It’s OCTOBER! The leaves are falling, the sun is setting quicker, and there’s witches flying at night. Ok, maybe not that last part, but trust me witches are flying on the screen as we start watching Hocus Pocus to really set the mood for Halloween!

Inspired by the new Hocus Pocus 2 movie, Bridget Thoreson is back with a follow-up to her hit The Unofficial Hocus Pocus Cookbook with The Unofficial Hocus Pocus Cookbook for Kids!  The book is perfect for ’90s kids who now have their own kids to share it with, so get your kids, nieces, nephews, just bring the whole family and make these Black Flame Candle Pretzels to snack on while watching Hocus Pocus! If you recreate the recipe, make sure to post it and tag us @ulyssespress.

The Unofficial Hocus Pocus Cookbook for Kids

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Black Flame Candle Pretzel Recipe — from The Unofficial Hocus Pocus Cookbook for Kids

These black flame candle pretzels probably don’t have the power to bring witches back from the dead, but they definitely have the power to tame a hungry witch. On the off chance there’s an unknown power enchanting your kitchen, maybe don’t be an airhead and make them on a full moon night—if the wrong person takes one, who knows what sort of chaos may be set in motion!

Yield: Serves 8 | Prep Time: 2 minutes | Cook Time: 10 minutes


1 cup milk or dark chocolate chips
1 teaspoon vegetable oil
16 pretzel rods
16 candy corns


1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. Boil water in the bottom of a double boiler.

3. Place the chocolate in the top of the double boiler along with the vegetable oil. Set over the boiling water.

4. Stir constantly with a rubber spatula until the chocolate is melted and creamy, then remove from the heat.

5. Dip the top half of each pretzel rod in the melted chocolate, then place on the parchment-lined pan. Stick a candy corn to the top of each pretzel rod.

6. Using a teaspoon, drizzle more chocolate over the pretzels to add texture.

7. Place in the refrigerator until the chocolate hardens, at least 30 minutes. Store in the refrigerator until you’re ready to serve.