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Graveyard Halloween Milkshake

This scary Graveyard Halloween Milkshake has an edible candy skeleton hand reaching out of its graveyard plot topped with cookie crumb “dirt” and wriggly jello worms! Celebrate Halloween with this fun and spooctacular milkshake!

Graveyard Halloween Milkshake

I love how the skeleton bone hand is reaching out of the milkshake to grab you! This milkshake is super easy to make but requires a bit of prep to make the skeleton hand and the worms (unless you use store bought gummy worms).

So let’s dig right into the ingredients! (Pun intended)

You’ll need a few ingredients: 

Gravedigger Halloween Milkshake Ingredients List:

  • Milk
  • Chocolate Chip or Neopolitan ice cream
  • Chocolate cookie wafers
  • Oreos
  • Chocolate frosting
  • Chocolate sauce
  • White candy melts 

I included a link to the candy melts in case you need to see what they look like or need it shipped, but please check Joann, Michael’s, or Target for a better price.

Recommended Kitchen Equipment:

I prefer to make homemade whipped cream because you can whip it stiffer which holds up better and longer. This is especially nice if you’re assembling several milkshakes. Plus, it literally holds up the over-the-top garnishes better than the thinner store-bought whipped cream.

Homemade Whipped Cream Ingredients:

  • heavy whipping cream
  • granulated sugar
  • vanilla extract

But, as usual, if you have store-bought and want to use store-bought, then it’s fine! No judgement here! I have three little kids and zero time, so I totally understand!

I use my Ninja blender for all my milkshakes! I can’t say enough good things about this blender! It’s not super cheap and won’t fall apart like some $20-30 brands, but it also doesn’t cost an arm and a leg like a Vitamix blender. 

If you’re in need of a new blender, I definitely recommend this one. My only tip is that even though the pitcher says it’s dishwasher safe, be sure to hand wash it. Our first one cracked in the dishwasher, but our replacement pitcher has been going strong for 4-5 years now.

To make these milkshakes over the top, you need to make the candy skeleton hands:

Start by melting your candy melts per the manufacturer’s instructions. Then fill a pastry bag (or Ziploc bag with one corner cut off) with melted candy melts and “draw” a skeleton hand by piping it out onto parchment paper. 

To make it look like actual bones, you need to start piping at the top of each finger and every ½” to 1” stop and squeeze a little extra make a “ripple” to look like the beginning or end of a bone. Do all the fingers, then create the palm of the hand and keep piping down to make an arm.

Tip: make sure the “wrist” and “arm” is piped wide/thick enough to support the hand while it’s standing up in the milkshake.

Then let the candy melt skeleton hands set and harden. 

You also need to make some Jello worms.

To make the homemade jello worms you need the following ingredients and equipment along with some extra time because they take 1-2 hours to fully “set.” 

Homemade Jello Worms Ingredients and Equipment List:

  • unflavored gelatin 
  • 2 packages of Jello (your flavor choice – I always like cherry)
  • green food coloring
  • 3/4 cup of heavy cream
  • 3 cups of boiling water
  • bendy straws*
  • a container to put the straws in – I used a tall carafe

*I don’t like buying/using plastic straws anymore, so if you can, see if anyone in your local Buy Nothing Group has some bendy straws they no longer need and are willing to give to you. If not, you can also make these using paper straws, but they won’t have a ripple-ish bit in the middle (from the bendy section of the straw) like a real worm.

The Jello worms are made using Jello, extra gelatin, and heavy cream poured into upright bendy straws. NOTE: do NOT follow the directions on the back of the Jello box to make these, it will mess up your worms.

And here’s how you make creepy Jello worms:

  1. First, prep your straw by undoing/stretching out all the bendy parts, put them together in a circle and put a rubber band around them if your container isn’t tight enough. Then put them in your tall container.
  2. Start by boiling your 3 cups of water. Once it comes to a boil, remove from the heat, add in your Jello packets and your gelatin packets and stir.
  3. Next, add your heavy cream and 10-15 drops of green food coloring and stir.
  4. Then pour your mixture into the straws. Most will come out the bottom. If you want to prevent that, then put a slice of bread down at the bottom of the straws to prevent the Jello mix from coming out.
  5. Refrigerate your straws for 1-2 hours until the Jello is set.
  6. Then, using the back of a wooden spoon or spatula, slide/squeeze each worm out of the straws.

Here’s a couple other recipes where I use these homemade Jello worms:

How to make Graveyard Halloween Milkshakes:

To make the milkshake start by making the jello worms and skeleton hands since they need to set. 

After your worms and skeleton hands have set, you’re ready to make your milkshake. Start by making your homemade whipped cream. In a stand mixer or using a hand mixer, whip the heavy cream, sugar, and vanilla extract until stiff peaks form. Add your whipped cream to a pastry bag fitted with a Star 1M size tip. 

Next, garnish the rims of your glasses with chocolate frosting covered in a mix of crushed chocolate wafers and Oreo cookie bits to look like dirt. Set aside in the refrigerator while you make your milkshake. 

Then blend together your Neapolitan or Chocolate Chip ice cream, milk, and cookie wafers in your blender. Drizzle some chocolate sauce inside your garnished glasses and then add your blended milkshake. Top it with a swirl of whipped cream, and more “dirt”, then add your skeleton hand, a straw, and some worms on top! 

Here’s the full printable recipe:

Graveyard Halloween Milkshake

Graveyard Halloween Milkshake

Yield: 3

Ingredients

  • Overall milkshake:
  • 1 ¼ cups milk
  • 4 cups Neapolitan ice cream
  • 2 cups mixed chocolate cookie wafer and Oreo crumbs
  • 1 cup chocolate frosting
  • chocolate sauce
  • 2 12 oz packages of white candy melts
  • 9-12 Jello worms
  • homemade whipped cream
  • Homemade whipped cream ingredients:
  • heavy whipping cream
  • granulated sugar
  • vanilla extract
  • Jello worm ingredients:
  • unflavored gelatin 
  • 2 packages of Jello (your flavor choice - I always like cherry)
  • green food coloring
  • 3/4 cup of heavy cream
  • 3 cups of boiling water

Instructions

Skeleton Hands:

  1. Start by making your skeleton hands. Melt your candy melts per the manufacturer’s instructions. Then fill a pastry bag (or ziploc bag with one corner cut off) with melted candy melts and draw a skeleton hand onto parchment paper. 
  2. To make it look like actual bones, you need to start piping at the top of each finger and every ½” to 1” make a “ripple” to look like the beginning or end of a bone. 
  3. Tip: make sure the “wrist” and “arm” is piped thick enough to support the hand!
  4. Let the candy melt skeleton hands set and harden. 


Jello Worms:

  1. First, prep your straw by undoing/stretching out all the bendy parts, put them together in a circle and put a rubber band around them if your container isn’t tight enough. Then put them in your tall container.
  2. Start by boiling your 3 cups of water. Once it comes to a boil, remove from the heat, add in your Jello packets and your gelatin packets and stir.
  3. Next, add your heavy cream and 10-15 drops of green food coloring and stir.
  4. Then pour your mixture into the straws. Most will come out the bottom. If you want to prevent that, then put a slice of bread down at the bottom of the straws to prevent the Jello mix from coming out.
  5. Refrigerate your straws for 1-2 hours until the Jello is set.
  6. Then, using the back of a wooden spoon or spatula, slide/squeeze each worm out of the straws.

Graveyard Milkshakes:

  1. Start by making your homemade whipped cream. In a stand mixer or using a hand mixer, whip the heavy cream, sugar, and vanilla extract until stiff peaks form. Add your whipped cream to a pastry bag fitted with a Star 1M size tip. 
  2. Next, garnish the rims of your glasses with chocolate frosting covered in a mix of crushed chocolate wafers and Oreo cookie bits to look like dirt. Set aside in the refrigerator while you make your milkshake. 
  3. Then blend together your Neapolitan or Chocolate Chip ice cream, milk, and cookie wafers in your blender.
  4. Drizzle some chocolate sauce inside your garnished glasses and then add your blended milkshake.
  5. Top it with a swirl of whipped cream, and more “dirt”, then add your skeleton hand, a straw, and some worms on top! 
    My Graveyard Halloween Milkshake was featured on FoodNetwork.com along with more of my spooky Halloween milkshakes. 

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