Tuesday, October 30, 2012

How to Make a Bare Bone Pretzel Treats

How to Make a Bare Bone Pretzel Treats

I’m kind of a wimp when it comes to the gory and gross displays that go hand-in-hand with this haunting holiday. This recipe is a delicious and spooky treat for all upcoming Halloween festivities- its timid enough for children, and adorable enough for adults to enjoy, as well. I’m taking a bowl of these to work with me, because Halloween falls on a Tuesday, and then giving them away in cellophane bags for staff-members’ little ones.

Makes 10 Bones per every 2 Ounces (which is the size of each square in the typical almond bark package)
• 12 Ounces of Almond Bark
• 1 Bag of Pretzels (with or without salt- your choice!)
• 1 Bag of Mini Marshmallows
• 6-12 Teaspoons Vegetable Oil

Begin by planting yourself in front of your favorite show, on the couch, with the opened bag of marshmallows, opened bag of pretzels, and a plate. There is no real trick to this- push a marshmallow on each end of the pretzel, and set on the plate. I would suggest having one hand for pretzels and one hand for marshmallows, because handling the marshmallows can get sticky. I was able to finish all 120 in about 40 minutes, leisurely. Set these aside, but don’t refrigerate them, the cold air degrades the stickiness of the marshmallows.

Next, prepare a double boiler for yourself by using a medium-sized glass bowl, and a medium sized saucepan. The bowl should fit on top of the saucepan. Heat a burner to a medium-low heat, and then fill the saucepan with just enough water to be just below the glass bowl. While the water is warming, break up the almond bark into (already sectioned) two ounce pieces. With the same glass bowl, place two-three pieces of almond bark at a time, and heat for one full minute in the microwave. Give the bark a good stir, replace it in the microwave, and repeat the process for a maximum of 15 seconds in the microwave, stirring in between. I was able to do just one 15-second microwave trip, then I placed the bowl on the double boiler to stay warm. Do not over heat the bark; if when you stir it the consistency is a lot like Greek yogurt, you should then place it on the boiler to finish the melting process.

At this point, determine the thickness of your dip. I added one teaspoon of vegetable oil per ounce of bark, but just adding one to every two ounces works well too. One at a time, toss the pretzel bone into the bowl of melted almond bark, use a fork to cover fully, lift out of the bowl and slightly shake from side-to-side, to let the excess drip off. Then place each bone on a piece of wax paper or tin foil, to set. It takes about two hours for the almond bark to hard set on the pretzels.

For presentation, I placed 7-10 bones in each cellophane bag, and I tied the bag with string, accompanied by my personalized favor tag in the style of Spook.

By Zoe

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