It's double the trouble this month with Halloween and Friday the 13th in the one month. And what better way to celebrate Friday the 13th today than taking a break, having a glass of whisky and nibbling on these edible cigarettes. These fake candy cigarettes are ridiculously easy to make and they look just like the real thing. And bonus: they are absolutely delicious too!
Valentina sent me a link to these edible cigarettes by Passionspoon and I thought they were just about the cleverest thing ever. I was so pleased to see how easy they were. You know me, I am all about minimal effort, maximum impact. And this is perfect for Friday the 13th. It's times like this that I wished I worked in an office-imagine leaving a plate of these out for afternoon snacks or offering your colleagues a cigarette?
Tips For Making Halloween Cigarettes
1 - I used grissini brad sticks rather than pretzels as the only straight pretzels I could find were the really thin sticks. Grissini are easy to find at the supermarket. The quantity below is for 50g/1.7ozs of grissini (enough for a full ash tray look).
2 - Grissini has two sides, a darker baked side and a paler bottom side. Use the darker more baked side to simulate the colour of a cigarette filter.
3 - Break the grissini in half, thirds or quarters. It's good to have them in different sizes.
4 - Always melt white chocolate on lower heat as it burns faster than milk or dark chocolate. I place it in the microwave at 50% power for 1-2 minutes checking halfway.
5 - If you don't like the taste of coconut oil you can use another oil. The oil is to make the white chocolate a bit more liquid and easier to drape over and coat food. Alternatively you can use white chocolate melts that are designed for this (I just prefer the taste of chocolate buds).
6 - To make the flame or lit part of the cigarette use either coloured white chocolate or tinted royal icing. The red chocolate melts I bought were a pale pink colour (I think it was a bad batch) so I used some tinted royal icing I had left over from these Halloween cookies and tinted it orange/red.
7 - To make the ash, mix a couple of drops of black food colouring and 4 tablespoons of white sugar and massage together in a ziplock bag.
I was SO chuffed at how these turned out and can't wait to see everyone's faces this Halloween. I offered to make Mr NQN a batch to take to work but he declined (party pooper!). I used to smoke when I was a teenager and I really can't believe I used to because I am now repulsed by the smell of cigarettes. But that doesn't stop me from dreaming about smoking. I find my dreams valuable and they help me solve problems and give me clarity into vexing situations but I am honestly confused about why I used to dream about smoking.
A few years ago I dreamt about smoking a lot, at least once every fortnight. Apparently dreaming of smoking can be interpreted in many different ways. Some say that it's a sign of another addiction (eating or drinking- probably eating), while others say that dreaming of smoking means binge eating, adultery, flirtation, excess sexual activity or the misuse of authority. On the other hand I've read that it says that it means that through difficult time you will gain rewards. Or maybe it was a hint to make these edible cigarettes that are much more fun and palatable than actual cigarettes!
So tell me Dear Reader, have you ever dreamt of smoking? Do you remember your dreams? Oh and good luck this Friday the 13th!