One of the things that always possess haunted houses – other than ghosts – is mice. Or rats, but when it comes to recipes, mice sounds more appealing. This is why I thought of this recipe. However, Halloween isn’t the first holiday I’ve used it for – over the last few Christmases, my family and I have used these as teacher gifts. They’re supper cute and easy to make! A fun family activity for the holiday season!
- maraschino cherries, with stems
- 6 oz semisweet chocolate
- 1/2 cup of slices almonds
- 1/2 teaspoon of butter
- red decorating gel (or white, depending on whether or not you want your mice to look like demons. As mine do… MUAH HA HA!)
- 1 bag of Hershey’s kisses
- wax paper
Set out a cookie sheet covered with your wax paper and set all the ingredients out around that. It’s a pretty simply recipe, but you also have to be very quick about everything, otherwise nothing will stick onto the chocolate.
If you remember, in my Donut Eyeball recipe, I recommended that if you want to melt your chocolate in the microwave, do so for between 1 1/2 and 2 minutes, that way you don’t risk burning your chocolate and running out of it.
As soon as your semisweet chocolate is melted in a microwave safe bowl, dip your dried/stemmed maraschino cherries, one-by-one, into the chocolate liquid chocolate. All the way up to the stem. Once totally covered, set on your wax paper.
There, press an unwrapped Hershey’s kiss against the bottom of the cherry. While you’re holding it, you’ll also want to stick two almond slices in between the Hershey’s kiss and cherry, for an ear effect. Press the cherry and kiss together until they stick.
Repeat this until you have the desired amount of blind mice.
And in case you want your mice to see those who will devour them, take the decorating gel and give each mice two eyes (like we did for the Mummy Hot Dogs) unless you want to make it creepier, as it is Halloween, and want it give them more than two. I have to admit, a mouse with three eyes would really throw me off.
WARNING: if you do give the mice three (or more) eyes, you might end up finding that people don’t want to eat them.
Once all of the mice are properly assembled, set into refrigerator until chocolate is firmly set.
” ‘Gee, Brain. What are we going to do tonight?’
‘The same thing we do every night, Pinky. Try to take over the world!'”
– Pinky and the Brain, TV Series (1995)
I really wanted to be able to put my disclaimer on this one, but, unfortunately, my mother was in charge of everything, and so I didn’t get the chance to efficiently screw anything up.
I hope this recipe gives you some ideas on how to spook your guests this Halloween and make them fawn over your adorable treats come Christmastime. Scurry in tomorrow for another one of the “14 Nights of Halloween”‘s recipes, Marshmallow Popcorn Balls.
– Chloe Cushing, Senior