Sunday, October 21, 2012

No Bones About it...its Almost HALLOWEEN!

I love Halloween - not just the dressing up or because my birthday is right before BUT all of it!  The sweater season, the cold/cloudy days, SOUP, etc.  So I decided to celebrate this time of year with making some candy to share with my friends.  Found this cute recipe (on Pinterest, original site here ) and thought I would try it out!

Bone Candies

What you will need:
Bag of Marshmallows
Bag of 'sticks'' pretzels
1 lb of white almond bark

Sauce pan
Metal bowl (that fits in your sauce pan)
Wax paper
Mason Jars

Start with getting your marshmallows and pretzels out.  I would suggest pulling the marshmallows apart because it helps speeds things up.

Take and put one marshmallow on either end of the pretzel.  As I was making them I put them onto wax paper so the marshmallows did not stick to anything else. I made about 160 of these, which only used about 1/2 of both bags.  If you have kids this would be a great job for them to do!

When you have all of the pretzel/marshmallows put together start to heat your chocolate.  I do not have a double boiler so I made a make shift one.  Use a saucepan and put in water so it will just touch your bowl.  Bring the water to a boil, then turn it down.  Put your bowl in the pan and put the chocolate in and let it melt.  Keep stirring it, it will help melt it.  (NOTE:  If your bowl keeps bubbling up and steam keeps escaping turn down the heat on the water - it doesn't have to keep boiling just has to keep the bowl warm)

When the chocolate is melted drop in one of the pretzel/marshmallow's in and use a fork to cover it.  Once it is full of chocolate pick up the bone in the middle using the fork and let the excess chocolate drip off.  (You can put more than one bone in at a time, but I found if I did it one at a time I only covered the bone with as much chocolate as it needed and didn't waste any of the chocolate)

After the excess chocolate dripped off put the covered bone on a pan with wax paper.  

When the pan is full I then moved it over to my table and slid the wax paper full of bones there to dry and covered the pan again with wax paper to continue dipping my bones.  Continue this process until all of your chocolate is used.


The bones dried pretty quickly, I would say about 20-30 minutes.  I then put them into mason jars (that I got for a $1 at the Dollar Store) and gave them to my friends!

I hope you enjoy making these (and eating them!) as much as I did!  They were a big hit!  This is a fun, easy and cheap project to do if you are in a 'crafty' mood like I was.  I hope you have a great Halloween!