It would seem that my instructions for the turtles weren’t as easy as the 23 words would suggest.
Lisa posted this message on my Facebook wall that you should all be privy to:
** Critical Update on the Rolo Pretzel Turtles! We had used a no name Rolo from Walmart first time=yummy! (though some thought they looked like worms, with the ridges ;P). Legit Rolos only seem to come in Minis, unless i find a single strip pkg somewhere? Yesterday I made them with PC version of Rolos- no good! WELL- they were yummy! But the chocolate layer is thinner, so the Carmel goozed out everywhere :/
I’d attempted them on my own this weekend as well, with real Rolos, and had a similar problem: the chocolate cracked, instead of smooshed and the caramel spilled out. I went to that dark place where I thought I was no good – why am I kidding myself thinking I can bake?? Lisa’s “spidey sense” kicked in and I received her critical update in time to realize it wasn’t just me.
The other critical danger is that when baking is still yummy, but not aesthetically pleasing, it becomes a PERSONAL SNACK. The delight you feel when you realize SOMEONE has to eat these turtles, and that someone is you… is not worth the guilt and despair 10 turtles later. Trust me.
If I’ve learned anything from Lisa, it’s that baking is meant to be given. Save yourselves a boat-load of turtle guilt and avoid the mistake of ugly baking!
I have a personal conviction not to shop at Wal-Mart, so I’ll have to look for a good Rolo substitute and PC has been eliminated. I’ll keep you posted. If you have had any success with making these pretty enough to give away, let me know.