Intro: Sweet Candy Broomsticks
It's 2 hours before your Harry Potter marathon is set to begin and a friend jokingly asks if you'll be having any magical snacks.
Haha, you joke, that'd be fun.
Hmmmm what delicious potter treat can you make in such a short span of time that still tastes great and looks awesome, you ask yourself in minor panic. Aha! you think, I've got it!
Quick, delicious, and easy to make, these are the ideal food for a party, marathon, or even a potterhead birthday.
So Harry up and let's get started.
Step 1: Ingredients
Pull-n-Peel licorice (the multicolored ones work best, but all red is fine too)
Black food coloring (optional)
Confectioners sugar (optional)
Nutella or chocolate syrup (optional)
Step 2: Pull N Peel
Time to get peeling!
Grab a licorice rope and slowly peel it apart.
It makes it easier if you pull it into threes, then individually, instead of one at a time.
If you don't get the whole strand in one piece, don't sweat it. You're going to be breaking it anyway.
Step 3: Squash N Stick
Break the individual licorice strands into equal pieces, roughly about half the length of one whole one.
Take one strand and press the top of it against a pretzel stick, flattening it. It should be sticky enough to hold, after you flatten it.
Repear until the licorice strands circle the bottom of the pretzel.
If the licorice isn't sticky enough, which may be the case if you have the normal red ones, take a bit of water and wet your fingertips.
Then, simply roll the end of the licorice lightly between your first finger and thumb.
Lastly, take two dry fingers and roll the licorice end between them. At this point, the licorice should be sticky enough to stay on the pretzel.
Step 4: Bristle Circle
Take a small piece of licorice, roughly equal to the circumference of the broom bristles (just go ahead and eyeball it).
Wrap the piece around the licorice bristles, and using the same method as in step 3, press the two end of the smaller piece together (making sure they're in the back, on the side the broom will lie on), leaving a circle around the broom.
Step 5: The Icing on the Broom - Method 1 (Silver Arrow)
For an extra special (or magical) touch, it's great to give the broom a brand name. There are endless options as to how to write on the handle, but I'll only mention a few here, the easiest and nicest ones.
All it takes in this case is some water, confectioner's sugar, a toothpick, and some patience.
Mix together a few spoonfuls of confectioner's sugar with a few drops of water. What you want is a whitish paste. Once you try to lift it and it easily drips off, you've put in too much water.
Add a few drops of water to the sugar at a time, constantly mixing; it takes a lot of sugar to fix the consistency once you pass the right one.
Once you've hit a good consistency, grab a toothpick, dip the end into the paste, and start writing (I'm not even going to bother saying to practice on a piece of wax paper first, because, let's be honest, neither of us are going to do that). Let the icing drip onto the pretzel, writing as you go along. It looks precise, requires few ingredients, and can be easily colored with food coloring, if you wish.
Step 6: Chocolate - Method 2 (Nimbus 2000)
For this second option, you're going to need nutella and some black food coloring mixed with water or just chocolate syrup.
For the nutella method, mix some of the spread with drops of colored water until it's smooth enough to write with.
If you have chocolate syrup, you can just write with that straight.
Grab a toothpick and start naming that broomstick.
Step 7: Scratch and Skill - Method 3 (Firebolt)
This method takes more time and patience than methods one and two, but looks awesome when done correctly.
Grab a toothpick and start scratching, pushing down gently and repeatedly, to form the letters.
Once you're done, you can either leave it, or use some black food coloring to die the scratched part. Simply drip some coloring onto the handle (as little as possible) then take a damp paper towel and wipe off the excess coloring, leaving you with a wicked looking handle.
Step 8: Potions Class - Method 4 (Nimbus 2001 and Comet 260)
Time to mix and match. Put a couple of drops of food coloring in the sugar paste for extra flourish.
Add some chocolate syrup to the scratch and color method for emphasis.
Use your imagination and DIY wizardry to create these high-flying snacks to impress your friends and family, all the while having awesome themed food for your marathon.
Let your mind run wild - you never know what you might find in there. And besides, yes you made these broomsticks - but why on earth should that mean that they are not real?