Linda Stahl: Halloween is the perfect time to make creepy, crawly treats for your kids. Hi! I am Linda Stahl with Hershey's kitchen and today we are going to be making KISSES Halloween mice.
The first thing we need to do is to blot maraschino cherry. So you are simply going to lay them out on to the paper towel. Then what you are going to do is simply place some other paper towels on top, press down lightly to blot off as much as the moisture as you can.
Once these are blotted you are going to take off the towel and set them aside for about an hour to let them air dry. The next thing we will be doing is to make our chocolate coating. Place 36 unwrapped Hershey's KISSES milk chocolate in a small microwave safe bowl with one teaspoon of shortening. Microwave at medium, one minute and then stir. If necessary microwave an additional 15 seconds at a time stirring after each eating until the chocolate is melted and smooth when stirred.
This amount of coating will make about 24 mice. I have already taken some of the chocolate out of the bowl and put it into a plastic food storage bag for later.
Holding a cherry by the stem, dip it into the melted chocolate, shake it just a little bit to get off the access and then place it on a wax paper covered tray with the stem up. Our next step is to put together the head with the ears. We are going to take one of our Hershey's KISSES chocolate, place a little bit of a melted chocolate on the edge, place two almond slices, these are going to be the mouse ears and put that on your tray. So, now we will put these in the refrigerator for a just a few minutes to firm up and then we will come back and finish them. All right, our heads and our bodies are firm so we are ready to put them together, pick up one of the heads, add a little bit of chocolate to the cherry, put together like this and then put it back down on to the paper. All we need to do is wait until that chocolate firms and then we can decorate. In them meantime we are going to go ahead and make some red gel icing that we will use for the eyes and noses.
Stir together one cup and two tablespoons of powdered sugar, one tablespoon warm water and one and a half teaspoons of pasteurized dried egg white and beat together until spreadable. Add additional water, one half teaspoon at a time to get the right consistency for you. At this point you can put the icing into a pastry bag or to a heavy duty food storage bag.
Now, all we need to do is decorate each mouse with eyes and a nose. Take your frosting a little dab there. And remember it's Halloween, so they can scary. So, here we have our Halloween mice. A tasty treat for the whole family to enjoy this Halloween season.