One thing that we have turned into a tradition for our family is to make Reindeer Noses. They are a fun treat to make for the kids teachers from their time at public school to now for their dance and karate instructors. Not all of this process is kid friendly but they sure can be helpful with all of the unwrapping and sorting of candy colors, and of course the quality control testing. The hardest part of this recipe is keeping them around long enough to get some to the kids teachers.
What you need:
- Hershey Kisses, Hugs or Candy Cane Kisses
- Christmas M&M’s
- Square Pretzels
- Parchment Paper
- Cookie sheets
- Preheat Oven to 225 degrees.
- Line cookie sheets with parchment paper, just the bottom.
- Unwrap the kisses or hugs. (i have found that keeping the kisses on a different sheet from the hugs can be helpful as the white chocolate will not take as long as the milk chocolate to get warm and can be a huge headache so just save yourself the trouble and have only the same type of kisses/hugs on their own cookie sheet).
- Sort the M&M’s by color to make it easier if you are trying to color coordinate your treats.
- Place pretzel squares on cookie sheet. Make sure that they are all flat and not overlapping. Try not to use any severely broken ones.
- Place one kiss or hug on the center of each pretzel piece.
- Put in oven for 4-5 minutes. The milk chocolate will take the longest. The Candy Cane kisses will take the shortest and the Hugs are somewhere in between. You want them warm enough for the M&M to easily squish into the center of the chocolate, if you get any resistance then it is not warmed up enough. Be careful though cause too long in the oven and the milk chocolate will dry out or the white chocolate will melt too much and make a huge mess. This is the part that you really need to keep a close eye on.
- The second you pull the cookie sheet out of the oven, start to place one M&M in the center and press it into the warmed chocolate.
- Let cool till the chocolate sets back up. The white chocolate will take the longest. Try to avoid placing in the fridge or freezer to avoid sweating and the pretzels from getting soggy. This can take overnight.
- Package and deliver… or enjoy some when the kids aren’t looking.
I hope your family enjoy’s this treat as much as we do. It really is a perfect combination of sweet and salty with some crunch and melt in your mouth awesomeness.
Merry Christmas from our family to yours!
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