When we have holidays, I like to try to make something cute, creative, and unique. Some are wins, and some are big losers! I guess this is the nature of Pinterest! (If I could use a laughing emoji, it would go here!)
There are many different pictures and recipes for these M&M pretzel flowers on Pinterest, so I cannot say this was an original idea. But I did do a little experimenting to try to find a simple, honest way to make these adorable treats!
All you need are some spring M&Ms, square pretzel snaps, and white chocolate melting wafers.
I preheated my oven to 200 degrees. While that was heating up, I lined a baking sheet with waxed paper.
I sorted some M&Ms into piles of seven: one color for the center and 6 of a different color for the “petals.” This way, I wasn’t trying to scramble to match colors while the white chocolate wafers were still hot!
I started by sticking 5 pretzels in the oven at a time, because I wasn’t sure how many I could get finished before the chocolate wafers cooled and hardened. I eventually worked my way up to 8 pretzels at a time.
I placed the pretzels with white chocolate wafers on top into the oven for 2 minutes 10 seconds. When they came out of the oven, the edges were softened and the center was slightly firm, but still workable. I let the wafers rest for about 15 seconds after I got them out of the oven so they would continue to soften.
While placing the M&Ms onto the pretzels, I found it easiest to start with the middle M&M and then place two at a time around the edges. Placing two M&Ms at opposite corners of the pretzels was a good place to start, and then fill in the rest of the space, placing two candies at a time across from each other.
Getting the posies off the baking sheet was a trick. On each of the treats, there were two exposed corners of the pretzel. I was able to carefully grasp those corners with the tips of my fingers to transfer the pretzels onto more wax paper on the counter.
I got about 40 pretzels finished in an hour.
Two bags of M&Ms made about 90 flowers. This number would have definitely been higher had I not eaten a bunch of M&Ms!
I am not exactly sure how long it took the chocolate to cool completely. I would give it at least 30 minutes to be sure the M&Ms don’t slide all over. If you’d like to speed up he process, you can let them cool in the fridge.
By the time I was finished, I had white chocolate everywhere! You may be a tidier baker than I am, so you may not have any trouble, but you can’t say I didn’t warn you!
I think the end result is so cute and I cannot wait to take them to our family Easter gatherings!