Last year, I provided instructions on how to build your own Land Grant Trophy. It’s one of sports most iconic trophies in American sports, and since a replica cannot be purchased, we came up with a way to build one that the whole family can enjoy. After Penn State’s second straight heartbreaking loss at the hands of Michigan State, I opted to burn the evidence of what I created.
That being said, I still have a desire to own a piece of the Land Grant Trophy so I am trying something new this year. Halloween is right around the corner, so rather than building a replica with duct tape and other office supplies, I have come up with a tasty way to enjoy a trophy that properly celebrates the nation’s oldest land-grant universities. Without further ado, here’s a step-by-step recipe guide on how to make and edible Land Grant Trophy.
- Parchment Paper
- Semi-sweet chocolate morsels
- Graham crackers
- Pretzel sticks
- Pretzel squares
- Creamy chocolate frosting
- Blue and green M&M's
- Hershey Kisses
Step 1: Organize the ingredients
Since the entire process is rather messy, you will want to set out all the ingredients needed before you start melting and molding the chocolate. The graham crackers will serve as the walls and the chocolate will be used to mimic the beautiful mahogany wood. The square pretzels will serve double duty as the top flat surface of the trophy as well as the two extended walls on top. The pretzel sticks will serve as the base shelf and assist with balance where the other rods will be used for the shelving.
Step 2: Melt the Chocolate and Begin Construction
When melting the chocolate, you will want to add some of the semi-sweet morsels into a microwave safe dish and start out at 30 seconds. Remove the dish from the microwave and begin stirring. You may need to throw it back in there in smaller increments of time and stir until you have a smooth chocolate finish. You will then take the four rectangle graham crackers and begin molding them into place. To assist with stability, Roar Lions Roar recommends using some of the creamy chocolate frosting on the inside to serve as a glue.
Step 3: Use a square pretzel to make the top surface and top walls
The square pretzel fits nicely on top and after coated in chocolate, provides even more stability on your trophy. Next, you will need to break up some pretzels for the top sides of the trophy. As discussed last year, there is simply no logical explanation for this part of the trophy other than to add separate it's beauty from other boring trophies. As you can see, there are some broken pretzel sticks, that will be used for the base and the shelving.
Step 4: Add the Base and other ledge
As mentioned, you will need to coat the pretzel sticks in chocolate to add as the base and the others for shelving. For the base, I used two broken sticks and for the ledge that serves no real purpose, I used just one pretzel stick.
Step 5: Add the two ledges and M&M's for School Colors
In this step, you will need even smaller pretzel sticks to serve as the ledges that hold the Nittany Lion and the Spartan. I also have substituted the pictures of Penn State's Old Main and Michigan State's Beaumont Tower with M&M's that represent both schools.
Step 6: Add the finishing Touches to this tasty treat
Now that the foundation is sound, it's time to add some finishing touches to this tasty trophy. Since we can't add a Nittany Lion or Spartan, I added some broken pretzel squares on the shelves. Additionally, in lieu of the 'cake topper,' I added a Hershey Kiss and we're just about done.
And there you have it, a small treat that only took a few (maybe a lot) minutes to make. Here are some other pics of the final product that will be the highlight of any Penn State tailgate or watch party.
Thanks for reading and it's time to bring the Land Grant Trophy home.