Sunday, August 14, 2011

Licorice Wands

We've made it to the last item in our very long list of treats aboard the Hogwarts Express!

"What she did have were Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans, Drooble's Best BLowing Gum, Chocolate Frogs, Pumpkin Pasties, Cauldron Cakes, Licorice Wands, and a number of other strange things Harry had never seen in his life" (Sorcerer's Stone 101).

I imagine that Licorice Wands in the Wizarding World probably perform a fun charm or two before you eat them. Alas, the ones we make today are just delicious, not magical. Several Internet sites provide recipes for licorice wands, but the ones I've seen are all the same recipe, down to the photo documentation, and are from Betty Crocker. They include sprinkles, but I think that detracts from the wand-ish-ness of the candy, so I didn't use any sprinkles.

You Will Need:
a bag of licorice (black or red, whichever you prefer)
Melting chocolate (white, milk, dark, whatever you fancy)
Ideally you should also have shish kabob skewers, but it works without them too.

1. Melt the chocolate in the microwave at 30 second intervals and stir until smooth (Wilton melts take 1 min).
2. Roll one end of a licorice piece in the melted chocolate until coated.

3. If you have skewers, cut off a small piece of the uncoated end of licorice, and feed the skewer into it. Place the skewer in a glass so the chocolate can melt without getting smashed. If you're like me, and you thought you had skewers at home, but discovered that you were mistaken, you can lay the licorice wands on a parchment sheet to harden. They just won't be quite as pretty, because one side will be flattened.

3. After the chocolate has hardened, enjoy your delicious licorice wands! They're quite tasty!

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