Pretzels with white chocolate and green candies pressed on top.
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Leprechaun Hugs (Pretzel Hugs)

Leprechaun Hugs

For dessert, I wanted to make something simple but tasty. The idea of melting Hershey’s Hugs onto square pretzels and pushing M&Ms down into them has been floating around the internet for a while now. Since I was making Irish Stew and Cheesy Soda Scones for dinner, I decided to make these vaguely Irish and use green M&Ms only.

And the name? Well, I’m just a dork. An actual leprechaun hug could quite possibly be the thing that nightmares are made of, but these leprechaun hugs are the perfect balance of sweet, salty and addicting. That’s a good, albeit dangerous, thing.

Leprechaun HugsThese are very easy to make, but it takes a while to unwrap all of the hugs. I took them out of the oven after 4 minutes and they weren’t quite melted enough, so I popped them back in for a few more minutes. They harden best with a quick blast in the fridge. These were a big hit, and would be great at any St. Patrick’s Day party!

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Pretzels with white chocolate and green candies pressed on top.

Leprechaun Hugs (Pretzel Hugs)

  • Author: Big Flavors from a Tiny Kitchen - Ashley Covelli
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 3 minutes
  • Total Time: 13 minutes
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American


  • Hershey’s Hugs
  • M&Ms
  • Shaped pretzels


1. Preheat oven to 200°F.

2. Unwrap hugs and place in a bowl.

3. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Lay out pretzels on top of the prepared baking sheet. Stand a Hug up on the center of each square.

4. Bake for 3-6 minutes, until the Hugs are soft enough to press the M&Ms down into the tops, but not so soft that they’re melted all over the place.

5. Remove from the oven and press one M&M down into the center of each Hug.

6. Let the tray cool to the touch, and then pop it into the refrigerator for a few minutes until the chocolate is set. Enjoy straight out of the fridge or at room temperature.


Use round, square, or twisted pretzels, not pretzel sticks or rods.

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Ashley Covelli is a food photographer, recipe developer, and culinary instructor based in Ossining, New York. She loves helping people become enthusiastic and adventurous in the kitchen so that they can build skills and confidence to cook for themselves and their loved ones. She can almost always be found with at least 3 different beverages within arm's reach.


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