My friend Shannon found a recipe for Tiger Tails and said that they would be really cool for our Clemson reunion tailgate... they sure looked like they would be! She was flying and it wouldn't be easy for her to make them so I said I would try them out. I do love all things Clemson so it seemed perfect to have a recipe that screams Clemson in my back pocket to whip out at any time.
Tiger Tails Recipe- makes about 30*
1 bag of Wilton Candy Melts - Orange
1 bag of Wilton Candy Melts - Chocolate (you wont need the whole bag)
(I have found Wilton Candy Melts at Michael's and Super Walmart)
1 bag of pretzel rods (try to pick a bag where most are not broken)
All vegetable shortening (I used Crisco)
Melt the orange candy chips with 1/4 cup of shortening in a bowl for 30 seconds at a time and stir in between. You want do it on a lower power the first couple times and then increase it. If you try to melt it too fast it won't work and becomes cake-like. Once it is really smooth and viscous, pour into a tall glass. Dip pretzel rods in about 3/4 of the way a few times until coated. Lay them on the wax paper to harden. When you get down near the end you will have to tilt the glass to coat them 3/4 of the way.
Trick - if you want to make as many as possible you can use the broken prezel rods by dipping in the broken end... they won't look broken just shorter.
Melt about 1/4 bag of chocolate candy melts just like you did the orange ones with a tablespoon or so shortening. Spoon into a ziploc and cut off a tiny bit of the corner. This is how you apply the tiger stripes onto the orange part of the pretzel rods. Just go back and forth for a stripe effect. If any of your stripes go onto the wax paper and too far off the orange part then you can just break those parts off after they harden - many of mine were like that and it was easy to do.
*I doubled the recipe and made about 60 since it was easy enough to double so we would have plenty at the tailgate. These were very easy and I could see them adapted for many different things... like white with green and red for Christmas! If you aren't a Clemson fan feel free to become one so you can make this recipe ;) I suppose it would also work well for some other sports teams or even just for fall or a kids party. Kids like tigers right?
These are kind of like chocolate dipped pretzels and have a salty sweet thing going on.
And this is what I got from hubby when I said pose with your Tiger Tail... ya just never know what you'll get (hopefully this doesn't turn you off from making them)
The Clemson Tiger Tails were a big hit at the tailgate :) I will definitely make these again... I can see them being something I make for our reunion every year. I will do a post about our reunion soon! Hope you enjoy!
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