Cooking Adventure #2: Pretzel Buttons & Bacon and Eggs

I was fortunate enough to spend Mother’s Day in San Diego this past Sunday. I haven’t been home since Christmas and it was so great to have that quality time with my family, especially my baby brother [well, he’s 5, but still a baby to me] who is growing up so fast!

Among the many, many things we did in those short four days was a homemade candy project. Again, I have to give a shout out to Pinterest for such great [and easy] baking/cooking projects.

We made two different types of candy for mom and the whole family.

1. Pretzel Buttons

I used G*Rated’s Valentine’s Day Pretzel Buttons Recipe and made “Mother’s Day Pretzel Buttons.”

What you’ll need:

  • square pretzels
  • Hershey’s Hugs
  • plain M&Ms

Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and pre-heat the oven to 200 degrees. Place the Hershey’s Hugs on top of the pretzel squares and put your cookie sheet in the oven for about 4 minutes.

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Mother’s Day Pretzel Buttons ready for the oven!

Remove and gently place the M&Ms on top of the Hershey’s Hugs. My chocolate turned out a little too melted so be sure to check on it periodically. It shouldn’t lose its shape until you use the M&Ms. I put them in the fridge until we were ready to eat them.

2. Bacon and Eggs

This was the really fun recipe. I was probably [definitely] more excited than my brother about making candy that looked like bacon and eggs.

What you’ll need [credit given to Ordinary Miracles & The Crazy 9]:

  • White chocolate
  • M&Ms [just the yellow ones, or you can use yellow Reese’s Pieces like I did]
  • Pretzel sticks

The only tricky part was melting the chocolate. I tried [twice] to melt it in a microwave safe bowl on 50% power as the recipe says, but I ruined it [completely burned] both times. Then I tried to melt it in a bowl over boiling water. It definitely didn’t melt. So after 3 attempts I was out of white chocolate chips and a trip to the store was in order.

My mom [gotta love a em’] finally had the fix. Add heavy cream to the white chocolate chips and melt over boiling water. Once the chocolate melts, place quarter sized blobs on the wax paper, add the yellow candy, and break a pretzel stick in half to add the bacon!

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My little brother making bacon and eggs!

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The finished product! Happy Mother’s Day!

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