Sunday, October 18, 2009

Witch's Wands


At Christmas I usually purchase some beautifully dipped and decorated pretzel rods from an acquaintance. They have that wonderful salt sweet combination that brings me back for more. Yesterday I decided that this was something that I could do. I could do a test run, if you will, by making something special for Halloween. It was also my friend's birthday and I wanted to take her a special treat along with her gift.


To me the most difficult part is figuring out how to adjust the coating to the right amount after dipping the rod. Then, allowing them to stand while the coating set was also a bit of a challenge. Wine glasses seemed to work well for that part. The angle in the glass allowed them to be just far enough from one another while they dried.

I ate all of the train wrecks...those occurred when trying to balance the rods so that the coatingcould set.....probably a bad idea! Balancing wasn't going to work.

I also played around with various pretzels. I had picked up a bag of Trader Joe's Wheat and Honey Pretzels so I threw those into the mix. I love the flavor of those pretzels and with the coating, yummy!

So, there are tall pretzels and short pretzels!


Witch's Wands

1 bag of Pretzel Rods
1/2 to 1 lb Almond Bark (vanilla flavor) or Candy Melts
Variety of seasonal sprinkles

Place the candy in a tall mug and melt in the microwave for about 45 seconds, stir. Continue in 15 second increments until the candy has melted, stirring after each. (Using a mug eliminates transferring the candy to a container appropriate for dipping.)

Dip the pretzel into the candy coating about 1/3 to 1/2 the length of the rod. Roll the rod back and forth between your hands to allow the excess candy to drip into the mug.

Apply sprinkles. If you have removed most of the drip, they can be rolled in the sprinkles.

Stand the rods in a container to allow them to dry. I found using wine glasses to be just the right depth for me to keep them from toppling.

When dry, bag the rods and tie with ribbon or plant them in a container of candy corn!

PRINTABLE RECIPE


This was a fun afternoon activity!
These are great for those special Trick or Treaters in your family!

16 comments:

  1. Very creative! I have trouble all the time with my 'posts' or sticks when having coatings dry...what to put them into. A jar of stones? Or how about a very soft florist block...I guess it depends on how thick and stiff the pretzels are. These are very cute!

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  2. These are really cute. I wish I had small children around to make them for. I'll pass these on to my daughters.

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  3. This is so cute and could be adapted to any holiday--a keeper-thanks!!

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  4. YOU KNOW I'M CLAPPING OUT LOUD !!!!!!!!!!!!111
    LOVE THEM !!!!!!!!!!!

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  5. How wonderful - lots of possibilities for other holidays, too.

    Carol

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  6. I love this post of yours:) Grown up and childlike all in one~Cute cute pics too:)

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  7. These are the so cute. Children from one to ninety-three will love these. Very clever.
    sam

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  8. This is o good.. I think I could do that too!!

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  9. Oh, this is just too adorable!!! How creative of you :) I want to go trick or treating at your house!

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  10. Easy and cute:) I like the way you have them in the candy corn.

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  11. So cute! You are so creative in the kitchen.

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  12. Cute cute idea and I love how you displayed them!

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  13. Really cute idea! I don't get trick or treaters here- but my bridge club is coming- won't they love these?

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  14. Super cute. Covered pretzels are always a fun treat.

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  15. simple, festive, and delicious--these are full of win! i particularly love the little sprinkle specks. and the candy coating... :)

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  16. Witches wands! Cute cute cute! I'm tucking this one into my brain.

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