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Harry Potter Licorice Wands and Cockroach Clusters

With the 7th Harry Potter film coming in November, this Halloween is perfect for a Harry Potter themed party. If not for Halloween, then surely a Harry Potter Premiere Party is in order, complete with licorice wands and cockroach clusters.

I’ll admit I was late to the Harry Potter phenomenon, too consumed by things like birthing babies and juggling work and family life. While my sister poured over books filled with spells and cloaks, I changed dirty diapers and managed life. Then my babies got older.

Suddenly, my 10-year-old was obsessed with Harry Potter’s magical world, spouting off spells like expelliarmus and expecto patronum like I knew what they meant, and she pulled in the younger kids along with her. Soon I was reading the books and watching the movies, and when my 6-year-old was in the hospital this summer, did we ever catch up in the world of Hogwarts.

The first two recipes for a successful Harry Potter party are easy. All you need are some candies and nuts, a bit of melting chocolate and you’re well on your way. Soon your own cloaked and bespectacled Potters will be casting spells and learning how to defend against the dark arts.

Licorice Wands

20 pieces black or chocolate licorice
4 ounces white chocolate or white melting disks
Purple or gold sprinkles

Refrigerate licorice for at least one hour before beginning. This will help the chocolate to adhere and set faster. Melt white chocolate in a double boiler, stirring frequently. You could also microwave it in 30-second increments. Dip the ends of the licorice pieces into the chocolate. Immediately sprinkle with purple or gold sprinkles. Place on waxed paper or silicone baking sheet until set.
Makes 20 licorice wands.

Cockroach Clusters

1 ½ cups mixed nuts (pecans are perfect for this)
8 ounces dark melting chocolate

In a double boiler, melt the chocolate until smooth. In groups of 3 nuts, dip into the chocolate and pile onto a piece of waxed paper or a silicone baking mat. Allow to set.

Makes approximately 20 cockroach clusters.

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