This is such a cute snack and/or decoration to add to your Halloween festivities. I saw this idea in a Taste of Home magazine, dated October 2011. It was next to a glass of their Witches’ Brew which was not very appetizing – a green concoction bubbling over! The ingredients are the same except I have changed the dimensions of the broom bristles and I have provided a lot more directions.
- green shoestring licorice (1 strand per broom, maybe more depending on how long you make each bristle – I used yellow too)
- black shoestring licorice (long enough to tie bristles on 4 brooms)
- pretzel rods
- royal icing or Elmer’s Glue (see my recipe for royal icing below)
Taste of Home suggested making the bristles 1-inch long, but I preferred to double that amount and make them 2-inches long. A lot easier to handle… You can always cut off a little if you need to. The black tie around the bristles I made 7-inches long. The pictures below show the different lengths you can make the bristles – just decide what works for you.
I think longer bristles look better and they are much easier to work with.
I “glued” some of the bristles about an inch up each pretzel and let them dry. Then as I went around I added a strip of glue, then the licorice bristles. Hold the bristles tightly against the pretzel rod and wrap the black tie at the top of the bristles and glue the end. Once you start you will figure out the best way to do this.
One good thing is you can make these way ahead of time and just keep them covered tightly. They do make a good snack – a little sweet and salty.
- 3 tbsp. meringue powder
- 4 cups confectioners’ sugar
- 6 tbsp. water
Beat all ingredients at low speed for 7 to 10 minutes in your heavy duty stand mixer; or 10 to 12 minutes at high speed for a portable mixer, until icing forms stiff peaks.