DIY Chocolate Cockroaches – Halloween Candy Recipe

Halloween is almost here–ready to whip up some creepy candies?
Chocolate Cockroaches
These Chocolate Cockroaches are the perfect treat for any Halloween party or celebration. Scatter them along the tabletop, package them as party favors, or bury them in bowls of candy to give your guests an unexpected scare. After they get over their fright, they’ll love munching these chocolate-covered treats!
Chocolate Cockroaches are really fast to make, and can be customized with your favorite nuts or dried fruit. I made mine with pecans and dates, but you could also use walnuts, almonds, Brazil nuts, or dried figs. Here’s what you’ll need to make these spooky sweets.
chocolate cockroaches

DIY Chocolate Cockroaches for Halloween


  • 1/2 cup pecan halves (or other nuts)
  • 1/2 cup Medjool dates (or other large similarly shaped dried fruit)
  • 1 cup chocolate “jimmies” sprinkles
  • Small round sprinkles
  • 12 ounces chocolate candy coating*

*A note about the chocolate coating: you can use chopped chocolate or chocolate chips instead of the coating, but the cockroaches might get soft and sticky at room temperature.
First, prep the ingredients. If your pecan halves are raw, you’ll want to start by toasting them to give them a better flavor and texture. Preheat your oven to 350 F and place the pecans on a baking sheet, Toast them for about 10 minutes, stirring halfway through, until they’re fragrant and a bit darker. Let them cool completely. If your nuts are already toasted, skip this step.
For the medjool dates, you’ll need to remove the pits. Use a sharp paring knife to cut the dates in half lengthwise, and remove the pit and the papery skin from inside the date. If your dates are already pitted, simply slice them in half lengthwise.
Melt the chocolate candy coating in a microwave-safe bowl in the microwave, stirring after every 30 seconds to prevent overheating. Once it’s melted and smooth, use a dipping tool or a fork to dip a pecan half in the coating. Take it out of the bowl and let the extra coating drip back down into the bowl.
Set the pecan down in a shallow bowl of chocolate sprinkles, and move the fork out from under it so that the sprinkles can adhere to the wet coating. You want to make sure you get a nice layer of cockroach legs, don’t you?
Scoop the pecan back up out of the sprinkles, and gently set it on a layer of wax paper or parchment paper.
Repeat the process with a few more pecans or dates. As you can see, the dates are much larger than the pecans, so if you use both fruit and nuts you’ll have a nice variety of chocolate cockroaches.
While the coating is still wet, press two sprinkles on each cockroach for the eyes. Repeat with the remaining pecans and dates, doing them in small batches, until all of your cockroaches are decorated. Let them set at room temperature (or in the refrigerator, if you used chocolate chips instead of coating.)
Once the coating is dry, your cockroaches are ready to scurry–I mean scatter–around! Store them in an airtight container at room temperature for up to two weeks.
Happy Halloween!

DIY Chocolate Cockroaches - Halloween Candy Recipe
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Recipe type: Chocolate
Serves: 20
  • ½ cup pecan halves (or other nuts)
  • ½ cup Medjool dates (or other large similarly shaped dried fruit)
  • 1 cup chocolate "jimmies" sprinkles
  • Small round sprinkles
  • 12 ounces chocolate candy coating*

All images and text (c) Elizabeth LaBau


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