Wizard-Worthy Eats

20Jul09

As our tea@elevensies Harry Potter week draws to an end, there’s one more area of my midnight-premiere madness I wanted to address: the chocolate-pretzel wands I made for our late night energy fix!

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During our wait outside the theater, our group noshed on these little guys, and they totally made the night – the endless sweet and salty combinations are sure to please anyone. Better yet, these are some of the easiest snack/desserts you can whip up.

The basics consist of long, thick pretzel sticks, dipped in a sauce (we used chocolate, for which the recipe is included below, but you could also try white chocolate or caramel), and rolled in your choice of candy/nuts. Some of the add-ons we used were mini chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, butterscotch chips, peanuts, coconut, mini M&Ms, sprinkles, and toffee bits. Most of these ingredients need to be chopped up so that they’re small enough to stick to the chocolate. The real key is to experiment, use your imagination, and come up with tons of combinations that interest you. Once your pretzels are saucy and candy-coated, lay them out on a wax paper sheet in a fridge so they can cool and harden. If you’re taking them on the road like we did, just wrap them individually in cling wrap.

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Need more wizard-centric food for a Harry Potter viewing shindig? Try some of these:
Butterbeer – take it hot or cold, this recipe gets its taste from cream soda and butterscotch mixtures
This link will take you to a whole slew of recipes: Cauldron Cakes, Licorice Wands, Pumpkin Juice, Acid Pops, etcetc.
Cauldron Cakes are based on a basic spice cake recipe
And lastly, for the overage wizards, a list of HP realtional-centric drinks. I have no idea how these would taste, but the descriptions are hilarious!

Chocolate Dipping Sauce
1 – 12 oz bag semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 tbsp Crisco shortening (optional)

Melt chocolate chips in a double boiler (melt with shortening to thin the chocolate sauce slightly). Allow to cool.

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