Chocolate Bread Stick Cigarettes
No Mad Men party is complete without a whole 'lotta cigarettes, but although these trompe l'oeil treats may look like the real thing, they taste a whole lot better. It's as simple as chocolate covered breadstick pretzels dipped in sugar "ash".
STEP 1: DIP BREADSTICKS IN WHITE COATING
Melt some white candy coating in a heatproof cup in the microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring in between. Remove when almost melted and continue to stir until completely melted. (The cup you use should be narrow and tall so that you can easily dunk the bread sticks). Add a generous pinch of paramount crystals and stir until the coating is very fluid, adding a little additional paramount crystals as necessary. (If you don't thin the coating with paramount crystals it will be a little thick and the cigarettes may look gloppy).
Next, dip each bread stick in the white coating, leaving a portion uncoated to look like the cigarette tip. (To really look like cigarettes, all the uncoated tips should be roughly the same length. You can pre-mark the dipping line with a sharp knife if you want). Scrape off the excess on the edge of the cup as you dip and place each one on the tray. Place the entire tray in the fridge for 5 minutes to harden the coating before moving on to the next step.
STEP 2: DIP TIPS IN RED COATING AND DIP IN SANDING SUGAR
Place some black and silver sanding sugar in a small bowl and lightly stir, leaving some streaks. Set aside. Next, melt a small amount of red coating in a heatproof cup in the microwave, in the same manner as the white coating. Once again, add some pinches of paramount crystals so that the coating is very fluid. Remove the tray from the fridge and dip each "cigarette" tip in red coating (these don't have to be even), scrape off the excess on the edge of the cup, and then immediately dip each in the black/silver sanding sugar, sprinkling a little extra with your fingers to add texture.
STEP 3: DISPLAY THEM ON A LITTLE TRAY TO MIMIC AN ASHTRAY
We used a butter dish to display these "cigarettes" and then sprinkled additonal sanding sugar in the middle to look like ash.