Wilton just came out with their new Decorator Preferred fondant, which I got to work with and taste while visiting their headquarters last month. The fondant has a nice sweet marshmallow flavor and is so easy to sculpt and use to cover cakes, which I’ve done a few times already.
You know I love Wilton products, I use them all the time, and recently I became part of their Sweet Treat Team, so I am being compensated for this post, but I want you to know just how much I love this new fondant. I never thought I’d utter those words.
When I cut into a fondant covered cake that I made last week, I didn’t feel the need to rip off the fondant before eating a slice. I’ve always done that. Fondant was like wrapping paper to me. It made for a pretty presentation, but the cake was really the gift.
I still have to say I prefer the taste of modeling chocolate, but do realize that it’s not available to buy ready-made and not everyone wants to make it. Wilton’s fondant can be purchased at craft stores and even at Walmart. So it’s a great alternative and it made for some cute pretzel pop decorations.
Pretzel Pop Graduates
Wilton Black Candy Melts or a combo of Black and Dark Cocoa*
Wilton Decorator Preferred Fondant, black and white
food coloring (to create your preferred skin color and a tie for the diploma)
Wilton 1 1/2 inch round fondant cutter
1 inch round cutter
TIP to keep the Candy Melts from cracking on your pretzels. Candy melts will shrink as it cools and when it shrinks onto something hard, it usually cracks. If you take the pretzels out of the bag and allow them to sit at room temperature for several hours or overnight they will soften just enough to keep this from happening, but not enough to become stale.
Melt Candy Melts (see Chocolate Making Tips for detailed instructions.)
Pour candy melts into a tall glass.
Like with any fondant, keep it covered when you are not working with it.
NOTE: You want the squares to dry out a bit so that they harden and keep their shape, but the other pieces need to be soft and pliable for use later, so cover them in plastic wrap or put them in a zip top bag.
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