The name of this post sounds like the headline from a tabloid. Candy Corn was seen hugging Pretzel. Who knew that someone so sweet would melt for someone so tough and salty?” It sounds like a good start, right? I didn’t really know what to call this recipe, but as I was thinking about the ingredients, candy corn, hugs, and pretzels, I settled upon the headline above. The idea dates back to last Christmas when a friend from work made the cutest candies. They were made from pretzels, topped with peppermint kisses that had been melted and topped with plain m&m candies. They were very cute, and they were delicious, too. I snapped a picture to help me remember to make them. Since I wanted something different to make for Halloween with the kids, I decided to give them a try, but I was going to use the regular hugs because of their brown and white coloring. I was undecided about what would go on top. Candy corn is synonymous with fall in my mind, but I also considered Reese Pieces because of the fall colors–yellow, orange, and brown. Ultimately, I settled on candy corn because I already had some in the house. Here’s how to make these super simple and delicious candies.
Preheat the oven to 300 degrees, Fahrenheit. Place a silicone mat or a piece of parchment paper on top of a cookie sheet. Arrange pretzels in a single layer on the parchment lined cookie sheet.Place an unwrapped hug on top of each pretzel. Both of these steps are great for the kids to do.Place the cookie sheet into the preheated oven and allow to bake for 5 minutes. The hug should soften but not melt.
Remove from the oven and immediately place a piece of candy corn on top of the hug and apply a gentle downward pressure. Be careful to touch the hug. It’s hot and could burn you. This part is a job for the adults. The goal is to push down on the hug until it expands to just cover the pretzel. Once you have pressed candy corn onto each of the warm hugs, allow to cool to near room temperature. place cookie sheet into the refrigerator or freezer for 10 to 15 minutes to allow the chocolate to set up.The only thing left to do is eat them. Store the finished candies in a covered container with wax paper between the layers.