Mystery Ingredient & Halloween Fun: Creepy Sprinkles Lab

Halloween Dipped & Sprinkled Apples-001

I’m joining Rattlebridge Farm for Foodie Friday

and the return of The Mystery Ingredient Club!

 Our Mystery Ingredient this month~

Wilton Creepy Sprinkles Lab,

timely for planning a Happy Haunting!

Thank you Michael Lee!


The Creepy Sprinkles include Bones, Black & Green Jimmies,

Orange Sugar, and

Black, Green & Orange Jimmies.


I couldn’t resist adding a few Candy Eyeballs

from Wilton along with the sprinkles

(I found mine at Target).


I had a surplus of apples from Apple Picking~

2 1/2 inch Gala apples~

a fun size to serve in a cupcake liner

 and to make chocolate-dipped & sprinkled

Halloween Treats!


I used both chocolate and vanilla flavored bark coating from the baking aisle in the grocery store. Follow the directions on the back of the package for melting.


I inserted a ‘food-safe’ twig in the apple prior to dipping but you could use a craft stick or dowel.

Since I didn’t have access to an apple tree, after much googling, I determined that our River Birch trees are considered ‘food-safe’.


There is a bit of a trick to making these treats~

you need to let the chocolate set up a bit,

before using the sprinkles, but it once the coating begins

to harden, it happens quickly.


Dip your apples into the chocolate coating and let the excess chocolate drip off your apple and back into your cauldron. . .

Set your dipped apples onto wax paper and spoon the sprinkles onto the apples while the chocolate is setting up (rolling the apples in the sprinkles rather than sprinkling them on makes a scary mess ).


I mixed part of vanilla with the chocolate together in a separate bowl to swirl together and coat a few of the apples.



The candy bone sprinkles took more time, placing them right before the chocolate was set, otherwise they slide down the chocolate coating in an avalanche for a bone chilling effect. . .


Bone setting is a project requiring patience

or for a die-hard Halloween enthusiast :)



I had the orange sugar left

 from my Creepy Lab~

lethal rimmer with an arsenic label

for a sinister cocktail. . .


And I found spooky Halloween stickers from World Market

 for $3.99. . .


Each tube from the Creepy Lab just happens

 to hold 1 1/2 ounces of potion. . .



Pick your Poison

and shake up a Skeletini~


Skeletini Ingredients:

~1 1/2 ounces of Poison #9, aka vodka, citrus-infused or Creepy Crystal Head Vodka 

 ~ 1/2 ounce Witches’ Brew, aka Grand Marnier

~ 1 1/2 ounces of Vampire Blood, aka Pomegranate juice

~1 ounce freshly squeezed poisoned lime juice

~ Black Cat Arsenic, aka orange sugar for rimming



Adjust the ratio of your potions if you’d

like a more lethal cocktail :)


Add only add top quality

spider bites if you dare. . .


 Skeleton Hand Servers, Target, several years ago. Similar ones from World Market, here.

 Sinister hand votive holders, Target several years ago.

Cocktail Shaker Pottery Barn, several years ago.

Skeleton Martini Glass, Pottery Barn


Thank you Michael Lee for providing the Halloween fun

and Creepy Sprinkles as the Mystery Ingredient!

Pick Your Poison Skeletini

Thank you for your visit!


  48 comments for “Mystery Ingredient & Halloween Fun: Creepy Sprinkles Lab

  1. October 3, 2013 at 6:41 am

    Your apples are spookily festive Mary! Lovin’ the little skull bottle and what’s it say about me that a Skeletini sounds good even at 6:30 in the morning! Please don’t answer that:@)

  2. Sandi Lee
    October 3, 2013 at 6:43 am

    Cute as a button on a spider’s nose!!

  3. October 3, 2013 at 7:09 am

    Halloween cuteness, Mary! This looks like fun.

  4. October 3, 2013 at 7:13 am

    What fun! I’ll take a Skeletini, please. Happy Halloween!

  5. October 3, 2013 at 7:23 am

    Creepy and pretty at the same time! I love the apples you made with the secret ingredient! Very creative!!!! Something sweet and grown up too. Yummy and Boo!

  6. Kim
    October 3, 2013 at 7:43 am

    Creepy cuteness. You have the best ideas!

  7. October 3, 2013 at 7:54 am

    I too, will take a Skeletini👀🎃👻🍸. Love the apples! So inviting for both kids and adults🍎
    Great ideas as usual, Mary style!

  8. October 3, 2013 at 8:14 am

    I knew you’d cook up something fun for Michael Lee’s Fall challenge, dear Mary! Big and little kids will love your yummy, apple treats. What beautiful pics as always. Happy haunting….xo

  9. October 3, 2013 at 8:21 am

    Hi Mary, As usual I have gotten lost visiting your fascinating links to the birch tree and crystal vodka sites. You are the most fun mad scientist I know and next time I visit my orthopedist or optometrist I will think of you. We used to chew on little birch branches–they taste like beech nut gum! Linda

  10. Franki
    October 3, 2013 at 8:36 am

    After seeing that “skeletini” recipe…I “might” just start to like Halloween… :) franki

  11. October 3, 2013 at 8:52 am

    They are adorable. Love all the creativity that went into them.

  12. paula
    October 3, 2013 at 8:54 am

    You are so creative its creepy !! :) AgAiN love it all !!
    I don’t know where you find the time to have such fun !!

    Have A delightful day !

  13. October 3, 2013 at 9:10 am

    OH that was so fun, i was like a little kid taking in all your scary delights! you did such an excellent job i am getting queasy about my little experiment now! the tiny apples are darling, i thought now who will eat all those giant apples, but tiny even i could manage… who am i kidding, i could manage all jumbo apples alone too! fabulous spooky staging, loved your use of sprinkles, will be fun to see how everyone handled them…

  14. October 3, 2013 at 9:23 am

    Delightfully Delicious! I love how beautifully you *play* with your food, Mary! Great ideas & some wonderful photos, too.

  15. October 3, 2013 at 9:24 am

    How cool, you have inspired me. I’m going to pick up stuff to make candied apples with my son after school! Thanks!

  16. October 3, 2013 at 10:25 am

    How much fun is this!! Your little apples have so much personality and the swirly ghost ones just crack me up! Your patience is bone chillingly awesome, all your different techniques to achieve the different sprinkle effects~ and the cocktail, wow, love the skeleton martini glass! Your photos show clearly how much delight you were creating!! Michael Mead could take tips from you! Sign me up to buy your first book :)

  17. October 3, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    Oh Mary these are wonderful ideas! I love the drink! Just too cute!

  18. October 3, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    I have never seen prettier caramel apples Mary! I have quite a few small apples from our apple picking over the weekend, and now I know what I will use them for ;o) The prize package has arrived and I am smitten with all the goodies. It gave me several ideas for Halloween! Thank you!

  19. October 3, 2013 at 8:11 pm

    Mary, I knew you would have fun playing with the tubes of sprinkles. What a darling idea to add the labels. You always find the perfect details!
    Originally I had planned to make caramel apples and pretzel sticks along with my moon pie project, but being away from home and time restraints didn’t allow the extra play. Now I have your excellent model of the petite apples to make these for a treat.
    Thanks for sharing the fun! ~ Sarah

  20. October 3, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    Decorating little apples was the perfect way to use the Creepy Sprinkles. What a clever and very fun post.

  21. October 3, 2013 at 9:34 pm

    You have got to be the cleverest, most creative person I know! I absolutely want a SKELETINI!!!!!!!!!!! We take our beverage of choice to the get together at the clubhouse tomorrow night so THIS will be my choice for sure!! Thanks!!!!!

  22. Botanic Bleu
    October 4, 2013 at 11:28 am

    You never cease to delight me with your creative way with words paired with your fabulous original masterpieces in food and table settings. Have a wonderful weekend.


  23. October 4, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    Mary, you could knock me over with a feather! Each time I see your posts I think “no one could top that” but you DO, every single time. I’m in awe of your fantastic creativity, and am so HAPPY you share with us!
    Happy, happy Foodie Friday. Have a wonderful weekend too! ~mari

  24. October 4, 2013 at 5:57 pm

    You did a great job, Mary! Have fun eating all that, lol. I am in a sugar coma, we just ate what I made in lieu of dinner!
    Do the candy melts work better on the apples? I always use melted choc., but it can be tricky.

  25. October 4, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    What more could you ask for…the cutest creepy apples and a “Skeletini”…my kind of Halloween treat!…Love the way you re-labeled the lab tubes!!!…have a wonderful weekend Mary!

  26. ann pauley
    October 4, 2013 at 11:06 pm

    terrific ideas!
    i love your posts. ann

  27. October 5, 2013 at 9:45 pm

    I adore all your scarys, they are the coolest love the cocktail glass with the silver bottom…love all the black goulie stuff, such a fun post…Halloween yay..Phyllis

  28. Cheryl
    October 5, 2013 at 10:03 pm

    I just love Candy apples and yours look so inviting! What a fun post today and you always have just the right props. You did a great job with the mystery ingredient and I am so glad you included a cocktail…looks like a fun party!

  29. October 7, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    Hey, everyone!!! Party @ Mary’s!!!!!!!!!!

    I love the little ribbons and sticks on the candied apples best….so cute!
    I’ll take two!

  30. Rattlebridge Farm
    October 7, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    Mary, each time I visit, I think, Mary has outdone herself. But the truth is, every post is a marvel to behold, transporting me from Sick Bay to a place where I could stay forever and ever. As I look at your photos, I know that Something Marvelous This Way Comes. I love the apples and the Skeleton Martini! And the way you repurposed the test tubes is pure genius. Such a fun post! Thanks so much for making my whole face light up with a smile! My internet has been hiccupping, preventing me from telling you how much I adored your post. Every photo is a joy. Thank you again! xx

  31. October 7, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    What fun Halloween dipped apples. I like the ribbon you tied on the stick for a finishing touch.

  32. Marty@A Stroll Thru Life
    October 8, 2013 at 8:42 am

    The apples are fabulous, how fun. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  33. October 9, 2013 at 10:57 am

    Mary, You always do it up right. love those apples with the “eyes”!!

  34. October 13, 2013 at 10:54 pm

    Just wanted to let you know that your apples are featured on my blog! Thanks so much for sharing at The Scoop! Hugs…Debbie

  35. October 16, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    LOVE that Skeletini, you have to be more fun than a barrel of monkeys!! I’m featuring this on Be Inspired tomorrow!

  36. October 16, 2013 at 10:19 pm

    Wow!! Love those apples! They are great! Thanks for sharing!!

  37. October 18, 2013 at 10:35 pm

    Oh My Goodness!!!!
    How cute are THESE!!!!????
    Linking over from Debra’s post but so thrilled I did.
    These are just awesome!

  38. October 20, 2013 at 5:33 am

    Those apples look yummy, but I think I might want one of those drinks, visiting from Debra’s.

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