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  • Writer's pictureArul Nigam

Chocolate Dormice - Quarantine-O-Ween #1

Updated: Oct 9, 2020

In keeping with the general theme of 2020, Halloween this year will challenge everyone. Students, parents, and teachers will all have to be more creative.

So, we've decided to share some ideas to make hosting a ""SPOOKTACULAR" socially distanced Halloween! Join us for our QUARANTINE-O- WEEN series throughout October!

While we suggest a virtual class party for young students through Zoom, Google Hangouts, or Skype, your party doesn't have to be reduced to just showing off costumes - food can still be a big part of it, and everyone can stay allergy-safe.

For example, everyone can learn to make Chocolate Dormice with their friends! Plan and share this recipe ahead of time, so everyone has the ingredients before the party!

Fun Fact: Dormice (Glis glis) was a delicacy in Ancient Rome. The rodent species was either roasted and dipped in honey or stuffed with a mixture of pork and pine nuts. That doesn't sound very appealing nowadays, so we've added a Chocolate twist to the infamous Dormice!

INGREDIENTS (substitute with allergy-safe alternatives as needed!):

• 24 Golden Oreo cookies

• 1 cup (6 ounces) Dipping chocolate

• 24 red maraschino cherries with stems, well drained

• 24 milk chocolate kisses

• 48 Candy eyeballs

• Rice Krispies or icing heart decoration

• 1 small tube red decorative icing gel

Allergens: Milk, Wheat and Soy.

DIRECTIONS (of course, the youngest students will need to be supervised and helped to stay safe and clean!):

  1. Carefully place cookies apart on a cookie sheet.

  2. In a microwave, melt chocolate chips and stir until smooth.

  3. Holding each cherry by the stem, dip in melted chocolate, then press onto the bottom of a chocolate kiss. Place on the cookie, with cherry stem extending beyond cookie edge.

  4. For ears, carefully place a Rice Krispy or icing heart in between the cherry and the kisses candy. Refrigerate until set.

  5. With red gel, pipe a nose on the dormice.

  6. Store in the refrigerator.

  7. Tag @AllergySmartz with your final product! We're excited to see your unique touch on this Ancient delicacy!

Stay tuned for more ideas in our next post!

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