When you think of Christmas, mice might not be the first thing that pops into your head. Yet mice figure prominently in several Christmas stories. Who could forget the line in the 1823 poem “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas”: “Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse”?
Mice are featured even more prominently in E.T.A. Hoffman’s classic Christmas tale “The Nutcracker.” Tchaikovksy adapted the story in 1892 into the ballet that has become a holiday tradition for families around the world. In that story, the brave Nutcracker must defeat a mouse king and his army of mice.
We have started a new holiday tradition at my house by making candy chocolate mice with a cherry center. The mice make a wonderful display at holiday parties, but could be a fun addition to a party table at any time of year.
You will need:
–Hershey’s chocolate kisses
–Dark chocolate candy bar,
–Milk chocolate candy bar
–Maraschino cherries, stems on
–Decorating gel white frosting tube
–Décor Nonpareils (decorative sprinkles)
To get ready:
–Cover a cookie sheet with aluminum foil.
–Space out 20 Hershey’s kisses on the cookie sheet
–Put some of the Marble Mix’ins and décor tiny beads on saucers.
To assemble mice:
–Dip a cherry into the melted chocolate and use a spoon to cover the area around the stem.
–Quickly stick the wide base of the kiss to the bottom of the chocolate-covered cherry. The point of the kiss will be the nose and the stem of the cherry will become the mouse tail. Set the kiss mouse head/cherry body and tail in position on the tray.
–Quickly position two almond slice ears in between the head and body. The melted chocolate will hold them in place.
–Repeat for each mouse.
–When all the mice are assembled, squeeze out a bit of the frosting gel.
–With a toothpick, pick up a bit of gel as glue and use the point to pick up a tiny dot. Position on the kiss for a mouse eye, and repeat for the second eye.
–Squeeze a dot of gel on the tip of the Hershey’s kiss and place a small Mix’in on top of it for the mouse nose.
–Repeat the assembly process for the rest of the mice.
–When all the mice are set, place a large wedge of cheddar cheese on a platter.
–Arrange the mice all around the cheese.