I love Halloween. I love ghost stories, pumpkins, Halloween TV specials, spooky candles, witchy brews, costumes … Really. I love it all. As such, our apartment right now looks like the Headless Horseman and his crew of goblins regurgitated spookiness all over. I mean – I literally have pumpkins everywhere. And what’s even better is I’ve discovered the gloriousness of LED candles – why? They burn for like three weeks before you have to replace them. Which means that we can have our spooky Halloween-themed candles burning all. day. long. Awesome.
Mr. Grumpy is being extremely patient. Decorating makes him extremely grumpy. He’d much rather relax in our apartment without getting attacked by pumpkin pillows or the scent of my latest pumpkin spice candle. The end of Halloween for Mr. Grumpy also means that as my Halloween decor box gets put back in storage, out will come the Christmas tree. It really is the most wonderful time of the year. I suspect that he is really not looking forward to decorating the tree while I force him to listen to the N*Sync Christmas album …
Knowing my love of all things October 31, I could not resist making these mummy treats for us to take over to Kelsey & B-rad’s engagement party tonight. These were so easy to make and they’re just so darn cute that you really should make them before Halloween ends this year (thus why I’m posting this today, and not tomorrow. You have 24 hours – go!). I had just finished making them when Mr. Grumpy started eating them by the pounds, so don’t worry – they will definitely fulfill your sweet tooth.
What You’ll Need:
- 1 package of milk chocolate CandiQuik coating (you can get this in the baking aisle. This is the brand Meijers carries, so really any brand of candy coating will do)
- 1 package of white chocolate CandiQuik coating (yes, it annoys me, too, how they spell their brand name)
- 1 bag of pretzel rods (about 12 rods)
- A microwave
First, line a baking sheet with non-stick aluminum foil or parchment paper. Make sure it’s non-stick! This will be really important. Next, take all the rods out of the bag and set the broken rods aside. With the remaining full rods, put them in a nice row next to your baking sheet.
Next, microwave the milk chocolate according to instructions. It is really important that in between each blast in the microwave that you stir thoroughly for at least 30 seconds. The chocolate will continue melting as you stir it, and as such – you don’t want to put it back in the microwave if you don’t need to or it will caramelize. This sounds awesome, but it’s not and you’ll have to go BACK to the store and buy a whole ‘nother package of the candy coating and you’ll be really pissed and your mummies won’t bring you as much joy. I digress…
Once the milk chocolate candy coating is smooth and melted, start rolling the rods one-by-one into the chocolate. Use a spoon to get the chocolate all the way down to about 1 inch away from the end of the rod. You can use the back of the spoon, too, to smooth out the chocolate. Set each rod gently onto the baking sheet. Continue until you’ve completed all the rods (I made about 12).
Now, place your baking dish in the fridge. In the meantime, microwave your white chocolate according to package instructions. Remember that white chocolate is a bit more fragile and susceptible to caramelizing than milk chocolate. As such, you may want to turn down the level on your microwave from high to medium. Really stir the chocolate in between each blast to make sure you’re not overheating it. Remove the pretzel rods from the frige.
Once the white chocolate is smooth and ready to go, pour it into a Ziplock bag. Cut a toothpick-sized hole in the corner of the bag. Moving over each individual pretzel rod, make small sweeping movements in the shape of little X’s starting at about 1.5 inches down, all the way down to the bottom of the milk chocolate. Give your mummy a hat by criss-crossing at the top as well. Do this to all your pretzels until they’re all dressed like mummies. It’s ok if some are messier than others – they’ve been hibernating in coffins for years … do you think they’re going to look put together?!?!
Next, take a toothpick and dip it in the white chocolate. Dot little eyes on each mummy in between the “wrapping.” That should dry pretty quickly, but let that set for a minute. Reheat the remaining milk chocolate you have (trust me you will have some!) and, with a new toothpick, make little brown dots on top of the larger white dots. Voila! Mummy eyes!
You’ll want to let those dry for a little bit before removing them from the baking sheet. Once they’re completely hardened, you can serve immediately or store in Ziplock bags to make sure they stay fresh!
PS: I found the idea for this on Pinterest, which by the way is the best place ever to find fun Halloween inspirations. You can follow my Fall Fun board for more ideas!