Friday, May 28, 2010

Sugared Cinema: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

 "Hey Donny, looks like this one is suffering from shell shock."
"Too derivative."
"Well, I guess we can really shell it out."
"Too cliché."
"Well, it was a shell of a good hit."
"I like it. Step up."

Truth be told, I haven't seen TMNT in its entirety.  It's considered mandatory viewing if you're an early 80's child but it was one of those movies that I caught only bits and pieces of on HBO.  It wasn't until recently that I started to take a genuine interest in the film. 

I had serious questions that needed factual,Wikipedia answers.

Were those real people in turtle suits?  (Yes.)  You mean they weren't just super high-tech robots?  (No.)  Then how did they get their faces to be so expressive? (State of the art animatronics.)  And I swear I've seen Casey Jones before... (Some Kind of Wonderful)

I won't be sharing a pizza recipe but I do have something equally fun and simple.  Sure to please rodent senseis and party dudes alike.

Pretzel Turtles
(recipe from Rachael Ray Everyday)

Here's what you'll need:

One 14-ounce bag soft caramels, unwrapped
One 10-ounce bag pretzel nuggets
12 ounces dark chocolate, finely chopped 
2 cups chopped almonds

Line a baking sheet with wax or parchment paper. 

Now unwrap a caramel.

Roll it out into an oval about 1/8-inch thick.

Place a pretzel nib on the caramel oval.

Roll it on up.

Pinch the ends to keep the little guy snug and secure inside.

Repeat with the remaining caramels.

Pretzels in a caramel shell.  Turtle power.
If the caramels are too hard to roll out, give them a quick zap in the microwave.  7-10 seconds should work.  I heated them up a handful at a time so that they wouldn't harden up as I worked through the batch.

In a double boiler (I use a heatproof bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water), heat the chocolate.  Stir until smooth then remove from heat.

Dip the l'il dudes in chocolate.

Tap off the excess.

Coat them in the chopped nuts.

Place on the baking sheet and let them sit for a few hours.

When the chocolate is set, line them up on a serving tray...

... or eat them straight off the plate.

In the words of the world's most fearsome fighting team: 

These were awesome!  Bodacious!  Bitchin'!  Gnarly!  Radical!  Totally tubular, dude!  Wicked!  Hellacious!  Uh, mega...

I have always liked... Cowabunga.

Man, I love being a TURTLE!


  1. I LOVE the masks on them in the last photo! Adorable!

    Bravo Ali

  2. Those were my favorite movies when I was a kid! I danced to one of the songs from the soundtrack for my third grade talent show.

  3. I have the theme song in my head now. I remember playing the game which was a side scroller. It was terrible but not at the time.

    Some Kind of Wonderful is awesome, right?

    Lastly, those treats look marvelous and excellent touch on adding the masks. I wish I could bake. :(

  4. Hahahaha! I literally laughed out loud with the last picture! Awesome! :)

  5. Oooooh I'll bet those would be good with pistachios too.

  6. Thanks guys :D I'm feeling the TMNT love in the house. Or sewer.

  7. It's all about the original Eastman and Laird comic books.

    Those things you made there.. they look obscenely good.

  8. The only one up that part II (Secret of the Ooze) has on this movie is "Go Ninja, Go Ninja, Go!".

    I hate pretzels and inhaled these without hesitating.

  9. Man those little masks should be illegal! Too cute, I almost died. That movies scared me so bad as a kid, I was afraid of the rat. Did they really say bitchin'?

    OMG these pretzle turtles look so amazing. I love sweet and salty stuff. I solomely swear to make these for a bbq potluck I am going to in a few weeks!

  10. Liam - I was watching a video on the creators of TMNT. I would've loved to have been there the night they came up with the concept of weapons-wielding turtles.

    Mike - we should've added that to our wedding playlist.

    Jessi - they really did say "bitchin'." There were even a few "damns" in their, too. That would never fly in a Disney movie today!

  11. When my husband saw the pics he said "Ooooooh, what are THOSE?"
    So now I have to make them.

    The masks are a-frickin'-dorable!

  12. Wow oh wow. These look awesome and make me miss the good ol days...sigh.

  13. omg, Ali, so crazy cute! I'm breaking out the TMNT dvds that you gave your nephew right now!! We love Auntie Ayeee!

  14. I'm making these tonight...wish me luck! (luck that my husband won't eat them all before the pot luck on Sat.)

  15. They need to bring tmnt back and this time just keep it at it's original roots.

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