I picked up this candy skulls mold a couple of weeks back and have been so eager to use it ever since.
Is it weird that I find the skulls cute? I’m not sure they’re meant to be “cute”… in fact, that is probably an insult to the person who designed the mould.
But I can’t help it, just look at their smiles – they’re happy skulls!
Anyway, these skulls are based on a sweet I used to eat as a child (back when you could buy sweets for one pence each) called Skullcrushers – they were white chocolate and had a pinky red marbled effect.
I wanted to make a healthier option that was also suitable for those on a raw diet.
However, raw white chocolate is harder to make than I thought. In fact, if anyone has a good recipe for raw white chocolate, I would love to see it!
So these are not technically white chocolate, they do not contain any cacao butter. But they are very similar to white chocolate in taste, with a similar sweetness and flavour from the vanilla extract.
They are absolutely delicious and my taste testers have all given me big thumbs up!
These are a great healthy alternative to Halloween candy but they do need to be kept in the fridge or freezer to keep a good, solid texture. I liked eating mine straight out of the freezer!
Raw Candy Skull Crushers
Raw, healthy Halloween candy! Makes approx 24 bite-sized treats.
For the "white chocolate" coating
- 120 ml ½ cup coconut oil
- 75 g ½ cup cashew nuts
- 1 tbsp raw agave nectar or sweetener of choice
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tbsp raw almond milk or milk of choice
For the berry filling
- 30 g ¼ cup goji berries
- 35 g ¼ cup fresh blackberries (can be substituted with other berries)
- 30 g ¼ cup cashew nuts
- 2 tbsp raw almond milk or milk of choice
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- To make the "white chocolate" coating, mix all ingredients in a blender or food processor until completely smooth. Add a tiny bit more milk if it's hard to blend.
- Make the berry filling by separately mixing all ingredients in a blender or food processor until smooth and resembles a thick sauce.
- Fill your mold up to about ⅓ way with the white chocolate and freeze for a few minutes. (Should only take about 10 minutes for it to firm up.)
- Then spoon in about ½ tsp full of the berry filling, keeping it in the centre of the mold. And freeze for a further 10 minutes.
- Now fill up to the top with the white chocolate and freeze or refrigerate to set for at least 30 minutes.
- Keep in the fridge or freezer so it will keep a nice solid texture. Will be fine at room temperature for about 15 minutes before it softens. Enjoy!
Nutrition InformationYield 24 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 83Total Fat 7gSaturated Fat 4gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 2mgSodium 40mgCarbohydrates 4gFiber 0gSugar 2gProtein 2g
These look amazing! I really want to try and make them. What size is the skull mold you use? Thank you for coming up with so many great recipes.
I no longer have the mold to check but it was a standard candy mold size or ice cube tray size. Something like this: https://www.amazon.com/Webake-Silicone-Chocolate-Molds-Crayon/dp/B09288MVFF/
Hope you enjoy the recipe :)
Did you soak the cashews before hand?
Yes, you can either soak overnight or soak in boiled water for a few minutes.
RIANA BROCKETT says
so delish, I made them but filled it with some strawberry jam I made instead
Lovely! Glad you enjoyed them :)
[email protected] says
That berry filling looks fabulous! I’m going to have to get some skull molds for next Halloween. What fun!
Thanks Christin :-) They were a lot of fun!
Love this and love your blog! Can’t wait to read more……
I used to love those white chocolate very artificial skulls you could get in the pick a mix but turned my back on those years ago so these I would love to try!
Thank you Tamzin! I am enjoying looking through your blog right now :-)
The Peace Patch says
Superspooky skullwork! They are superyumful in a gorgeously gothic sort of way. :)
You might try these for white chocolate…?
I just found some dancing elephant chocolate molds so I’m gonna give ’em a go with white and dark chocolate. Thanks for sharing your recipe! :)
Oooh thank you for those links! *Bookmarks* I’ll have to experiment with these :-)
Also, I’m very intrigued by these dancing elephant moulds…
oh my god! Food shaped like skulls, I am going to start looking for a mold ASAP. I love that these are raw. Sounds so yummy.
Thanks Alanna! The moulds were a great find, I’ll be using them every Halloween now for sure :-)
Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl says
I love how spooky and fun these. I need to get a skull mold asap!
Get on it!
Cool! I would like moulders like that. Last year I made my own skulls in sugar paste but they did of course not turn out that amazingly cute and scary at the same time, and they were not good to eat. I thing they look a bit terrifying though, specially with the red stuff coming out of them. I got inspired by you and made the cashew nut white chocolate (it really has a resemblance!) as a filling for a beetroot and hazelnut cookie. I just turned it the other way around, red on the outside and white inside : ) You can see pictures here:http://mittlillagrona.wordpress.com/2013/10/30/rodbet-och-hasselnotskakor-med-cashewvaniljkram/ (recipe only in swedish, but there is always google translator : )
[email protected] says
Holy shite, that looks amazing… you are a very very talented food artist, didn’t I mention that before?! I have never heard of these types of candies – but I would love to try your vegan version & the berry filling sounds tasty – love a blend of goji & blackberries…mmmmmm! I’ve seen a recipe that uses coconut to make “raw white chocolate”, here is the recipe I found that may be helpful: http://www.therawtarian.com/raw-white-chocolate-bars
Thank you so much Rika! *blush* Mmm, that does look good BUT it isn’t technically chocolate :/ My experiments using cacao butter to make white chocolate have not turned out very well at all so I’m not too surprised to see a lack of recipes out there using it for raw white chocolate. Still, my version with coconut oil and cashews is pretty close to the original I think ;-)
Lovin these, but I ain’t to keen on the whole helathy-DIY-raw white chocolate thing, does it work the same with with normal white choc?? (i’m pretty sure it does, just wanted to check11)
Yeah definitely! Just melt the white chocolate and pour into the molds like you normally would :-)
MoonLight @ AWorldInMyOven says
You know, I would’ve never guessed this is a healthy recipe just by the looks of it! It sort of has “candy!” and “sugar!” written all over it!
I’m really intrigued by the ingredients you used for it though.. It sounds so creative! As soon as I get my hands on these ingredients I’ve got to test how this turns out..
I hope you do! They are one of those things where it’s hard to believe what you’re eating is actually somewhat good for you!
Aysegul - Ice says
Scary – Check
Artistic – Check
Sweeeeet – Check
Healthy – Check
Placed in the recipes to try list – BIG Check!!!
All in one amazing Aimee creation (as usual)!
Love love love these candies. Perfect for Halloween.
So happy to hear you like them Aysegul :-) Let me know if you get round to trying them, I think I’m going to end up making some more because I made a huge batch that have almost disappeared before Halloween… oops!
Shashi @ http://runninsrilankan.com says
Ahhh – I ADORE healthy candy – and these skulls look fantastic!
Thanks Shashi :D
Consuelo @ Honey & Figs says
I can’t believe these are actually healthy! They look way too amazing to be handmade, how did you get them to look that perfect? Seriously, you’re so so talented :)
Thank you Consuelo! It was mostly the mold’s work ;-)
Aimee, these are too perfect for Halloween. That red bloody filling is right on! : )
Thanks Monica! :-)