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!
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.
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.
STEP TWO | Unwrap each individual Hug and place one Hug on each pretzel.
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.
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!
When you pull the pan out of the oven, the Hugs will still have their shape (sort of), but they are for sure softened.
STEP FOUR | Place M&M’s on top of each Pretzel Hug, slightly pressing into the melted chocolate.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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?).
Sweet. Simple. Tasty. And always well received!
As promised … click on this to get the free printable >>> valentines
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