For this Halloween, I didn’t want to make any disgusting looking desserts (such as bleeding eyeballs or intestines), just something spooky and easy. So, my solution was to decorate all of my MANY-MANY Fall-themed desserts (that I don’t seem to be able to stop baking) with spooky bugs made out of chocolate.
As a result, for the past week, all I seem to be doing (in addition to working and baking) is making spiders, worms, snakes and molding shapes of other bugs out of melted chocolate. While it didn’t surprise me that chocolate bugs will be a welcome Halloween treat for kids, adults around me seem to be equally spooked by these little chocolate creatures on top of pumpkin pies, cheesecakes, or tarts. The photo below is one example on how I arranged chocolate spiders on a pumpkin puff pastry rustic tart:
And here are the instructions on how to make Halloween chocolate bugs (spiders, snakes, worms):
Prep time: 20 min
- 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips or 1 dark chocolate bar
Makes a dozen of little creatures.
1) Line a baking sheet with a foil or parchment paper.
2) Place 1/2 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips (or 1 dark chocolate bar) in a pan over medium heat and melt.
3) Carefully pour melted chocolate into a plastic freezer bag. Cut a small hole at the end of the bag. I recommend using 2 bags: one with the smaller hole, another – with the bigger hole. Use the bag with the bigger hole to draw bigger bugs, and the bag with the smaller hole – for smaller bugs. It is also easier to use the bag with the bigger whole to draw the bodies of bugs, and the bag with smaller hole – to draw legs, tails, etc.
4) Draw bugs, snakes, worms, anything you like – on foil or parchment paper. You can even add little eyes by using cake decorations. It’s surprisingly easy to draw chocolate bugs even if you’ve never done it before. The shapes are pretty basic. Just draw a bulky body, then legs coming from both sides.
5) Place baking sheet with chocolate bugs in the freezer for at least 40 minutes or longer (until you are ready to use the bugs).
CREEPY, CREEPY, CREEPY!!!
Use chocolate bugs to top these Halloween desserts:
- Cinnamon apple pockets, puff pastry
- Halloween apple and pear mummy treats
- Nightmare harvest: Halloween pumpkin puff pastry pie (tart) with apple-cranberry stuffed crust, chocolate bugs, and cinnamon wizard hats