Candy Cane Pretzel Kisses

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.

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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!

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Recipe: Candy Cane Pretzel Kisses

Ingredients

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

Instructions

  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.

Variations

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

51 Responses

  1. What a cute creation! I’ve never seen them before and they look really festive! As for Zumba, I totally understand. It’s super hard to get those moves and you sort of flap about before you finally get the routine. Sigh. These will help you cope for sure!

  2. These kisses are the best…I was eyeing them at Target the other day. I usually do this recipe with the circle pretzels but was having trouble finding them. I am happy to have a back up in the waffle pretzels!

  3. Yum!!!

    I’ve been to Zumba as well…and thank goodness I have some dance experience or I would have felt like a total dweeb. It is not as easy as people make it seem and took me numerous classes to feel somewhat “comfortable”. That being said it is fun- but yes it’s best not to look in the mirror- I avoid it at all costs!

  4. Donna

    I’ve joined the Zumba ranks, but I never look in the mirror. You know I’m as white as they come. 🙂 Although I’ve gotten somewhat comfortable with those moves, I’ve been trying the Cardio Dance Party class they offer at my gym. I definitely hide in the back during that class. I know I have no future as a hip hop dancer! That class just makes me feel stupid, but somehow it’s still fun. What does that say about my self-esteem?

    And this is a recipe I can get behind. 2.5 minutes in the oven? Woo hoo! Thanks for sharing!

  5. I have friends that keep trying to get me to come to Zumba…after reading this I am so glad that I have resisted their peer pressure!!! My non dancing white girl body would be in so much trouble too!!! I think I will stick to baking with you….much happier indeed:-)

  6. Juliann

    I’m totally with you on the Zumba thing. I tried doing a workout dvd that was basically a lot of flailing around like a chicken with no head. I was not only embarrassed for myself, but for the poor ladies on the dvd….and I was at home, with no one watching! My sister used to go to a yoga class and would tell me stories of all the gas people have at very unfortunate times during the workout. I think I’ll stick with working out in my home…no one needs to hear/see/smell, that!

  7. I have a friend who teaches zumba.

    TEACHES it.

    I went once, and OMG it was terrible. I was so lost and my hips move all jerky and my knees and elbows flail about.

    Yes I said FLAIL. Not a sexy word, is it?

  8. Colene Trotter-Raitt

    Great receipe!! My mom and I almost have the same receipe except we use Rolos instead of kisses and then we smush walnut halves on top after they come out of the oven. These are great to make especially for this time of year, but I’m loving the candy cane kisses instead.

  9. Anna

    I just found your blog from pinterest a few weeks ago and love it! I can’t wait to try one of your recipes, I love how easy they are!

  10. Heather

    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.

  11. 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!

  12. Tammy

    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

  13. Joy

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

  14. 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 of people witnessing my complete lack of grace while in movement to music.

  15. 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. 😉

  16. 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?

  17. Melissa Coker

    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 🙂

  18. 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!

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