Candy Cane Pretzel Kisses

Candy Cane Pretzel Kisses are a salty/sweet/peppermint treat! We love these so much!

So remember how I joined the gym? You know, for health and all that?

Well, my friends forced me to take a Zumba class.  FORCED.  As in MADE ME DO IT.

Ok, they didn’t actually force me, but they were all doing it and…yeah…I gave into peer pressure. I guess if all my friends jumped off a bridge I would too.  Sorry parents.

Well, Zumba is this cardio workout that is a kind of Latin-dance-inspired.  I am not of “Latin” origin…and I have significantly less rhythm than the average person, so suffice it to say, Zumba was a challenge for me. The class started off bad and ended worse.

The instructor had hip-action to spare, but was unwilling to loan any to me.  Luckily I was smart enough to find a spot in the back with low visibility. When the music started I can say with no uncertainty that the astute words of Gloria Estefan could have never been more wrong.  The rhythm most certainly didn’t get me.

The women that surrounded me were essentially the Nancy Grace to my Kate Gosselin, but in the moment I felt like their booty shaking rivaled Beyonce.  My white girl knee bends and step touches were an embarrassment to the music that blared through the speakers.

Every once in a while I would get a move down and feel proud…until I watched myself in the god-forsaken mirror.  It was kinda how you feel if you have had too many margaritas and think you’re a JLo back up dancer… I left the class feeling humiliated and sweaty, a combination that I don’t recommend.

Everyone says, “No, stick with it, you’ll learn the moves.”  Really now?  All I learned in that class is that my childhood disconnect with Cha Cha DiGregrio was not because she was a boyfriend thief, but because she was an expert Merengue-er.  It was like a full circle moment.

The combination of not having “moves like Jagger” nor the desire to “sweat ’til I bleed” coupled with my fear of public humiliation mean my Zumba days are over. Please don’t try and convince me I am wrong, because I have never been more right…acceptance is the most important step, yes?

Now, sometimes when I feel embarrassed and/or humiliated I try to go to my happy place.  So basically the entirety of Zumba class I inhabited said happy place.  For me that means thinking about cakes and brownies and sugary food.  It’s just what I do.

So the idea for these easy treats were basically a coping mechanism to get through the hour of Zumba. I posted THESE a while back.  My mom used to make them and they are an all-time favorite snack in our house.  I decided to give them a fun Christmas twist.

They couldn’t be any easier. Here’s what you do…

Unwrap a bunch of Candy Cane Kisses.

On a parchment lined baking sheet lay out some waffle-style pretzels and place a Kiss on top.

Pop the baking sheet into a 300° oven for 2 – 2 1/2 minutes and remove.  Just until the kiss starts to get glossy.

Squish another pretzel on top of the melty Kiss.  If the Kiss is still hard in the middle, place back in oven for 20 seconds.

Pop in the fridge for 15 minutes to set.  That’s it!

These are perfect to bag up and give as gifts!


Candy Cane Pretzel Kisses

  • Author: Shelly
  • Prep Time Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time Cook Time: 2 minutes
  • Total Time Total Time: 12 minutes
  • Yield Yield: 120 candies 1x


  • 2 bags of Kisses (Candy Cane or any flavor), unwrapped
  • 1 (1 pound) bag of waffle-style pretzels


  1. Preheat oven to 300°
  2. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Place approx 120 pretzels on a large baking sheet about 1/2 inch apart. (You can use 2 baking sheets if you don’t have a large enough one…you don’t want them too crowded)
  4. Place unwrapped Kiss on the pretzel.
  5. Place baking sheet in oven for 2- 2 1/2 minutes until Kisses are glossy.
  6. If Kiss is still hard in the middle place back in oven in 20 second increments until soft.
  7. Press another pretzel on top sandwiching the kiss.
  8. Place baking sheet in fridge for 15 minutes to set.
  9. Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.


There are many variation of this, feel free to try another flavors of Kisses.

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Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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December 18, 2011 5:25 pm

Just finished making two batches of these.
I got my husband to unwrap the kisses (with minimal escapees).
I did one batch with the caramel kisses and one with dark chocolate.
Looking good!

Melissa Coker
December 2, 2011 9:48 pm

Certainly do thank you for the wonderful recipe…..sounds delish, BUT I thank you MOST OF ALL for your thoroughly entertaining Zumba story. I am still laughing….I 🙂

December 2, 2011 2:23 am

These look really cool. But I get stumped on the very first ingredient. What exactly are candy cane kisses? I don’t think we have them down here in Australia, so I’ll need to find something similar. They aren’t just candy cane pieces are they? Or are they like those strawberries and cream candies?

December 1, 2011 6:35 pm

Ok so I was contemplating doing Zumba but since I am a white girl with NO and I mean NO rhythm I think I’ll skip it and sit home and eat these instead. They are so CUTE!!!!

December 1, 2011 5:58 pm

So it seems I am the only Zumba lover to comment…lol. I love Zumba! Back when I started I felt the same way you do, but I LOVE to dance so I stuck with it and got pretty good at it. I almost became an instructor but decided to have a baby instead 🙂

These pretzel thingies look amazing. My husband and I are on a diet but we might have to sneak a couple of these babies as a nice treat. 😉

December 1, 2011 3:31 pm

Gawd. I am sort of obsessed with chocolate dipped pretzels. Just a little. Okay. A lot. Thank you, thank you for this easy peasy way to make them…I am so getting these kisses at the store today! 🙂 Also, I’ve reallyyy been wanting to try zumba…totally because all my friends do it…but A. I am in the same rhythm lacking boat as you and 2. no zumba in my little city. Maybe in our next tour we’ll get somewhere all classy and modern that has zumba. One can only hope…or not. At least this way, I save myself the humiliation… Read more »

December 1, 2011 3:23 pm

Very quick to make and they are so festive!

December 1, 2011 6:11 am

they are so simple, I really enjoy recipes like this ones!

December 1, 2011 4:46 am

These look yummy! Try a Krav Maga self defense’ll learn to kick butt and get the best workout! No coordination required:)

December 1, 2011 2:43 am

All of the above look so YUMMY… Key Lime Pie is by far my most favorite with the exception of Pecan Pie.

December 1, 2011 2:13 am

Great recipe!!!! As far as Zumba…..that ranks high on my list just as getting attacked by a swarm of killer bees… 😉 LOL I’m total WHITE girl dancer…No skills… LOL

December 1, 2011 1:52 am

I took a zumba class for a long time until my favorite instructor left. She was a zumba nazi. And even though I looked AWFUL doing it, I totally know what you mean about feeling like you look like a pop star in the moment. It’s weird. I bet you burned off enough calories to eat quite a few of these babies, though! yum. The candy cane kisses are my favorites!

November 30, 2011 9:19 pm

I bet these would be delicious dipped in chocolate!!!

November 30, 2011 8:37 pm

At least you tried Zumba. I am terrified (to say the least). Everyone keeps telling me “oh you won’t feel alone, there will be people new to it too”. But I don’t care. Why would I want to feel embarrassed when trying to do something good for myself. No thanks.
Instead I will stay home and make these yummy treats. And I can play Latin music while doing it.

November 30, 2011 6:14 pm

Absolutely incredible and festive.

Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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