Graduate Pretzel Treats
Graduate Pretzel Treats will set the theme for graduates from preschool to college. These salty sweet treats will be the hit of the party and can be wrapped in cellophane as favors to take home too.
Wilton Black Candy Melts or a combo of Black and Dark Cocoa
Wilton Decorator Preferred Fondant, black and white
Food Coloring (to create your preferred skin color and a tie for the diploma)
Parchment Paper lined baking pans
Wilton fondant roller
Wilton Silicone Baking Mat
Wilton 1 1/2 inch square fondant cutter
Wilton 1 1/2 inch round fondant cutter
1 inch Round Cutter
Wilton Candy Decorating Pen (black food coloring marker)
Optional: Clay Extruder
TIP to keep the Candy Melts from cracking on your pretzels. Candy melts will shrink as it cools and when it shrinks onto something hard, it usually cracks. If you take the pretzels out of the bag and allow them to sit at room temperature for several hours or overnight they will soften just enough to keep this from happening, but not enough to become stale.
Melt Candy Melts and pour into a tall glass.
Dip pretzel rod into candy melts, remove, and shake off excess. I usually hold my pretzel for a minute to allow the candy coating to begin to set, that way when I set it down on my pan I get a nice shaped pretzel without feet (the blob of chocolate that oozes out from under the pretzel.)
Set on a parchment lined baking sheet. After you’ve dipped about 5 pretzels, put them in the freezer for 4-5 minutes until set. For a nice thick coating, allow the pretzels to come to room temperature then dip a second time.
You’ll find that you barely even need to knead this fondant. It is soft and pliable and pretty much ready to work. Like with any fondant, keep it covered when you are not working with it.
Roll some black fondant using a fondant roller. I find rolling fondant out on one of Wilton’s silicone mats works great. I don’t need to use cornstarch or shortening to keep it from sticking.
Cut 1 1/2 inch squares for the tops of the mortarboards (graduation caps,) 3 inch by 1/2 inch strips for the bottom of the caps and cut 1 1/2 inch circles then cut them in half for the sleeves in the graduation gown.
NOTE: You want the squares to dry out a bit so that they harden and keep their shape, but the other pieces need to be soft and pliable for use later, so cover them in plastic wrap or put them in a zip top bag.
You can create any skin color you choose. I chose to make a light skin color by adding a small drop of orange coloring to some white fondant. You’ll also need to either color some white fondant using red coloring, or use some red fondant.
Cut 1 1/2 inch squares out of white fondant. I cut off a bit from two edges to make it a bit smaller. Roll up the square into a diploma. Roll a tiny bit of red into long strips and wrap around the diplomas.
Roll out some skin color fondant and cut using 1 inch circles then add eyes and a smile with a Candy Decorating Pen. Allow to dry completely.
Pinch off pieces of the skin color fondant, roll into logs to create arms. Flatten one side to create a hand.
Press some white fondant through a clay extruder fitted with a multi hole attachment or cut or roll thin strips to create the tassels.
Attach one face about 1/4 inch from the top of a pretzel using melted candy melts. Wrap one black fondant strip around the very top of the pretzel and attach it with a bit of candy melts.
Attach the tassel to the middle of a black fondant square using a dab of water.. Roll a small piece of black fondant into a tiny ball and press it in the center of the square covering the ends of the tassels.
Roll one half of a black fondant circle around an arm, creating a cone shaped sleeve. Repeat making two arms per pretzel pop.
Using candy melts as glue, attach the top of the mortarboard to the top of the pretzel, attach the arms and a diploma.
To make girls, press colored fondant through the clay extruder to make hair or cut or roll thin strips to then attach it under the mortarboard.
Beth Jackson Klosterboer is the author of Hungry Halloween featuring Movie Monster Munchies, Bewitched Buffet, and Dead Man\'s Diner. She has been a chocolatier and party planner for over 20 years and creates edible crafts which she features on her her blogs, http:www.HungryHappenings.com and http://www.HungryHalloween.com.
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