Candy Chocolate Desserts DIY Halloween

Gremlins & a Smashed Witch

October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!


Remember the Candy Corn Fudge I made, but didn’t love the taste? Well, ta da! These cute little Gremlins are the result of me not wanting to waste food. I’ve made these butterscotch and chocolate clusters numerous times before, but never thought about adding candy and turning them into critters. Aren’t they cute?!


So, how’s it taste?

They taste good! I melted down my Candy Corn Fudge and stirred in the chow mein noodles. The noodles helped offset the sweet. For one batch, I swirled in melted semi-sweet chocolate chips. While I enjoyed these, I recommend sticking to the original recipe and not making the fudge. This was just a way for me to not waste candy. I cannot stand to throw food away. I’ve made a few variations of this recipe in the past and all have turned out great. You can use the combination of butterscotch and chocolate chips, or you can use all butterscotch or all chocolate chips. You can also reduce the chow mein noodles by 1 cup and add 1 cup of peanuts. It’s up to you!

Smashed Witch Pencil

I was feeling really festive this Halloween, so for your crafty enjoyment, here’s a Smashed Witch Pencil I made. I giggle every time I see this. It’s hysterical and pretty easy to make. Here’s how I did it:

For 4 witches you’ll need:

4  pieces orange pipe cleaner (6 inch)
4  pieces white pipe cleaner (6 inch)
4  pencils
Heavy kitchen scissors or wire cutter
4  brown pipe cleaners (12 inch)
White paper or tissue paper
1  square black craft felt (about 10×8 inch)
4  green pom-poms (1/2 inch)
Tacky white craft glue or low-temperature hot glue

1. To make each smashed witch pencil, twist 1 orange and 1 white pipe cleaner piece together. Fold and wrap pipe cleaners in half around pencil about 2 1/2 inches from eraser end; twist 2 or 3 times to secure and create legs of witch. Bend ends of twisted pipe cleaners, creating toes/feet of witch.

2. With scissors or wire cutter, cut brown pipe cleaner into 4 (3-inch) pieces. Gather 3 pieces into bundle; wrap remaining piece around middle of bundle and twist once and attach to pencil below the orange and white pipe cleaners. Bend, twist and shape the remaining pieces to resemble witch’s broom.

3. Using paper, trace pattern pieces; cut out. Cut cape from black felt. Cut and discard top point of cape. Glue cape to pencil about 3/4 inch above legs, leaving end loose to flop over broom. Glue pom-pom to top point of cape for head.

4. Cut circle from black felt to create brim of hat. Glue brim centered over “head.” Cut cone of hat. Spread glue along one short side of triangle; overlap other short side and press with fingers to secure the glued area.* Trim excess felt. Glue cone to hat brim. Repeat for remaining witch pencils.

*I found the tacky craft glue doesn’t love to stick to felt, so I ended up sticking a straight pen in the felt to form the hat cone. This method obviously isn’t for kids, so you may want to try the hot glue gun route instead of the craft glue.

This past weekend, my friend Carol and I ran in the Zombie 5K here in Nashville. We decided to bring back the 80s and run from the zombies in style. I don’t know what was scarier, us or the zombies!

Zombie 5K

Later that night, I went as the Black Swan. I was pretty proud of my makeup skills! What costume did you wear this year?

Black Swan


makes 24 gremlins
per gremlin: 100 calories, 4.5g fat, 14g carbs, 3g fiber, 0g protein


1 cup butterscotch chips
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
2 cups chow mein noodles (or 1 cup noodles + 1 cup nuts)
48 miniature candy-coated chocolate baking bits


1. In 2-quart saucepan, heat butterscotch chips and chocolate chips over low heat, stirring constantly, until melted and smooth.

2. Gently stir in chow mein noodles until well coated. Drop mixture onto wax paper by teaspoonfuls to form 24 "gremlins." Press 2 baking bits onto each to resemble eyes. Refrigerate until set.

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  • Lesley October 31, 2011 at 9:46 am

    Great make-up!

    • Leah October 31, 2011 at 10:03 am

      Thank you! I had a lot of fun with it this year!

  • Traciwilbur October 31, 2011 at 10:09 am

    Great costumes! your make-up looks spectacular!!! And love the witch pencils.

    P.S. I didn’t win again. Boo. I waited forever yesterday for my winning email….;-)

    • Leah October 31, 2011 at 10:17 am

      Thanks so much! I love dressing up for Halloween. Seems like we need to pay off the generator, lol!

  • amy (fearless homemaker) October 31, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    excellent job on the black swan makeup – it looks fantastic! + the witches are too cute. =)

    • Leah October 31, 2011 at 1:03 pm

      Thank you! I’ve been planning that as a costume since I saw the movie, ha!

  • Lyssa November 8, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    I thought the gremlins were little nests with eggs. If you just did the butterscotch with any small candy they’d be an adorable treat at a baby shower. Nice work Leah!

    • Leah November 8, 2011 at 1:46 pm

      Oh that would be so cute, especially if you did the eggs with those delicious Cadbury Mini Eggs!

  • Jamie November 10, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    Your Black Swan makeup is incredible girl!

    • Leah November 10, 2011 at 5:03 pm

      Thanks! I sure had a lot of fun with it!