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Rolo Pretzels

Easy Rolo Pretzels Candy Bites. A quick 3-ingredient Christmas candy dessert featuring salty pretzels with caramel chocolate candies, and M&M’s. These pretzel bite snack pieces double down as the perfect Christmas candy treat.

Rolo Pretzels - Overhead view of a red and green Christmas pattern on a tin filled to the brim with rolo candy pieces. Red and green M&Ms topped on a rolo candy piece with a square pretzel. Served on a red and green Christmas napkin with rolo pieces in the background.

If you’re looking for an easy Christmas candy to make, you’ll like how easy these Rolo Pretzels are to make at home with just a few simple steps. While classic Christmas cookie recipes steal the show every year, these holiday candy pretzels take just 10 minutes to prepare and only 3 minutes to bake in the oven. It’s the perfect surprise candy to make last minute to fill those holiday tins and glass bowls for family and guests. Each bite is loaded with rich milk chocolate, smooth caramel, and salty pretzel.

It’s easy to get caught up in traditional cookie baking during the holidays. What I like about making a few batches of holiday pretzels is that they are small enough to fill cookie tins and platters. It’s always a nice surprise to find a cookie alternative when grabbing a snack to eat from a gift box.

Easy Rolo Pretzel Bites - A front view of Rolo pretzels with a red/green M&M on top of a rolo candy pieces and pretzel square. Served in a red and green striped holiday tin on a wooden back drop with a Christmas color napkin.

HOW TO MAKE ROLO PRETZELS

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Unwrap Rolo candies and place in bowl.
  3. Line baking sheet with pretzel snaps in neat rows.
  4. Top the center of each pretzel with a candy.
  5. Bake in the oven for 3 minutes.
  6. Remove from oven and immediately press an M&M into the top of the Rolo candy.

HOW TO SERVE PRETZEL CANDIES

  • BIG BOWL FOR A PARTY: If you’re hosting a party like Christmas, graduation, or birthday parties, serve it in a big bowl with a large spoon. Serve next to 9 oz. fancy plastic cups. Guests can fill their own cup up as needed.
  • SHIP TO FAMILY/FRIENDS: Fill a quart size bag and ship it to your kids in college or to a friend across the country. During the holidays, fill up empty space on cookie platters, trays, and holiday tins with this snack candy.
  • PARTY CUPS FOR EVENT: Fill fancy 9-ounce plastic cups with the candy bites. Place them on a food table for serving.
  • DESSERT BOX/SPREAD: If you’re hosting a party with small bite-size dessert servings, serve a few candied pretzels in a muffin liner. This is perfect for those Christmas boxes and platters.
  • PARTY FAVORS: Send the candy pieces home in a lunch bag size paper bag or a food-safe plastic candy bag.
  •  Perfect size to fill up empty spaces in a glass bowl, cookie trays and platters, or dessert tins.
  •  Ship well without breaking.
  •  Doesn’t cost a fortune to make. Frugal food gift to share for the holidays.
  •  Doesn’t use any special equipment.
  •  A fun recipe that small children can help make.
  •  Easy recipe to make a week or more in advance.
Christmas Rolo Pretzels - A far away view of rolo pretzels. Same as first photo, but further away. Overhead view of a red and green Christmas pattern on a tin filled to the brim with rolo candy pieces. Red and green M&Ms topped on a rolo candy piece with a square pretzel. Served on a red and green Christmas napkin with rolo pieces in the background and fake twigs of a spruce tree. Text in blue and white reads Christmas Rolo Pretzels.

ROLO PRETZEL INGREDIENTS

■ PRETZELS: Any pretzels that are flat will allow the rolos chocolates to melt and stick to the pretzels. For this reason, I like to use pretzel snaps that are square or the classic twists. TIP: Skip the butter snaps as these have a savory flavor to them.

■ ROLOS: Chocolate-covered caramel Rolo candy is the perfect bite-size candy to top on pretzel squares. A sweet treat with a bite of salty pretzels. If you’re looking for more inspiration using pretzels this Christmas, try these Christmas Pretzel Hugs, next.

■ CHOCOLATE CANDY: Classic M&M’s in festive green and red holiday colors. I like to use the original version, but feel free to switch it up with other M&M flavors like mint, sugar cookie, dark chocolate, caramel, peanut butter, or peanut M&M’s.

Easy Rolo Pretzels - Same as first photo, but cropped very close to include the bottom half the tin full with rolo pretzels.. Overhead view of a red and green Christmas pattern on a tin filled to the brim with rolo candy pieces. Red and green M&Ms topped on a rolo candy piece with a square pretzel. Served on a red and green Text in center reads Rolo Pretzels in blue and white. Second image A front view of Rolo pretzels with a red/green M&M on top of a rolo candy pieces and pretzel square. Served in a red and green striped holiday tin on a wooden back drop with a Christmas color napkin and a fake green spruce tree twig.

TRY THESE RECIPE TWISTS NEXT

  • HERSHEY’S KISS – A wide variety of Hershey’s chocolate candy pieces can easily be swapped with the Rolos for more variety, see this Pretzel Kiss recipe.
  • JUNIOR MINTS – chocolate covered peppermint candy pieces.
  • PEPPERMINT BARK – Candy bark in a wide variety of flavors in place of the M&M’s or Rolos.
  • SPRINKLES Sprinkle festive Christmas or other holiday sprinkles on top of the warm Rolos candy.
  • NUTS – Swap the m&m’s for pecans, almonds, pistachios, walnuts, cashews, or even gourmet chocolate covered nuts.
  • REESE’S – Swap Rolos for Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup minis or holiday bells.

TRY THESE CHRISTMAS COOKIES NEXT

Can I make this recipe in advance? Yes. This candy holds up well. I do suggest allowing the candy to cool completely then storing it in an airtight container or ziplock bag so that the pretzels do not go stale.

Rolo Pretzels

Easy Rolo Pretzels Candy Bites. A quick 3-ingredient Christmas candy dessert featuring salty pretzels with caramel chocolate candies, and M&M's. These pretzel bite snack pieces double down as the perfect Christmas candy treat to fill holiday tins, cookie platters, and trays.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: candy pretzels, Christmas candy recipe, Rolo Pretzels
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 13 minutes
Servings: 96 pieces
Calories: 37kcal

Ingredients

  • 96 pretzel snaps (or pretzel twists)
  • 96 Rolo chocolate covered caramel candies
  • 96 M&M's (I used green and red M&M's for Christmas)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or foil.
  • Unwrap Rolos. Place in bowl.
  • Fill 1-2 baking sheets with pretzels in rows.
  • Place a Rolo candy in the center of each pretzel.
  • Bake in oven for 3 minutes or until chocolate starts to soften.
  • Remove from oven and immediately top each Rolo with M&M candy.
  • Allow chocolate to set (cool) for several hours before storing in a container or ziplock bag.

Nutrition

Calories:37kcal | Carbohydrates:6g | Protein:1g | Fat:2g | Saturated Fat:1g | Cholesterol:1mg | Sodium:25mg | Potassium:13mg | Fiber:1g | Sugar:4g | Vitamin A:10IU | Vitamin C:1mg | Calcium:10mg | Iron:1mg

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