Thanksgiving Treat Snacks

1395281_677472558937450_1020748483_nYou will need Oreos, chocolate chips (for melting), Flipz chocolate covered pretzels, candy corn, royal icing and black gel food coloring

-sort pretzels to pull all the whole ones and put them in a triangle fashion just like the picture shows so they are ready to go – you will need to act fast and a second pair of hands will be very helpful because you will have to do this before the chocolate cools

-put the candy corn (or what you will use for the nose to one side to have easy access

-melt chocolate or candy melt in a candy melting pot or follow instructions for microwave. Try the richness of using real chocolate – once you are successful you will realize how easy (and better tasting) it is and will never go back to using candy melts again

-dip and roll the Oreo so all sides are covered and place one on top of each triangle of pretzels and push down

-quickly push down the candy corn

-pipe on white royal icing to form whites of eyes

-Pipe on black of eyes

Chocolate Nest Bowl

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What a completely elegant way to serve strawberries or some other goodies to a special someone or at an elegant party. Take a solid bowl (glass or metal because plastic bowls will tend to shift and can crack chocolate) and use thin foil to cover the outside of the bowl. Melt chocolate or candy melt/almond bark and keep drizzling over foil to create a nesting look. Make sure to get enough so it will be strong and don’t forget to get the ridges of the bowl and the bottom.You can do a two-tone effect of white chocolate/dark chocolate or three if you added a medium colored chocolate. DO NOT FREEZE as this will make the chocolate very brittle. Air dry the chocolate at least eight hours. Gently turn bottom of your new bowl so it is sitting on its bottom. Pull foil away from glass/metal bowl and then remove glass/metal bowl. Then gently pull away from your chocolate bowl.  Slight breaks can be fixed with some patching (melt chocolate and hold a piece of foil on the underside of your chocolate bowl and drizzle to repair and hold for a few minutes. Let dry completely before you pull foil away. Your new bowl is ready – would make a great way to serve Mom or Dad a breakfast of fresh strawberries for Mother’s / Father’s Day. For Diabetic’s use sugar free chocolate and if you want to lower calories the rule of the darker the chocolate is the better.

Candy Trains – Just Assemble

47811_10151556749075818_1470396812_nThese are really great – and they are super easy to assemble.

Needed:

Mini-Snickers Bars, Reece’s Pieces OR M&M Plain, Teddy Grahams and either chocolate icing or 1 cup chocolate chips for melting

What Now:

Place Mini-Snickers out on parchment paper. Break 1/3 off of the bottoms of your Teddies. With a knife poke a hole for Teddy to fit it. With melted chocolate or chocolate icing dip Reece’s Pieces or M&M Plain candies into it and attach giving Teddy a steering wheel and wheels.

This would be great for a child’s party, or a little pick me up for school. Would also make a nice addition to  a festive dinner.

Easter Cupcakes With A Nest

480522_10151360637693107_744127920_nThe cupcakes can be made to perfection and go elegant for your next Easter party or dinner. Make your favorite cupcake in c cupcake decorative liner. When cool use icing to cover top. Immediately add shaved chocolate and push down slightly to get the chocolate a good hold. Stick your candies ‘eggs’ on top of chocolate and into the icing and let all set. Try brown icing instead of white and use white chocolate – how about colored candy melt that has been shaved instead of the chocolate?

St Patricks Day Strawberries

14947_446774388729040_2129367802_nDip a perfect strawberry into white or dark chocolate and use candy sprinkles to decorate or use green and white stripes of vanilla sugar icing. Refrigerate and give as a gift or have them for that romantic after dinner time. These could be made to look playful or very elegant depending upon recipient.