Halloween treats are the perfect excuse to bring the kids in the kitchen and get a little hands-on quality time together.
Sometimes getting kids in the kitchen can be stressful but I’ve found that if you can focus less on getting the googly eye just right on the monster marshmallow and more on the time spent together, the treats usually taste better and you can walk away feeling so good about the time spent.
The kids helped sort all of the green M&Ms for the pumpkins, counted out the legs for each spider, and how many eyeballs each treat needed! It was a really great time for the whole family!
After letting them cool we made little treat bags to send to their teachers and a few neighborhood friends!
These treats are quick and easy and you don’t even have to bake!
We tried out a few different ways to make each treat and found the easiest and yummiest way to make them so you can enjoy the time spent in the kitchen with your family, too!
If you’re making the whole spread here’s what you’ll need:
- Traditional pretzels (no sticks or rods)
- Mini Rice Krispies
- Chocolate sprinkles
- Three (3) bags of white chocolate chips. (We only used 2 1/2 bags. Saving the rest for rainy day out when I lock myself in the pantry).
- One bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips
- Food coloring
- Giant marshmallows
- Candy eyeballs
- Pull n’ peel Twizzlers
- Large bag of M&Ms
- Chocolate Oreos
- Lots of parchment paper
- Gallon or quart size ziplock bag
These were the star of the show!
1. Place marshmallows standing upright on parchment paper
2. Melt ½-1 whole bag of white chocolate in microwave safe bowl, according to package instructions, and depending on how many marshmallows you’re wanting to make! We warmed in 30 second increments, stirring between for each treat we made
3. Divide melted chocolate evenly into 2-3 bowls (depending on how many different color monsters you want)
4. Add food coloring until desired color, for purple we did two parts red to one part blue and for green we did two parts yellow to one part blue
5. While the chocolate is still warm, spoon chocolate onto the top of the marshmallow allowing it to fall down one side
6. While chocolate is still wet, place desired spooky eyes and chocolate sprinkles as hair or eyebrows
1. Warm ½ bag of white chocolate chips in microwave safe bowl according to package instructions
2. Add one part red to two parts yellow food coloring to make orange
3. Toss pretzel in chocolate mixture with a fork until coated
4. Lay flat on parchment paper and place a green M&M at the top to dry
SPOOKY SPIDER OREOS
1. Start by pulling apart some of the Twizzlers for legs and cut each into 3 pieces
2. Twist (don’t pull) Oreos apart
3. Place three legs in the Oreo cream on each side and top with other Oreo piece
4. Melt ¼ cup semisweet chocolate chips in the microwave according to package instructions
5. With a small spoon, spoon a little chocolate onto the outer front edge of the Oreo
6. While the chocolate is still melted, place two M&Ms or candy eyes into the chocolate as eyes
*If your cookie doesn’t have enough cream to stay closed, try adding a little melted chocolate to the middle before closing.
MUMMY MARSHMALLOW KRISPIES
1. Unwrap desired amount of mini Rice Krispies and place on parchment paper
2. Place candy eyes on the upper portion of the Rice Krispie (it doesn’t stick, just place where you want and the melted chocolate will hold in place)
3. Melt ½ bag white chocolate chips according to package instructions
4. Fold top of ziplock bag down and spoon melted chocolate in
5. Cut tip of bag and go back and forth across Rice Krispies making horizontal lines and covering the eyes just a bit to look extra mummified!
Here’s what I learned:
I initially thought that melting candy/wafers would work better but it clumped up right when I added the food coloring, melted chocolate chips were a lot easier to work with!
Again, it’s all about the time shared. The whackier the treats turn out the better so enjoy the time in the kitchen and laugh at how funny your little treats turn out!
If you’re needing a treat for adults too or for a Halloween get-together, check out this harvest charcuterie that the whole family can enjoy!