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Bones for Halloween!

5 Comments 26 October 2012

pretzel and marshmallow bones

I love these Halloween bones–and I love how easy they are to make!

There are the traditional homemade American Halloween foods, like caramel apples and popcorn balls, and there are the spooky variants on cookies and cakes, but then every now and then people bring out something new and clever that I just have to try.

Maybe these Pretzel and Marshmallow Bones have been around since forever (I’ve learned my lesson about declaring anything ‘new’ from the States!) but it’s new to me and I think it’s completely clever in its simplicity and it qualifies as an American snack so it gets a mention in my food section just in time for Halloween! I found these on Pinterest, but read that the recipe first appeared in Ghoulish Goodies, by Sharon Bowers.

If you can find pretzel sticks, perfect. If you can’t, like us, then most grocery stores in the UK seem to stock Mikados–long, skinny pretzel like sticks dipped in chocolate. Choose the white chocolate ones, of course!

Because Mikados are a bit long we just broke them more or less in half, then stuck a mini marshmallow on either end. Do a pile of these then melt some white chocolate. We used about 600g white chocolate buttons. I don’t have a double broiler so I just half filled one pan with water and set another pan inside it so the white chocolate could melt more smoothly (if you melt it on direct heat it burns easily). And if you don’t already know how to melt chocolate, stir almost constantly on a low heat till it melts.

what to use instead of a double boiler

My version of a double boiler.

I turned the heat off, then using two forks I dipped each of the ‘bones’ in the melted chocolate, gently pressing it into the melted chocolate to completely cover it, maybe using the forks to drizzle a little over the top. The marshmallows do tend to fall off easily so be gentle at this stage! Then lift it out, let it drip a little so there’s not a lot of excess, then lay it on a sheet of baking parchment. It’s ok if the bones are different lengths and it’s ok if one marshmallow falls off every now and then.

Let them cool to room temperature, and there you have your little collection of Halloween bones!

Oh, and it is a messy, time consuming task, so set aside plenty of time for prep, dipping, and clean up. It took me about 2 hours for all this. But it’s fun to do with patient kids.

And this was the mess after only the first few bones!

Have fun!

What do you make or buy or do for Halloween?

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  1. Selena says:

    These are too cute! I brought a pumpkin home the other day. But haven’t carved it yet. Happy Halloween!

  2. This looks a lot of gooey, sticky fun! I’ll bet you miss Halloween not being over in the US? Or maybe you are introducing lock stock and bones to the UK?

  3. MsCaroline says:

    Just taught a lesson on Halloween in the US and showed a slideshow of my own photos from back home – made me a bit homesick. Son#2 and I are not as ambitious as you are, but we’re still baking mummy cupcakes, so we’re in the spirit at least!

    • Michelloui says:

      Mummy cupcakes, cute! I was told recently that it’s ‘very American’ to make things with your kids for Halloween. I guess I just see it as a themed ‘making stuff with kids’ afternoon, rather than just making whatever!

  4. Scottish Mum says:

    They look so easy to make, but I bet it was a gloopy mess with it.


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