Last year I made a Christmas neighbor gift that was a hit. That’s saying something when you’re a woman who avoids the kitchen at all costs and who refuses (on a regular basis) to contribute to the church cookbook. So the Smith neighbor gift of 2009 has officially become the Smith neighbor gift for all time. You can count on it.
- 24 square or circle waffle pretzels
- 24 chocolate candy kisses
- 1 (1.69 ounce) package mini candy-coated chocolates
- Preheat oven to 300°.
- Place pretzels on baking sheets. Unwrap candy kisses and place one in the center of each pretzel.
- Put baking sheet in preheated oven 1 to 2 minutes, until kisses melt as described below. Remove from oven and place one candy-coated chocolate in the center of each pretzel and press down gently. Chill in refrigerator until set.
Watch the heating carefully. The kisses should just get shiny, but not lose shape when they are done. Time will vary depending on oven and type of chocolate used, so do not mix chocolate types within a single batch!
Small twist pretzels will also work.
You can substitute hugs, caramel-filled chocolate, or even chocolate disks (dark/light/white) for the regular kisses. Experiment with different flavors, but watch the time and temperature.
Use candy-coated chocolates in colors that match the holiday or theme.
You can substitute a walnut or other nut half (regular or toasted) for the candy-coated chocolate.