A simple popsicle recipe is turned into a Halloween treat with Wilton skeleton candy molds. Skeleton Popsicles are chocolate coated pudding pops decorated with skeleton candy bits. This post and recipe was created for #HalloweenTreatsWeek! I was sent samples by some of the sponsor companies but as always opinions are 100% mine.
I can’t believe it’s finally October! It’s almost like September was never going to end. Between work, the pumpkin event, and the apple event it was a insanely busy for me. I think work really did me in this year. But I won’t go into that.
I will, however, go into this event I’m participating in this week. It’s the first annual #HalloweenTreatsWeek event hosted by Angie from Big Bear’s Wife. This is a week worth of Halloween inspired sweets, treats, and deliciousness. There are 30 bloggers sharing over 80 recipes for all your Halloween parties and gatherings.
There’s also a giveaway! Dixie Crystals, Adams Extract, Wilton, Sweets and Treats, and Treat Street have been generous with the products for the bloggers to use in this event and their prize packages. Yes, there’s four. That means you could win one of four different prizes! How cool is that?
For some reason, I don’t have many Halloween recipes. Not that I don’t like Halloween, I just never was inspired to make Halloween specific recipes. I have Zombie Fingers, which are nothing more than bacon wrapped stuffed dates. Then there’s my Snickapplebutterway Salad which is a great way to use up leftover candy and add in some crunchy apples and creamy pudding.
I made some festive and delicious black magic caramel apples. Those were fun to make and oh so delicious. I should make some of that caramel this year. It was fun and scrumptious.
My first Halloween recipe are witch hats. Now these aren’t the cookie style witch hats most think about. It’s crescent dough with some moon shaped pieces of pepperoni and Parmesan cheese. They’re a fun appetizer for your Halloween party.
In all my 6 years of blogging I have four, count ‘em FOUR Halloween recipes. That’s sort of sad. Hence why I signed up for this event! I thought it would be fun to play in the kitchen for once, step out of my comfort zone, and make some creepy and crazy good Halloween recipes for y’all.
This recipe doesn’t expand my boundaries much. I’m just getting my feet wet with this recipe. Meaning, I have never used candy molds ever. And I played around with some from Wilton for this recipe.
When I found out they were sending us some skeleton candy molds, I had popsicles on the brain. I was thinking of floating the skeleton pieces IN the popsicle, but I couldn’t quite get that to work. It’s still a work in progress so stay tuned. So then I thought, why no just put the on the outside as a decoration? But the only way I could do that is if I coated the popsicles with something like chocolate.
Of course, it never hurts to have chocolate in a popsicle recipe.
Now, I’ve never coated a popsicle in chocolate before. The first attempt was not the greatest. The chocolate cracked. I have no idea why, but it did. And it was quite thick as a coating around the popsicle. In an effort to counter that, I added coconut oil to the next batch. That seemed to do the trick. It thinned the chocolate so it wasn’t going to chip a tooth and made sure the popsicles were thoroughly coated with a hard shell.
Of course, in hindsight I could have easily used that magic shell coating you can pour on ice cream. I didn’t think of it at the time, but I think combining the chocolate and coconut oil sort of did the same thing. I remember my grandmother using paraffin wax to do something similar. It’s funny how the times and ingredients change. Coconut oil is the paraffin wax of our time.
I like using pudding mix for popsicles.
It keeps them from getting tooth chipping hard. They’re soft to bite into and you can easily flavor vanilla pudding with any sort of extract you like. There’s red velvet, rum, banana, numerous berries, citrus fruits, and mints. You can probably make popsicles in any flavors including pumpkin spice. I am ashamed to say I have a bottle of pumpkin spice extract. Don’t judge. I needed it last year for some pumpkin macaron I was making.
Popsicles are always fun to make with the kids. And adding these skeleton pieces as decoration make them even more fun. Using the Wilton skeleton candy molds, these popsicles are super easy to whip up any night of the week.
It took minutes to whip up the pudding. Then a few minutes in the microwave to heat the chocolate, both kinds. Then I put the chocolate in the mold to make the pieces and pop those in the freezer. I poured the pudding in the popsicle molds and stuck those in the freezer. Then melted the dipping chocolate and put the popsicles back in the freezer.
The fun part was sticking the skeleton pieces on the popsicles.
I took a toothpick and spread some of the melted chocolate on the back of the pieces and attached them to the popsicles. I made 6 popsicles and had to fill the candy mold 3 times. Each one makes 2 skeletons.
So, while this recipe doesn’t quite expand my horizons, it does get me out of my comfort zone a bit. I haven’t used a candy mold. I haven’t coated my popsicles in chocolate. Finally, I have never decorated my popsicles on the outside. This is the first of many firsts for me this week. I hope you stay tuned to see what I make this week.
- 3.4 ounces cheesecake pudding mix
- 1 1/2 cups cold milk
- 3/4 cup white chocolate melting wafers (I used Ghirardelli)
- Blue and yellow food coloring
- 20 ounces dark chocolate melting wafers (I used Ghirardelli)
- 1/3 cup coconut oil
- Combine the milk and pudding mix in a bowl. Beat with a whisk for 2 minutes. Pour into popsicle molds and freezer at least 3 hours.
- Place the white chocolate wafers in a microwave safe bowl. Add 3 drops yellow and one drop blue food color to the white chocolate and stir until a beige color forms. Pour the white chocolate into Wilton Halloween Skeleton Bones candy mold and place in the freezer.
- Once the popsicles are frozen, place the dark chocolate wafers in a microware safe bowl. Microwave at 30 second intervals, stirring in between, until completely melted. This might take two batches depending on the size of your glass. Stir in the coconut oil until melted and incorporated with the chocolate. Pour the melted chocolate mixture into a tall glass wide enough to fit the popsicles
- Carefully dip the popsicles into the chocolate mixture. You can use flower foam covered in plastic wrap to keep the popsicles upright until they’re chilled. Or, you can place them in a baking sheet covered with parchment paper until chilled.
- Working with one popsicle at a time, use a toothpick to put some of the chocolate on the back of the skeleton pieces to fix the bones to the popsicle. Serve.
Check out the amazing #HalloweenTreatsWeek recipes from our bloggers today!
- Melting Ghost Hot Chocolate from Big Bear’s Wife
- Day of the Dead Mexican Chocolate Cupcakes from Pook’s Pantry
- Devilish Halloween Deviled Eggs from Pastry Chef Online
- Candy Corn Layer Cake from ReciPEAs
- Cauldron Cupcakes from Mrs Happy Homemaker
- Black Magic Skull Cakes from Sugar Dish Me
- Frankenstein’s Monster Pudding Cups from I am a Honey Bee
- Halloween Sprinkle Cookie Cake from Love and Confections
- Chocolate Dipped Brownie Pops for Halloween from Southern From Scratch
- Creepy Crawly Dirt Cup Pudding Parfaits from 4 Sons R Us
- “Guts” Cinnamon Rolls from A Blender Mom
- Creepy Eyeball Donuts from Daily Dish Recipes
- Mummy Bites from Eat Move Make
- Monkey Brain Bread from Pint Sized Baker
- Halloween Cookie Pizza from Grumpy’s Honeybunch
- Boo Berry Pie from Kudos Kitchen
- Monster Donuts from The Baking Fairy
- Boogeyman Brew from Who Needs A Cape?
- Purple People Eater Thumbprints from The Spiffy Cookie
- Hocus Pocus Halloween Decorated Pretzels from Lady Behind The Curtain
- Black and Orange Cookies from Karen’s Kitchen Stories
- Skeleton Popsicles from A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures
- Monster Mash Cake from Mildly Meandering
- Graveyard Skillet Brownies from Strawberry Blondie Kitchen
- Blood-Red Pomegranate Margarita from The Redhead Baker
- Halloween Snoballs from The Beard and The Baker
- Halloween Chocolate Cherry Hand Pies from House of Nash Eats
- Halloween Dunkaroo Dip from Savory Experiments
- Bloody Eyeball Cherry Cheesecake Cupcakes from Katie’s Cucina
- Eye Scream Sundae from For the Love of Food
Disclaimer: These posts and recipes are part of the week-long event, #HalloweenTreatsWeek but all opinions are 100% mine! We would like to Thank our amazing sponsors: Dixie Crystals, Adam’s Extract, Wilton, Sweets and Treats Shop and Treat Street USA ! These wonderful sponsors provided the prize packs for our giveaways and also sent samples and products to the #HalloweenTreatsWeek bloggers to use in their recipes.