When my youngsters had been little, we had been all the time within the kitchen. One in every of our favourite Halloween-themed treats for dwelling, class events, or play dates had been (and nonetheless are) Monster Pretzel Rods. Consider them as a ghoulish tackle the chocolate lined pretzels usually seen on Christmas cookie trays.
Don’t let baking commercials idiot you: creating within the kitchen with younger youngsters might be difficult, however when you comply with a number of tips and maintain easy, it can be plenty of enjoyable. A few of my absolute favourite recollections contain time within the kitchen with my youngsters.
WHAT YOU NEED TO MAKE PRETZEL RODS
To make Halloween Monster Pretzel Rods all you want is somewhat creativeness, pretzel rods, sweet melting wafers, gel meals coloring, and an assortment of sweet eyeballs, mustaches, lips, and sprinkles.
WHAT ARE THE BEST MELTING WAFERS?
You could find melting wafers, sweet melts, or almond bark at your native grocery store or craft retailer.
Technically, melting wafers usually are not chocolate. They lack cocoa butter and are made largely of vegetable oil and sugar, so they’re known as both sweet or melting wafers. The meant objective of a sweet soften or wafer is to look and provides the texture and style of chocolate, while not having to mood it to set.
Normally, when you’ve eaten a chocolate lined pretzel, it’s most likely made with sweet wafers, melts or almond bark.
My most popular model of melting wafer is Ghirardelli. The vanilla-flavored melting wafers are available a 10-ounce bag, soften properly, and have a delightful white chocolate style.
Melting wafers are simpler to work with than precise white chocolate, and so they take colour somewhat higher as a result of white chocolate is definitely extra of an ivory colour whereas the melting wafers are a pure white. That is good if you wish to add a mummy to your monster-themed rods.
You should buy pre-colored melting wafers at many craft shops, however they style like chalk to me, so I don’t often advocate them. Almond bark would additionally work, nevertheless it’s not as straightforward to soften as wafers.
WHAT IS THE BEST FOOD COLORING?
It’s finest to make use of a gel meals coloring, which you could find at craft shops.
Craft shops even have an enormous colour choice. You might make every kind of monsters with every kind of loopy colours! Don’t use liquid meals coloring to dye the melting wafers. It would trigger it to grab up.
WHERE CAN YOU FIND THE INGREDIENTS?
I can discover pretzel rods, sweet eyes, and vanilla melting wafers on-line or at my native grocery store or Goal retailer within the baking aisle. You need the massive pretzels known as rods, not pretzel sticks.
If I wish to actually gown up my pretzel rods, I swing by my native craft retailer and hit their baking aisle, the place I can discover multi-colored and multi-sized sweet eyeballs, mustaches, bow ties, lips, and smiles. It’s additionally on the craft retailer the place I purchase the gel meals coloring.
Don’t really feel like it’s a must to run throughout city to select up components for this recipe. You may make completely implausible monster pretzels with the melting wafers, sweet eyeballs, and a few sprinkles. All of which ought to be straightforward to search out on the grocery retailer or on-line. You don’t want to paint the melting wafers. I similar to to combine issues up a bit.
TIPS FOR MAKING THESE WITH KIDS
- Arrange particular person workstations. Give every little one his or her personal piece of parchment, chocolate dipping cup, pretzels, and sweet decorations.
- Arrange their stations and soften the wafers whereas they watch a cartoon.
- They’re going to eat a lot of the sweet eyeballs and lick their fingers 1,000 occasions then contact all of the meals, however you may be the good mum or dad on the block, and they’re going to love you for it. Settle for the sprinkles and eyeballs within the nooks and crannies of your kitchen and have somewhat enjoyable!
HOW FAR IN ADVANCE CAN I MAKE DIPPED PRETZEL RODS?
Pretzel rods can final for as much as three weeks when saved on the counter in an hermetic container. They’ll technically last more than that, however the pretzels will get stale. I, nonetheless, have but to see certainly one of my youngsters flip down a stale pretzel dipped in sweet.