Rolo pretzel bites are the perfect combo of sweet, salty + chewy, and crunchy! Take them to your next holiday party — they’ll disappear quickly!

Looking for the EASIEST Christmas candy? Rolo pretzel bites are it! Check out my tips to whip up this easy treat for the holiday season.

Rolo pretzel bites on a plate


 

The holidays can be busy, and sometimes you just want an easy, tasty treat to take to your party or family gathering. That’s where these Rolo pretzel bites come in.

They’re SO easy to make and taste amazing!

You only need a few simple ingredients to make these Rolo pretzel turtles. The recipe really doesn’t require any baking. It’s more of “assembling” — which makes it a great activity to do with kids. (Even the littlest ones can help out by placing the M&M in the center of each pretzel.)

Trust me — the hardest part of this recipe is unwrapping the Rolos. Otherwise, they come together in minutes. You can even make them in the microwave!

These are just a great sweet and salty treat. You’ve got crunchy pretzels, rich and sweet Rolos, and a crunchy, brightly colored M&M on top. No wonder they disappear quickly at every party!

Take these Rolo pretzels to your cookie exchange, gift them to neighbors, or just enjoy them as a family. This is sure to be one of the easiest recipes you make this holiday season!

You also might like our favorite marshmallow cream fudge!

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For more Christmas treats, try these Christmas rice krispie treats, caramels, best caramel corn recipe, m&m popcorn, nougat, gluten-free oreo balls, peanut butter balls with rice krispies or gluten-free Christmas treats.

You also might like this saltine cracker toffee! Check out this article on are pretzels gluten-free.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Salty-sweet combo
  • Easy to make
  • Can be made gluten-free
  • Great for holiday parties
  • Fun to make with kids

Ingredients You’ll Need

Here’s what you’ll need to make these irresistible Rolo pretzels!

Ingredients for Rolo pretzel bites on a counter top
  • Pretzels: Salty pretzels are the essential base for this great recipe! You can use the traditional pretzel shape or butter snaps square pretzels. To make the recipe gluten-free, just buy gluten-free pretzels. My favorite brand of gluten-free pretzels is Synder’s.
  • Rolos: Make sure you’re using unwrapped Rolos for these little treats. It will take some time to unwrap them all, so enlist some helpers. Turn on the holiday music and have fun!
  • M&Ms: I like to use the holiday M&Ms for this family favorite treat. The red and green M&M theme just looks so festive! You also might like these gluten-free m&m cookies.

Gluten-Free?

To make the recipe gluten-free, just buy gluten-free pretzels. My favorite brand of gluten-free pretzels is Synder’s.

How to Make Rolo Pretzels

Pretzels arranged on a cookie sheet, and pretzels with Rolos on top on a baking sheet
  • Preheat the oven to 250F. Line a baking sheet with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper. 
  • Place a single layer of pretzels on the baking sheet. 
  • Place one Rolo on top of each pretzel.
  • Bake for 3-5 minutes until the Rolo has softened. (You don’t want the Rolos too melted.)
  • Remove the Rolo pretzel candies from the oven and press the M&M or nut halfway down into the melted Rolo. 
  • Let cool on the baking sheet completely. Enjoy!

Storage Instructions

  • Store leftover Rolo pretzel bites in a Ziplock bag or airtight container after they cool down.
Rolo pretzel bites on a plate

FAQ

How do you melt rolos in the microwave?

You can make Rolo pretzel bites in the microwave rather than the oven by lining a microwave-safe plate with wax paper, topping the pretzels with an unwrapped Rolo, and then microwaving at 50% power for 30 seconds. Add an additional 10 seconds, until the caramel is softened.

Can you buy rolos in USA?

Yes, Rolo candies have been made and sold in the United States since 1978. They’re easy to find at almost any grocery store.

Can rolos be frozen?

Yes, Rolo’s can be frozen. Rolo pretzel bites can also be frozen. I recommend laying them on the baking sheet in the freezer, then placing them in a bag once they’re individually frozen. Then prevents them from sticking together in the bag.

Expert Tips & Tricks

  • Feel free to get creative with these Rolo pretzel bites! There are lots of different variations: You could also top them with peanut M&M’s, white chocolate M&M’s, a pecan half, almonds, etc.
  • This is already the easiest holiday treat, but you can make it even easier by softening the Rolos in the microwave. Just follow the same steps, then put the pretzel bites in the microwave at 50% power for 30 seconds, until Rolos are softened.
  • This is an easy Christmas baking project for kids! Create an assembly line and have fun with this sweet and salty holiday treat.
Rolo pretzel bites arranged in rows on a counter top

MORE FAVORITE CHRISTMAS TREATS

I hope you love this recipe as much as we do! If you try these Rolo pretzels, be sure to leave me a comment/rating below. I’d love to hear from you!

5 from 6 votes

Rolo Pretzel Bites (EASY!)

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Rolo pretzel bites are the perfect combo of sweet, salty + chewy, and crunchy! Take them to your next holiday party — they’ll disappear quickly!

Ingredients

  • 25 small pretzels gluten-free if needed
  • 25 Rolo’s
  • 25 M&M’s or pecans/walnuts!

Instructions 

  • Preheat the oven to 250F. Line a baking sheet with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper.
  • Place a single layer of pretzels on the baking sheet.
  • Place one Rolo on top of each pretzel.
  • Bake for 3-5 minutes until the Rolo has softened. (You don’t want the Rolos too melted.)
  • Remove from the oven and press the M&M or nut halfway down into the melted Rolo.
  • Let cool on the baking sheet completely. Enjoy!

Notes

TO MICROWAVE: Just follow the same steps, then put the pretzel bites in the microwave at 50% power for 30 seconds, until Rolos are softened.
GLUTEN-FREE? My favorite brand of gluten-free pretzels for these treats is Synder’s. 
RECIPE NOTES
  • Feel free to get creative with these Rolo pretzel bites! There are lots of different variations: You could also top them with peanut M&M’s, white chocolate M&M’s, a pecan half, almonds, etc.
  • This is an easy Christmas baking project for kids! Create an assembly line and have fun with this sweet and salty holiday treat.

Nutrition

Calories: 98kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Trans Fat: 0.004g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 85mg | Potassium: 45mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 13IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 0.1mg

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Hi, I’m Erin!

BS Food Science,

MS Nutrition

I believe you can make amazing, gluten-free food with everyday ingredients that everyone will enjoy. I’m here to share my tried-and-true recipes with you!

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Comments

  1. 5 stars
    These turned out so cute!!! we made ours look like little reindeer. The girls absolutely loved making them together! Thank you for posting.

  2. Thanks, we didn’t know Rolos were gluten free. My daughter enjoyed these pretzel marvels before her Celiac diagnosis almost two years ago. Looks we can have them again! We like the Synder brand gluten free pretzels the best.

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