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Here is a recipe, or instruction actually, from Marsha Shields, a reader of olde time cooking.  Marsha shares this fun treat for the kids (and adults) to make .   Enjoy!

Your Host,  Brad

"The Chocolate Mice are not exactly a recipe but an Instruction for Construction. I shared it with a friend in Michigan, who taught it to her foreign exchange students who took it back to Japan where they went wild over it.  It's also been shared with friends in Ann Arbor and others in Missouri.  I've made literally thousands of the little rodents, especially for four different wedding receptions, several family reunions, and of course for the local community's theatre production of "Of Mice and Men." I am NOT the original source of the mice; however, I did scrutinize them carefully the time I first saw them and went home immediately and tried to replicate them.   When displaying them for large parties, they look attractive if you put them on wide ribbons throughout the serving table, or on chocolate cakes, or about anywhere. For parties and such, I sometimes place a small sign in front of them that says "It's Mice to have you here" or "Have a Mice Day."  With all of that said, here are the "Instructions for Construction"."

Marsha Shields

Hershey Kisses, unwrapped
Chocolate Almond Bark
Candied cherries with long stems still attached
Slivered almonds
Star decorations (like for cakes, etc. - they come in a small bottle usually in the cake decorations aisle of a grocery store)
Waxed Paper

Place about 2-3 squares at a time of chocolate almond bark in a bowl and melt in the microwave. Lay out a sheet of waxed paper on which to put together the following:

Dip the candied cherries into the melted almond bark and quickly place the flat end of the Hershey's kiss to the coated cherry with the "tail" or stem of the cherry going horizontally to the back. The point of the Hershey's kiss is the nose of the mouse. Place two slivered almonds between the kiss and the cherry to form the ears. Using a toothpick, place 3 dots of melted almond bark on the Hershey's kiss for the eyes and nose. Quickly place the decorative (and edible) stars on those three points. (I have seen the silver bead cake decorations used for this purpose but I do not recommend this as the silver beads are to be removed before eating!) After a few minutes, the almond bark will be set and the mouse is ready!

Thanks, Marsha, for sharing!



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