Reindeer Noses

noviceThis week is going to be pretzel week! That means you are going to get three pretzel related recipes – and we’re starting with reindeer noses.

I’ll be honest with you, I got this idea and name from Pinterest about 3 years ago and I’ve loved it ever since. It’s my favorite thing to make during the holidays. This time of year, I want to give presents and contribute to parties but it can get really time consuming and expensive. I love this recipe because it’s quick, inexpensive, and always a crowd-pleaser. In grad school I used to make huge batches of these for my doormen and after the holidays they were always asking for more. The recipe is also great for parties because they are crunchy-sweet-salty bite that you just pop in your mouth. It’s easy to make and eat a ton.

photo (20)I also love this recipe because there is so much room for variety. You need three ingredients: pretzels, Hershey’s kisses, and m&m’s. But, you can use whatever kiss you like as long as there isn’t something solid in the middle. I’ve only used dark or milk chocolate kisses, but I think you could use hugs, or even the caramel kisses. And the best place for variety is the m&m. I’ve used regular, dark chocolate, coconut, and mint (which is what I used this time). You could also forgo the m&m and use a nut or a candy corn. So simple, yet so many options.

As for choosing pretzels, a circle shapes look the best and gives you the “nose” part of reindeer nose. However, I have only found circle pretzels once. If you find them, that’s awesome. If not, don’t worry this shape is  just not worth the quest. The second best option is the square pretzels, which you’ll see here. And of course, if you can’t find anything else, use the mini regular shaped pretzels. In the end, it’s mostly about taste and less about looks.

Anyway, as you prepare for all your parties and and presents, definitely consider this recipe. Or just make it as a snack for yourself. It’s that yummy and quick.


1 lb bag of pretzels (you won’t use all of it)

1 12 oz bag of Hershey kisses (or get the bigger family bag if you want more)

1 10 oz bag of m&m’s (you want the large bag, not the regular or king size snack bags)


1. Preheat your oven to the lowest setting. On my oven that’s 200°.

2. Dump a bunch of pretzels on a large cookie sheet. Arrange them all so they are in a single layer.

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3. Unwrap as many Hershey’s kisses as you have pretzels on your cookie sheet. Look at your huge pile of candy wraps and feel a little guilty about packaging waste.

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4. Place the Hershey kisses on top of the pretzels.

5. Place the cookie sheet in the oven for 4-6 minutes. The chocolate should glisten when you take it out.

6. Remove the cookie sheet from the oven, press the m&m on top of the chocolate. The chocolate is perfectly melted if the m&m meets no resistance and gets nestled in a bed of chocolate. The Hershey kisses needs to be melted more if the m&m can’t press all the way down and your chocolate looks kind of wonky. Look at the picture below. The one on the left (green) isn’t melted enough and the one on the right (white) is perfectly done.


7. Cool in the fridge until the chocolate is hardened. It’s about 30 minutes. You can also eat them while they are a little gooey and warm.


8. Serve and snack!


1 spoonMessy level: Just one spoon! The only mess I ever make is if I accidentally stick my finger in a melted kiss. The other mess which always makes me feel guilty is the Hershey kiss wrappers. It just looks like a big mess all piled up on the counter.


2 thoughts on “Reindeer Noses

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