Getting ready for Halloween is always so much fun, with finding or making the right costumes, decorating the house, and making special treats. I know, I know you’re probably thinking “Who needs more sweets during this time of year?” Well, it’s not so much about the need for them, as much as it is about the fun in making them.
We know that kids love to help out in the kitchen especially when you don’t want them too, right? But these treats are super easy to make and by incorporating the kids into the process, you also build sweet memories of their childhood and working in the kitchen with a parent, especially during the holidays. I’m sure you have one fond memory of cooking something up in the kitchen with Mom during that time. Or maybe you were the one that just came around when the final product was complete. Whatever it is, you have a memory of good times in the kitchen.
To whip up these treats in no time you’ll need:
Chocolate for melting – white, orange, or brown will do
Sprinkles – preferably white, orange, or brown
Lollipop sticks – short or long
Flower foam block
(2) Mason jars – whatever size you have on hand (dig around in a cabinet, you’ll find one, I promise)
OK, let the fun begin!
This is so simple to make. There are no photos of the melting of the chocolate for display. However, we are confident that its simplicity and our directions will be enough.
Line a cookie sheet with wax paper, heat your chocolate in a microwave safe bowl for about 40 seconds. Remove and stir. If it needs more time, heat again for a shorter amount of time. Remove and stir again. No lumps! Then simply tip the bowl and dip your pretzel in the chocolate, giving the pretzel a little spin and tap to remove the access chocolate. Get your sprinkles and while twirling your pretzel give a good shake over the pretzel to ensure coverage of all sides. Next to eating them, the kids usually love this part the best! Then lay flat on the wax paper and let dry. Done!
Get your flower foam block ready. Stick each marshmellow with a lollipop stick. Then do exactly what you did for the pretzels. Melt chocolate, dip marshmellow, cover with sprinkles, and stick into the foam block to dry. Done!
After both have dried and are no longer wet, fill your mason jars with each.
Now take your burlap string or jute and double it. Then wrap around the rim of the jar and tie a pretty bow. Done!
Because we used small lollipop sticks for the marshmellows, they were a little too short for the jar we used, which wasn’t a mason jar, but an old jelly jar. To ensure that they would be tall enough, we put some colored tissue paper at the bottom of the jar to add height and color.
There you have it! A fun and simple sweet treat to make with the kids! The time to make these was none, but the memories will last a lifetime!
“In the childhood memories of every good cook, there’s a large kitchen, a warm stove, a simmering pot and a mom.” – Barbara Costikyan