What is the scariest thing about Halloween. The evil spirits that supposedly come out....finding the perfect costume.....making sure the candy treats don't run out to minimise the risk of any 'tricks'.
Yup I know, for most of you the thought of dipping cake pops overshadows it all.
But don't you worry, I've solved the problem.
Ghost cake pops with NO STICKS.
So technically that means they are no longer cake pops, but who cares, 'cause I know for a lot of you the dipping is totally the worst part of the whole cake pop experience.
This army of not very scary ghosts are perfect for the pop challenged of you as they consist of an easy little dip and then pouring.
And this technique would be just as perfect for a group of goulish monsters by changing up the candy coating color and adding lots of eyes.....or maybe some gloopy green alien invaders by using green melts and adding one big eye.
Anyhoo the possibilities are endless and the best news is the pooled candy coating at the bottom is part of the decoration.
You can use any type of cake pop recipe you like, the ones in the picture are made with Oreo Truffle, just 'cause we like that in our household :)
Or I have a stack of recipes that can be used in my book: Sweets on a Stick is available from most online book stores including:
Army of Ghost Oreo Truffles (makes around 20 depending on the size)
1 batch of Oreo Truffle mixture (click here for recipe)
white chocolate melts (Nestle White Melts or Wilton Candy Melts) - I used White Wilton Melts
Edible eyes - buy premade or Click Here for DIY instructions
Shape the Oreo truffle mixture into mounds like a mountain. I made mine around 1 1/2 tablespoons (2 US Tbsp). Place on a tray lined with parchment paper and place in the fridge to chill for 10 minutes.
Melt the white chocolate/ candy melts in the microwave at medium low heat at short bursts of 60 to 90 seconds. Depending on the type of chocolate you have used you may like to thin it down a touch with some copha or paramount crystals melted at the same time. However the chocolate/ candy coating should not be as fluid as it needs to be for pop dipping.
Remove the tray of Oreo Truffle mounds from the fridge. Pick one up and holding the top between your finger tips dip just the bottom into the melted chocolate/ candy coating. Place on parchment paper lined tray and then use a spoon to carefully cover the top of the truffle mound completely with chocolate, only spooning just enough to cover all around. The excess will pool around the bottom which is ok and is part of the look.
Allow the chocolate/ candy coating to set a little and then add 2 eyes for each ghost. (Note that chocolate will take longer to set than candy coating)
Repeat for remaining rounds making sure to leave enough room between each ghost for the chocolate/ candy melts to pool.
Once set you can gently lift off the parchment paper and they are ready to serve.
Linda Vandermeer is a blogger, baker, maker and author of the cookbook ' Sweets on a Stick': More than 150 kid friendly recipes for cakes, candies, cookies and pies on the go!. Published in the US the book is available at most online book stores: