We love having an excuse to cook or eat. Birthdays, movies, weddings (especially royal weddings!)… they all provide for a great excuse for food.
So for the midnight premiere of Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows: Part 2, we just had to whip up some Potter-related treats.
It was sort of a spontaneous, last-minute idea, so unfortunately, unusual treats like chocolate frogs did not make the cut. I’m not even sure where I would even begin to search for a frog chocolate mold.
We decided to keep it simple and make pumpkin pasties and licorice wands. There’s actually a surprising amount of Harry Potter recipes on the Internet (here and here), and even a Harry Potter cookbook!
For pumpkin pasties,we followed the recipe from harrypotterrecipes.net. Pumpkin pasties are basically tiny pumpkin pies, folded in half. Super-convenient, if you’re planning on sharing with your muggle (um… magic, sorry!) friends. Dusted with cinnamon, they’re probably the most satisfying treat you can have at 2:30 in the morning, after the most intense Potter ever made.
For licorice wands, we used what we had available: Twizzlers, milk chocolate, and rainbow sprinkles. Although they didn’t look as good as others with black licorice and white chocolate, they were still yummy. To make licorice wands, simply dip the tops of Twizzlers into melted chocolate and dip in sprinkles, then refrigerate until hard. To get the chocolate to form a hard shell and make sure it doesn’t melt, be sure to temper the chocolate. It’s surprisingly really easy: just melt 2/3 of the chocolate in a pot over simmering water until it’s 100-115 degrees, then remove from heat. Once the chocolate is around 95 degrees, stir in the remaining 1/3 chocolate.
Unfortunately, we didn’t get any pictures of the treats, but we did get to document Georgia’s Harry Potter marzipan creations.
Note: Expired marzipan is only good for decorating. Not for eating. Actually, marzipan is never good for eating.