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!
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.
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.
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.
Don’t forget to turn the marshmallows upside down to allow the base to dry too!
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.
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. :-)