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Friday, October 4, 2013

Witchy Pretzels

For these Witchy snacks, you will need:
  • Pretzel rods
  • Hershey Kisses
  • Black icing
  • White chocolate chips and green food coloring (or you can use green Candy Melts)
  • Shortening (like Crisco)
  • Wax paper
1. Melt the chocolate chips. NOTE: If using Candy Melts instead of chocolate chips, follow directions on the package and skip to step 4.
2. Stir in 1 tablespoon shortening and a few drops of green food coloring. 
3. Mix until smooth.  
4. Dip about 2 inches of the pretzel into the chocolate (or Candy Melts).  
5. Place a Kiss on top to create a hat and set in the refrigerator to harden. 
6. Once the green coating has hardened, create a nose, eyes, and mouth with black icing. (DM Tip: You can often find small tubes of icing in the baking aisle. If you have a large container of icing, place some in a Ziploc bag, squeeze the air out of the bag and seal. Snip of a small amount in the corner and you have an instant decorating bag!) 
7. If desired, cover the kiss with the black icing too.
8. Let the black icing set.
9. Enjoy!
DM Tip: If your family likes coconut, try using dried coconut for hair before Step 5. Lay the pretzel on the wax paper and place coconut around the sides for hair. No one in my family likes coconut, so I didn't make any with it. However, it would add a nice touch! After the coconut has been added, proceed with placing Hershey Kiss (above Step 5).

Broomstick Pretzels
You will need:

  • Pretzel Rods
  • Candy Melts or Cookie Icing (they harden and help the "straw" stick on better than softer icing)
  • Shoestring licorice 
1. Cut small pieces of licorice, about 1-2 inches long.
2. Smear icing or Candy Melts around pretzel end, about 1 inch up from the bottom.
3. Place pieces of licorice on and hold in place.
4. Once they start to stick, lay on piece of wax paper to finish setting.
5. Gently smear or pipe icing or Candy Melts around the top of the "straw" candy pieces. DM Tip: Use a Ziploc bag to help pipe it on.
6. Wrap a smaller piece of licorice around the top of the "straw" pieces to create a more finished look.
DM Tip: I tried making a few with Airhead Extremes, but I liked how licorice "straw" looked better. 

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