My daughter recently turned 5, and she wanted an owl themed birthday. I loved her theme choice and immediately started to come up with ideas to make her theme a reality. These owl pretzels covered in chocolate were one of my solutions for great owl themed party food. If you are looking for more ideas, I think you will also enjoy my Strawberries & Cream Cheese Owls in a Nest. Stay tuned as I will be adding more ideas in the near future. My color theme for the party was inspired by our gift bags from Party City. The pretzel dipped in chocolate concept was inspired by the time we made the Ladybug Pretzels. The first step was to gather my materials.
Candy Decorations-Large Eyeball (these are very expensive on Amazon…I just found them in the cake section of my craft store)
Starburst Minis (this link is for 4 packs – I found them in the grocery store)
Prepare a jelly roll pan or a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper, wax paper or a silicone baking mat. Cut Starburst Minis into quarters. These will become the beaks and ears. I used orange Starbursts for the beak, pink for the purple and pink owls, and yellow for the green owls. I did one color at a time. Melt the Candy Melts as directed on the back of the bag. Once melted, hand dip the pretzels into the melted chocolate. Lay the dipped pretzel onto the lined cookie sheet. If there are any spots void of chocolate, add extra with a knife. Working quickly, as chocolate does begin to harden, add eyes and beak. Do one pretzel owl at a time. I don’t know if it was necessary, but I dipped my ears in a little extra chocolate to make sure it would adhere to the top OK. Put into the refrigerator to set and remove after set (it hardens pretty quickly – I’d say 5-10 minutes). Remove from refrigerator. The black part of the eyes will bleed if left in the refrigerator too long. Store in a Tupperware-like container in a cool spot until ready to serve. I made 30 owls (10 owls per color). To produce 10 owls, I used half of the bag of 12-ounce candy melts.
I want to be able to get my kids helping as much as I can. They still love to help in the kitchen, and I find it a great bonding experience that we can do together.