Thursday, January 26, 2012

Sugar Quills

And so we continue with Ron's introduction to Honeydukes sweets:

"'It's this sweetshop,' said Ron, a dreamy look coming over his face, 'where they've got everything... Pepper Imps-- they make you smoke at the mouth-- and great fat Chocoballs full of strawberry mousse and clotted cream, and really excellent sugar quills, which you can suck in class and just look like you're thinking what to write next'" (Prisoner of Azkaban 77).

To make Sugar Quills like the ones pictured above (from Honeydukes at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter), you should follow my recipe for Pepper Imps, but leave out the cayenne and Tabasco sauce, and add in your choice of food coloring. Then you'll want to either use a feather-shaped mold, or very quickly drizzle your feather shape on a sheet of wax paper.

That seems pretty labor-intensive.

I decided to use Wilton's Candy Melts: Way faster, and they taste like chocolate! Another plus? A pastry bag filled with melted couverture is much easier to free-hand feathers with than a teaspoon of melted sugar syrup!

You Will Need:
A bag of Wilton's Candy Melts in your chosen color
Wax paper

1. Melt your candy/chocolate according to the bag's instructions.
2. Cut a tiny hole in one corner of the bag and quickly begin using the melted chocolate to "draw" your feathers on the wax paper.

3. If you want to get really fancy, after the feathers have hardened, you can melt two feathers together with an ink pen in between! That way you really can suck on your sugar quill while thinking about what to write next!

These are super easy to make, and would make a cute addition to a dessert table at a Harry Potter party! Enjoy!

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