By Meghan Rossi
If you’re looking for a spooky treat to delight guests at your Halloween party, then oh boy do I have a great idea for you. Witch Fingers! My goodness these are so darn easy to make. Without a doubt, my arts and crafts skills rest comfortably at being a visionary, and depending on others to do the physical work of making my ideas come to life. Hence my apprehension when I saw how cool these Witch Fingers look. Could I possibly, actually, for real pull this off?
Here’s what you’ll need to make Witch Fingers.
- For the Fingernails:
- 28 blanched almond (see note)
- 1 tube black gel food coloring
- For the Fingers:
- 14 large pretzel rods
- 12 ounces bright-green candy coating
Step by Step How To:
- Gather the ingredients.
- Use a small food-safe paintbrush to paint the top of each almond with black gel food coloring. (Wear food-safe gloves if you want to avoid getting your fingertips dyed black as well.)
- Set aside on waxed paper or parchment paper to dry while you prepare the rest of the recipe.
- Gather the pretzels. Break or cut each rod in half.
- Place the green candy coating in a small but deep microwave-safe bowl (or heatproof cup) and microwave in 30-second increments, stirring after every 30 seconds to prevent overheating and burning. Stir and heat until the candy coating is completely melted and smooth.
- Holding a pretzel rod by the unbroken end, dip it in the green coating until almost all of it is covered, leaving about a 1/2-inch section undipped at the top where you are holding it.
- Place the dipped pretzel on the same lined baking sheet you used to dry the black candy-coated almond nails and immediately press one of them on the tip of the pretzel rod that is coated in green candy coating.
- Continue to dip more pretzels and, while you do, keep an eye on the already-dipped pretzels. When the coating has started to dry and is mostly matte but not completely hard, it’s time to add the wrinkles for the knuckles.
- Take a toothpick and hold it perpendicular to the pretzels. Gently roll it across the top to add wrinkles. Make two sets—one set near the fingernail, and one set about halfway down the finger. This will make your witch finger super realistic-looking. If the coating is too melted and sticky when you try, give it a few more minutes to set before trying again.
- After all the pretzels have been dipped and decorated, refrigerate the tray for 10 minutes to set the coating completely. After that, the witch fingers can be served on a party tray or be standing up in a mason jar.
Total Time: About 30 minutes as I was being extra slow and careful, and of course had a few doorbells ringing and phones buzzing throughout the process.
A few notes:
- you can skip food coloring and opt to dip blanched almonds in chocolate.
- for nut allergies, you can replace almonds with candy corn for the finger nails.
- Witch Fingers can be stored in an air-tight container at room temperature for up to one month.
- The shipping time on the Amazon vibrant green candy melts is long, but I did see the exact product and color at my neighborhood Target, so check there as well. It was shelved back in the Halloween section.
For the complete recipe as I originally followed click here.