Chocolate Daleks

Chocolate Daleks!

Okay, I admit that maybe Dr Who’s arch-nemeses aren’t particularly jolly or festive but I had this interesting notion the other day and decided to put it to the test.  I will also admit that I am neither Michelangelo nor Martha Stewart so the results are a tad primitive.  I will happily leave it to my readers to enhance and refine as you see fit.  With all caveats thus disposed of, I humbly present my recipe for Chocolate Daleks.

Recipe

  • Box of ice cream cones, flat bottom variety
  • Chocolate covered raisins
  • Miniature peanut butter cups, the really small ones
  • Pretzel sticks
  • Chocolate frosting
  • Cake mix, either box or from scratch according to personal preference

Tools

  • Mixing bowl
  • Whisk
  • Rubber Scraper
  • Muffin Pans
  • Tea cup
  • Spoon (optional)
  • Wax Paper
  • Awl or ice pick for pilot holes
  • Spatula or knife to apply icing

Everything you'll need to make a platoon of Chocolate Daleks.

Everything you’ll need to make a platoon of Chocolate Daleks.

Alright, I did say CHOCOLATE Daleks.  I'm not a from-scratch kind of elf, so I leave it to you to go old school or do the box mix.

Alright, I did say CHOCOLATE Daleks. I’m not a from-scratch kind of elf, so I leave it to you to go old school or do the box mix.

If you've ever made cupcakes before, you know just what to do here.

If you’ve ever made cupcakes before, you know just what to do here.

My cake's recipe left me a little short of batter, but this was just an experiment.

My cake’s recipe left me a little short of batter, but this was just an experiment.

Fill your cupcake papers about 2/3 full.

Fill your cupcake papers about 2/3 full.

Plant the ice cream cones on top of the batter firmly and then follow your cake recipe's baking directions.  Mine took about 19 minutes at 350°.

Plant the ice cream cones on top of the batter firmly and then follow your cake recipe’s baking directions. Mine took about 19 minutes at 350°.

Our batter is in to bake.  Take a moment for a cup of tea before moving on.

Our batter is in to bake. Take a moment for a cup of tea before moving on.

Okay, let's lay down some wax paper.  Dealing with Daleks is always messy!

Okay, let’s lay down some wax paper. Dealing with Daleks is always messy!

Open the pretzel sticks and the PB Minis.

Open the pretzel sticks and the PB Minis.

Gather enough pretzel sticks and PB Minis to make our sensor arms.

Gather enough pretzel sticks and PB Minis to make our sensor arms.

Drill a pilot hole for your pretzel sticks.

Drill a pilot hole for your pretzel sticks.

Carefully slide our pretzel sticks into the pilot holes.  We don't want to break the PB Minis or the pretzel sticks.

Carefully slide our pretzel sticks into the pilot holes. We don’t want to break the PB Minis or the pretzel sticks.

They look sort of like the autonomous brooms from Fantasia, but we'll make sensor arms out of them a little later on.

They look sort of like the autonomous brooms from Fantasia, but we’ll make sensor arms out of them a little later on.

Time's up!  Take those cupcakes out for cooling.

Time’s up! Take those cupcakes out for cooling.

If you haven't already guessed, our chocolate covered raisins are for the eyestalks.

If you haven’t already guessed, our chocolate covered raisins are for the eyestalks.

Gather enough pretzel sticks and chocolate covered raisins to create the eye stalks

Gather enough pretzel sticks and chocolate covered raisins to create the eye stalks

Snap pretzel sticks in half to form the eye stalks

Snap pretzel sticks in half to form the eye stalks.  We’ll need to drill pilot holes for the pretzels in our chocolate covered raisins.

We've got all the pieces ready, let's make a Dalek!

We’ve got all the pieces ready, let’s make a Dalek!

Drill some pilot holes for the extremities with your awl.

Drill some pilot holes for the extremities with your awl.

Insert pretzel sticks into the pilot holes

Insert pretzel sticks into the pilot holes. Once this guy is frosted, it will be hard enough to find the holes so let’s make sure the pretzels will fit when we’re ready.

Coat your Dalek with Chocolate Frosting

Coat your Dalek with Chocolate Frosting

Break the pretzel stick from the sensor arm to form the blaster arm, also break the pretzel stick from the eye stalk to form the head lamps

Break the pretzel stick from the sensor arm to form the blaster arm, also break the pretzel stick from the eye stalk to form the head lamps

Add extremities to complete your Chocolate Dalek

Add extremities to complete your Chocolate Dalek

Your completed Chocolate Dalek

Your completed Chocolate Dalek

Sure I admitted that Daleks aren’t very jolly, but it doesn’t mean they have nothing to do with Christmas.  Back in the early 60’s when Dr Who was just getting started, there was a season of Dalekmania.  A number of bands did comical Dalek related songs including “I’m gonna spend my Christmas with a Dalek” by the Go-Go’s.  I’ve included a link to a modern reinterpretation of the song by Yulenog and Nathan Kuruna.  I got my copy and it’s a gas!
As for the Daleks themselves, here’s an awesome bit of trash talk between the Daleks and the Cybermen. Both species are on the Naughty List, I assure you.

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