I had some yellow fondant hanging about in the cupboard (leftover from making a batman cake…) which I thought would be perfect for making little witches broomsticks as an edible Halloween treat. I have seen savory versions of this, but made with cheesestrings which I find a bit grosse! So I decided to make these little sweet broomsticks – also great for Harry Potter themed parties too!
I used yellow fondant, and chocolate matchmakers which have a lovely knobbly texture just like an old knarled witches broomstick! I must confess I made these quite early this morning, ate a LOT of fondant off cuts and was then as wired as a six year old on skittles – I did get a lot of washing up done in a very short space of time! Think I should probably have filled my tummy with porridge or toast before diving into fondant….
When you place the fondant strips onto the matchmaker you can gently tease them into a position so it looks like the broom might be zipping across the night sky! You do have to lift them carefully or the weight of fondant can cause the matchstick to snap in two – I glued the ones I snapped being clumsy back together with the icing glue and it seemed to do the trick for all but one that refused to cooperate (so I ate it).
If you wanted to add to these little witches broomsticks you could make little gingerbread witches and wizards to accompany them!
- Yellow Fondant Icing
- 12 Chocolate Matchmakers (any flavour)
- 2 heaped teaspoons of Icing Sugar
- 1 Tablespoon of warm Water
- In a small bowl add one tablespoon of warm water to two heaped teaspoons of fondant and mix until dissolved. This will be your glue.
- Dust a clean surface with icing sugar and roll out the fondant until it is about 3 - 4mm thick.Slice off the rough edges, and cut the fondant into thin 1 inch strips (it dosen't matter if they vary a little in width but you want them no wider then half of the matchstick)
- Place a matchstick on a piece of kitchen roll.
- Gently coat a small section at the end of one of the fondant strips with a little icing glue, and stick it at least 2 cm up the broomstick (If you place it to close to the end it will just fall off).
- Apply the other strips in the same way, pressing a little to ensure they are attached to the matchmaker.
- Once you are happy with the volume of broomstick 'bristles' cut a small strip, about half a centimeter long, and place it width ways across where all the fondant strips are attached to the matchmaker - like a tie on a real broomstick. (It will also hide any messy ends!)
- Leave to dry on the kitchen side, and repeat to create additional broomsticks.