Creepy Chocolate Cockroach Treats for Halloween

Cockroaches give me the willies, but how frightfully cute are these little guys?

Creepy Chocolate Cockroach Treats for Halloween

This past weekend I spent Sunday afternoon in the kitchen dipping pecans in dark chocolate and decorating these bugs. It was a blast. I literally couldn’t keep from smiling the whole time.

Creepy Chocolate Cockroach Treats for Halloween

I can’t take full credit for this idea because my boss actually told me how to make the cockroaches. She’s a genius! The best part is that these roaches with their pecan bodies and dark chocolate coating are better for you than your average piece of Halloween candy. So eat up. :)

Creepy Chocolate Cockroach Treats for Halloween

Creepy Chocolate Cockroach Treats
 
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Ingredients
  • Parchment paper
  • 30 pecans halves
  • 4-5 squares of dark chocolate (I used Ghirardelli 72% Twilight Delight)
  • Chocolate Sprinkles
  • Round Halloween colored sprinkles (white, orange, purple)
Instructions
  1. Pour about ½ cup or so of chocolate sprinkles and ¼ cup of colored sprinkles into two separate, shallow bowls.
  2. Chop dark chocolate into small, even pieces. Melt chocolate in the microwave or a double boiler until smooth.
  3. Submerge pecan halves in melted chocolate and move around until the pecan is covered.
  4. Remove the pecan from the chocolate allowing access chocolate to drip off. Dip each pecan, flat side down into the chocolate sprinkles to make little cockroach legs.
  5. Place pecan on parchment paper sprinkle side down.
  6. Continue the same technique for all the pecans, then drop two small round colored sprinkles to the smaller end of all the pecans to make eyes.
  7. Let the pecans sit for a few hours so the chocolate can set, remove from parchment paper and store in an airtight container until ready to serve.
Notes
I used the microwave method by placing chopped chocolate chunks in a microwave safe bowl and heating in the microwave for 30 seconds at a time. After the first 30 seconds, I pulled the bowl out and stirred the chocolate, then put it back in for another 30 seconds. After the second 30 seconds I pulled it out and stirred again until the chocolate was smooth and creamy.
I had some leftover dark chocolate and sprinkles so I decorated the broken pecan pieces and a few almonds as well. Plating the cockroaches with the almonds and candy corn made for a cute spread - perfect for the dessert/snack table at a Halloween party!

Creepy Chocolate Cockroach Treats for Halloween

If you need more Halloween food ideas, here are a few I that have caught my eye over the past few days:

As I mentioned in my Pumpkin Bar post, the Ghirardelli dark chocolate used here was sent to me for review as part of the Foodbuzz Tastemaker Program.

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Comments

  1. Oh My! These Are the cutest things in the world. :) such a great idea, too!

  2. These are so fun!!

  3. HOw cute!! So trying this for Halloween :)

  4. These are so cute. I never thought I would say that about cockroaches! You must have the patience of a saint to put on those tiny individual eyes.

  5. Hehe, these are so cute! And you must have awesome dexterity to get those eyes just right.

  6. These are terrifying! But tasty, I’m sure.

  7. Love this idea! How cute and creepy at the same time! haha!

    These would be so good!

    Happy day to you love!

  8. I love this idea how cut and what a great project for kids

  9. Ahhhhh!! I can’t even begin to think of eating these!! Cute!

  10. So cute!! I am having a halloween party this year and will for sure be making these!

  11. so cute! i’ve never seen cockroaches like this

  12. Haha these are kinda creepy yet a fun idea at the same time! Yoga tomorrow by the way? :)

  13. ahhh i HATE roaches…but i have to admit these are pretty fun and if we have a halloween party i’m totally making them :)

  14. Very cute!

  15. Those are so amazing – I can’t way to give that a try – I sat looking at your post forever wondering how it quite works out, with little “oh” and ” ah” s coming from me – I had co-workers wondering! Thanks for posting these! I love halloween treats :-)

  16. Ah! I am totes making these for Halloween!

  17. I’m super afraid of roaches, so maybe this will help me make my peace with them…esp if i EAT THEM. :) I have been looking for a cute, healthy Halloween snack idea for a class I teach, and these are super easy. I also like the detail work. :) Very satisfying!

  18. These rule! I love festive food.

  19. That is genius! I’m not sure I could get past the ick factor to eat one but they’d be adorable to set out at a party.

  20. I am so making these. Chocolate and nuts…I am in heaven. Makes me want to plan a Halloween party – maybe I can convince everyone at work we need to dress up and have a spooky lunch.

  21. what a fun great idea!!

  22. Too stinkin’ cute. What an awesome idea for kids!

  23. Very timely, especially now Halloween is fast approaching. Perfect for the kids that are trick and treating.

  24. I love how you arranged them on the white platter with candy pumpkins. SO cute!

  25. Oh these guys are definitely cute! And healthy too? Sign me up =)

  26. Juuust another reason why Halloween is one of my favorite holidays.. ;) These are beautifully done!

  27. I love Halloween and all the different things you can do with candy and food. Great idea and thanks for sharing!

  28. For a minute, I thought that those were something else entirely and I about flipped. I love pecans though, so I’m much better now!

  29. Wow!! so cute, perfect treat idea for the Halloween. Thanks for sharing, nice post.

  30. Aww so cute! I love the idea and they are probably such a yummy Halloween treat!

  31. this is so fantastic Brittany! SO CREATIVE AND ADORABLE! :)
    well done!

  32. Hi Brittany! These look delicious :) I did a Halloween recipe roundup over on my blog HappylifeHealthylife (here’s the link http://happylifehealthylife.com/2014/10/20/healthy-halloween-recipe-roundup/ ) I included this recipe and one of your pictures with a link back to your blog. Please let me know if you would like me to remove it, but I’ve shard it on my social media channels so hopefully it will send some new traffic your way! :) Have a great day!

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