At Yule/Christmas time the whole Chris-mouse thing arises as a great mouse army invades our home. Also cute on april fools day, as well as any of the fall festivals.like Samhain/Halloween When these cuties would try to invade our homes for warmth
This is a work fast project. Mom dips and kids add faces and ears. then mom finishes the faces
white Chocolate Chips (I'm using white for white mice; you can use dark or milk, too), maraschino cherries (with stems!), almond slices, red candy melts (this is optional), milk chocolate, and vanilla candy melts (also known as almond bark, sometimes). The red is for the eyes, the milk chocolate is for noses. If you use milk chocolate for brown mice, I recommend dark chocolate for noses, and white chocolate for noses on dark chocolate mice. It's all about the contrast. Eyes should be dark chocolate, unless they're albinos like mine.
first things first: Drain the cherries. Drain them well, or you'll contaminate the chocolate when it's dipping time. I'll usually set the cherries draining while I get everything else ready.
Next, they go for a plunge in the chocolate! Make sure you coat them very well, and get the stems, too.
The next stage I couldn't show you in pieces, cause you have to work a little fast. Set the cherry down on its side - with the stem laying flat (ish). Now it's a tail! Place a chocolate chip on what was the bottom of the cherry - now it's a nose! Place two sorta matching almond slices for the ears. The trick to this is sticking these on before the chocolate sets. I usually make milk chocolate mice, which is why the almond slices I have are unblanched. If you want to get extra fance with your white mice, then get blanched almond slices. Finding ones that sorta match is a bit of a pain, but hey! in the end, it's ADORABLE.
With a little melted chocolate, dot on a nose! I made some of mine albino, some of them just white. I used a toothpick for this part, i didn't feel the need to waste a pastry bag on a chocolate chip's worth of melted chocolate
Noses on and ready for eyeballs!
Same deal for the eyes; I just used a toothpick. It was about halfway through this part, when I swapped over to the red candy melts, that I realized I'd totally spaced out and given them all dark noses. Oh well.