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ROLO® Day of the Dead Apple Skulls


50 Min.
Skill Level:
6 dipped apples

This festive ROLO® Day of the Dead Apple Skulls recipe is a fun, sweet treat for your Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos) festivities. It's a simple and easy activity everyone in the family can try. Each apple is coated with melted ROLO® Creamy Caramels in Chocolate Candy and decorated with sprinkles and candies, such as REESE'S PIECES Candies, TWIZZLERS Twists Candy and JOLLY RANCHER Fruit Chews. Sink your teeth into ROLO® Day of the Dead Apple Skulls, delicious and festive treats that are as fun to make as they are to eat!

Chocolate and fruit is a winning combination! Explore our other refreshing Chocolate and Fruit Dessert Recipes for occasions throughout the year!

Ingredients & Directions

Prep Time
50 minutes
Chill Time
30 minutes


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  • 6
    wooden ice cream sticks
  • 6
    medium-sized apples, stems removed
  • 2 to 4 Tbsps
  • white candies such as decorative snowflakes
  • REESE'S PIECES Candies, TWIZZLERS Twists Candy, JOLLY RANCHER Fruit Chews or other small candies


Equipment Needed 
Cookie Sheets Cookie Sheets
Wax Paper Wax Paper
Measuring Spoons Measuring Spoons
Double Boiler Double Boiler
Refrigerator Refrigerator

Line 2 trays or cookie sheets with wax paper; generously butter paper or spray with nonstick cooking spray. Insert wooden stick into stem end of each washed and thoroughly dried apple.


Remove wrappers from caramel candies. Melt caramels and 1 tablespoon milk in top of double boiler over hot water. (Add additional milk, several drops at a time, if coating is too thick). Dip apples into hot caramel mixture; turn until coated. Scrape off excess coating. Place on prepared tray. Refrigerate 30 minutes or until coating is sticky enough so that small candy or nut can be attached without sliding off the apple.


Extra coating may be used as dip for apple slices, pretzel sticks, crackers or cookies.


Press small white candies onto apple to form outline of skull. Decorate with other candies* to finish design. Place on second prepared tray; chill until firm. Store, covered, in cool place.


Fruit chews can be molded or cut to form shapes. Knead candy until it is soft and pliable. If necessary, heat candy in microwave at medium (50%) for about 5 seconds to soften. Tweezers can help with placement of small candy pieces.

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