Hi, I had this idea in my head and I was sure it would be a cinch to pull together. Not. So. Much.
After experimenting with five different sizes of preztels, and messing with countless cups of melted colored chocolate, I THINK that (with the help of my friend Julia who reponded to my SOS call)… yes she saved my BUTT-erflies (LOL) it's finally right. SALTY + SWEET = YUMMY.
Ingredients: 3 bowls of 1 1/2 cups of Wilton Candy Melts. I used blue and yellow– there are lots of colors), mnm's (yes I still have plenty of Easter candy to upcycle), Newman's Own Salted Pretzel Sticks and Rold Gold Tiny Twists. Each butterfly needs 2 twists and a stick. Things to grab: parchment paper on a cookie sheet, salad tongs, a rubber spatula spayed with PAM, and a couple Ziplock sandwich bags.
Step 1: Melt the candy you want to use for the wings in a bowl in the microwave, stirring at 30 second intervals until melted. DO NOT over 'wave as candy gets hard and impossible to use.
Step 2: Using salad tongs, lower tiny twists into the colored chocolate until covered, then gently place on parchment paper. This part is a little tricky, "grab" a little extra chocolate on the tongs and drip it into the top part of the pretzels. Finsh with a mnm on top.
Don't let a little extra chocolate splatter worry you. It's easy to fix when the chocolate has cooled off.
Step 3: After the "wings" have set (do NOT put these guys in the fridge) place a stick between them.
Step 4: Melt 1 1/2 additional cups of chocolate in the microwave (if you have a glass measuring cup, that would be best cause it can go in the micro) stirring every 30 seconds till melted. Then, pour melted chocolate in a sandwich bag and snip the tip off… the tiniest snip ever.
Step 5: Keeping the tension on the chocolate that it's the bag, go back and forth over the "rod pretzel"… making sure you add extra around the wings.
Step 6: To extra safe, after the butterflies harden, flip them over and fill in any spaces with more melted chocolate (your final 1 1/2 cup o' chocolate– you may need less).
That's it! I don't want to talk about calories there but in terms of fun– these treats are off the chart!
If you like butterflies or are looking for some garden party or Mother's Day ideas, check out this Mother's Day Soiree Post.
A BIG shout out to Miss Julia who came to my rescue.