Sunday, October 25, 2020

Put Some Googly Eyes on It! From Guest Author Nancy Coco #Halloween

Let's welcome guest author Nancy Coco today with a fun homemade Halloween treat 

I saw these really cute pretzel bites for Halloween on Pinterest and thought I’d try them myself. What an adventure! They are not that easy and I feel like I may need to say “Nailed It!” like a Pinterest fail. But then I realized if you put googly eyes on it the kids will love it and they are kind of cute!


Halloween Googly-eyed Pretzel Bites


1 bag of bite-sized pretzels

1 bag of bite-sized pretzel sticks

1 bag of dark chocolate wafers for melting

1 bag of white chocolate wafers for melting

1 container of edible googly eyes

1 green piping gel

1 white piping gel

1 red piping gel

1 box of food color that includes orange


Melt ½ a bag of white chocolate on defrost in the microwave for 30 seconds. Stir, if not all melted, try again for 15 seconds. You can use a double boiler, but don’t let the water boil and don’t get any steam in the chocolate or it will seize up.  Once the white chips are melted add 8-10 drops of orange food coloring until you get the color you want for pumpkins. Using a fork dip the pretzels in the orange chocolate on both sides and place on a sheet of parchment paper. After dipping about a dozen pretzels and pretzel sticks, pour the remaining chocolate into a piping bag and fill the pretzel holes until full. Add googly eyes and a green stem. Let cool.

Use the second half of white chocolate wafers to make ghosts or mummies. Simply melt the same as above, stirring constantly. Then using a fork, dip about 12 pretzels to coat both sides. Then fill another pastry bag with white chocolate and fill the pretzel with across lines of chocolate to look like mummy wrappings or fill as you did with the pumpkins for ghosts. Add two eyes and let cool.

By now you’re getting the hang of it. Melt half of the dark chocolate wafers in the microwave for 30 second on low or defrost. Using a fork dip the pretzels. Once you have twelve dipped, pour chocolate into a piping bag and fill in the holes, then pipe on ears, add googly eyes and a beak to make owls. Let cool and enjoy!

Because you are using melted chocolate, this makes a fun treat for kids to eat, but not fun for them to make. So, here’s how to make these kid friendly:

Use white chocolate and dark chocolate covered pretzels available in stores, then use chocolate frosting in a piping bag and white frosting in a piping bag. Take the pretzels and place on parchment paper.  Frost the back of the googly eyes and attach the googly eyes to the pretzel. Let harden and enjoy! Kids will get a kick out of making these and no one gets hurt with melted chocolate.

 For more fun recipes, check out the Candy-coated Mystery series from Nancy Coco. The eighth book in the series, Have Yourself a Fudgy Little Christmas is out Oct 27th, 2020.

Would you like to WIN a copy of Nancy's new book? Please leave a comment here to tell us What's your favorite homemade Halloween dish? and you'll be entered in the draw. US entries only please.  


  1. My favorite homemade Halloween dish I’d candy apples.
    Kitten143 (at) Verizon (dot) net

  2. Grew up eating the Chocolate No Bake Cookies and it was one of the first desserts I made myself as a youngster. So when I saw the recipe for a pumpkin version, I knew I had to try it. I've even made them more pumpkin shape (wider than tall and taken a spoon and kind of made an indent at the top with a little bit sticking out for the stem) and then put a little green icing on the stem part and painted a face on for a jack lantern look. Also like that it makes a small batch which limits how many I can eat when they keep calling my name. :)

    Pumpkin No Bake Cookies
    ¾ cup (1½ sticks) unsalted butter
    2 cups granulated sugar
    2/3 cup milk
    1 tsp vanilla extract
    ¼ cup powdered vanilla coffee creamer
    1 3.4-ounce package dry instant pumpkin spice pudding mix
    1/8 tsp salt
    1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice
    4 cups minute oats
    Add butter, sugar, milk, and vanilla to a large pot and bring to a boil. Keep on a rolling boil for 2 minutes.
    Remove from heat and stir in remaining ingredients, once fully combined, plop large spoonfuls onto wax paper and let set for about an hour.
    If it's raining or humid, there is a chance that the cookies will not set completely.
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

    1. Oh my gosh, that's sounds so good now I want to try them! Thanks for sharing!

  3. My favorite is caramel apples any time. I’ve preordered your book since I really like the series but I can always cancel if I win. I’ve also ordered your new honey series. suefoster109 at gmail dot com. Thanks for writing.

  4. Thanks for reading , Sue! Caramel apples are also yum!

  5. At this moment I'd vote for chocolate covered pretzels with googly eyes!
    It's the eyes! They are the magic trick.
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

  6. I just tried an apple cider caramel recipe that I really like. I took some to work and my co-workers enjoyed them too. I'll be making those again.

  7. I made these adorable cupcakes for my 2 sons. They were yummy and perfect for Hallowe'en. Halloween Bat cupcakes which they loved. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  8. I like caramel apples although I don’t tend to make them anymore.
    sgiden at verizon(.)net

  9. I don't really make anything for Halloween, I buy the candy I give out. For myself. I like to splurge on a good carmel apple. Love this series, love the Mackinac Island setting.

  10. Halloween cookies, but these pretzels look pretty good. 🎃

  11. Karen B
    Grandma's Orange Cookies - so good!

  12. One of my favorite Halloween treats is caramel apples.

    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

  13. I love pumpkin bread, but maybe it's more fall than actually a Halloween treat.
    turtle6422 at gmail dot com

  14. I love it with chocolate chips! Perfect for Halloween.

  15. Thanks so much for joining us today, Nancy. I love all these treats people are telling us about.

  16. I love Carmel corn. Please enter me to win a copy of your new book! I would love to win!

  17. I like a Halloween pizza! Love your recipe and I’d love to read your Christmas book!