“No Bake” Holiday Treats

Until now I’m still wondering if I was partly responsible for the disappearance of Hersheys Hugs and waffle pretzels from grocery shelves last Christmas. At any rate, I found these recipes for no-bake treats thru Pinterest, and had a fun activity with my son making Christmas treats for his teachers. Because the grocery stores ran out of Hugs and partly because we wanted to try other other flavors I also experimented with Reese’s Mini Peanut Butter Cups and Hersheys Candy Cane Kisses. An 11 oz bag of Hugs or Kisses make about 5 dozen treats. Their cooking times are different so that is what I am sharing here.

2014-12-13 14.03.28medTHE ORIGINAL RECIPE: http://www.cookingclassy.com/2012/12/pretzel-mm-hugs-christmas-style/ Bake Hugs and pretzels in 200F for 4-5 minutes, then add the M&Ms. I also had mints, which gave the treats a nice flavor. Hubs thought the double choco combination of the Hugs and M&Ms was too much.

2014-12-18 21.55.26 medThen three grocery stores suddenly ran out of Hersheys Hugs. So here we tried Reese Mini Peanut Butter Cups, and this is officially the family’s favorite. I also love the fact that these were not individually wrapped in foil like the Hersheys. Melt these at 200F for 6-7 minutes before adding M&Ms. I accidentally bought the green and red M&M mints and used these on one batch, but those are bigger than the regular milk chocolate ones.

2014-12-18 21.56.52 medThen finally the Hersheys Candy Cane Kisses. Melt these at the same temp and time as the Hugs, 200F for 4-5 mins. I used dark chocolate M&Ms with these.

I kept making batch after batch to colleagues and neighbors, putting these in plastic containers. Hubs noticed that the minty scent and flavor of the candy cane can be overpowering when they are placed in the same container. So I’ll probably use separate containers next time or just make ones with Reese’s and Hugs, that is, once they are available again. Or at least that’s the plan for Valentine’s Day 🙂

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