Madagascar: Sava lalana

We are on our way back to Africa but this time off the Eastern coast, to Madagascar! This island country is home to some of the most beautiful and unique animal and plant species, many of which you can only find there.

The Flag

As is tradition, we started by painting the flag. The Malagasy flag is unique in that it has two horizontal stripes and one vertical stripe. The colors are red for sovereignty, white for purity, and green for hope.

It was very simple to make with only two colors needed to be painted. I started by folding the left third under for the vertical stripe and then I folded that in half for the two horizontal stripes.

Lemur Tail Pretzels

The national animal of Madagascar is the ring tail lemur, with their distinct black and white striped tails, they are hard to miss. I was inspired by their tails to create a fun twist on a chocolate covered pretzel. We added marshmallow to the sticks and instantly they were elevated to s’more flavors! I loved these little treats and I am excited to share them with you 🙂

Recipe

  1. Pretzel sticks or rods
  2. Milk or dark chocolate melted
  3. Marshmallows

Melt the chocolate in the microwave or in a double boiler. It does not take a lot of heat, as Mary Berry always says, “chocolate melts in a child’s pocket” so use a gentle heat.

Dip the pretzel sticks or rods into the chocolate, lay them on wax paper and allow them to set. This gets messy, embrace it 🙂

In a microwave safe bowl melt some marshmallows in the microwave, I start with 20 seconds. Keep an eye on them because they can burn. The marshmallows will grow and get very large, once they have reached their peak and are not growing quickly any more, remove them from the microwave.

Using your fingers or a fork if it’s too hot, pull the melted marshmallow into strings and wrap it around the chocolate covered pretzels.

Allow them to cool completely and enjoy!

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