I remember when I was in elementary school, we celebrated Halloween by marching around the school yard wearing our costumes and participating in a bunch of spooky-themed activities. One activity that has always stuck around in my brain is the Eat-While-Blindfolded activity. Eye of newt? Witch’s hair? How about some witches warts? I was a complete scaredy cat as a kid, so I regretfully didn’t eat anything. In the end, I found out that the eyes were grapes, the hair was spaghetti and the warts were olives. Oiy! If there’s one thing I learned that day, it’s that if you don’t try it you’re missing out! Besides, what’s the worst that can possibly happen? Especially seeing as I have now gone on a mission to try everything once, including a bunch of “creepy” things that would make the average person squirm (brains, bugs, etc.). 😉
This year, I decided to make little treats that look resemble bones for a Halloween-themed party I’m going to. It’s a cute idea and easily shareable with colleagues or friends and you (or your kids) can have some fun building skeletons with them. The best part is they’re sweet and savory little treats that only require a few ingredients.
- Stick pretzels
- White chocolate
- Mini marshmallows
Start by layering a cookie sheet with some wax paper and set aside. Taking a pretzel stick (you can break them to have varied sizes), add a mini marshmallow to both ends. Repeat with the remaining pretzel sticks.
Then, bring a pot of water to boil and bring it down to a simmer. Add a metal bowl on top of the pot, one that is large enough to hover over the water and not touch it (or use a double boiler). Add the chocolate to the metal bowl and begin to melt it slowly. Alternatively, you can use a microwave and heat the chocolate in short intervals (15 seconds) in a microwavable glass container while stirring in between. Just be careful not to scorch it or the chocolate will seize (chocolate is finicky like that!). Continue until the chocolate has completely melted.
When the chocolate has melted, dip one* prepped marshmallow-pretzel stick into the chocolate, rotating and ensuring it has been completely covered (I used chopsticks to manoeuvre them, but small tongs should work). Shake off the excess chocolate and put it on the wax paper cookie sheet. Repeat with the remaining marshmallow-pretzel sticks. Let them dry for about 20-30 minutes and then dip them again in more chocolate to give it a second coating.
Voila! It’s that easy. You now have a bunch of tasty bones that are sweet on the outside, salty on the inside with a bit of a crunchy and soft texture to feast on! These may not be as scary as eating eyeballs or warts, but it’s a cute and yummy treat to snack on.
And now for a random joke (sorry, I can’t help myself): Why didn’t the skeleton cross the road? He didn’t have the guts. 🙂
*Note: Only prepare one marshmallow-pretzel stick at a time. Dipping multiples will leave the marshmallows sitting in the heat for too long – making it melt into the chocolate and that’s not good. Trust me, I tried! Enjoy! 🙂