25 Days of Christmas Fun: Delicious Christmas Mice Recipe

We thought it would be fun to start doing a post each night about a fun Christmas craft, recipe, family tradition and all things holly jolly.

Crunchy Christmas Mice by our friend Carrie W!

Ahhhh…Christmas! I love this time of year! I love the lights, I love the decorations and most of all I love all of the fantastic crafts that tend to pop up all around us. In my family, I’ll be the first to admit, we have a few strange traditions that aren’t for the faint of heart.

One of these traditions is our Crunchy Christmas Mice!

This is one of my nephew’s favorites, and he gets a little geeked out about it even though he is in high school now. It is a great craft for kids of all ages and one that you can change up to fit your tastes and to have some fun with.

Here is what you are going to need:

  1. Graham Crackers
  2. Maraschino Cherries with Stems
  3. Sliced Almonds
  4. Milk Chocolate
  5. Hershey’s Kisses!

Now, plain works fine, but if you get the kind with almonds then you get the crunchy brains and if you get the cherry cordial kind then you can get gooey brains. Pick it up…bite it….you get the picture!

Let’s get started!
Step 1:
Take one whole graham cracker and separate it out into the four smaller crackers. It will look something like this.

Step 2: Melt the milk chocolate to use as glue and to dip the cherries in. Some of you may be purists who go for the stove method…I use the microwave. Dump about 6 plain Hersey’s Kisses into a bowl and microwave in 25-second intervals stirring each time. Usually takes about 3 to 4 times to get it smooth. Don’t try to melt them all at once or you’ll just get gross brown chunks.

Step 3: Take out one cherry for each mouse that you are going to make. Leaving the stem attached, dip each cherry into the melted chocolate and lay them on a graham cracker stem out. This makes the “body” of the mouse and it will look something like this.

Step 4: Now, using your melted chocolate as glue, paint the front of the cracker as seen in the above picture. This will help attach the “head” to the “body.”

Step 5: Unwrap your favorite Hersey’s Kisses and lay one in front of each mouse “body.” It will look like this.

Step 6: Again using your chocolate glue, attach 2 slivered almonds to the back of each kiss, between the head and the body. This will give each little mouse two little ears. Here is what they will look like.

Step 7: Have some fun and decorate! We like to add small candies for eyes and clear sprinkles to the body for hair, but we’re a little twisted like that.

One of our family traditions is to read The Night Before Christmas after we make these little guys. Then we each get our own little mouse and chow down. I hope that you can use them to add some fun to your own holiday traditions.

Don’t miss out on any of our nightly posts in our 25 Days of Christmas Fun Series. Join us tomorrow night for more Christmas Fun!

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