DIY Ghost Fruit for Halloween

published Oct 30, 2007
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The only horrifying thing about these cute Ghost Fruit from Godiva is the price – $4.50 each! We saw them in Epicurious’ roundup of Halloween treats, and we think they would be very easy to make yourself.

If we had time to try today, here’s how we would do it:

Fruit: Small seasonal fruit. Strawberries are completely out of season. Instead, look for small green figs, globe grapes, or very small lady apples.

Chocolate and wax: We wouldn’t use very expensive chocolate on these; the fun is in the look. Also pick up a small bar of paraffin wax and a bar of white chocolate.

Other things you’ll need: Wax paper or parchment. Small saucepan. Toothpicks.

Melt chocolate: Add a walnut-sized lump of paraffin wax to about 8 ounces of chocolate and melt over very low heat. Let the wax completely liquefy and whisk together with the melted chocolate.

Let chocolate cool: Here’s where the project gets a little tricky. You would want the chocolate melted but thick so that it won’t run off the fruit immediately. Let it cool for a few minutes then stir and try dipping the fruit.

Dip and swipe: Dip the fruit in the chocolate and immediately drag out the excess chocolate on the wax paper or parchment, using a toothpick to swirl the end like the ghostie tails above. If the chocolate is too thin let it cool longer. If too thick, warm up again.

Alternatively, you could use a small spoon to create individual ghostie swirls on the paper, then immediately dip the fruit and place it on top.

Eyes and mouths: Let the fruit cool until the chocolate is hard, then dab on mouths and eyes with the flat end of a toothpick dipped in melted white or dark chocolate.