Cute critter candy bars

Claire Gallam

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Take some of that Halloween candy you have saved for trick or treaters and turn it into something your kids will love even more by making one of these cute candy critters!

Made from your kids' favorite candies and sweets, these cute little critters make perfect kids' party favors and trick or treat gifts. They're so cute, even the adults will love them!

Candy bar insects

Candy bar insects

Yields about 6 critters

Ingredients:

  • 6 Ho Hos or Yodels
  • Mini M&M's
  • Chocolate frosting
  • White frosting
  • Colored Mentos
  • Regular M&M's

Directions:

  1. Using the icing, attach the M&M's to the bottoms of the Yodels or Ho Hos. Add a dab of white frosting to the tops of the Ho Hos. Stick a colored Mentos over it and then stick a chocolate mini M&M's into the center.
  2. Dab 2 candy corns to the tops (behind the eyes) to make the ears. Make the mouth by adding a few dabs of white icing for teeth.
  3. To give the critters colorful spines, stick mini M&M's all down the back of the Ho Hos.

Spider Oreos

Spider oreos

Yields about 10 spiders

Ingredients:

  • 10 Oreo cookies
  • About 2 cups pretzel sticks
  • White icing
  • Mini M&M's

Directions: 

  1. Add a dab of icing to the ends of each pretzel stick and gently push into the Oreo icing to make the legs. Add 2 dabs of white icing and stick mini M&M's into the center for the pupils.

Tasty snail

Tasty snail

Yields about 6

Ingredients: 

  • 6 celery sticks
  • About 6 tablespoons peanut butter
  • Nerds (in assorted colors)
  • Candy corn (about 12 pieces)
  • 6 apple slices

Directions: 

  1. Fill each celery stick with 1 tablespoon of peanut butter. Carefully draw a squiggly pattern on the apple and stick into the peanut butter in the celery stick. Stick 2 pieces of candy corn, wide side up, into the top half of the celery stick (for the ears).
  2. Add 2 Nerds for eyes in front of the ears.

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Claire Gallam
Claire is an aspiring nutritionist (and soon to be culinary student) with a serious addiction to bacon, wine, goat cheese and online shopping. She is recently married to a social media guru who loves *almost* everything she conjures up. In addition to writing for the Food section of SheKnows, she is a full-time recipe creator (and taste tester), a writer for FabulousFoods.com and a contributing writer for the Home and Gardening section of SheKnows. You can also follow her daily musings and find delicious healthy recipes on her food blog, The Realistic Nutritionist.