5 Mesosamerican Themed Party Treats

I am such a nerd. I have become part of a “book club” or sorts for studying Mesoamerican topics in relation to the Book of Mormon.

To kick off our study group, I decided to make some treats, but of course, they had to be Mesoamerican-themed.

We’ve officially named the occassion “Pizzan-Itza”

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Here are a few ideas for if you want to throw a Mayan party of your own!

1. Pizzan-Itza: A Mayan Pyramid Pizza

Just get any old pizza and decorate it with toppings to create some mesoamerican design. I opted for creating a Mayan pyramid out of olives. Everyone hated the olives.

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On top of a pizza party with pyramid iconography, we needed other treats.

2. Mayan Designed Cookies

I didn’t actually make this for the party last night, but if I had more time I totally would have.

Bake some delicious spice cookies, and let your imagination run wild with Mayan and Aztec designs. If I were doing this one, I would probably make some circular ones that looked like the Mayan or Aztec calendars.

Check out the full instructions here

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3. Human Hearts: Balled Watermelon

Just use an ice-cream scoop to create spherical chunks of watermelon and voila! Human Hearts.

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4. “Obsidian” Macuahuitl: Preztels with Chocolate Chips

To get the full instructions, click the recipe here!

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5. Sun Chips

And to finish it off, we had Sun Chips because it was the Solar Equinox. Mayans were all about solar events and holidays.

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And there you have it, a full spread of Mayan/Mesoamerican treats for your nerdy study group on the Book of Mormon.

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Mesoamerican Treat: Preztel Macuahuitl

Ever wanted to learn how to make an edible Mesoamerican sword? I’m sure it’s on the top of your bucket list. Well, for my nerdy soulmate out there who’s always wanted to craft treats of ancient civilizations, I’m posting a tutorial!

A macuahuitl (pronounced ma-KWA-weet) is an ancient Mayan weapon used in battle. It was the Mesoamerican equivalent of a sword, but instead of being a thrusting weapon, it was primarily a slashing one. It was typically made of wood, and edged with obsidian blades

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For us westerners, the idea of a wooden sword doesn’t sound that fearsome. We’re used to sharpened and polished steel-bladed swords. However, these bad boys can really do a number. When wielded by fierce warriors, they could easily hack off human limbs.

Today, we’re going to make an edible equivalent aka preztels with chocolate chips.

It’s a super easy treat to make and is a real crowd-pleaser for Mesoamerican-themed parties!

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Recipe

  • Serving Size: 20 macuahuitls
  • Time: 1 hour

Ingredients

  • 1 package of pretzel rods (I used Snyder’s)
  • 1 package of chocolate chips (semi-sweet or milk)

Instructions

1. Gather your ingredients

I included peanut butter in this picture because you can use peanut butter as the glue instead of melted chocolate chips, but I opted for the melted chips this time.

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2. Lay out your pretzel rods on a cookie sheet or flat surface with wax paper

You’ll want the wax paper because it can get messy and once the “glue” sets, it’s easier to remove the sticks from wax paper than a normal plate.

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3. Prep your glue

In my case, I used chocolate chips. Take a small handfull (1/4 cup is more than enough) of chocolate chips, and melt them in a small bowl in the microwave for about 1 minute.

Stir the chips all together until they become a viscous liquid.

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4. Start gluing chocolate chips to the sides of each pretzel

Take a tiny dollop of the melted chocolate, and dab it on the bottom of a chocolate chip. Press the chocolate chip to the pretzel, and make sure it’s secure enough so it won’t just fall off.

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Repeat this with 3-4 chocolate chips down 1 side of the pretzel

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5. Repeat on the other side of the pretzel

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6. Freeze

Once you have about 5-10 pretzels made, throw those succors into the freezer on a wax-papered cookie sheet. They only need to be in there for about 5 minutes for the chocolate to solidify and seal the chocolate chips to the pretzel. You can work on the next set of pretzels while the first batch freezes

7. Ta-Da!

That’s it you’re done! You can display your new macuahuitls on a platter, or stick them in some floral foam for a fun display. Have fun slashing human arms with these cool edible mesoamerican swords!

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