You will love these cute & screamingly festive Ghost Pretzels for Halloween! Easy to make with only 3 ingredients; white melting wafers, pretzels, and spooky candy eyeballs. Perfect for a classroom party, family gathering, or just a fun treat to make with the kids.
White Chocolate Ghost Pretzels Recipe
I have so many cute halloween treats to share with y'all! These Ghost Pretzels are probably one of my very favorite treats to make with my kids. Pretzels dipped in white chocolate, to look like a ghost, and then two candy eyeballs are pressed into the cracks of the pretzel.
They really are so cute because it looks like scared & screaming ghosts with the eyeballs and the mouth wide open gasping.
You only need 4 ingredients (or maybe 3 depending on what melting chocolate you use) to make this cute halloween treat.
- Mini Twist Pretzels - Just mini pretzel twists is what you need for this recipe.
- White Chocolate Chips OR Vanilla Almond Bark OR White Melting Wafers - There are a few options here. If you are using white chocolate chips then you need to add some shortening (or oil) before melting them in the microwave to prevent it from seizing up. If you don't want to worry about all that then use almond bark or white candy melts or melting wafers.
- Shortening - If using white chocolate chips then you will need to also use shortening or oil can also work.
- Candy Eyeballs - You can make as many, or as little, pretzel ghosts that you want! Deepening on how many you make determines the amount of candy eyeballs needed. This recipe yields 25 ghosts so you will need 50 candy eyeballs.
How To Make White Chocolate Dipped Ghost Pretzels
Learn how to make this easy recipe with these simple steps. Be sure and read to the bottom of the post where there is a printable recipe card, a pin it button so you can save it for later, and a detailed recipe card with all my tips for success.
- Prep : Line a cookie sheet or baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Melt White Chocolate : Melt the white chocolate chips + vegetable shortening in the microwave, in 20 second intervals, stirring after each until smooth. If you are using almond bark, candy melts, or melting wafers follow the directions on the package. No need to add the shortening if using one of those options.
- Ghost Pretzels : Using a fork, dip the pretzels into the melted white chocolate. Tap the fork gently on the edge of the bowl to remove excess chocolate. Place it on the parchment paper and press two eyeballs in it. Repeat with the remaining pretzels.
- Fridge : Transfer the cookie sheet to the fridge for 1 hour to set. You can also leave them at room temperature to set but it will take several hours to dry and set.
Halloween Ghost Pretzels FAQ's
How To Store Leftovers
- Leftover ghosts can be stores in an airtight container, or ziploc bag, at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.
- I recommend eating these within several days for the freshest, crunchiest texture and flavor.
Can I Make These Ahead of Time?
- Yes! If you are making these for a Halloween party or school classroom treats, they're the perfect make ahead treat. These pretzels do really well stored in an airtight container, once they're cooled, for several days.
- They are also the perfect gifting treat for friends or neighbors. Put some ghosts into a halloween treat bag and make someone's day!
- Decorating : I love to use the extra white chocolate to drizzle it over the dipped pretzels. This just adds a little texture and you could also make them into mummies by doing it this way. Use a fork to drizzle some stripes of extra chocolate across the dripped pretzels. Do this before you place the eyeballs on, unless of course you want to make cute little mummy's, then drizzle it on after the eyeballs.
- White Chocolate : You can use anything here! Use some milk chocolate or chocolate almond bark instead. It won't really be a ghost but they'll still be cute. You can also use some gel food dye to turn the white chocolate into a monster green color. The eyeballs will play along with the monster look of the green pretzel.
- Colored Drizzle : Buy some orange or green, or black candy melts to drizzle over the white dipped chocolate pretzels and then use some Halloween sprinkles to sprinkle over the pretzels. This is a great option if you can't find the eyeballs. Just make white chocolate dipped halloween pretzels instead.
Here are a few of my helpful tips so that you can have success recreating this recipe in your own kitchen ♥
- Mini Twist Pretzels : Mini twist pretzels are a must because they are the perfect size to hold the candy eyeballs.
- White Chocolate : There are a few options here of what to use. I prefer using white chocolate melting wafers (Ghiradlli brand in the baking aisle) but there are other options like almond bark (which is easy, fool-proof) or white candy melts (Wilton brand in the cake decorating aisle). You can also use white chocolate chips but you will need to add the vegetable shortening when microwaving them to prevent the chocolate from seizing.
- Can't Find Candy Eyeballs? : You can usually find these in the cake decorating aisle, like at Walmart, or even online at Amazon. If you absolutely cannot find them you could try using some black m&m's in their place. Or cut some black licorice into small pieces and then use cookie icing to dot on an eyeball.
- Place Eyeballs When Chocolate Is Wet : I recommend dipping a pretzel and then immediately placing the candy eyeballs into the wet chocolate. You don't want to wait too long or else the chocolate won't be as wet which means the eyeballs will have a harder time adhering to the chocolate & pretzels.
More Fun Halloween Recipes You'll Love
- Candy Corn Punch - A fun layered drink that looks like candy corn!
- Halloween Bundt Cake - No party is complete without this super festive, layered Halloween colored Bundt Cake. Frosted with black ganache and festive sprinkles on top.
- Mummy Hot Dogs - A classic Halloween dinner!
- Halloween Swirl Cream Cheese Brownies - A festive chocolate brownie with an orange cream cheese layer all swirled together.
- 25 mini pretzel twists
- 1 cup white chocolate chips (*see notes)
- 1½ teaspoons vegetable shortening OR canola oil (only if using white chocolate chips)
- 50 candy eyeballs
- Line a cookie sheet or baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Combine the white chocolate chips and shortening (or oil) in a microwave-safe bowl. Melt the white chocolate in 20 second intervals, stirring after each interval. Once the chocolate is melted and smooth it's done. * Take care to not overcook the white chocolate chips or else it will seize up.* If using almond bark, white candy melts, or white chocolate melting wafers melt the chocolate according to the package directions. No need to use shortening or oil if using one of these options.
- Working one pretzel at a time, dip the pretzel into the melted chocolate with a fork. Gently tap the fork against the side of the bowl to remove excess chocolate. Transfer the pretzel to the parchment paper and gently press 2 candy eyeballs into the pretzel, while the chocolate is still wet. Repeat with remaining pretzels.
- Transfer the baking sheet to the fridge for 1 hour to allow the chocolate to set and harden.