Breadstick turns into Lightsaber – Jedi mind trick?

ImageWell, my lightsabers do not have the menacing hum, impressive glow and, thankfully, the power to shear someone in half, but the ooh’s, awesome’s and cool’s they received suggested that the white chocolate and glittery sugar had worked some kind of magic at our Star Wars themed party.

If you would like to try making breadstick lightsabers, here’s how I did it.

You will need:

  • a breadstick per child, plus a few extras to allow for breakages – also be prepared that a packet of breadsticks may only contain a few whole ones!
  • 150g of white chocolate
  • glittery sugar – I used blue as it fitted with the colour scheme of the party, but you can get assorted colours and these are readily available from local supermarkets.
  1. Set a pan on to boil some water and reduce it to a high simmer. Fit a glass bowl over the water, but make sure the bottom of the bowl is not touching the water in the pan – or use a bain marie if you have one.  Break the chocolate into small pieces and place in the bowl to gently melt.
  2. While the chocolate is melting prepare something to stand your coated breadsticks in to keep them upright.  I used a tip I had once seen used for a floral display – get a glass, or bowl large enough to hold all of your breadsticks then criss-cross tape over the glass (leaving gaps just big enough to hold your breadsticks). This will keep your breadsticks upright, without them falling into each other and sticking together.
  3. When the chocolate has melted spoon it over half, to two thirds, of the breadsticks. At this stage it’s a good idea to cover them quick thickly.  You can shake any excess chocolate off by holding the plain end of breadstick, with the chocolate end pointing down towards the bowl, and gently roll it between your hands – as if you were making a fire with a stick – I say this, but obviously I have no experience of making a fire by rolling a stick between my hands, I have seen Ray Mears do it and that’s good enough for me!
  4. When the breadsticks are lightly covered in chocolate sprinkle the glitter sugar on, making sure the white chocolate is hidden under the sparkly sugar.  I found it’s a good idea to pour some glittery sugar out onto a saucer or small plate – this will stop your worksurfaces from also getting the ‘sparkly but sticky’ treatment, and means you can quickly pick sugar up from the plate as you work, which allows less time for any chocolate drips
  5. Stand your breadstick lightsabers in your prepared glass, and when they are all finished stand them up in your fridge for about half an hour to set.  Once set you can remove the tape, or move to a presentation jar – set them on the table and wait for the ‘ooh’s and ‘aah’s!

If you have ago at these do let me know how you got on and feel free to include a photo

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