Monster Marshmallows

by Dorothy Reinhold on October 13, 2021

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Monster Marshmallows are easy — a little frosting and sprinkles, a fun straw, and they make a big impression at Halloween time. Try making them with kids for a fun family project!

I’m not so much a cute decorated food person as I am a person who gets a delicious, healthy meal on the table every single night. I’m proud of that!

But Halloween time demands we step up the game a bit. We let loose, we celebrate the macabre, we practice spooky things. We’ll put sweet things on sticks, we’ll swirl some icing, we’ll toss sprinkles here and there with abandon…we’ll amuse and scare ourselves, and have fun doing it, I promise!

4 decorated Monster Marshmallows on Halloween straws on ShockinglyDelicious.comLet’s begin with Monster Marshmallows, which over the year have gotten me some mommy brownie points.

4 more decorated Monster Marshmallows stuck into patterned straws on

The whole trick of these is to just let your freak flag fly. Once you get started, I promise you, you will feel a creative surge and just go to town with all the decorations and sprinkles.

How to make Monster Marshmallows

Collection of sprinkles and decorations for Monster Marshmallows on ShockinglyDelicious.com1. Assemble your decorating items. In this case, I used decorating icing, sprinkles and various candy decorations. I used the following items:

4 orange Monster Marshmallows heads on ShockinglyDelicious.com2.  Go with your creative flow. Honestly, once you start, you will just experiment and know what to do.
Play. Let the 8-year-old inside you free.

4 black decorated Monster Marshmallow heads on ShockinglyDelicious.com3. Or go noir…dark can be good, too.

Severed finger candy on a marshmallow stuck in a striped straw on ShockinglyDelicious.com4. And then there is the wild card. Sure, it’s gross, but imagine how fun this is for a kid to chomp on! I gave this to my 8-year-old neighbor and he wasn’t allowed to eat it until his parents had the video cam turned on so they could record it. Yes, it’s epic!

Happy Halloween!

“When witches go riding, and black cats are seen, the moon laughs and whispers ‘tis near Halloween.’ ”

 But first, let’s make some Monster Marshmallows. Boo, baby.

Monster Marshmallows

Prep Time: 1 hour

Yield: Makes 12 monster heads

Monster Marshmallows

Marshmallows on a straw become Halloween Monster Marshmallows with a little frosting and some sprinkles -- easy to do and they make a big impression! Try making them with kids for a fun family project!


  • 12 regular marshmallows (not the mini marshmallows, the regular size)
  • 12 paper straws or lollipop sticks
  • 1 tube orange decorator icing (I used Wilton brand)
  • 1 tube black decorator icing (I used Wilton brand)
  • Assorted sprinkles or other crumbled toppings (I used sprinkles from Sweets & Treats, and Wilton)
  • Candy eyeballs, gummy eyeballs and severed finger candy decorations, or any other gross things you like.


  1. Ease the straws into the marshmallows without piercing through the end.
  2. Using an offset spatula or small knife, spread 1-2 teaspoons of the icing over the mallow, covering the sides and top with a thin layer of icing. Immediately apply eyes and any sprinkles you like, and set the marshmallow on the straw, head up, in a tall glass. I sometimes add dry rice kernels to the glass, so the straws have something to grab onto and the mallow heads stay put better.
  3. As soon as you have done 4 or so, place the glass carefully in the refrigerator for 30 minutes or so, so the frosting will harden up a bit. Continue working on the rest. Don't crowd your glass when you finish a mallow. It's always better to give them a lot of "head space." Repeat by putting the second glass of monster heads in the refrigerator to harden. Once they have hardened, they can be removed and kept at room temperature until served.
  4. Makes 12 Monster Marshmallows.'s hard to tell!


Recipe source: Dorothy Reinhold | Shockingly Delicious

Timing: Does it really take an hour to do this? Maybe, maybe not. Once you begin, you'll find your creativity flowing, and you won't want to rush the process. This is more about fun and less about it being an assembly line.

pin this please!Pin the Monster Marshmallows image below to your Pinterest board to save this recipe project

collage of 2 photos of 4 Monster Marshmallows on

Want to make the Monster Marshmallows with chocolate outside instead of icing?

Monster Marshmallows for Halloween! Recipe on ShockinglyDelicious.comIt’s easy to adapt them to use a chocolate exterior. Instead of the decorator icing, simply place 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips in a small glass bowl and microwave them until melted, about 30-50 seconds, stopping to stir several times so you can gauge whether they are melted. (Chocolate chips will hold their shape even when melted, unless you stir.) Carry on with the recipe as directed, dipping the mallow head into the melted chocolate or spreading the chocolate over the mallow using an offset spatula. As with the icing, immediately apply the googly eyes and sprinkles.

Halloween hairMaybe some Halloween hair colors?

Frankenstein headMaybe some hints o’ Frankenstein?

Crazy hairMaybe some crazy colored hair?

Sprinkle hairThese would be great for a classroom party because they don’t take too long to make but they make a big impression, or a neighborhood party if you are throwing one or invited to one.

Monster Marshmallows for Halloween! Recipe here:

Have fun, and Happy Halloween!

A version of this post was published Oct. 29, 2012, Oct. 25, 2014, Oct. 11, 2017 and Oct. 6, 2019. It has been improved, refreshed, rephotographed, rewritten and republished today.

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{ 29 comments… read them below or add one }

Christina Shoemaker October 11, 2017 at 5:15 pm

Oh these are so cute!!! My kids would love them!


Patty @ Spoonabilities October 11, 2017 at 5:03 pm

I bet these would be such a hit with the kiddos! They are adorable.


Sarah October 11, 2017 at 4:46 pm

These are absolutely adorable! What a fun and festive treat!!


Christine October 11, 2017 at 4:25 pm

How adorable and perfect for Halloween.


Lisa|Garlic & Zest October 11, 2017 at 3:35 pm

My daughter is grown, so I very rarely get to make fun “kid” things like these marshmallows, but they are absolutely adorable. It would be fun to make for some of the neighborhood kids that we have in our neighborhood when they come trick or treating…


Dorothy Reinhold October 11, 2017 at 5:21 pm

I know just what you mean…for the special local kids who you know well. 🙂


sue/the view from great island October 25, 2014 at 9:50 am



Dorothy Reinhold October 25, 2014 at 10:38 am

Thank you Sue!


Kitchen Ninja November 1, 2012 at 12:12 pm

Completely adorable!!!!


Dorothy November 1, 2012 at 1:11 pm



Young Wifey October 30, 2012 at 4:26 pm

I love this idea! I am cute monster obsessed… I wish I had seen before last weekend, so I could’ve made them with my nephews!


kirsten@FarmFreshFeasts October 30, 2012 at 8:24 am

How cute! I never make cute food–great job with yours! You’ve definitely earned mommy points.


Rituparna October 30, 2012 at 12:09 am

Those are the most adorable monsters I have ever seen. Perfect for the holiday season.


Dorothy October 30, 2012 at 10:43 am

Thank you! They are ALMOST so cute you don’t want to eat them. Almost.


April @ Angel's Homestead October 29, 2012 at 10:33 pm

Oh how fun for Halloween, they look adorable!


Asiya October 29, 2012 at 8:15 pm

I also have big dreams of decorating a cake beautifully and when I try something always fails 🙂 Your pops look so cute! Great SRC pick!


Dorothy October 30, 2012 at 10:44 am

I say baby steps, baby steps. First do these pops and have success. Then tackle a cake!


Christine October 29, 2012 at 6:35 pm

Oh My Goodness! These are CUTE! and happy! I think you made an excellent choice and I hope it did get you lots if mommy points!

Reply October 29, 2012 at 5:33 pm

Oh, another fun Halloween post–love the coordinating straws! If my kids were little again, we’d be making these tomorrow night for sure. I had a lot of fun with your blog as my assignment this month, not that I haven’t browsed your recipes many times before! I haven’t been to a food blogging conference yet, but it’s on my bucket list. It would be so much fun to meet you and other fellow foodies. I’ll be keeping an eye out for an opportunity!


Dorothy October 29, 2012 at 7:52 pm

Would LOVE to meet you IRL!


Casey October 29, 2012 at 2:23 pm

Aw these are TOO CUTE!! I love that they are so easy to eat too 🙂


Dorothy October 29, 2012 at 7:53 pm

Oh yeah, a little TOO easy, if you know what I mean!


SallyBR October 29, 2012 at 2:03 pm

Super cute indeed! What a great post for your SRC reveal day!

I could never do anything this perfect, I’m afraid mine would all look like they’d been run over by a truck 😉

Have a great Monday!


Dorothy October 29, 2012 at 7:53 pm

Run over could be a good look for these monsters. A little smashed here and there…it could work!


Bakingaddict October 29, 2012 at 1:28 pm

These are super cute and perfect for Halloween! Great SRC pick!


Dorothy October 29, 2012 at 1:52 pm

Baking Addict,


Jenni October 29, 2012 at 11:19 am

These are so freaking adorable! Awesome job! (and I agree with you, sometimes there are so many perfectly adorable things of the blogosphere its hard to keep up!)


Lindsay {life and kitchen} October 29, 2012 at 10:51 am

Oh man, those are so cute! I love your version of the pops!


Dorothy October 29, 2012 at 1:54 pm

Thanks! Yours are cute, too!


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