Yeah, that's right. An elephant. On a stick.
It's a delicious mix of salty and sweet, it's ridiculously easy, and they could not be cuter (if I do say so myself). Interested in making some?
Materials (affiliate links):
- Round pretzels
- Wilton Candy Melts wafers - black
- Wilton Candy Melts wafers - white
- Waxed paper
- Wilton Jumbo Nonpareils - black
- Lollipop sticks
For each elephant, you will need one round pretzel that is intact, and three broken pretzel pieces. You might find broken pretzels that are just the right size and shape; if not, break them yourself. It took me about three tries to learn where to break them to get the right size of ears and trunk.
Count out 10 black candy melts and 30 white candy melts. Together, they will make what I now think of as "narwhal grey," which is perfect for elephants. Follow the package directions to melt the wafers, then drop the head and ears of one elephant into the melted candy. Fish out the pieces with a fork (letting extra candy drip down) and place them on waxed paper.
Use a spoon to fill in the elephant. This was my first one and I slopped over a little bit. Not a big deal, but it does take a few to get the feel for the right amount. Add the nonpareil eyes.
Dip the trunk, then lift it out with the fork. Let it drain a few seconds before positioning it on the elephant.
Move on to the next elephants. You'll get about 4 elephants before you'll need to prepare more candy melts. Let the candy harden at room temperature (30+ minutes) or speed up the process by popping them into the fridge or freezer (10+ minutes).
When the candy has set up, peel each elephant away from the waxed paper.
Turn all the elephants upside down on the waxed paper. Dip the lollipop sticks into partially cooled candy melts, then place them on the backs of the elephants. Twirl the sticks to make sure they're covered in candy, then let them set up completely.
That's all there is to it! Elephant-on-a-stick!
What else should I put on a stick? I have a few ideas... stay tuned!