Make Chocolate Pretzel Scarecrows
Learn how to Make Chocolate Pretzel Scarecrows for your Autumn parties including Thanksgiving. The kids will squeal with joy when they see these treats and clammer for more after they taste them.
1 – 2 bags Snyder’s of Hanover Pretzel Dipping Sticks (some will be broken, so you may need 2 bags)
4 ounces Peanut Butter Candy Melts (confectionery coating)
12 ounces White Candy Melts (confectionery coating)
8 ounces melted and tempered pure milk chocolate or melted Light Cocoa Candy Melts*
8-12 ounces white modeling chocolate*
yellow, orange, dark brown (or black) food coloring
40-48 large (1/2 inch) candy eyes
black food coloring marker
Use Snyder's of Hanover Pretzel Dipping Sticks to make cute Chocolate Pretzel Scarecrows. See how at HungryHappenings.com.
To create this food craft you are going to need pretzel dipping sticks. They are about 3 1/2 inches long and about 3/8 inch in diameter. These are not your standard pretzel sticks which are much thinner and shorter.
I found that the pretzel dipping sticks are not all the same size, so it’s best to line them up and group them according to size. Get 6 that are reasonably close in size for each scarecrow. Then you’ll need an additional pretzel to create the brim of each hat.
Dip pretzels in peanut butter candy melts to create scarecrow pretzels for Thanksgiving. See the tutorial at HungryHappenings.com.
Combine the peanut butter and white candy melts in a microwave safe bowl. Heat the wafers on high for 20-30 second increments, stirring after each until melted.
Pour candy coating into a tall glass or jar. Dip a pretzel stick into the candy, remove and allow the excess to drip off. Then set 6 of them next to each other on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.
Pop in the refrigerator for 3-5 minutes just until the candy coating sets.
Dip pretzels in chocolate to use for the brim of a scarecrows hat.
You’ll need a chocolate pretzel to create the hat brim for each of your scarecrows. So, make as many as you need.
Drop a pretzel into a bowl of melted and tempered pure milk chocolate or melted light cocoa candy melts. Use a dipping fork or kitchen fork to remove the pretzel. Set it on a parchment lined baking sheet. Refrigerate for 3 minutes until the chocolate sets.
How to make modeling chocolate decorations to add to a Chocolate Pretzel Scarecrow. See the instructions at HungryHappenings.com.
I used modeling chocolate to make my decorations. You could use store bought candies, like taffy or fruit rolls, or even fondant, if you prefer. I think the modeling chocolate tastes the best and is the easiest to work with.
To make the modeling chocolate decorations, you’ll need to color some white modeling chocolate orange for then noses, yellow for the sunflowers, a yellow orange for the hair, and some dark brown or black for the centers of the sunflowers.
Roll out some of the yellow orange modeling chocolate and cut thin strips for the hair. I pressed a JEM Strip Cutter, dusted with corn starch, into the modeling chocolate to get perfect little strips, but a pizza cutter or knife would work find.
Roll out the orange and cut small triangles for the noses.
To create the sunflowers, use a daisy plunger cutter to cut two yellow daisies, set one on top of another, press into the center using a wood dowel, then brush a dab of water on a small ball of dark brown modeling chocolate and insert it into the center. You can also just use any small flower cutter if you don’t want to get that fancy.
Now you are ready to decorate your pretzels to look like scarecrows.
Attach some hair to the un-coated pretzels. Use small dabs of chocolate to make them stick if needed.
Dip top of pretzel in milk chocolate.
Set on a non-stick mat or a parchment paper lined baking sheet.
Set one chocolate dipped pretzel across the bottom edge of the wet chocolate.
Set one sunflower in a corner of the chocolate hat.
Use chocolate to attach two candy eyes to the peanut butter pretzels.
Attach one orange triangle nose using a dab of chocolate.
Use a black food coloring marker to draw on a smile.**
The modeling chocolate will firm up as it dries, making it easy to package them in clear cellophane bags
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.