Reindeer Nose Treats (Rolo Pretzel Bites)

Celebrate the holiday season with easy, delightful treats! Try our Reindeer Nose Treats for a perfect blend of sweet and salty. These quick, festive snacks are great for parties or as gifts. Also, explore other simple treats like Easy Christmas Rice Krispie Treats with M&Ms, White Chocolate Christmas Chex Mix with M&Ms, and Rolo Pretzel Reindeer. Each recipe adds a unique flavor and texture to your festive celebrations.

Close up overhead view of reindeer noses- Rolo pretzel bites.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Embracing the Rudolph and reindeer theme, reindeer nose treats are often shaped with pretzels, Rolo’s, and M&M’s to resemble Rudolph’s iconic red nose. These festive and playful snacks are delightful to look at and a joy to devour.

  • Festive Fun: They capture the holiday spirit, making them perfect for Christmas celebrations.
  • Easy to Make: Simple and quick to prepare, ideal for busy holiday times.
  • Kid-Friendly: A great recipe for kids to help with and enjoy.
  • Customizable: Easily adaptable with different candies or nuts.
  • Delicious Combination: These Rolo-topped pretzels blend the best of all worlds in a single bite – they’re crunchy and salty, yet sweet, caramel-like, and satisfyingly chewy. A delightful mix of flavors and textures!
  • Perfect for Gifting: They make charming homemade gifts for friends and family.
Reindeer noses-rolo pretzel bites ingredients.

3 Simple Ingredients for Reindeer Noses Treats

Making these Rolo pretzels is a breeze with just three key ingredients! It’s one of the simplest recipes out there.

  • Pretzels: I like the twists pretzels to give it more of that reindeer vibe! But feel free to use the square pretzel snaps.
  • Rolo Candies: The perfect blend of caramel and chocolate that melts wonderfully on the pretzels. The kids can help peel off the wrappers!
  • M&M’s: Adding a red or green M&M on top while the Rolo’s are still warm from the oven adds a pop of color and completes these tasty treats. You can do the red M&M’s for the Rudolph nose, but I like the mixture of Christmas colors.

How to Make Reindeer Noses – Rolo Pretzel Bites

This Rolo pretzel recipe is wonderfully quick and simple, taking less than 15 minutes to make. Just heat your oven, put everything together, and bake. That’s all there is to it!

  1. Assemble. Arrange the square pretzels neatly in a row on your parchment paper-lined baking sheet, ensuring a small gap between each.
  2. Add. Then, add one Rolo candy on top of each pretzel square.
Pretzels spread out on a sheet pan.
Rolos on top of each pretzel sitting on parchment paper on a sheet pan.

3. Bake. Place it in the oven to let the Rolo melt slightly.

4. Top. After that, gently press an M&M on top of the kiss, creating the reindeer’s nose. Let them cool, then store them in an airtight container for a delightful festive treat!

Overhead close-up of Rolos on pretzels with M&M's pressed into the top of the Rolo.
Overhead close-up of Rolos on pretzels with Green and Red M&M's pressed into the Rolos.

Recipe Tips and Tricks

  • Brief Baking: Keep the pretzels in the oven just long enough for the Rolos to soften, about 3 minutes. Avoid overbaking to prevent the candies from losing their shape.
  • Immediate Topping: Press the M&M’s onto the Rolos right after removing the pretzels from the oven, allowing them to settle into the warm chocolate.
  • Decorative Touches: Add holiday sprinkles or choose M&M’s in colors that match your celebration.
  • Cooling Time: Let the treats cool for several hours.
  • Storage Prep: Once the chocolate hardens, they can be stored in an airtight container.

Recipe Variations

  • White Chocolate Drizzle: After assembling the Rolos and M&M’s, drizzle melted white chocolate over the top for a snowy effect.
  • Nutty Noses: Use pecans, almonds, or walnuts instead of M&M’s for a nuttier flavor and added crunch.
  • Peanut Butter Treats: Place a small dollop of peanut butter on the pretzel before adding the Rolo for a peanut butter twist.
  • Minty Fresh: Use mint-flavored M&M’s or chocolate for a refreshing, festive flavor.
  • Pretzel Sandwich: After the Rolo has softened, press another pretzel on top to make a little sandwich.
  • Fruity Flavors: Top the Rolo with a dried cranberry or cherry instead of an M&M for a tart contrast.


  1. Other Pretzels
    • Pretzel Snaps: These pretzels are square-shaped with a grid-like pattern of holes. The square shape and sturdy structure make them ideal for recipes like the Rolo pretzel treats because they provide a good surface area for toppings like chocolate and candies.
    • Mini Pretzel Rings: If you can find them, pretzel rings are a fun shape and make for a neat presentation, with the candy fitting nicely in the center.
    • Gluten-Free Pretzels: For those with dietary restrictions, gluten-free pretzels come in various shapes and can be a great alternative.
  2. Rolo Substitutes:
    • Hershey’s Kisses: If you don’t have Rolos, Hershey’s Kisses are a popular choice, offering a variety of flavors.
    • Peanut Butter Cups: For a peanut butter twist, mini peanut butter cups can be used but use snap pretzels instead so they have a bigger surface.
    • Chocolate-Covered Caramels: Any chocolate-covered caramel candy can work as a substitute.
  3. M&M Alternatives:
    • Nuts: Pecans, almonds, or walnuts can add a nice crunch and nutty flavor.
    • Dried Fruit: A piece of dried cranberry or cherry can add a tartness and chewy texture.
    • Reese’s Pieces: For a peanut butter flavor, use Reese’s Pieces.
  4. Chocolate Options:
    • Dark Chocolate: If you find Rolos too sweet, use a dark chocolate piece for a richer, less sweet taste.
Overhead Close-up of reindeer noses- Rolo pretzel bites.

Storage Tips

  1. Cool Completely: Before storing, ensure the treats are completely cooled and the chocolate has set and hardened. This prevents them from sticking together and keeps the texture intact.
  2. Airtight Container: Store the treats in an airtight container. This helps to maintain their freshness and prevents them from absorbing odors from other foods.
  3. Separate Layers: If you’re stacking the treats, place a piece of parchment or wax paper between layers to prevent them from sticking together.
  4. Room Temperature: Keep the container at room temperature in a cool, dry place. Avoid direct sunlight or heat sources, as they can cause the chocolate to melt.
  5. Short-Term vs. Long-Term: These treats are best enjoyed within a week when kept at room temperature. If you need to store them longer, consider refrigerating them to extend their freshness for up to two weeks.
  6. Refrigeration: If you live in a warm climate or your kitchen tends to be warm, you might want to refrigerate the treats to keep the chocolate from melting. Just make sure the container is airtight to prevent any moisture from getting in.
  7. Freezing: For longer storage, you can freeze the treats for up to a month. To freeze, place them in a single layer on a baking sheet to freeze initially, then transfer them to a freezer-safe airtight container or bag. Thaw at room temperature before enjoying.

Can I use this Rolo pretzel recipe for other holidays?

  1. Valentine’s Day: Use heart-shaped pretzels or top the Rolos with pink and red M&M’s. You can also drizzle white chocolate dyed with red food coloring for a festive touch.
  2. Easter: Use pastel-colored M&M’s or small Easter egg candies as toppers. You could also shape the pretzels into nests and place the Rolo and candy egg inside.
  3. Halloween: Use orange and black M&M’s, or try candy corn as a topper for a spooky twist. You can also drizzle dark chocolate for a “web” effect.
  4. Thanksgiving: Top with autumn-colored M&M’s or use pecans. You could also drizzle with caramel for an extra fall flavor.
  5. 4th of July: Decorate with red, white, and blue M&M’s or sprinkles to celebrate Independence Day.
  6. Birthdays and Parties: Customize the colors of the M&M’s or sprinkles to match the theme of the birthday party or celebration.
What is a Rolo?

Rolos are known for their smooth, creamy caramel center surrounded by a deliciously rich chocolate coating, making them a popular treat for snacking and baking. Due to their caramel filling, they melt well when heated, which makes them a favored choice for recipes like Rolo pretzel treats, where the melted candy adds a gooey, sweet element to the snack.

What if I can’t find Rolos?

If Rolos aren’t available, any chocolate-covered caramel candy or even just plain chocolate can work as a substitute.

How do I prevent the chocolate from melting after I’ve made the treats?

Keep them in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight or any heat source. If your home is warm, you might want to refrigerate or even freeze them for longer storage.

Close up overhead shot of reindeer noses- Rolo pretzel bites.

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Overhead view of reindeer noses (rolo pretzel bites) on white parchment paper.

Reindeer Nose Treats (Rolo Pretzel Bites)

Sarah Allison
These Reindeer Nose Treats are the easiest holiday dessert and are fun and festive. Only 3 ingredients to make this sweet and salty treat that is crunchy and chewy, and all-around delicious!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 13 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 25


  • 25 mini pretzels
  • 25 Rolo’s
  • 25 M&M’s


  • Preheat the oven to 250°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment or foil. Arrange the pretzels on the sheet and place a Rolo on top of each.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 3 minutes until the Rolos soften. Remove and immediately press an M&M onto each Rolo. Allow to cool completely.


Variations: Substitute the M&M with a pecan for a turtle variation or use a Hershey’s Hug for a different flavor.
Storage: Keep in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks or freeze for up to 3 months.


Calories: 37kcalCarbohydrates: 6gProtein: 0.5gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.03gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.1gTrans Fat: 0.002gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 24mgPotassium: 14mgFiber: 0.1gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 10IUVitamin C: 0.1mgCalcium: 10mgIron: 0.1mg
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