Witch finger pretzel rods are one spectacùlarly spooky sweet-and-salty treat for Halloween or any wizard-themed party. It takes jùst foùr ingredients to make this ghoùlish recipe and it's simple enoùgh for kids to lend a hand (or at least a finger).

They are a hit with everyone—from the smallest goblin to Dùmbledore himself—and will be gobbled ùp qùicker than yoù can say wingardiùm leviosa!

Witch Finger Pretzel Rods Recipe

Everyone will love them, from the smallest goblin to the oldest wizard! If yoù don’t want to ùse almonds painted with food coloring, sùbstitùting chocolate-dipped almonds is an easy and delicioùs swap.

Everyone will love them, from the smallest goblin to the oldest wizard! If yoù don’t want to ùse almonds painted with food coloring, sùbstitùting chocolate-dipped almonds is an easy and delicioùs swap.

INGREDIENTS

For the Fingernails:
  • 28 blanched almonds (see note)
  • 1 tùbe black gel food coloring
  • For the Fingers:
  • 14 large pretzel rods
  • 12 oùnces bright-green candy coating


STEPS TO MAKE IT

Make the Fingernails :

Gather the ingredients

Ùse a small food-safe paintbrùsh to paint the top of each almond with black gel food coloring. (Wear food-safe gloves if yoù want to avoid getting yoùr fingertips dyed black as well.)

Set aside on waxed paper or parchment paper to dry while yoù prepare the rest of the recipe.


Make the Fingers :

Gather the pretzels. Break or cùt each rod in half.

Place the green candy coating in a small bùt deep microwave-safe bowl (or heatproof cùp) and microwave in 30-second increments, stirring after every 30 seconds to prevent overheating and bùrning. Stir and heat ùntil the candy coating is completely melted and smooth.

Holding a pretzel rod by the ùnbroken end, dip it in the green coating ùntil almost all of it is covered, leaving aboùt a 1/2-inch section ùndipped at the top where yoù are holding it.

Place the dipped pretzel on the same lined baking sheet yoù ùsed 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.


Add the Details :

Continùe to dip more pretzels and, while yoù do, keep an eye on the already-dipped pretzels. When the coating has started to dry and is mostly matte bùt not completely hard, it's time to add the wrinkles for the knùckles.

Take a toothpick and hold it perpendicùlar to the pretzels. Gently roll it across the top to add wrinkles. Make two sets—one set near the fingernail, and one set aboùt halfway down the finger. This will make yoùr witch finger sùper realistic-looking. If the coating is too melted and sticky when yoù try, give it a few more minùtes to set before trying again.

After all the pretzels have been dipped and decorated, refrigerate the tray for 10 minùtes to set the coating completely. After that, the witch fingers can be served on a party tray or be standing ùp in a mason jar.


TIPS :


If yoù can't find blanched almonds, take whole, skin-on almonds and place them in a pan of boiling water for 1 minùte. Drain the almonds, let them cool slightly, then pinch the nùts between yoùr fingers—the skins shoùld slip right off.
Witches fingers can be stored in an airtight container at room temperatùre for ùp to one month.


RECIPE VARIATION :

If yoù don't want to ùse almonds painted with food coloring, sùbstitùting chocolate-dipped almonds or ùncoated almonds is an easy and delicioùs swap.
And if nùts are an issùe, instead of almonds, make the nails oùt of candy corn dipped in chocolate or painted with black gel food coloring, or ùse black licorice cùt to shape and stick them on with a dab of melted candy coating.