Rice Krispie Ghosts are a spooktacular treat for Halloween! They are an easy and fun sweet treat to make with the kids and are a great addition to your Halloween party.
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Rice Krispie Ghosts
These ghost Krispie treats are easy to make because you use ready-made Rice Krispie Squares that are shaped into ghosts.
You could make a pan of Rice Krispies treats from scratch and use a ghost-shaped cookie cutter if you want to but for speed, I like to use the squares!
Ingredients used in this recipe
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Equipment used in this recipe
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Rice Krispie Ghost Recipe Tips
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper for the ghosts to lay on while setting.
- Rice Krispies Squares are fairly soft, so shaping them into ghosts is easy to do. Similarly, inserting popsicle sticks into the base of the ghosts is easy too.
- Before dipping into melted candy place the ghosts in the fridge to harden.
- Candy Melts can be melted in the microwave or in a candy melting pot – see the tips below.
Melting Tips for Candy Melts
If you use the Wilton Candy Melting Pot, you can check out Wilton’s demo video on YouTube which is really helpful. They also give tips on how to melt candy melts in the microwave, as well as using the double boiler method.
The two most important things are
- Do not overheat – use an even melting temperature
- Do not add water – it makes the candy seize up and become unusable. Make sure the equipment used is completely dry, and avoid using utensils that retain moisture like a wooden spoon.
If you find that the candy is too thick, add vegetable shortening or (solid) coconut oil in 1 teaspoon increments, up to 1 tablespoon, and stir well.
Another reminder – do not add water. The very first time I used candy melts I managed to get water in the bowl and it was ruined. Learn from my mistakes! Additionally, do not use vegetable oil, butter, milk, or any other liquids as this will also make the candy seize up.
If you are using your microwave, test melt a small amount of candy melts first, to see how it works. You may need to adjust the temperature and time to suit your machine. Heat in 15-30 second increments, stirring the candy melts each time. They may not look melted, but they might have started melting from the inside. Stirring helps to distribute the heat.
Make It A Halloween Meal!
You’ve made the dessert, but what about the rest of the courses? Here are some recipes to take a look at to make a complete meal for Halloween!
- Appetizer: Jalapeño Popper Mummies Recipe
- Main Dish: Toxic Mac ‘n’ Cheese Recipe for Halloween!
- Side Dish: Cheesy Chilli Cornbread
- Beverage: Oogie Boogie Mocktail
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More Recipes Using Rice Krispies
If you love Rice Krispies treats as much as we do, then try these other recipes:
- Halloween Rice Krispies Treats – Monster Crunch Bars!
- Jack Skellington Mickey Mouse Rice Krispies Treats
- Candy Corn Rice Krispie Treats
More Halloween Dessert Recipes
Need more Halloween desserts? I got you covered with these:
- 8 Kellogg's Rice Krispie Treats Squares
- 12oz Wilton White Candy Melts
- ½ cup Wilton Black Candy Melts
- Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Open the Rice Krispie Treats and discard the wrappers.
- Use a small paring knife to carefully cut a small piece of the top corners of each treat.
- Use your fingers to gently round the treat to look like a ghost and insert one popsicle stick into the base.
- Place all the Rice Krispie Ghosts onto the baking sheet and put into the fridge for 25 minutes to harden.
- Pour the white candy melts into a microwave-safe bowl and melt according to the package instructions.
- After 25 minutes, remove the ghosts from the fridge and dip each one into the melted candy. Allow the excess to drip back into the bowl. Use a spoon to cover completely if needed.
- Place each candy-coated ghost onto the baking sheet and place back into the fridge to set.
- Add the black candy melts to a small sandwich bag. Seal shut and heat in the microwave in 15-second increments until melted.
- Snip the corner of the sandwich bag and gently squeeze the chocolate onto the ghosts to form two eyes and a mouth.
- Leave to set before serving. Boo!
Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 314 Total Fat: 2g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 2g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 99mg Carbohydrates: 73g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 40g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 1g
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