Peppermint Pretzel Gift Idea

by aimee @ shugarysweets on December 3, 2012

I don’t know about you, but I’m always looking for simple ideas for gift giving around the holidays! There are many people in our lives that I am so grateful for, and I enjoy thanking each and every one of them with a gift! However, with four kids, that equates to a lot of teachers, Sunday School leaders, neighbors, friends, etc!

One thing I love to do is make homemade treat jars! You can use any kind of jar on hand. Mason jars work great! I found this mini jars at IKEA several years ago (they still sell them) and use them to fill with candies, nuts, and other goodies!

These pretzel bites are even easy enough for children to help make!

Peppermint Pretzel Gift Idea

An easy treat that is fun to give away!

Ingredients

  • 60 pretzel rings
  • 60 Candy Cane Hershey kisses, unwrapped
  • 60 chocolate chips (I used Nestle red/green morsels)

Instructions

  1. Lay pretzels rings on parchment paper lined baking sheet. Put one hershey kiss inside each ring (if it doesn't fit perfect that is okay, it will melt).
  2. Bake in a 200 degree oven for about 4 minutes. Press chocolate chip on top of kiss. Allow to cool and set one hour. Store in air tight containers!

Notes

**kisses may appear unmelted by retaining their shape. Test one by pressing a chocolate chip onto the top. It should press right down. If it's still hard, wait another minute or two and test again.

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Want more gift ideas?

I’m not a very crafty person, but these burlap table runners are easy to make and fun to give! Just use a sharpie and some printed phrases to trace!

Or, if you like chocolate covered pretzels, wrap up some of these peppermint pretzels in some tissue and put in a gift bag for a neighbor!

Truffles are always a delicious gift. Try filling a mason jar. Then top the jar with a cupcake liner and ribbon for a festive touch!

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bottom right: Trinidad Truffles

bottom left: Almond Truffles

 

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Pam in Cincinnati December 3, 2012 at 5:58 pm

have you been able to find the pretzel rings locally? i’ve never been able to track them down and have had to settle for the snaps. they work but the effect’s just not the same.

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aimee @ shugarysweets December 3, 2012 at 7:01 pm

I found my pretzel rings this weekend at Meijer! Bought 3 bags cause I never know if I’ll find them again! Let me know if you need me to send you a bag with Michael!!

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Pam in Cincinnati December 4, 2012 at 4:52 pm

thanks! i’ll be making a trip to meijer to pick some up this weekend. this is one of the few ways my brother will eat chocolate. he’s so weird. of course, he says the same for me. :)

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DIANNE December 23, 2013 at 2:18 am

I found the pretzels, square grid shape, at Costco or Sams Club can’t remember which, but they were a big bargain…..@$6.50 for a huge plastic bottle, the kind that cheese puffs come in. I think it was 3-4 pounds. I paid $2.00 for 10 oz at the grocery store!! The 2 brands of butter pretzels are Rold Gold or Snyders, one is square and one is round. Hope this helps everyone save some money, that is always an issue!!

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Anonymous December 5, 2012 at 9:09 pm

They sell them in Cincinnati at Meijer. In fact, they are on sale this week 2 bags for $3.00.

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Pam in Cincinnati December 9, 2012 at 7:16 pm

made a trip out to meijer while i was shopping with my mom yesterday and scored some. now to decide exactly which version of these i’m going to make. :)

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Medeja December 3, 2012 at 6:13 pm

Wonderful gift idea! They look so festive and cute!
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carrian December 3, 2012 at 7:27 pm

Ok, not to be all crazy,but you’re a genius!!! TDuh! Why didn’t I think of changing up the candy in the pretzel? Blast, totally making this.

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aimee @ shugarysweets December 3, 2012 at 10:38 pm

Awww, can you say it louder so my husband can hear? haha!!

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Averie @ Averie Cooks December 3, 2012 at 7:36 pm

Love quickies like this! And thanks for all those linkbacks- I just opened them all :)

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Rachel @ Baked by Rachel December 3, 2012 at 7:47 pm

Such a perfect festive and quick idea!
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aimee @ shugarysweets December 3, 2012 at 10:39 pm

Thanks Rachel! I love recipes that my kids can do with little help from me!!

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sally @ sallys baking addiction December 3, 2012 at 8:35 pm

i love hershey kisses and pretzels! I did this with candy canes and hersheys hugs for Halloween. I need to try it with the candy cane kisses, which I think are my new favorite variety. :)
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aimee @ shugarysweets December 3, 2012 at 10:39 pm

yeah, these candy cane kisses are highly addictive!

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Carol December 3, 2012 at 8:56 pm

Cute & simple! The perfect homemade gift.
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Jess December 3, 2012 at 9:30 pm

These are so cute and fun! It’s so great to do little baking projects like this with kids around the holidays, so I’m always glad to be reminded of the many different options there are for fun Christmas treats! Salty and sweet? Who doesn’t love that!?
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Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust December 3, 2012 at 10:07 pm

I love pretzel treats like this! SO easy. And the mason jar idea is fab!
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Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen December 3, 2012 at 10:40 pm

These are seriously addictive. Like I have to physically remove myself from them if I’m in the same room. omg.
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aimee @ shugarysweets December 4, 2012 at 6:33 am

I totally know the feeling!

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Winnie December 4, 2012 at 8:51 am

These peppermint-pretzel are looking so cute and tasty
As I don’t live in the States these are new to me and I like what I see :)
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Liz December 4, 2012 at 9:41 am

I made something like this the other night, just a little bit different. Yours are very festive looking and a great idea for teachers!
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Jessica@AKitchenAddiction December 4, 2012 at 11:45 am

These are a fun gift idea! I love how easy they are to make!
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Julia | JuliasAlbum.com December 4, 2012 at 3:37 pm

Wow, that’s quite creative! Love the peppermint swirls inside the pretzels.
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Shanna December 5, 2012 at 10:15 pm

I have not been able to find the pretzels either and we don’t have Meijers here. :(

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DIANNE December 23, 2013 at 2:34 am

Do you have Sam’s club or costco? See my post 12/23/13. You can google Rold Gold or Snyders, brand names, and then order online if it’s a last resort.

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Sara December 13, 2012 at 9:53 am

So I tried these several times and each time it failed. First time I followed your directions exactly and the candy cane kiss didn’t melt at all. I couldn’t get the chocolate chip to stick to the top because the top never melted. I left them in longer and they burnt rather then melted. The second time I tried a higher temp so they didnt’ have to be in as long. They burnt but didn’t melt. The third time I tried a lower temp to try to avoid burning them, but didn’t help. They burnt. No matter what I do I can’t get the candy cane hershey kisses to melt without melting.

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Sara December 13, 2012 at 9:55 am

I meant melt without burning.

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aimee @ shugarysweets December 13, 2012 at 9:59 am

Definitely don’t go a higher temperature. The tops of them should melt (at 200 degrees) in 4-6 minutes. They don’t get completely soft in that time, but enough that you can press in a chocolate chip and the side melt into the pretzel. Following those directions (and checking your oven temp with a thermometer) I can’t imagine why this wouldn’t work! I’ve made these dozens of times with different flavors of Hershey kisses too! I’m sorry, I know how frustrating it is when something doesn’t work right!
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Sara December 13, 2012 at 10:59 am

I have an oven thermometer, so I know my oven is at the right temp. When I make peanut butter blossoms, the kisses melt no problem at all so I thought the problem might be with the different flavor of kiss. The bottom of the candy cane kiss melts to fill in the circle, but the middle and top stays rock hard. The frustrating part is that these are so simple to make they should be fool proof and yet I keep messing it up. So far I’ve gone through a whole bag of kisses. I’m going to try a different type of baking sheet and maybe they will melt/soften up more evenly.

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Tracy S December 12, 2013 at 9:08 am

Just to let you know…I am having the same problem. I have had mine at 200 degrees for about 7 minutes now, and they are still not melting. I have checked to make sure they are not burning. I am just checking them at 1 min intervals. I am not giving up on this! They will be so cute….as long as they don’t burn!

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aimee @ shugarysweets December 13, 2013 at 7:05 am

Every oven works a little different, especially at low heat. Also, the type of pan you use makes a big difference, especially at low temperatures and short cooking times. Hope they turned out great!

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DIANNE December 23, 2013 at 2:32 am

Do you have sams club or costco? See my post 12/23/13 at top of page. You can google Rold Gold or Snyders pretzels and order from the company online.

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DIANNE December 23, 2013 at 2:40 am

Sorry this post about Sams/Costco was meant to go to someone else.

I use a toaster oven with aluminum foil, right on the rack, instead of silpat or parchment. I bake at 170 degrees for only 3 minutes or less, I start watching at 2 minutes.. Hugs melt fast so watch closely. I have trouble melting the hershey’s chocolate kisses, for me they get hard!! I used RASPBERRY HUGS at Valentines Day with valentine M&M’s and they were out of this world yummy!!

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Anonymous December 15, 2013 at 1:42 pm

I just had to melt them on the stove and poor them in the pretzel rings. They weren’t striped but they still tasted delicious!!

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Maggie December 14, 2012 at 2:04 am

L.O.V.E. this idea! I will use bittersweet chocolate chips and holiday non-pareils!

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aimee @ shugarysweets December 14, 2012 at 7:13 am

Maggie, I love it! Sounds so pretty!

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pam December 18, 2012 at 5:50 pm

I haven’t looked for the pretzels yet, but I can’t even find the red/green kisses or the morsels. I am in TX and where can I find these around here?

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aimee @ shugarysweets December 18, 2012 at 5:56 pm

They are a Nestle product, I know my stores keep them in an endcap filled with holiday ingredients (not in the aisle with the chocolate chips). You can also use red/green m&m candies if you can’t find the morsels!

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Pam December 10, 2013 at 5:58 am

I couldn’t find the round pretzels and I didn’t want to spend the money on the red and green morsels, so I used the waffle pretzels as well as some “pretzel chips” that I found at the Dollar Tree. I used red and green mini M&M’s on top since I always keep those on hand as a stir in for my marshmallow popcorn balls.
These turned out really cute. Picture on my facebook of you want to look. https://www.facebook.com/pam.field.716

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aimee @ shugarysweets December 10, 2013 at 6:50 am

Very cute! Love that you took this as inspiration and made it your own :)

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Merry December 1, 2013 at 11:52 pm

I live in San Antonio, Tx and can’t find the round pretzels. Any idea? Also I went on the Ikea website to look for the jars and couldn’t find those either.

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aimee @ shugarysweets December 3, 2013 at 7:50 am

I was at IKEA last week and they do still have the jars in the store! You can also use the little 1/2 pint mason jars too. I find the round pretzels at Meijer. You could substitute the waffle pretzels and just place the kiss on top, that works too!

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Merry December 3, 2013 at 10:21 am

There is not a Mejier store anywhere around where I live. In fact, I have never heard of that store. I don’t know if I have ever seen the waffle pretzels. All I have ever noticed is the straight ones and the swirly ones.
IKEA is about 360 miles away from me also. I did look on line to order from ikea but couldn’t find them on their website.

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Jenifer Gray December 3, 2013 at 10:41 am

I buy my round pretzels from Target or Walmart. They always carry them during the holidays. Hope that helps!

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Merry December 3, 2013 at 10:52 am

Thanks so much Jenifer. I will check out Walmart.

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Merry December 4, 2013 at 11:12 pm

I have been to 11 different stores, 2 Walmarts, 2 Targets, Family Dollar, Walgreens, CVS, Dollar Tree, and 2 HEBs and World Market. No one carries the round pretzels. I found some thin pretzels shaped in hearts and diamonds at World Market. I even sent a request to Snyder Hanover on the internet to find where they might be ( no response).

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Anonymous December 6, 2013 at 11:11 am

I have not seen them either, what brand does the round?

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Tracy S December 12, 2013 at 9:02 am

I found the Pretzel Rings in the Rold Gold brand at my Food Lion (I live in NC). Walmart didn’t have them.

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DIANNE December 23, 2013 at 3:04 am

I found them at either costco or sams club see my post 12/23/13 near top of comment page. I also have purchased them at the Jewel/Osco grocery store.

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sarah December 19, 2013 at 1:31 pm

I am trying these with mint kisses!

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DIANNE December 23, 2013 at 3:08 am

Great idea for St. Pat’s day or xmas. Use mint truffle HUGS and Mint M&M’s.

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joice December 30, 2013 at 2:53 pm

round pretzels, Aldi’s

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