Buck, and Doe Wish You a Merry One!

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

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Things you will need.

Things you will need.

Antlers fixens ready

Antlers fixens ready

Doe bows

Doe bows

Do I smell hot chocolate?

Do I smell hot chocolate?

I can see you now but I can't smile at you yet.

I can see you now but I can't smile at you yet.

Delicious antlers.

Delicious antlers.

Buck hair - how suave!

Buck hair - how suave!

Ready to pull the sleigh.

Ready to pull the sleigh.

Bee Fact: Bees sometimes wear pretzels on their heads and pretend to be reindeer Until next time, Laurie Bee

Bee Fact: Bees sometimes wear pretzels on their heads and pretend to be reindeer
Until next time,
Laurie Bee

How to Make Christmas Buck and Doe Reindeer:
Faces:
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
Antlers:
Small pretzel twists
Eyes:
Round white candies – available at your favorite cake supply store
Edible pen in black
Smile:
Edible pen in black
Buck Hair:
Chocolate Jimmies
Doe Bows:
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):  
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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

Make a Coven of Smiling Cake Pop Witches for Halloween

It is finally fall and that means Halloween is around the corner. Soon it will be time for costumes, shadowy incantations, and Halloween parties. You can make your own smiling coven of cake pop witches to cast spells of delight on your family and party guests. 

You can mix in some non-witchy pops too. Just add some sprinkles.

Bee Fact:  Bees and witches sometimes trick-or-treat together. Until next time,  Laurie

Bee Fact: 
Bees and witches sometimes trick-or-treat together.
Until next time, 
Laurie

Here are some things you will need to make 12 of your own witchy pops.
Approximately 2-1/4 cups of white frosting
*Purple food coloring
*Orange food coloring
*Blue food coloring
Chocolate sandwich cookies
Plain M&M’s
Candy Corn
White fondant
*Yellow food coloring
Piping tip #12
Sucker sticks, 6”
Striped paper straws
**Edible ink pen
Three 10" piping bags
Piping tip #3
Piping tip #16
Piping tip #805
Piping gel
Toothpicks
Lime green melting candy (your favorite cake supply store will have this item)
A favorite display container


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Instructions
Make ahead - Make your favorite cake pop recipe, and cool completely. Add yellow food coloring to a golf ball size piece of white fondant, and work in. Roll fondant out thin and cut circles for eyes with a #12 piping tip. Set aside to dry and become firm. Cut candy corn tips for noses. Take the frosting center out of the sandwich cookies.

Melt lime green melting candy by the double boiler method or in the microwave in 10 second intervals (stirring each time) until melted, dip the end of sucker stick in the melted candy, and insert into cake ball, set aside to cool. For tips on this step, see my post You Dogs are Silly. Have the chocolate cookie hat brims, fondant eyes, and candy corn noses ready to go before you dip the cake ball. Dip pop into melted green candy, tap off excess and apply yellow fondant circles for eyes, and candy corn for a nose. Set aside to cool.

Mix small drops of orange food coloring, plus 1 teaspoon of piping gel into approximately 1 cup of white frosting until you get the color you want to make the hair, place in a piping bag fitted with a #16 piping tip. Mix small drops of purple food coloring plus 1 teaspoon of piping gel into 1 cup of white frosting until you get the color you want to make the hat tops, and place into a piping bag fitted with a #805 piping tip. Mix small drops of blue into approximately 1/4 cup white frosting, plus ¼ teaspoon of piping gel, until you get the color you want to make spider legs, place into a piping bag fitted with a #3 piping tip. 

Pipe the purple frosting on the top of the chocolate cookie. With a toothpick apply a drop of melted lime green chocolate to the brim of the hat and apply the spider M&M. Once the M&M is set, pipe the light blue frosting onto the M&M for spider legs.  Apply a nickel size drop of melted green candy to the top of the witch head, apply the hat, (you might have to hold it in place for a few seconds) set aside for 10-15 minutes. Pipe the hair on.

Let all the pops stand for approximately 20 minutes. Dip one end of a striped straw into melted lime green candy and slide over the sucker stick. Draw smiles and eyes. Place into a spook-tacular container.