Here's an easy Christmas treat that you can make with young children. We made a batch of these last night to bring to Evan and Ann-Marie's Christmas program at the church this weekend.
You will need a bag of waffle/square pretzels, holiday M&Ms, and Hershey kisses and/or hugs. We used a bag of Snyder's pretzels, one bag of M&Ms and a bag each of Hershey kisses and hugs for our batches last night. Put wax paper or parchment paper on a cookie sheet (I try to supply one cookie sheet per child) and have them arrange the pretzels in rows. (Eating broken pretzels is allowed!) As you can see above, Alec is sad because he was intentionally breaking pretzels to eat them, so he got cut off!
Next step: put one Hershey kiss or hug in the middle of each pretzel. They need to be centered so that when the Hershey's melts, it doesn't melt right off the pretzel.
Preheat the oven to 170 degrees. Bake for 4 - 6 minutes (the white chocolate melts faster). Check it with the handle of a wooden spoon, the chocolate should be soft enough to press down, but not so soft that it becomes goo! You have to watch it at around 5 minutes. Right when the cookie sheet comes out of the oven, have your M&Ms ready! Have the children press one M&M into the center of each Hershey Kiss/Hug. Let the cookie sheets cool for 10 minutes, then refrigerate. These are WONDERFUL frozen also!
As you can see above, we've been doing this since Ann-Marie was two.....I have the evidence! Happy creating!