Dressing up in costume, eating tons of candy, and celebrating Halloween is what every child looks forward to this time of year.  Already parents are scouring the internet for Halloween DIY costumes, recipes, activities, and craft ideas to facilitate a fun and safe time to be had by all.  Today I’m sharing a super-duper easy recipe for Frankenpops which also can double as a fun party activity.  Made with colored candy coating melts, marshmallows, and lollipop sticks, these spooktacular pops can be made rather quickly.  Kids of all ages will have fun exercising their creativity in making each Frankenpop unique and special.  Although I’ve added photos to this post to help you visualize this project from start to finish, I have something even better than photos.  Today we have a new Kitchen Explorers webisode featuring these Halloween inspired marshmallow pops which goes into greater detail about the process and hopefully inspires you to add this recipe/activity to your Halloween festivities.

My lovely nieces joined us for filming and did a fantastic job in making each Frankenpop come to life with silly facial expressions and unique hair styles.  In the video my husband, the rain coat wearing skeletor, particularly loved seeing his wife with long wavy hair.  Too bad I love short hair.

I hope you enjoy the video and feel inspired to make these easy Frankenpops.  If my husband and 5 year old son can make these, anyone can. Thanks to my friend Patty F. for lending us so many fabulous Halloween props!

Lastly if you missed our PBS Halloween Google Hangout yesterday with great Halloween costume, food, craft, and activity ideas, you can watch the conversation here.














Recipe: Frankenpops

  • Prep Time: 15 min(s)
  • Cook Time: 15 min(s)
  • Total Time: 30 min(s)
  • Servings: 36

A quick and easy marshmallow treat recipe for Halloween. Made with chocolate candy coated marshmallows, making these treats make for a great Halloween activity.


    • 1 – 16 ounces dark green candy coating
    • 2 tablespoons white candy coating
    • 2 tablespoons black candy coating
    • 1/4 cup purple candy coating
    • 1 bag large marshmallows
    • special equipment: 36 lollipop sticks


    • Melt the dark green candy coatings in the microwave in thirty second intervals, stirring after each time until the chocolate is smooth.
    • Dip a lollipop stick ¼” in and then into a marshmallow ¾ of the way through.
    • Dip marshmallows into the melted coating, turning the marshmallow as it coats.
    • Tilt the marshmallow over a cup and gently tap the stick until excess coating drips off.
    • Allow the pops to dry by sticking the end of the stick into a foam block.
    • As the pops dry, make the eyes by piping small 1/8-1/4-inch circles of melted white coating.  Finish the eyes by adding a small speck of melted black coating to the center of the white "eye balls."  Allow the eyes to harden before using.
    • Once the green coated pops are hard, dip only the top of each marshmallow in the melted purple coating.  Using a toothpick, add texture to each pop's hair.  Allow the hair to dry before adding facial features.
    • Add a little dot of chocolate where the eyeballs will be placed.  Using the melted coating as glue, add two eyeballs to every pop.
    • Using an edible black ink marker or melted black coating which is in a piping bag with a tiny opening, pipe a decorate scar and mouth on each pop.
    • Allow the pops to harden before eating.

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