Nov 13

M&M’s Minis Chocolate-Covered Reindeer Antlers

Reindeer Antlers

I'm a sucker for a good salty/sweet combination, so it's safe to say I'm going to love any type of chocolate-covered pretzels concoction. I especially love this combination for holiday treats, as evidenced by my Patriotic Firecracker Pretzel Rods and Pumpkin Pretzels.

So when I saw these cute little chocolate-covered reindeer antlers, featuring M&M's MINIS® Brand Chocolate Candies, on the Bright Ideas website, I knew it would be the perfect holiday craft to do with my favorite 5-year-old. We had our first real snow yesterday, so I'm in the holiday mood.

The thing that I love most about chocolate-covered pretzel crafts is that they're typically simple enough that my kids can create them with minimal supervision. I step in to assist with melting the chocolate and oversee the entire process to ensure that they don't eat more than they create, but for the most part I can give them free range to express their creativity. And as an added bonus, I get to satisfy my sweet tooth with the end results!

Chocolate-Covered Reindeer Antlers

These reindeer antlers are no exception. Breaking the pretzels into pieces, dipping them in the melted chocolate and arranging them into antlers, and adding the M&M's MINIS® Brand Chocolate Candies are all steps that little ones can participate in, making this a fun family project for a cold winter afternoon.

M&M’s Minis Chocolate-Covered Reindeer Antlers

Yield: 14 antlers

M&M’s Minis Chocolate-Covered Reindeer Antlers


  • 1 3/4 cups DOVE® Chocolate
  • 3/4 cup M&M’S® Brand MINIS®
  • 1 bag pretzel sticks, broken into various sized pieces
  • Reynolds® Parchment Paper


  1. Remove 3/4 cup red and green M&M’S® Brand MINIS® and set aside for decoration.
  2. Line a baking sheet with Reynolds® Parchment Paper.
  3. Melt the DOVE® Chocolate in a bowl set over a saucepan of boiling water. Stir the mixture as it melts. When mixture is shiny and smooth, turn off the heat.
  4. Once all the chocolate is melted, dip the pretzel pieces one at a time and arrange them on the prepared baking sheet into an antler shape. Place the M&M’S® Brand MINIS® on each antler as it is finished.
  5. Repeat this same process until all the antlers are finished.
  6. Let the chocolate cool completely and get firm. You can refrigerate to firm the chocolate more quickly.
  7. Once firm, remove them from the Reynolds® Parchment Paper.
  8. If desired, wrap each one in a sheet of cellophane, tied with a ribbon or simply put them on a cookie plate.
  9. Tip: Add red M&M’S® Brand MINIS® to form the red nose.

Source: Bright Ideas

I should note that I had a little bit of trouble locating the bags of M&M's MINIS® Brand Chocolate Candies at Walmart. I found the mini holiday tubes in the candy aisle, along with an assortment of larger bags of different varieties, but I finally located the larger bags in the baking aisle. They're actually labeled as "baking bits" on the bag, so I'd recommend starting with the baking aisle.

Check out the Bright Ideas website for a large selection of fun holiday and special occasion recipes and projects. The search function makes it fantastically easy to narrow down the selection to an activity that's appropriate for an occasion and allows you to choose the difficulty level, as well.

Holidays are better with M. Go to for recipes using M&M'S® Brand Chocolate Candies Holiday Blend. Click. Create. Celebrate.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of MARS®. The opinions and text are all mine.

by Tara | 2 comments

  • Summer

    Cute, but I thought they were trees when I first saw them lol.

    • LOL, I can see how they might look like trees. They're still yummy no matter what you call them! :D

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