Witches' Hats and Broomsticks

Thursday, 23 October 2014


When I was little, I would have a Halloween party every year.  The usual suspects would turn up (most always in witch outfits), sign into my homemade Visitor's Book as different personalities (classics such as Jo Ebony, Gorack, Batty the Blood Drinking Bat, and Rachel Green: The Deadly Drinks Waitress), and we'd dance around the living room hyped up on sugar.

If that sounds like something your little people do (or you still do!) then these would make a worthy addition to your night!


WITCHES' HATS AND BROOMSTICKS
Yield: As many as you like!  I made 12 of each but there really is no limit      Time: < 1 hour


INGREDIENTS

for the hats
100g dark chocolate, melted and cooled a little
12 ice cream cones
12 plain chocolate digestives
white chocolate stars (I used these ones)

for the broomsticks
12 Mikado sticks
3 liquorice catherine wheels
a few dabs of melted chocolate (I used the chocolate left over from the hats!)


INSTRUCTIONS

Lay out a large sheet of greaseproof paper.

WITCHES' HATS

  1. With a bread knife, slice off the wide tops of the ice cream cones so that you're just left with the stems.
  2. Roll the cones in the melted chocolate, and leave to stand on the greaseproof paper.  Once the chocolate begins to set, gently add the stars by hand (if you do this too early they'll run down the side of the cones!  Patience is your friend here, and you can make the broomsticks whilst you're waiting).
  3. Once fully set, dip the bottom of each cone in a little melted chocolate, and place in the centre of each digestive biscuit.  Allow to set.
WITCHES' BROOMSTICKS

  1. Unroll your liquorice catherine wheels.  I cut mine in half width-wise as I felt they were too wide, and this gave me twice as much to work with, too.  
  2. Using scissors, cut a couple of the unravelled wheels into strips 4-5cm long.  Cut another couple in half length-wise - you'll need the longer strands to wrap around the tip to hold everything in place.
  3. Gently dip the chocolate end of a Mikado stick in the melted chocolate you have left over from the hats.
  4. Gather a few of your short strips around the bottom of the stick, and secure in place with one of the longer strands.  Tuck the end inside the wrap to fasten it all in place.


NOTES

Adapted from: Waitrose Kitchen magazine, October 2014.

10 comments:

  1. This is adorable. It's all about the little details. I had no idea those were ice cream cones because I thought these were smaller! :] // itsCarmen.com ☼ ☯

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  2. Thank you so much, Carmen! They were really so fun to make. Ice cream cones are multi-talented, it turns out! :)

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  3. Oh wow Tash, perfect as usual! They are so creative. When I first saw them on Insta I genuinely thought that they were actual witches hats! x

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  4. Thanks so much, Tash! That's such a lovely thing to say :) They were so much fun to make x


    ps. Did you find my new comment system ok to work with? I've seen Disqus on a few other blogs and, though you have to create an account to leave a comment (unless you're doing so anonymously), once you have I found it to be quite a good one. I'd love to know what you think! x

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  5. I thought the comment system had changed! I was certain you didn't have Disqus before. It shouldn't be a problem for any of your readers Tash. In the past I was sooo reluctant to make an account, but then I started to realize that so many blogs used it and not having an acc meant I couldn't comment, so I just made one anyway, so here we are...I think it's the same story for most people, especially as Disqus is getting so much more popular now. I like how it remembers your ID. On the wordpress comment forms you have to type in 3 sets of identification each time. Yawn. It also looks very clean cut for your perfect blog :) x

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  6. Brilliant, I'm so glad! What I also really like about Disqus is that it notifies people by email when I've replied to them, and vice versa. Quite often I comment on other blogs and don't realise they've said anything back unless I remember to go and check it myself. Thanks for letting me know! :) x

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  7. what a cute idea- my niece and nephew would love this!


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  8. Yes!! In fact I got an email last night about your reply comment, and was totally prepared to reply from my phone, but apparently Disqus doesn't like mobile web browsers...Either way, it's so speedy and doesn't lag/require a page refresh :) Yay for Disqus x

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  9. Hmm that's unfortunate! Hopefully they're working on that. x

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  10. Thanks, Whitney! They're the kind of thing that bring out the kid in us grown ups, too!

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