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October 11, 2011


We can’t stop eating these luscious Jack o’ lanterns, bulging eyeballs, ghosts and pumpkins. They’re chocolate-coated, hand-decorated chocolate cake pops. Photo by Elvira Kalviste | THE NIBBLE. Need a stand for cake pops (or cupcakes)? Visit

WHAT IT IS: The best gourmet Halloween treats.
WHY IT’S DIFFERENT: We’ve tasted [what seems like] every product out there, and picked the most outstanding.
WHY WE LOVE IT: These gourmet Halloween treats combine fine decorating and top-quality ingredients.


Are you looking at me? Hand-painted chocolate eyeballs with a soft caramel center. Below, solemn ghosts parade with jack o’ lanterns. Photography courtesy Anna Shea.


Gourmet Halloween Gifts: From Ghoulish Cake Pops To Chocolate Eyeballs That Ooze Caramel

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CAPSULE REPORT: There’s no need to spend any of your time searching for gourmet Halloween treats. We’ve done the hard work for you—tasting the best chocolate, cakes, brownies, marshmallows and other Halloween goodies. Very hard work, indeed!

What we found: exceptional gourmet sweets for you and everyone on your treat list. We looked for:

  • Lovely Designs: nice hand work, not products stamped out of molds.
  • Superior Taste: products made with the finest ingredients.

Our spooktacular selections will please everyone, including the fussiest connoisseurs.

Plus, we have a special Halloween bonus for you: If you'd like to buy any of them at, use code BOO for a 10% discount at checkout on any and all treats (through October 31st).

Now, take a look at them:

  • Chocolate “Critter” Bonbons. The chocolate ganaches inside are variously flavored with Abominable Apple, Blood Orange, Chocolatey Goo, Gruesome Grape, Slimy Lime and Strawberry Blob. Yum!
  • Chocolate Halloween Lollipops. You can find Halloween-themed lollipops just about anywhere—but none are as luscious as these: beautiful hand decorating on gourmet chocolate pops (photo below).


This set of hand-decorated chocolate Halloween lollipops includes Skull, Ghost, Spider, Bat, BOO! and Pumpkin. Photo courtesy Anna Shea.

  • Chocolate Caramel Eyeballs. They’re staring right at you, so who wouldn’t take a bite of these hand-painted chocolate eyeballs? When you do, you’ll discover the buttery, cinnamon-flecked caramel inside (photo at left).
  • Ghost & Pumpkin Cake Pops.
    Underneath the hand-decorated chocolate coating is chocolate cake. Choose from a ghost-jack o’ lantern-pumpkin combo, or a bucket of all eyeballs, jack o’ lanterns or pumpkins (photo at top). We can’t get enough of these. We even bought a cake pop tower!
  • Marzipan Pumpkins. We love marzipan. These little pumpkins are bites of delight by themselves, and delicious with coffee or tea.
  • Solid White Chocolate Ghost. This hand-painted ghost is positively noble as he carries a jack o’ lantern on All Hallow’s Eve.*

Click on the product links to learn more about these ghostly-but-great sweets and gifts. You won’t find them on store shelves, so in order to receive them by regular mail, order before the witching hour on October 21st.

—Karen Hochman

*An earlier name for Halloween.


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More Tasty Halloween Ideas

Pumpkin Brownie Ghost Cookie Cutters

Zombie Cupcakes: From the Grave to the Table with 16 Cupcake Corpses, by Zilly Rosen. We love this book. The photos will inspire you to do more cake decorating. More information.

Pumpkin Blondie. This sweet treat takes the cake. A fall special from one of our favorite brownie makers, it combines pumpkin purée, walnuts, white chocolate chunks and harvest spices. More information.

Ghost Family Cookie Cutters. Bake a ghost family for Halloween. The nesting set has sizes for dad, mom and kids. The small size can be used as cupcake toppers with happy or scary faces. More information.


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