This sweet and salty super cute Chocolate Rudolph Candy is a great option as a holiday treat or as an activity for the kids to help keep them busy during the holidays.
Add a few to your Christmas baking boxes and the little red-nosed treats will bring a sweet smile to any face you gift them to.
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Why You’ll Love These Reindeer Christmas Candies
If you want something easy to take to your next holiday gathering or for simply adding some magic to your family’s holiday activities you will love this simple Rudolph the Rednosed Reindeer Christmas Candy treat. These Chocolate Rodolphs make a great addition to your next gingerbread house too!
These can be made fairly easily in bulk in an assembly line fashion or you can go ahead and set up a station so kids can make their own at a holiday gathering for a fun activity.
- Mini Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, unwrapped
- Chocolate chips, for melting
- Pretzel sticks – These are straight pretzels, not bow-looking ones.
- Red M&Ms – If you’re Canadian, Smarties work as well! Also, they don’t have to be specifically M and M’s. Any red candy-coated chocolate will work.
- Candy eyes – I bought a package with different sized eyes for future projects as well, but I’d imagine craft places like Michaels would have them.
How to Make The Candy Rudolphs
Unwrap the Reeses and place them on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
In a small microwave-safe bowl, heat your chocolate chips at 10 to 15-second intervals, stirring between, until completely melted.
Use the chocolate to “glue” the reindeer features into place.
Place a large dab of chocolate directly on the parchment paper and press two pretzel sticks into it.
Add another drop of chocolate onto that and press the pretzels onto it. This forms the reindeer antlers.
Add the mini Reese’s candy on top of the pretzels to form the face of Rudolph. (You may have to dab a bit more chocolate on top of the pretzels to make the candy stick.)
Add a dab of chocolate towards the bottom of the Reeses for the nose, and two small dabs for the eyes. Stick the candies onto the dabs of chocolate.
Put them on a baking sheet in the fridge for 30 minutes to allow the chocolate to harden before serving.
Changing Up The Chocolate Rudolph Candies
It is easy to switch these up and make them unique. Try swapping the straight pretzel for a single twisted pretzel to give more of an antler look. You can even crack that in half to make it look more like a set of antlers.
Don’t want Rudolph? You can make any reindeer into a treat by swapping out the color of the M&M you use. You can even give yourself a wider collection of festive reindeer by using skittles.
Making These Into A Fun Activity
If you are using this as a kid’s activity, set stations up with everything you need in small bowls or make individual kits for use in places by lining everything up for each child on a small sheet of parchment or wax paper.
If you’d like to add another fun and delicious activity treat, try making these Moose Poop candies. Simply add all the ingredients ahead of time, but it will be a fun activity to scoop them out onto the paper to let them dry and harden.
Storing your Chocolate Rudolph Candy
These can be made ahead of time so you can easily place them on a serving tray at parties and other events.
Store them in an air-tight container with layers of parchment or wax paper between each layer and place them into your freezer until the day you are planning on using them. I recommend making these only a week or so ahead of time as the chocolate can ‘bloom’ (get a white film) if left too long in the freezer.
Allow a couple of hours for thawing (uncovered) before serving.
- 10 Mini Reeses Peanut Butter Cups, unwrapped
- ¼ cup chocolate chips, for melting
- 20 Pretzel sticks
- 10 Red M&Ms
- 20 Candy eyes
1. Unwrap the Reeses and place them on a
parchment-lined baking sheet.
2. In a microwave-safe bowl, heat the chocolate chips for 15-second intervals, stirring thoroughly between each interval until completely melted.
3. Use the chocolate to “glue” the reindeer features into place.
4. Place a large dab of chocolate directly on the parchment paper and press two pretzel sticks into it forming the antlers.
5. Add another drop of chocolate onto that and press the Reeses mini cup onto it. This forms the face.
6. Add a dab of chocolate toward the bottom of the Reeses cup for the nose and two small dabs for the eyes.
7. Put the baking sheet in the fridge for 30 minutes to allow the chocolate to harden before serving.
The body of the post gives hints and tricks on how to switch up this recipe and make these reindeer candies unique.
Remember to use the mini versions of the peanut butter cups as the regular size is much too large.
Amount Per Serving Calories 540Total Fat 14gSaturated Fat 8gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 5gCholesterol 7mgSodium 750mgCarbohydrates 96gFiber 4gSugar 43gProtein 8g
All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands used, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.