Holidays with HERSHEY’S Chocolate – Holiday Pretzel Buttons Recipe


Hershey’s Chocolate

The brunt of holiday feasting is over and so begins the cliché resolutions of getting fit. After we’ve all packed on the pounds with the overload of goodies, it’s probably a good time to get our butts back in gear, right? Wrong! The holidays aren’t over yet, people! Hold onto those resolutions for a few more days! Now, I’m all for exercising and staying healthy but I’m also not one for completely omitting things from my life; chocolate being one of them. Typically, I’m not really a big fan of candies. Most of our Halloween candy lasts until Easter and, then, our Easter candy lasts us until Halloween rolls around again. However, when the winter holidays come along, we always have plenty of it. Not necessarily for ourselves but for others. The kids and I get big into baking during the holidays and love sharing our creations with family and friends. For most of these creations, there is only one candy that is our go to and that is HERSHEY’S.


I’ve been a huge fan of the brand since I was a kid. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups were always the first things devoured upon getting home from trick-or-treating and the HERSHEY’S Kisses & Hugs are the perfect Valentine’s Day surprise. When it comes to Christmastime, however, HERSHEY’S is still not to be outdone. Their products make their way into just about all of our holiday recipes and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

HERSHEY'S 2013 Holiday Collection

Recently, HERSHEY’S sent me a compilation of some of their holiday treats and the kids and I went at it. In addition to the yearlong favorites, Hershey’s winter holiday seasonal products include the following:

  • *New for 2013 – HERSHEY’S Kisses Milk Chocolate Gifting Canister
  • *New for 2013 – HERSHEY’S Collection Almond Clusters
  • *New for 2013 – HERSHEY’S Collection Chocolate Covered Pretzels
  • *New for 2013 – Holiday Twizzlers Tree Shaped Cherry Candy
  • Holiday HERSHEY’S Nuggets Special Dark Chocolate
  • Holiday HERSHEY’S Nuggets Milk Chocolate
  • Holiday HERSHEY’S Miniatures Chocolate Bars
  • HERSHEY’S Cadbury Candy Coated Solid Milk Chocolates
  • HERSHEY’S Candy Cane Bar
  • HERSHEY’S Cookies ‘n Crème Santas Bag
  • HERSHEY’S Extra Creamy Solid Milk Chocolate Bells
  • HERSHEY’S Kisses Brand Dark Chocolates Filled with Mint Truffle
  • HERSHEY’S Kisses Brand Milk Chocolates Filled with Cherry Cordial Crème
  • HERSHEY’S Kisses Brand Milk Chocolates Blue/Silver
  • HERSHEY’S Pot of Gold in Caramel, Milk Chocolate, Nuts, Caramel Clusters, and Premium Collections
  • Holiday HERSHEY’S Kisses Brand Candy Cane Mint
  • Holiday HERSHEY’S Kisses Brand Milk Chocolates
  • Holiday Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Miniatures
  • Holiday ROLO Caramels in Milk Chocolate
  • Holiday York Peppermint Pattie Miniatures
  • Holiday KITKAT Miniatures
  • Holiday Reese’s Peanut Butter Bells
  • Holiday Reese’s Peanut Butter Trees
  • and more!

With a product lineup as incredible as that as well as the everyday favorites, how could you not put them to use? Just reading that list back to myself fills my mind with endless creation possibilities and, surely, my taste buds are in agreement. This is one of my most favorite, tasty recipes spotlighting the goodies from HERSHEY’S. I use this recipe all year long by coordinating colors but this is my winter holiday version.

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Randi’s Winter Holiday Pretzel Buttons


  • 2 10-ounce packages of HERSHEY’S Kisses Brand Candy Cane Mint
  • 7.4-ounce bag of Reese’s Pieces (separate to use the brown ones only)
  • 1-pound bag of Snyder’s of Hanover pretzel snaps


  1. Preheat the oven to 200˚F. Some ovens run hot (like mine) so if yours is one of them, you may want to set the temperature down to 175˚F to make up for the difference.
  2. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper (or use a reliable non-stick cookie sheet).
  3. Spread the pretzels apart evenly on the cookie sheet and top them with the HERSHEY’S Kisses Brand Candy Cane Mint pieces. Try to get them perfectly centered atop each pretzel or you may have a chocolate meltdown on your hands later.
  4. Bake for 4-5 minutes or until the chocolate is softened and has a bit of a shine. Do NOT allow the chocolate to completely melt! They should still hold their shape.
  5. Carefully place a brown Reese’s Pieces single piece in the center of each HERSHEY’S Kisses Brand Candy Cane Mint piece. Press down slightly to spread the chocolate across each individual pretzel.
  6. Allow to cool (on the cookie sheet) completely. We toss ours in the refrigerator or freezer (depending on which has space) for a few minutes. Once they are cooled off, you can toss them in a bowl and enjoy!

HERSHEY'S 2013 Holiday Collection Pretzel Buttons

And no worries if you run out of Reese’s Pieces. You can simply sandwich the HERSHEY’S Kisses Brand Candy Cane Mint Piece by placing a second pretzel snap on top like so. Just as adorable and equally as tasty!

HERSHEY'S 2013 Holiday Collection Pretzel Snap Sandwich

We make these every Christmastime and, this year, even made extra to share with my little one’s class at school. A huge hit all around, we’re now gearing up to make our New Year’s Eve version. For these, simply swap out the HERSHEY’S Kisses Brand Candy Cane Mint for HERSHEY’S Hugs Milk Chocolate & White Cream Candy and opt for HERSHEY’S York Pieces over the Reese’s Pieces. This allows for a perfect color combination to coincide with the New Year’s Eve festivities while still tasting incredibly delicious. Just take a look!

HERSHEY'S 2013 Holiday Collection New Year Pretzel Buttons

And, bonus! With a leftover Reese’s Pieces piece and a couple of HERSHEY’S Collection Chocolate Covered Pretzels, you can even make a quick reindeer upgrade to the, otherwise plain, gingerbread cookie!

HERSHEY'S 2013 Holiday Collection Chocolate Pretzels Reindeer Ears

The winter holidays are surely one of my most loved times of the year and the release of the HERSHEY’S holiday products only adds to that excitement. If you have not indulged into the greatness of these HERSHEY’S goodies this holiday season, I highly suggest that you do so. The New Year and pledges to eat healthy are just around the corner so treat yourselves now. After all, we have the entirety of 2014 to make up for it.

HERSHEY’S brand candy, including all of the holiday seasonal products can be purchased from most retailers, both, online and in-store nationwide.

Be sure to keep up with all things HERSHEY’S via social media on Facebook to stay up to date on all of the latest news, seasonal releases, new product launches, giveaways, and more!

Speaking of giveaways…

In good ol’ generous HERSHEY’S fashion, they wanted us to share the holiday joy with YOU! Enter now to win your own sampling of HERSHEY’S 2013 Holiday Collection!

HERSHEY'S 2013 Holiday Collection Giveaway

One (1) winner will receive a prize pack containing a variety of products from the HERSHEY’S 2013 Holiday Collection.

Giveaway open to US residents only. Ends 1/12/14.

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*Randi received the above product(s), free of charge, to facilitate this review. All opinions are those of the reviewer only.


About Author

Randi is a stay-at-home mother to two wildly crazy little boys, in love with one hell of a great man, a hobbyist writer and, more or less, glued to her camera. In a world where making mud pies, searching for bugs and racing Matchbox cars have become her forte, her true passion can be found all around her (or attached to her hip) at any given moment - her family.


  1. The Hersheys Candy Cane Bar, I gave a few to my kids this year for Christmas but I didn’t get a chance to taste them, they gobbled them up to fast. 🙂

  2. melikegarfield on

    HERSHEY’S CANDY CANE BAR (MINT CANDY WITH CANDY BITS) sounds awesome. Wish I saw some of those around here. I would SO buy them.

  3. I most want to try the Reese’s Peanut Butter Trees. Reese’s is my favorite, but I have never tried the trees before. Thank you.

  4. mmm I love it all! lol but one thing I love, in particular, is the cherry chocolate kisses 🙂 They’re super tasty 🙂

  5. Natalie J Vandenberghe on

    I already know I love most of those Hershey’s products! I”d love to try HOLIDAY HERSHEY’S KISSES BRAND CANDY CANE MINT CANDIES! Thanks for the giveaway.

  6. I would like to try the HERSHEY’S POT OF GOLD Caramel Collection. Thanks for the chance to win!
    mrsmchappell at gmail dot com

  7. HERSHEY’S Kisses Brand Dark Chocolates Filled with Mint Truffle are so very delicious. Last year I bought some to keep in my diaper bag’s secret pocket, and ate them all. My husband never even knew!

  8. Everyone in my family has a favorite even my Mother she loves the Dark Chocolate filled with Mint Truffle. I and the Man of the house loves the Milk Chocolate filled with Cherry Cordial. We can’t find them in our area except around the holidays so I always grab extra to enjoy. We both love them and eat way to many. The kids, well it’s chocolate, they love it all lol.

  9. I always get the different kinds of Pot of Gold. I also would try the Hersheys Kisses filled with mint truffle. Thank u for the chance to win.

  10. I would love to try the Hershey’s Dark Chocolate with Mint Truffle! I am a big fan of anything mint so this would be right up my alley! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  11. I put the candy cane bars in my daughter’s stocking and she raved about them .Of course this was when they were all gone. ::) I’d love to try them myself.
    Carol L

  12. I would love to try the milk chocolate kisses filled with cherry cordial creme. I think that sounds delicious! But I’ve never really seen them at the store 🙁 But I was pretty good this year about staying away from the candy aisles 🙂

  13. I love the cherry cordial crème Hershey’s Kisses. The remind me of those cherry candies my grandmother used to have, but the Kisses are a lot less messy. So good!

  14. Linda Lansford on

    I like HERSHEY’S KISSES Brand Dark Chocolates Filled with Mint Truffle

    This season, enjoy a taste of mint chocolate perfection! These HERSHEY’S KISSES Brand Chocolates are filled with velvety mint truffle and decked in festive green foils

  15. I have had everything except the dark chocolate kiss with mint, and the cherry cordial filled kiss. Either one of those would definitely be worth a try. Thanks. 😉

  16. Carole Ingram on

    We already had the Holiday Twizzlers Tree Shaped Cherry Candy, they were cute!! 🙂 I got one bag left in my pantry 🙂

  17. Mendy Dinsmore on

    I would love to try the HERSHEY’S Pot of Gold Pecan Caramel Clusters. I have never seen them in the stores here.

  18. I would most like to try the HERSHEY’S POT OF GOLD Caramel Collection. These would be a fun treat to share with the whole family.

  19. I can’t pick just ONE!! I want the chocolate covered pretzels!! OH yum. Then the peanut butter bells and foil Santas.. how the kids think the chocolate is “better” and very special when they get these!!!

  20. Pauline Milner on

    I really like their Hershey’s Candy Cane Bar. Thanks for the super giveaway opportunity. Keep up the terrific blogging.

  21. I love the Holiday Mini Peppermint Patties. I wish they weren’t individually wrapped though, so I could eat the whole bag quicker!

  22. I would love to try the HERSHEY’S Candy Cane Bar (Mint Candy with Candy Bits). I haven’t seen it in my area. Thanks.

  23. Anything Hersey you can not go wrong with. My favorite is milk chocolate, but as I get older I like dark chocolate more and more.

  24. Douglas Houston on

    I would like to put a bag of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Miniatures in the freezer and then munch on them.

  25. I would love to try the HERSHEY’S Collection Almond Clusters. Thanks so much for hosting this giveaway!


  26. I would like to try their Candy Cane Bar. I would also like to try the dark chocolate kisses filled with mint.. :0)


    Hershey’s Pot of Gold Pecan Caramel Clusters…but I am a chocoholic, and it is way too hard to choose just one!

  28. The kids would have so much fun making these for the holidays coming up. We love Hersheys chocolate so much so I know we would enjoy them.

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