Friday, October 12, 2012
Creepy Crawly Truffles
Today's treat is a bit of an exception to the 100 calorie rule. See, this one is the Mr's favorite and since it's a special day for him, I'm gonna post his favorite. So I hope once you see how cute they are, you'll forgive the calorie overage.
They were going to start out as spiders but the amount of legs to make a true arachnid would've made it look like a dot with a pretzel crown so we had to resort to 'creepy crawly spider mutant which does not have eight legs but the web producing ability of a spider' species. That seemed like kind of a mouthful as a title so you'll see why I named them Creepy Crawly Truffles. These use a bit of a healthier cookie to up the nutritional content so you can totally justify one. Here's what you'll need...
Creepy Crawly Truffles
4 oz Trader Joe's Light Cream Cheese
1 bag Wilton Black candy melts
40 unsalted mini pretzels
60 pre-made mini candy eyes
Here are your cast of characters waiting to be transformed.
I didn't notice this until I opened it and of course I had to document my faux pas. No wonder I got "does not follow directions" comments from my teachers in school.
Put the bag of Who Nu's in the food processor. Hi guys...hold onto yer butts!
Give 'em a whirl until they're all crumby like dirt.
Add the 4 oz of light cream cheese.
Pulse it around until it balls up like modeling clay.
Ready your cookie sheet with wax paper.
Put on your food gloves if you're making them for other people or wash your hands really well beforehand since you'll be man handling.
Using a small cookie scoop (1 tbsp), scoop out a ball scraping the excess on the side of the processor.
Ball it up all nice and purty.
Repeat and put them on the wax paper sheet.
Time to chill out in the freezer for 15 minutes. If you're smart, unlike me, you'll poke some toothpicks in there before you freeze them for easier dipping.
While they're chillin' out, time to work on your "legs." Each pretzel can be broken down to make 3 sets of legs but have a few extras on hand for oopsies.
I'm not gonna lie...it's kind of a pain in the butt but the straight mini rods wouldn't look right so this step is necessary.
You'll likely have a small pile of oopsies. What you choose to do with them is completely up to you. I won't tell.
Ready the mini eyes by loosening them from the sheet. (I got these at a cake supply store. The ones in stores like Target or Michael's tend to be WAY too big)
Microwave your black melts for about 30 seconds then 15 second intervals until you can stir them smooth. If you didn't do the toothpick thing, then you'll need to drop them in, roll the balls around and get them out with a spoon, shaking off any excess.
Put them on a cookie sheet with wax paper and insert the pretzel legs. As long as the truffle was somewhat pliable before going into the melts, they will be easy to insert.
Place the eyes on the truffle while the coating is still wet.
Repeat until you wonder if you should call an exterminator.
Couldn't ya just eat 'em all up? (Okay, maybe one or two then send them to school or take them to work. These are some bugs people won't mind getting!)
I hope you guys have enjoyed Hallo-Treat Week as much as I did and hopefully I've given you a few ideas.
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