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!
Let’s begin with Monster Marshmallows, which over the year have gotten me some mommy brownie points.
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
1. Assemble your decorating items. In this case, I used decorating icing, sprinkles and various candy decorations. I used the following items:
- Wilton Black Decorating Icing 
- Wilton Orange Decorating Icing 
- Wilton candy eyeballs  (this is crucial! Don’t go without these…they absolutely make the monsters!)
- Patterned straws and sprinkles from Sweets & Treats 
- Gummy eyeballs and marshmallow skulls from Treat Street / CandiFetti (available at Walmart, Party City, Smart and Final, Ralphs, Stater Brothers and The Fresh Market)
2. 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.
3. Or go noir…dark can be good, too.
4. 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!
“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.
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Want to make the Monster Marshmallows with chocolate outside instead of icing?
It’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.
Want more Shockingly Delicious Halloween sweets?
Shrek’s Dirty Q-Tips 
Maggots on Meat 
Spider Eggs 
Witches’ Digits 
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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