Candy Bones Recipe

A super easy Halloween snack

If you like salty sweet snacks, you’ll love Candy Bones, a tasty combination of salty pretzels, sweet vanilla and the nutty flavor of oats.

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Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 7 min
Ready in: 22 min
Yields: about 6 cups


  • about 4 cups small pretzel sticks, salted
  • about 2 cups Cheerios brand cereal or a generic version
  • 1 lb. vanilla candy melts


First, assemble the bones.

Assemble the bones by sliding the one or two pieces of oat cereal onto both ends of the pretzel sticks. Snap some sticks in half to add variety.

To get the oat cereal onto the sticks, you'll have to finagle them. Whether you use Cheerios© or a generic brand, you'll find that the holes in the cereal are not uniform. Some will fit onto the pretzel sticks easily. Others you'll have to gently twist on.

Because bags of pretzels tend to have crushed pieces, I used six one-ounce boxes of small Bachman Pretzel Stix.

Then melt the vanilla melts.

After assembling the bones, melt the candy melts.

Wilton offers advice on melting candy melts on its website, including directions for melting them in a slow cooker.

I used the double boiler method, setting a metal bowl filled with candy melts over water. After bringing the water to a simmer, I removed the double boiler from the heat and stirred the melts until they were smooth and creamy.

The video below shows a method for melting the candy coating in the microwave in a Pyrex© bowl.

Microwave Method Using Pyrex Bowl

Coat the bones in vanilla and allow them to dry.

Dip the bones into the melted candy, covering one half at a time.

Tap the bones against the side of the bowl to remove excess and place them on parchment paper or wax paper to harden.

When dry, dip the other half, tap and set out to dry.

Because the candy coating sets up quickly, this doesn't take long.

Recipe Variations

  • Add an assortment of nuts to the prepared bones.
  • Add chocolate chips.
  • Substitute Fruit Loops for Cheerios.
  • Coat Chex© cereal pieces with the candy coating and serve along with the coated pretzels as Broken Bones.

Presentation is everything.

Candy Bones are easy to make and fun to serve. Set them out at parties in Halloween-themed bowls or small wooden coffins.

Use Candy Bones as decorations on cakes and cupcakes.

Tricked out in a Halloween candy box or bag, Candy Bones makes a nice hostess gift, too.

Photos by Jill Spencer

© 2015 Jill

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indresilkaityte 13 months ago from Vilnius, Lithuania

Thanks for sharing. Looks very delicious :). Yummy. Best wishes from Lithuania!

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Kristen Howe 16 months ago from Northeast Ohio

Jill, what an ingenious idea. It looks so yummy and delicious for a snack for yourself or at any Halloween party. Yum! Thanks for sharing!

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The Dirt Farmer 16 months ago from United States Author

Hi Deb! You what they say-- laughter is the best undertaker . . . or something like that. Great to hear from you! Thanks for commenting.

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aviannovice 16 months ago from Stillwater, OK

That's great, as this appeals to my warped sense of humor. The little coffins are a hoot, too.

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The Dirt Farmer 16 months ago from United States Author

Nice to hear from you, MsDora. I hope you're keeping well. (:

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MsDora 16 months ago from The Caribbean

What a fun project! Agreed that it is great for functions other than Halloween. Thanks!

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The Dirt Farmer 16 months ago from United States Author

Donna & Chantell, thanks so much commenting. I appreciate the pins!

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Chantelle Porter 16 months ago from Chicago

What an absolutely adorable idea. Pinned it.

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purl3agony 16 months ago from USA

Oh, these look so delicious and creative! I love the taste of salty mixed with sweet, and the extra crunch of the cereal and pretzel is even better. Such a fun idea for Halloween! Pinned to my Halloween board!

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The Dirt Farmer 16 months ago from United States Author

Thanks for dropping by, Lizzy and Patricia! Appreciate the shares. (:

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pstraubie48 16 months ago from sunny Florida

How cute are these candy bones and even cuter offered up in coffins. Kids will be certain to enjoy them.

Great directions.

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DzyMsLizzy 16 months ago from Oakley, CA

Now that's a clever idea! Bookmarked and pinned! Shared on FB as well.

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