Shrek’s Dirty Q-Tips for a Halloween Party

by Dorothy Reinhold on October 11, 2016

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Ear exudate? Cartoon cerumen? (Cerumen is Latin for ear wax, doncha know.)

Do I need to say any more?

How about if I assure you that these were the hit of the 5th grade Halloween party, and that more than one kid narrowed his eyes and gave me a slightly sickened sidelong glance. That’s when I knew I had scored with these Dirty Q-Tips.

Here’s an image below to pin on your Pinterest board, because you ARE going to want to make these.

How to make Shrek's Dirty Q-Tips for Halloween on ShockinglyDelicious.comWhose mother was so creepy to have brought Shrek’s ear wax to eat?

That would be me.

Shrek’s Dirty Q-Tips

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 1 minute

Yield: 25 or more

What’s inside Shrek’s ears? Disgusting troll ear wax that will delight and gross out Halloween party guests! Shrek's Dirty Q-Tips make delicious snacks!


  • 1 box original Q-Tips
  • 1 bag mini marshmallows
  • 1 bag white chocolate chips
  • Green food coloring (I used the dry kind)


  1. Line a baking sheet or plate with waxed paper. Set aside.
  2. Insert a mini marshmallow onto each end of a Q-Tip. Push them on enough so they adhere, but not so much they start to resemble barbells. (You know what I mean?)
  3. Melt some chocolate chips in a little bowl in the microwave, and stir in a drop or pinch of food coloring. Make the color suit your idea of what Shrek’s ear exudate might look like.
  4. Swirl each marshmallow end into the green chocolate and coat the marshmallow thickly.
  5. Place each gory green Q-Tip on the waxed paper and allow to dry and harden. When hard, move to a serving platter.
  6. Put the rest of the box of Q-Tips on the platter, to give people the idea of what you’re doing here.
  7. Be sure to affix a creepy sign so they know how clever you are.
  8. Enjoy your new reputation as the sickest mom out there!


Recipe source: Dorothy Reinhold | Shockingly Delicious

(Seriously, make sure you put a sign on the plate, which increases the coolness factor.)

I also made these for our Sunday Supper Halloween Party. Check out the variety of creepy crawly things we have cooked up for you! Try my cruddy ear wax treats or find something else from the menu below that floats your boat:






{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

Valentina October 27, 2013 at 10:32 pm

Brilliant and gross all at once. Absolutely the perfect Halloween treat!


Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons October 27, 2013 at 9:08 pm

The sickest mom out there, indeed. And also one of the most creative! These are hilarious!


Megan @ I Run For Wine October 27, 2013 at 12:23 pm

Gross, creative and fun! I bet kids love these 🙂


Heather // girlichef October 27, 2013 at 12:13 pm

These are so gross, I love them! And leave it to me to ask this, but…doesn’t the cotton come off in the stickiness of the marshmallow? I’d probably be snipping of the ends first (I’m super-neurotic like that)…. I know the kids would get a kick out of these.


Dorothy Reinhold October 27, 2013 at 5:50 pm

No, the cotton ended up staying on the Q-Tip. You just sort of bite-suck the marshmallow off, and it comes off easily!


Nicole @ Daily Dish Recipes October 27, 2013 at 11:33 am

Since the moment I saw you put these on the list as your title, I have been curious and of course, now I can see how absolutely disgusting they are and how absolutely popular they’d be! I love it!!


piesandplots October 27, 2013 at 10:53 am

I can definitely imagine these going over really well with kids. Very clever!


Katy October 27, 2013 at 10:43 am

They look vile – but in a good way! I bet they would be a big hit with any group of kids!


Liz October 27, 2013 at 9:56 am

What a hysterical idea! I can see these being a huge hit!


TreatsTrinkets October 27, 2013 at 9:42 am

These are disgustingly awesome.


Courtney @ Neighborfood October 27, 2013 at 9:03 am

Grooooooossss! (And I mean that in the best way possible.) 🙂


Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers October 27, 2013 at 8:14 am

Oh my gosh! I have never seen a recipe like this before! What a fun and great idea!!


Wendy (The Weekend Gourmet) October 27, 2013 at 8:05 am

I think this one is so fun…perfect for Halloween parties!!!


Family Foodie October 27, 2013 at 7:35 am

These are so disgusting…. that they are just fabulous! My boys are going to love them!


Marjory @ Dinner-Mom October 27, 2013 at 6:54 am

Very creative. My nephews would looooove this!


Paula @ Vintage Kitchen Notes October 27, 2013 at 4:26 am

OMG, this idea is extremely creative Dorothy! I imagine after the first shock they were happy to eat them!


Renee October 27, 2013 at 4:26 am

Oh how fun Dorothy! Kids will love this treat for sure.


Stacy October 27, 2013 at 4:07 am

I feel just a little sick, Dorothy. But, honestly, I am sure the kids LOVED these. This is just the kind of party food that gets the party going! Eeeuuwww! Someone eats the first one and everyone starts to squeal. You are indeed the coolest mom!


The Ninja Baker October 27, 2013 at 1:36 am

LOL. Undoubtedly you would be the hero mom of any middle grader’s classroom =) Clever!


kathia Rodriguez October 26, 2013 at 11:50 pm

Super funny and also yuqui recipe 🙂 thank you for sharing.


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