This post and recipe was created for #HalloweenTreatsWeek. This is a sponsored event but all opinions are my own.
Strawberries become witches with a dip in green candy coating, with fondant for hair and chocolate dipped cookies and Hershey Kisses for hats!
Looking for an easy, no-bake Halloween treat? Try these strawberry witches! They're easy enough for even young kids to help make.
The best part about these strawberry witches is that, even if the candy coating doesn't dry perfectly smooth, that's ok! Now your witches have warts and bumps and scars that make them look even more spooky!
Our week of Halloween treats is almost over, so have you entered our giveaway, sponsored by Dixie Crystals, yet? They've provided a great prize package! Details below the tutorial.
- Strawberries: preferably long-ish ones that come to a nice point at the end. Wash and dry them thoroughly. Do not hull.
- Vibrant green candy coating: typically available in craft stores around Halloween
- Candy eyeballs
- Black candy coating or black cookie icing: for making the mouth
- Licorice strings or black fondant: for the hair
- Chocolate wafer cookies: I used Nabisco Famous Chocolate Wafers. If you can't find those, twist apart some Oreos, and scrape out the creme.
- Hershey Kisses
Like chocolate, candy coating doesn't play well with water, so thoroughly dry your strawberries. If you accidentally overheat it and it becomes thick and not dippable, add two teaspoons of vegetable shortening per pound of candy melts, and stir it in.
Dip the strawberries into the green candy coating, coming up to just under the leaves. Let sit to let the candy harden. Transfer remaining green candy coating to a piping bag.
Remove the leaves of the strawberries. Use the leftover green candy to apply a small dot on the back of each eyeball. Attach two to each strawberry. If you want (and have enough candy coating left over), pipe a small vertical line for a nose.
Use the black candy coating or black cookie icing to draw mouths.
Dip each wafer cookie in melted chocolate candy coating. While still wet, place a Hershey Kiss in the center of the cookie.
While the cookie hats are hardening, cut 4 ropes of licorice string into 2-inch long strands for each strawberry. Alternately, you can roll black fondant into thin ropes, and cut into 2-inch long strands.
Use leftover chocolate candy coating to attach 4 strings of licorice or black fondant to the top of each strawberry. Use more leftover candy coating to attach the hats on top of the licorice.
Store the strawberry witches in an airtight container in the refrigerator until ready to serve. Keep leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
I find it's very easy to over-heat candy melts in the microwave, so I prefer to melt them over a double boiler.
I used piping bags, but not a piping tip for applying the leftover green candy coating, and making the mouths. Candy melts set up very quickly, and it would be very difficult to get the hardened candy out of a small tip. I simply cut a small opening in the tip of the piping bag.
Make your strawberry witches a day of ahead of time! They will keep well in the refrigerator. These are very cute, very easy treats to make. If you want to offer a healthy(ish) treat at your Halloween gathering, make these witches! Your guests will definitely be impressed.
- 16 to 18 large strawberries, washed and thoroughly dried
- 1 lb bright green candy melts
- 2 oz black candy melts
- 32 to 36 candy eyeballs
- Black licorice strings (See note 1)
- 16 to 18 Chocolate wafer cookies (See note 2)
- Chocolate candy coating
- 16 to 18 Hershey Kisses, unwrapped
- Double boiler
- Baking sheet
- Wax paper
- Piping bag
- Melt the green candy melts over a double boiler or in a microwave according to package directions.
- Dip the strawberries up to just under the leaves. Set on a wax paper-lined cookie sheet and chill to set, about 15 minutes. Cut off the leaves/stem.
- Transfer any leftover green candy to a piping bag.
- Pipe small dots of green candy on the backs of the candy eyeballs. Attach two to each strawberry.
- Melt black Candy Melts candy over a double boiler or the microwave according to package directions. Transfer to a disposable decorating bag and cut a very small opening at the tip. Pipe mouths onto strawberries. Chill about 5 minutes to set.
- Melt chocolate candy melts over a double boiler or in a microwave according to package directions.
- Dip a chocolate wafer cookie in the chocolate candy melts and place on a wax paper lined cookie sheet. Top each wafer with an unwrapped Hershey kiss. Place in the refrigerator to set, about 15 minutes.
- Use any leftover chocolate candy coating to attach the hair and the hats to the witch faces. Cut licorice strings into 2-inch strands. You'll need about 4 strands per strawberry.
- Use an offset spatula to spread a layer of candy coating on the top of each strawberry. Attach the licorice strands to the candy coating. Apply another thin layer of candy coating and attach the wafer hat. Chill the strawberry witches in the refrigerator for 15 minutes to set.
Note 1: If you can't find licorice strings, you can use black fondant (typically available in craft stores) and roll into thin strings.
Note 2: If you can't find round chocolate wafer cookies, you can twist Oreo cookies apart, and remove the creme filling.
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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 brand sponsors: Dixie Crystals that provided a prize pack for our giveaways and also sent some samples and products to the #HalloweenTreatsWeek bloggers to use in their recipes.