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Spooky Sticks

The Sweetie Sticks that I made last year were so well received (one of my most popular posts, in fact) that I decided to give them a little makeover for this Halloween. With the same base of marshmallows and fresh fruit, these have enough of a twist to become Spooky Sticks!

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They’re the perfect treat — easy to make, cute to look at and fun to eat! You just dye some jumbo white marshmallows and decorate them however you like; pop them on to skewers with some fruit and they’re done.

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When you’re choosing what fruit to use; think about what will work overall. I briefly considered using chunks of caramel apple but soon realised that they could be a bit too sticky and sickly, especially paired with the marshmallows (which, let’s face it, are basically pure sugar in a fluffy package!). Grapes, on the other hand, always seem to be popular around Halloween; they’re juicy but not too sweet and they’re also the perfect size so they work incredibly well here.

dyeing-marshmallows

The first thing to do when you’re making these Spooky Sticks is to dye the marshmallows:

1. In a small bowl or cup, mix 4 tablespoons of water with around half a teaspoon of food colouring. If you’re planning on mixing colours; just experiment to see what works for you. I used half a teaspoon of blue and a quarter of a teaspoon of red to make purple.

2. Use a skewer to dip the marshmallows, one by one, in to the coloured water for 15-20 seconds a piece.

3. With each freshly coloured marshmallow, tap the skewer off the rim of the cup/bowl to shake off any excess water.

4. Leave the marshmallows to dry completely on a plastic sheet or board. Don’t worry if they look a bit blotchy at first, they always dry to a reasonably even finish.

dyed-marshmallows

Don’t forget to turn the marshmallows upside down to allow the base to dry too!

coloured-marshmallows

I originally wanted to use a black food gel pen to draw the faces on to the marshmallows but despite all my efforts, couldn’t find one in any of the five supermarkets I searched (although I swear, I’ve seen them there before!). In the end, I used melted chocolate since I was already working with that for the Frankensteins’ hair.

The hair part is easy; just a matter of quickly dunking the top of the marshmallow in to the chocolate. I used a skewer to draw on the eyes and mouth on each character which was — I have to say — fairly awkward! The features didn’t turn out perfect but I’m happy with them nonetheless. Having said that, if you have the choice of using a food gel pen; probably go with that as it would be easier. For an extra touch, I also used a red food gel pen to add a little blood around the vampires’ lips. Be sure to melt your chocolate in a bowl over a pan of simmering water — it’s the best way to guarantee smooth results.

halloween-marshmallows

When the chocolate is completely set, you can start threading the marshmallows and grapes (or whatever fruit you choose) on to the skewers. I really hope that you try these out and enjoy them as much as I do. 🙂

spooky-sticks

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