Large pretzels covered in white candy coating that just happen to look like witch fingers. They’re very easy to make and perfect for any witchy party!
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About Pretzel Witch Fingers
You know what one of the best parts of Halloween is?
You can get away with all sorts of creepy stuff.
Like nibbling on a witch’s finger, for example. You’d probably get funny looks in July, but in October? Totally okay! And everyone wants to know where they can get their own witch finger to eat!
What do you need to make witch fingers?
You can make witch fingers (or any goolish digit) with the following ingredients:
- Pretzel Rods
- Candy Melts (also called melting wafers)
- Sliced almonds
- Other decorating tools as needed (toothpicks for drawing knuckles or scars, edible paint for adding blood or painting the fingernails, etc.)
What type of candy melts should you use?
Candy melts (also called melting wafters) are pretty common – you can find them in the baking supply area, and they’re small, flat disks, typically sold by the bag – but I do think there are significant differences in quality depending on the brand of candy melts you buy.
Wilton is by far the most common brand of candy melt, and they are sold in a variety of colors. This makes them a popular pick, since you can buy the exact color you need and can get right to crafting your creepy treats. Wilton is simple and easy.
However, I’ve not been impressed with the quality of Wilton candy melts. These candy melts cool fast, which means it becomes thick and harder to use long before you may be done using it. It needs to be reheated more and the quality of the melts gets a little more “iffy” each time.
Given the above, I would highly recommend picking up Ghirardelli brand candy melts. These are my favorite candy melts to work with due to the superior quality and taste. You will need to use orange food coloring (or purple, green, or black) to get a festive color, but I promise it would be well worth the effort.
What type of pretzels should you use?
To make sure these Halloween treats are the correct finger-like size, make sure you pick up pretzel rods (and not pretzel sticks).
How long do pretzel witch fingers last?
Once prepared, these witch fingers can be stored in an air-right container for up to one week.
I’d also recommend storing them in the refrigerator to keep the candy from feeling “greasy” over time – it’s not a common problem, but still possible depending on the humidity or other conditions. However, there’s nothing wrong with storing them on the counter.
Notes & tips for these pretzel witch fingers
- If you want, you could add more detail to these witch fingers by adding in wrinkle marks for the knuckles. Just wait until the witch fingers are completely dry (I like to freeze them first) and use a toothpick to slowly carve out some lines in the candy.
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How to make pretzel witch fingers
This next part is only a photo tutorial of the recipe steps. If you’re looking for the full recipe measurements and instructions, scroll down to Recipe Details.
Step 1 – To start things off, melt the melting wafers per package instructions, then add your chosen food coloring. I went with green, but you could also keep the color white, or go with purple, red, black, etc – be creative with the creepy fingers you’ll be making!
Step 2 – Grab a pretzel rod, dip it in the melted candy, and use a spatula to scoop up more melted candy to coat the rod. Be sure to leave the exposed end clean so that they’re easy to handle.
Step 3 – Lay the coated pretzel rod on a baking sheet lined with wax paper. While the candy is still wet, press a sliced almond on the coated end of the rod.
Step 4 – Let the candy set!
Step 5 – Serve and enjoy!
Pretzel Witch Fingers
- In a microwave-safe bowl, melt the candy wafers per package instructions. Add food coloring as desired and stir until smooth.
- Dip the end of the pretzel into the mixing bowl and use a spatula to scoop up candy and pat it along the pretzel. Continue until most of the pretzel is covered, leaving one end of the pretzel clean of candy (for easy holding).
- Place candy covered pretzel on prepared baking sheet. While candy is still wet, select a fingernail-looking almond slice and gently press to the end of the pretzel that’s coated in candy. Repeat this steps for the rest of the pretzels until all are covered in candy with an almond slice attached.
- Let witch fingers dry completely before serving (typically about 1 hour). To speed up drying, place witch fingers in the freezer for 30 minutes.
I do my best to provide nutrition information, but please keep in mind that I’m not a certified nutritionist. Any nutritional information discussed or disclosed in this post should only be seen as my best amateur estimates of the correct values.