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.
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.
What do you make or buy or do for Halloween?