If you were one of Santa's reindeer, which one would you be?
I love making Christmas reindeer. I make them the same way, with the same elements, every year; but it seems they morph into their own silly personalities. I have experimented with different candies and you can too. Pick out what makes you happy. Personally, I eat three M&M’s for every reindeer nose I place - that makes me happy. The antlers are the trickiest part. Use a serrated knife, hold the pretzel steady on your cutting board, and saw gently. Don’t worry you can munch your broken mistakes (and there will be several).
The combination of the cake, salty pretzel, butterscotch, and chocolate M&M in one little guilt-free bite is a pleasure! You can purchase ready-made donut holes, or make your own favorite cake pop recipe.
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came, and he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name!
“Now, Dasher! Now, Dancer! Now, Prancer and Vixen! On, Comet! On Cupid! On Donner and Blitzen! To the top of the porch! To the top of the wall! Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away all!”
As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly, when they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky. So up to the house-top the coursers they flew. With the sleigh full of toys, and St Nicholas too!
Excerpt from The Night Before Christmas, by Clement Clark Moore
How to Make Christmas Buck and Doe Reindeer:
Guittard butterscotch, or white chocolate with milk chocolate mixed in until the color you want is achieved
Or you can use candy melts
One pound will cover about two dozen pops
Small pretzel twists
Round white candies – available at your favorite cake supply store
Edible pen in black
Edible pen in black
Candy holly and berries - available at your favorite cake supply store
Sticks: 6” x 5/32 white – available at your favorite cake supply store
How to assemble each reindeer buck and doe:
1. Melt your chocolate, microwave in increments of 15 seconds, stir each time until melty and smooth (or you can use a double boiler on your stove top).
2. With one of the sticks poke a hole about halfway into the pop or donut hole
3. Set the sticks in the pop or donut hole by dipping 1/4” of the stick in melted candy, and insert. Place the finished pops in a plastic bag, and refrigerate for 15-20 minutes.
4. Dip each pop in melted chocolate and tap on the side of the dish until the deliciously melty chocolate/butterscotch stops dripping. (See post You Dogs and Silly Heads for more detail on covering your pops in melted candy):
5. Add eyes
6. Add nose
7. Add antlers
8. Add buck hair or doe bows of holly and berries
9. Dip end of straw in melted candy and slide over the stick until it meets the pop
10. Draw on the smile, and dot the eyes with the edible pen.
11. Trim straw about an inch