Introduction: Ghost Poop

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It was a dark and stormy Halloween night.  The house was creaking and the chandeliers gently swayed in the draft.  An unworldly sensation brushed past my arm as I heard a haunted chuckle.  I turned to see where the sound might have come from and spotted a small, eerily glowing mass in the shadows. I turned my flashlight on it to discover several small mounds that could only reveal the recent passing of a ghost.  Just to be sure, I popped one in my mouth.  It was delicious.  The ghost had eaten well that day.

Discover the magical powers of ghost poop!  Serve your own delicious mounds of ghost poop at your next Halloween party and dare your guests to stop at just one!

Step 1:

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  • 1 envelope (2-3/4 tsp) unflavored gelatin
  • 1 cup granulated sugar


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Step 2:

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  1. In a medium mixing bowl, sprinkle gelatin over 1/3 cup cold water to soften.
  2. In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, dissolve granulated sugar in 1/4 cup water, stirring.
  3. Brush inside edges of pan with water to remove sugar crystals and boil until the temperature reaches the soft-ball stage (238 degrees F) on a candy thermometer - do not stir, or you will create large sugar crystals.
  4. Slowly drizzle mixture in to bowl of gelatin and whisk on medium speed for 3 min.
  5. Increase speed to high and whisk until soft peaks form, 8 to 10 min.

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Transfer ghost poop goo to a piping bag fitted with a large round tip or a plastic baggie and snip off the end.
Pipe into mounds on silicone sheet or parchment.

If left out, poop will become crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside.
If kept in a sealed container, ghost poop will remain soft and gooey throughout.

How do you prefer your poop?


Slippery arm (author)2016-07-29

But funny

Slippery arm (author)2016-07-29


vegascrist (author)2015-11-01

One packet of gelatin was not 2 3/4 teaspoons, so I measured out enough from a second packet and added it to the water. By the time the sugar was ready, the gelatin had turned into a lump of rubber, and when I tried to mix it, it broke my mixer when it went through the blades.

FirstSpear (author)2015-11-01

Just the title made me laugh. Thanks.

Wolflax (author)2015-10-31

This is awesome. Very funny story.

hammer9876 (author)2015-10-31

I have done these over the years. Forgotten cookies.

For smooth white poop, leave out the nuts and chocolate. They are great just like that, but for heavenly taste, use pecans and chocolate chips. They are called "forgotten" because you can throw them in the oven, turn it off, and leave them overnight. For a party in a couple of hours, follow the directions.

Laylabean (author)2015-07-29

They're magically delicious! Great idea!

CandyLove11 (author)2015-06-13


thehbird (author)2014-01-02


angryrobot17 (author)2013-08-19

any subsitution for a piping bag?

scoochmaroo (author)angryrobot172013-08-20

Snip the corner off of a plastic sandwich bag!

charlieanderin (author)2013-06-24

My brother threw one in the fire ... very entertaining results

hdarrow (author)2013-02-06

I bet these would be lovely dipped into tempered dark chocolate. (There's just something about dark chocolate that makes marshmallow taste, I dunno, buttery, even when there's no butter in the recipe... 'scuse me a sec, I need to wipe up the drool. XD)

DividersMaker (author)2013-01-18

Well now, perhaps I will... but don't hold your breath for that instructable!

cloudburst (author)2012-10-31

I've been whisking for over 16 minutes and no white peaks yet. Could the problem be a natural gelatin substitute from Natural Desserts? Knox was discontinued and not on the shelf at my store. Other than that, followed recipe to a T.

scoochmaroo (author)cloudburst2012-10-31

I'm not sure! I would say give it a try with what you've got and see if they set up properly with time.

cloudburst (author)scoochmaroo2012-11-02

No luck with that batch. It tasted good, but did not retain the bubbles. I'll try again when I get ahold of some gelatin.

hurten (author)2012-10-10

will it glow under Blacklight?

Patrik (author)hurten2012-10-10

They will, if you use some tonic water in the recipe. The quinine will glow a nice blue under UV light. Quinine breaks down at 350 F, so 238 F should be fine.

scoochmaroo (author)Patrik2012-10-31

My experiments have shown that o use enough quinine to make these glow, the recipe would be inedible. But still cool!

skippyconsuelo (author)Patrik2012-10-13

you are too smart!
what is the speed of light in a vacuum?
what PSI is required to melt ice at 27 Fahrenheit?
why is the sky blue?
(is it because if the sky was green we would not know when to stop mowing?)

legless (author)skippyconsuelo2012-10-18

299,792,458 metres per second

without having to resort to working it out and assuming you mean atmospheric pressure (103.1kPa or 15 psi) then the pressure need to be over 15 psi at 27F (-2.7C)

it appears blue because most of the longer wavelengths of light pass straight through the air but much of the blue is absorbed by molecules in the air and scattered in all directions. This means that no matter where in the sky you look it seems blue.

Dusk Shadows (author)2012-10-26

Awesome idea scooch very creative!

zacker (author)2012-10-12

cool.. but, what do these taste like? Unflavored gelitin and sugar? is there a way to add flavoring like vanilla or something? Im only asking cause I dont Maybe they are delicious. Guess I should make some and find out. Thanks for the Recipe!!! Happy Halloween!

scoochmaroo (author)zacker2012-10-12

They taste like marshmallows!

HollyMann (author)scoochmaroo2012-10-12

Yum - these look great! love the photo too!

zacker (author)scoochmaroo2012-10-12

Really? nice... Crunchy coated chewy marshmallows.. sweet!! I bet for making NON Ghost poo, these would be great on a cupcake if left to be gooey!!

spark master (author)2012-10-12

while unset put in some candy corn, like real corn retains shape all the way through, so gross so very gross, but, perfect

DeeRilee (author)2012-10-12

I would think you could use any clear flavoring to it... almond extract, peppermint, etc.

Sounds like fun!

firsttimegrandma (author)2012-10-12

CUTE, YES! I was making these for a neighborhood (nice) party for tomorrow, so did a trial run. I REALLY wanted to make them and have them be GOOD. I kind of thought these were going to be like CementTruck's (see comment above)  meringue cookies, which I have had in the past.
Well, I decided NOT to take them to said party.................First, . They had no taste. I thought they would have with 1 cup sugar. Just very bland. (For a moment I thought to make these with pudding mixture/gelatin - then thought what flavor/color......chocolate? Wouldn't be ghost poop then......... I went through with the rest of the trial to the finish tho........I "piped" them out on parchment paper on the table............the next trial was to move them from the parchment to a serving plate. Not easy to do. It's impossible to do this without using your fingers/licking your fingers, etc................and that is not good when one has a cold. Then I thought it might work by cutting a liner (out of parchment paper) and lining the cookie container with it. Not quite as bad, but still had some of the "poops" fall over sideways in moving them with tongs, spoons, whatever. The only thing I came up with (idea wise, but didn't try it) would be to "pipe" the original forms into a cupcake paper - perhaps Halloween designed?) and then move them to a container to cover. (I didn't want crunchy cookies, (not sure why not, but at the time, soft was my choice) Anyway, considering I am new into this neighborhood and not wanting to embarass myself in front of complete strangers, I decided to chuck the whole thing. Darn! I REALLY WANTED these to work out, but for me, they didn't. Too Bad, SO SAD. Now I have to find another October dessert to make..........

LoneHowler (author)2012-10-11

What if you used tonic water instead of water to add a real glow effect under black light? Would it be too bitter, or alter the consistency?

mchabot (author)LoneHowler2012-10-12

There's already another instructable about using Tonic Water for cupcake frosting.
5 tablespoons of Tonic Water for 1 cup of vegetable shortening and 7 cups confectioners' sugar.

scoochmaroo (author)LoneHowler2012-10-11

That would be awesome! I could dip them in a tonic gelatin mixture after hardening to make them glow!

sassycat (author)2012-10-11

Thats neat!

pinkstorm (author)2012-10-11

Thought I was done PINNING for the night ! This the BEST !!!!

lovethebackwoods (author)2012-10-11

These look just too awesome, scootch! Thanks for sharing. My kids love stuff like this way too much!

lookwhatimade37 (author)2012-10-11

love, LOve, LOVE it!!!!
thank you scoochmaroo!

Dr. P (author)2012-10-11

You're so crazy! I'd eat 'em.

Kaitsdad (author)2012-10-11

You made marshmallows. Nice spin. Good work on the photography as well. I have been inspired.

Jayefuu (author)2012-10-11

Ha ha excellent intro Sarah, was that your work?

scoochmaroo (author)Jayefuu2012-10-11

Every now and then I get clever. I wouldn't want to spoil you with it every day ;)

lunarmagpie (author)2012-10-11

To make them even more poopalicious, add a few candy corns! :o)

scoochmaroo (author)lunarmagpie2012-10-11


chefsea (author)2012-10-11

Cute. Maybe you can refer to them as BOOwel movements.

Bongmaster (author)2012-10-10

add nuts to it :0

mickchick (author)Bongmaster2012-10-11

I was thinking (candy) corn! lol!

jackjackboom (author)2012-10-11

You should try to make them glow!

ATatteredCanvas (author)2012-10-11

I can't wait to try this!

rrkrose (author)2012-10-10

This is hilarious! It would be funny to serve these at Halloween parties.

KristenBakes (author)2012-10-10

haha, this is awesome!

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