These marshmallow ghosts make really cute Halloween treats.
Halloween is a much-celebrated holiday among the baking and decorating fraternity. A simple search for the term ‘Halloween treats ideas’ on the internet will return tons of interesting ideas for Halloween treats. There are so many cakes, cookies and other treats that have been designed with Halloween as the theme, and just browsing the images gives you lots of ideas on what to fix as Halloween treats.
Marshmallow ghost - Edible ghost treats for Halloween
These marshmallow ghosts were inspired by a bag of marshmallows I had in my pantry. My last posts on Halloween treats were my Halloween Spider Cake and Halloween Cupcakes. It has been more than a good 10 years since I designed those treats and I thought it will be good to create some new ones now.
I was thinking of something relatively easy to make instead of full cakes or cupcakes and with the bag of marshmallows lying in my pantry and a fresh batch of fondant I made a couple of days ago, I decided to make these marshmallow ghosts.
How to Make Marshmallow Ghosts - Video Tutorial
Before I jump to more details, check out my video on how to make these cute little marshmallow ghosts:
In a nutshell, these are easy Halloween treats you can fix within minutes. No special tools or skills are needed except for a round cutter.
And yet, kids love these – yummy marshmallow fondant covering on even more yummy marshmallows on the inside with dark chocolate chip garnish. I love these cute little edible treats too!
How to Make Marshmallow Ghost
- Marshmallows – I used store-bought ones as these come in the round shapes I needed to make the ghosts. I used plain white ones but you can use any other colored or flavored ones as you like. Or if you want to make your own marshmallows, you can use my homemade marshmallows recipe here.
- Fondant – This is my homemade marshmallow fondant and you can get the recipe here. You can also use the classic homemade fondant or if it is easier the store-bought ones.
- White Chocolate – This was acting as the ‘glue’ in this project, binding the fondant, the marshmallows, and the chocolate chips together. I used white compound chocolate.
- Dark chocolate chips in 2 sizes (mini and regular) – I used dark chocolate chips because I was using these as the ghosts’ eyes and mouth and wanted them to be as close to black as possible. And I used them in 2 different sizes – the minis for the eyes, and the regular sized ones for the mouth.
Preparing the supplies
- I started by getting all my supplies ready, including the fondant. Since I had a new batch made a few days ago, fondant was readily available. And so were the marshmallows, the white chocolate, and the dark chocolate chips.
- Next, I melted the white compound chocolate over a double boiler (you can even microwave it. To make sure it does not set too soon, I placed my chocolate-filled bowl in another larger bowl filled with hot water. The hot water kept my chocolate warm so it remained melted for a much longer time. This saved me a lot of time having to run back and forth to my double boiler (or microwave if you are using a microwave) to keep melting it as it sets at room temperature.
Making the marshmallow ghosts
- To begin making these Halloween marshmallows, I rolled my marshmallow fondant thin.
- And then I used my medium-sized round cutter to cut it out. In choosing the cutter size, you will need to estimate the closest size that would enable the fondant to fully cover each marshmallow without having too much excess on the sides.
- When I did this, I tried out 2 different sizes before settling on one that fitted the marshmallows the closest. It is ok if the cut out is slightly larger as that you mean that the excess would just settle on the sides of the ghost, but if cut your circles too small, you will end up with the marshmallow underneath the ghosts being visible.
- Next, I applied some melted white chocolate to the center of the cut-out. The chocolate is to hold the cut out on the marshmallow, acting as glue. You can also dip the top of the marshmallow in the melted chocolate, but I prefer to just use a spoon to apply it.
- Also, I used white because dark or milk chocolate will be too contrast from the white fondant and marshmallows. And depending on how thin you roll your cutouts, the chocolate might be visible underneath.
- I then placed my marshmallow right in the center of the cutout and turned it over. And then I adjusted the frills on the sides such that they were naturally well distributed all around the marshmallow.
- Once the frills were all in order, I dipped my cake skewer into the melted white chocolate and added 3 tiny dots of it on the front of my fondant-covered marshmallows. These were markings for the Marshmallow ghost’s eyes and mouth.
- Immediately after that, I attached the chocolate chips. I used 2 mini chips to mark the eyes and 1 regular-sized chip for the mouth. This was how one of my completed Halloween marshmallow ghost looked like:
Aren’t these cute?
Cute marshmallow ghosts as Halloween treats
Storing the marshmallow ghosts
- These edible ghosts can last for a good 2 weeks. Store them in an airtight container, in a cool place.
- Do not refrigerate these treats as the condensation after you remove them from the fridge can cause the fondant to turn gooey.
- Also, since fondant is sensitive to humidity, these cute Halloween treats are best kept in a dry place.
Marshmallow Ghost Recipe
Here is the full printable version of my marshmallow ghost recipe.
- 300 g fondant
- 10 marshmallows
- 20 mini chocolate chips
- 10 standard chocolate chips
- White chocolate
- Gather all the ingredients.
- Melt some white chocolate in a small bowl and keep it warm by placing it over a pot of hot water. This is so that it remains melted as you work on assembling the marshmallow ghosts.
- Roll the fondant to about 2mm to 3mm thick. Cut it out with a medium-sized round cutter.
- Apply some melted white chocolate in the center and place a marshmallow on it, right in the center.
- Turn the marshmallow and fondant over. Adjust the edges of the fondant to ensure the marshmallow underneath is well covered and the frills are well distributed.
- To add the eyes, use a skewer or a toothpick and apply 2 dots of white chocolate on the sides of the marshmallows. Quickly attach 2 mini chocolate chips before it sets.
- Repeat the same process for the mouth, but use the standard sized chocolate chip.
- Store the completed marshmallow ghosts in an airtight container, away from humidity.
And that's pretty much how you make these cute Halloween ghost treats! Give these a try and let me know how these Halloween treats turn out 🙂
Marshmallow Ghosts for Halloween
Here are my other posts you might want to check out:
- Marshmallow Fondant - A Quick Homemade Recipe
- Almond Chocolate Marshmallow Cupcakes
- Easy Halloween Cupcakes
- Halloween Spider Cake
- How to Make Marshmallows