I love me some Nightmare Before Christmas.
So Jack Skellington recipes are kind of a given. This Halloween treat is made with a Rice Krispies base and decorated with candy melts. The pattern in black and white is striking and it really pops on a platter.
It’s a fun project to make, with (or even without) kids.
To start, make a batch of Original Rice Krispies Treats (links to recipe from Kellogg’s site). I often throw in a splash of vanilla extract to the melted marshmallow mixture for a nice touch of extra flavor.
Once you have your pile of sticky cereal, spread it out on a large pan or cookie sheet that’s been prepped with non-stick spray. Flatten it with your fingers (spraying them with non-stick as well) until it’s as smooth as you can get it.
Dip the circles in a shallow bowl of melted white candy melts, and shake them a bit to make sure the candy isn’t too thick before you set it back down to set. I recommend doing all this on top of waxed or parchment paper.
Instead of the white candy melts, you could also use an icing like this one that I made for my Chocolate Almond Mummy Cookies.
Next, melt some black (or dark chocolate) candy melts in a piping bag (or a baggie with the corner snipped) and draw on those smiling faces.
It’s great because the faces are easy to make. A couple of large eyes, small nose dots, and a string with lines for teeth and voila!
This was the display I brought into work. I loved the way the Jack Skellington faces stood out. Actually all of the treats pop – even in the recycled take out containers!
Yummy AND cute!
The spiderwebs on the right are tiny Peppermint Patties. You can see the larger version of them that I did on this post. Another super simple recipe that makes a big visual impact – my fave.
And for the pumpkins in the middle, I tried out something new for my kids. Specifically the youngest who is obsessed with Nutella.
I took some silicone pumpkin molds (not really sure which store I picked them up at) and coated the inside of the mold with some melted orange candy melts. Once that set, I put a tiny scoop of Nutella into the center of the mold, then drizzed more of the orange candy melts over to cover the Nutella.
The pumpkins took a little more time and effort to get right, but were definitely worth a try. Plus, they’re filling so a few go far in a party setting.
Sooo much sweetness in this post!
I love it though.
Of course, this is also why I make so many savory Halloween dishes – to balance out the sugar!
I’m not sure what Halloween is going to look like this year, when it comes to trick-or-treating or parties, but I sure know one thing: we’ll have some eerily festive food. ;)
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Happy Early Halloween!