I don’t think that I have ever called one of my own recipes “gross” before, but there is a first time for everything and these Dirty Q-Tip Treats are truly gross. To be honest, I kind of got a little waves of nausea making these with the kids last year, but the end result is a truly fantastic and disgusting treat that will be the hit of any horrific (that’s the goal, right?) Halloween party!
Even better, these gross little Halloween treats are SUPER easy to make which is perfect if you have little ones who like to help.
Only a few ingredients/supplies needed:
Box of Q-Tips *I used real Q-Tips because they are inexpensive (check the Dollar Store!) and I also think the box makes a fun prop. You could also use sucker sticks.
Serving Tray (I went with a platter from the dollar store)
Bag of Jet Puffed Mini Marshmallows
Assembly is SO easy!
First of all, use a strong pair of scissors (or even garden shears) to snip off the ends of the Q-Tips. Then, just push each end into a marshmallow. Next you will need to melt your caramels. We used about 12 caramels to do all of these Q-Tips. Put them all in a small microwavable dish and melt slowly in 10 second increments stirring in between each microwave session. Once the caramel is melted, you can start dipping in the Q-Tips. Now remember, you are going for gross here and nothing is grosser than a big dangling dip of earwax on the end of a Q-Tip, so the kids especially loved the ones that had that nice tip on them!
How to Display Your Gross Halloween Food
Of course, display is everything when it comes to Halloween, especially the gross stuff! Make sure to keep your empty Q-Tip box, as it works wonderfully as a prop! When we served these last year, everyone was afraid to even go near them until a few of the kids realized that they were actually pretty yummy, and then before I knew it, they were all gone. I will have to say though, the adults were not very interested in them at all. Hmmmm. Wonder why?
Looking for other fun Halloween ideas?
Other Halloween Treat Ideas
Go here to see my recipe for Gross Dirty Bandaid Treats. (Ewww. I know. But again: Ewww is good on Halloween!)
Go here to see my Spooky Spider Cookie Recipe.
Check Out Our Recipe for Spooky Deviled Egg Spiders.
Other Fun Halloween Recipes, Crafts & Activities
- Easy Ghost Pudding Cups Recipe
- Mummy Cup Pencil and/or Treat Holders
- DIY Mini Knitted Pumpkin
- Gross Halloween Party Food: Dirty Q-Tips
- Bugles Witch Fingers
- Spooky Spiderweb Soup
- Halloween Spider Cookies