February 26, 2017

We love finding clever ways to use CANDY and SNACKS we already have in our cupboard! So when Alan broke his PRETZEL in half and held it up to his eyes we both shouted out “Mardi Gras Masks!”

They are really easy to make. Either snap the pretzel by hand or even better use a serrated knife to trim the pretzel into the mask shape. (Remember you are using the two big loops of the pretzel to create the eye holes.)

Line a cookie sheet with a sheet of waxed paper. Next, place 1/2 cup purple candy melts in a small microwaveable bowl and microwave stopping to stir every few seconds, until they are completely melted (about 45 seconds total). Dip a pretzel in the melted candy and place on the prepared sheet. Cover the dipped pretzel with purple decorating sugar to coat. Continue to dip and sugar each pretzel one at a time in matching Mardi Gras colors of purple, yellow, and green. (Do not dip all at once or the candy may harden too much for the sugar to adhere.) Once all of the pretzels are dipped and sugared place the pretzels in the refrigerator to harden, about 5 minutes.

While the pretzels set, cut Sour Belt candy into 2 inch long strips. Create fringe from each strip by making cuts every 1/8 inch, leaving one end of the Sour Belt strip uncut (about 1/2 inch) so it will hold together.

Place 1/4 cup candy melts in a ziplock bag and melt as described above, stopping to massage the candy every few seconds, until fully melted. Snip a very small hole in one corner of the bag, scant 1/4 inch. Add dots of the melted candy to the sugar coated pretzels and attach yellow, green, and purple candy pearls. Pipe swirls of candy as desired to create the mask design.

Frost cupcakes with vanilla frosting and smooth. Roll the top of each cupcake in yellow decorating sugar to coat. Add a dot of frosting to the top of each cupcake and place a sugar coated mask on top of the cupcake. Position a Sour Belt fringe under each side of the mask pushing into the frosting to secure.

Happy Mardi Gras decorating!

And as they say in New Orleans…Laissez les bons temps rouler!

Alan and Karen

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