This adorable little candy was on every holiday cookie plate my mother made when I was growing up. I always called them Christmas Breakfast candy, but I have no idea where the idea, or the recipe, actually came from. They always reminded me of little dollhouse food, a perfectly cooked egg and two slices of bacon…in miniature. When I had my own kids, I started to make this, too. They became very popular and people started looking for them. My husband looks forward to these little bites every year. They really dress up a holiday cookie plate and look so cute on a Christmas breakfast or brunch table. The best part? They have only THREE ingredients, so you can whip them up in no time.
To make this recipe you will need:
- One bag of white chocolate chips
- One bag of Pretzel sticks
- As many yellow M&Ms as you can find
The challenge here can be getting the yellow M&M’s. I bought a one pound bag this year, and it yielded exactly 52 yellows. If you have a local candy store that sells single color M&M’s in bulk…that is the perfect place to go.
Start by laying out two pretzel sticks at a time on a parchment lined baking sheet. This is a no bake recipe, so don’t worry about turning on an oven! Keep enough distance between your pretzel stick “Bacon” to allow you to add white chocolate!
Next, put a 1/2 cup of white chocolate chips into a ziplock bag and seal well, pushing out all of the air. Your want the chips to be in the corner of the bag. I stand them up in a cup, then microwave in 30 second intervals until melted. Stop the microwave and mash up the chips with your hand, you want them just melted here. This will not take long!
Now, cut a small corner off the bag and use it to pipe the white chocolate into small circles on each set of pretzel sticks. The chocolate will spread a bit, so don’t go too crazy here. If it is spreading too much, give your chocolate a little bit to cool down. The chocolate will hold the egg and bacon strips together!
Lastly, place a yellow M&M (or two if you want to surprise your family with an occasional double yolk!) on each white chocolate bit. This is a great place for the kids to help. Place the M&M carefully, so that you don’t disturb your bacon strips.
Now, place your baking sheet somewhere to cool and for the chocolate to harden. Sometimes, I pop them in the freezer for just a few minutes to speed this process along. Once, cooled completely, the chocolate will be hard, and you can remove the Christmas Breakfast Candies from the tray. I store them placed carefully in a container and in the fridge, since my house gets rather warm, but you can store them on the counter as well. They go fast, so if you have people who love them, you may need to hide them away.
These are a fun addition to Christmas, without a lot of extra work. In a short period of time, you can have a lot of these goodies done. They are fun for classroom parties, too, as most kids have never seen them and love the novelty of this sweet “breakfast”. Have fun with it!