch makes enough for 4 jars’ worth. Something to think about when doing the math on how many of these you might want to make as 8 oz. jar gifts.

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Adding a bit of ribbon to the jar is optional of course, but what a sweet finishing touch, right? I find that approximately 2 feet (24″) of ribbon is a great length to tie around the jar and still be able to trim the ends. So this ribbon that I picked up at Michaels came as a spool with 4 yards, which is 12 feet, which means I can cover 6 jars with that spool of ribbon. It’s always helpful to consider the math before heading to the store (but I bet some of you already have ribbon on-hand, right?).

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Sweet. Simple. Tasty. And always well received!

As promised … click on this to get the free printable >>> valentines

 

Oh, hey … guess what?

Surprise Coming

Many of you have expressed how much you’re loving the blog content based on my 2014 resolutions for the blog. We’re so happy to hear that! As part of that resolve, you may have noticed that recipes are once again making an appearance here once in a while. If you’re among those who love new recipes, and who love keeping track of those recipes, check back tomorrow for a very special surprise that we’ve been whipping up for you.

 

At Home with Becky

This post is part of a weekly blog series called At Home with Becky. Each Wednesday, I share a little something from home – routines, organization, traditions, decor, etc. Coming up … a look at some of my earlier creative work, my favorite everyday shoes, and a tour of my home office. If ever you are interested in seeing all of these posts in one place, just click on that turquoise button at the top of my blog that says At Home with Becky.

COMMENTS

35 Responses

  1. Jennie M says:

    I’m loving the At Home with Becky series and I am hoping that tomorrow’s surprise is that all of the recipes that you had posted for the last few years will be back on your blog! I have loved all of the recipes that you have posted and I have tried quite a few of them. I actually got the pretzel hugs recipe a while back on your blog, and I have made them for the last few Christmases with the kids to rave reviews! Thanks for your inspiration Becky!

  2. Kim Douglas says:

    Could you explainhow you did your bows, please and thanks!!!???

    • Faith says:

      Kim – I do a square knot to get them to look that way. When tying the knot take the right end and put it over the left and under/ through the hole then left over right and under. As you’re pulling it tight just watch that the top part falls over the knot to look pretty versus going sideways. It’s the same knot I used to tie the bottom of my Girl Scout sash. If Becky doesn’t end up showing a tutorial on it – I’m sure you can find it on google or YouTube. Definitely a good knot to know.

    • Becky Higgins Becky Higgins says:

      Honestly, bows and knots are not my specialty – so thank you for chiming in Faith! : )

  3. Kari says:

    WOW! I cannot wait to try this recipe idea! Looks amazing!

  4. Monica says:

    Love that God has blessed with a heart of sharing! Thank you!

  5. Steph H. says:

    We make these at Christmas time each year & LOVE them! :-D The peppermint hugs, which are sold at Christmas, are great to use as well. A tip for your readers: After the pan cools, I set them in my deep freezer until they are set. then I put them in plastic storage containers and keep them in the deep freezer until I need them, as they freeze really well.

  6. Jen T says:

    loving your new blog content! Thanks!

  7. Simone says:

    Damn I wish we had any of these ing in Australia! Look yumo!

  8. Jill Broyles says:

    How perfect! Thanks so much. The children and I are in the house, due to ice and snow, and this will be perfect with the valentine cards we just made for the neighbors. They are stuck inside as well ha! Have a great day! I too am loving the new resolutions.

  9. maria says:

    hoping she brings back the old recipes as well

  10. Susan says:

    Hi Becky! Thanks for sharing the jar labels! I have been making pretzel hugs since I saw the recipe on your blog years ago. I am keeping my fingers crossed that the big surprise is your recipes back up on the blog!! I am loving your new blog content, but I miss being able to look back at the archives!!! Hopefully one day they’ll be back!!

  11. Maria says:

    Love this I think we are going to do it for my oldes teachers thank u

  12. Steph says:

    Okay, add me to the list of people who are loving the fact that your blog is getting back to being a place I wan to visit EVERY day!

    This is the Becky’s blog that I’ve missed!

    Hmmmm…I wouldn’t mind seeing your pancake recipe again. It was a family favorite and would love to see it again ;)

    Thank you Becky for listening to your readers. Glad that I can say this is a place that I like to visit again!

  13. Pam Bassett says:

    Hi,
    This also works well with Rolo candies. For some reason I cannot get the hugs to soften very well.

  14. Karen says:

    These look fab Becky. Where do you buy your mason jars? I have never seen those pretty ones before :)

    • Becky Higgins Becky Higgins says:

      I picked them up at Target, but you should be able to find them at your local grocery store too. And WalMart. And other places. ; )

  15. Jessica I. says:

    Definitely 3 M&M’s for “I Love You!” Thanks for sharing. :)

  16. Gail Slagle says:

    What a great craft to make with my granddaughter! Thanks for the inspiration. I am one of those that LOVE the recipes so I am glad that they are posting more frequent :-) I also love the at home with Becky!! Keep all of the wonderful posts coming!

  17. Thank you for sharing the sweet recipe. Now all I have to do is buy the products and get busy making gifts for my Valentines.

    Mary from NH

  18. Maria says:

    Pretzel Hugs have been a Christmas tradition in our family since the first year you posted them!! My kids also love to make them with me. I hope all of your past recipes are coming back. There are several favorites that we love that I hadn’t printed. Andes mints cookies, cake mix cookies, etc…. Looking forward for more recipes to come, too. Thanks for all you do, Becky!!

  19. Sherry Untiedt says:

    I’m so in love with the At Home with Becky series. I love this recipes and can’t wait to give it to those I love this Valentine’s Day. Thanks Becky!

  20. Brenda says:

    By the way, pretzel hugs are amazing with caramel kisses – the mixture of salt from the pretzels with the caramel is very yummy. I always make them with 1 M&M, but I think 3 is a better way to go :)

    I’m loving and appreciate the recent blog content. I’m hoping you include some more photography challenges like you used to have way back when – they were excellent.

    Thanks, for sharing.

  21. Joye B. says:

    Tried these with the Raspberry Hugs… Oh My Goodness, they are soooo good!!

  22. Brooke says:

    Made these today! They are so yummy and the jars look so cute! I’ve already handed a couple out even though I’m a week early for Valentines :) Thanks sooo much for sharing!

  23. Kristen says:

    Loving this series. Hope you will keep “At Home with Becky” going for a long time! Very fun! :)

  24. Jamie Wagner says:

    I saw this post the other day and realized I HAD to make them for our last Scrapmania at our soon to be closing Archiver’s location here in Katy, TX. They were a huge hit! Thanks for all you do!

    • Patty says:

      How long would you say these would keep? I made these today April 19 for Easter and wondering how long they will keep?

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