Started in 2009, these candy and pretzel rod witch's fingers have become a Halloween tradition at our house. They look gruesomely cute and, even for adults, their pretty tasty: sweet, creamy, salty, and crunchy. What else could you ask for?
They aren't hard to make at all but they do take time so in assembling the ingredients don't forget the most important: patience and a couple of free hours. I've included step by step photos to show how it's done. Happy Halloween!
Halloween Witch's Fingers
Ingredients & Equipment
- 2 bags, one each of contrasting colors, Wilton candy melts
- 2 bags pretzel rods (1 bag is not quite enough)
- Candy pretzel molds (can be found with cake decorating supplies)
- measuring cups
- 2 knives
- 2 spoons
- 1 food-grade paint brush (can be found with cake decorating supplies)
1) Melt nail colored candy melts in the microwave according to package instructions. Personally, I buy two colors, melt a small amount of the nail color and a larger amount of the finger color and then when the finger color is almost gone, I reverse colors and use that as the nail color and the other as the finger. That way you use up all of the candy melts.
2) With paint brush, scoop up a large pea amount of candy melt and paint the nail inside the mold. Place in the fridge for a couple of minutes to harden.
3) While nail color hardens, melt about half of the finger color candy.
4) Remove mold from fridge and spoon about a teaspoon full of melted candy into the mold on top of the nail color. You want the mold to be almost but not quite full. You need a small amount of space for the pretzel rod to fit in. Try to be as neat as possible but don't get a migraine over it. Excess candy dripped here and there can be easily shaved off with a paring knife later.
5) Place pretzel rod in chocolate where indicated by mold and turn one half turn so that the part of the rod in the mold is covered. If you only cover half, the pretzel will easily pull away from the candy even after it hardens.
6) Place back in the fridge (you'll need to clear out a space to accommodate the mold with the pretzels sticking out of the sides. Chill for approximately 10 minutes. Twist mold like an ice cube tray and witch's fingers will easily pop out.
7) Shave any stray candy melts off with a paring knife.
The process isn't hard but it does take time unless you buy multiple molds and clear quite a bit of space in your fridge. Have patience. I usually make them in between making other Halloween treats.