Slimy Slug Candy

slimy slug candy

I pinned this recipe quite some time ago and put it into my “Fun Food Ideas” board.  I mean, seriously, of course I was going to make it.  They are adorable!  And with the movie Turbo coming out, I figured it was the perfect time to surprise my kids.  My son wants to see Turbo badly.  I’m not sure if it’s because of the snails or the story or just because he loves to go to the movie, but either way, I’m in.  It looks pretty cute.

slimy slug candy

I know, I know, these aren’t snails.  They are slugs.  But we live in Oregon where you might think the state animal is the beaver, but anyone who lives here knows, it’s the slug.  They are everywhere.  When I was in high school someone dared me to lick one.  Gross, right?  Well, of course I did.  I mean, someone dared me too.  Did you know the slime from a slug is kind of an anesthetic?  I can verify this because when I licked said slug, my entire mouth went numb.  It was a little scary at first because I thought there was a very good chance that I might have poisoned myself.  Serious.  The things we do.

Well, I wouldn’t encourage you to lick a real slug (although I kind of think you haven’t lived until you do.)  But if you would prefer not too, here’s a slug you CAN lick.  And it’s much better tasting.

The slime trails are easy to make.  Mine surely aren’t perfect, but I don’t shoot for perfection.  (At least that’s what I’m going to write here.)

slug slime

I’ve always wanted to make my own marshmallow.  Who knew I’d be making slugs out of it.

marshmallow slugs


They kind of look like slugs, right?

slug candy

And with eyes?  Totally!

slimy slug candy

Candy Slugs

Candy Slugs


    For the Slime
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 package of "Invisible" Kool-aid (I couldn't find this so I used raspberry flavoring)
  • For the Slugs
  • 1 packet of Knox gelatin
  • 1/3 cup cold water, for gelatin
  • 1/3 cup water, for candy (her recipe called for 1/4 cup but I felt it was too dry)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 packet of Kool-aid (any color/flavor you prefer) (I would use 1/2 the packet)
  • Candy eyes


    For the Slime
  1. Prepare a few baking sheets for the candy by spraying them lightly with a non-stick spray.
  2. In a saucepan combine sugar, syrup, and water and bring to a boil on medium heat. While stirring it frequently let it boil until it reaches hard crack stage. (300* on a candy thermometer) When it has reached this stage pull it off of the heat and quickly stir in your kool-aid packet or flavoring.
  3. Working quickly, (it hardens fast!) scoop a large spoonful onto the pan and drag it out about 4" this creates your slug trail. Continue this process until you have used all your candy or filled your sheets.
  4. For the Slugs
  5. In a mixing bowl sprinkle gelatin over 1/3 cup cold water. Allow gelatin to soften.
  6. In a small saucepan, combine 1/3 cup water and sugar, and stir over medium-high heat until sugar is dissolved. Boil sugar until temperature reaches the soft-ball stage (238 degrees). Remove candy from heat and quickly stir in your Kool-aid. Pour the candy into the softened gelatin. Using an electric mixer, beat on high (as if you were making whipped cream) until soft peaks form and the marshmallow mixture holds shape, 8 to 10 minutes.
  7. Transfer marshmallow mixture to a large ziplock bag and cut about 1/4" off of one corner. (It has to be used immediately)
  8. Pipe your marshmallow directly onto the "slime", starting at the tail. Make sure the body is fat. You might want to practice but you'll get the hang of it quickly!
  9. Let the slugs cool/set for about 30 minutes and then place eyes on the top. They will stick.
  10. There you have it! Slimy Candy Slugs!

My kids came home from Science Camp and LOVED them!

slimy slug candy

My son had a staring contest with his.

slug stare down

Guess who won?

Cody eating slug

The verdict?  So much fun!

the kids eating slugs

 This poor fella is a little lopsided.

lopsided candy slug

NOTE: No slugs were harmed in the taking of photos.

slimy slug candy

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  1. Michelle Elizondo says:

    I think the kids would have fun eating this. It looks great as a party favor.

  2. Rebekah Gyger says:

    Those are too funny. I will need to remember them.

  3. Brilliant! What gross fun!!!!!!! Thanks for sharing at #FlashbackFridays!

  4. These are so adorable! I can’t wait to make these with my son! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Eating slugs is sooo gross! I can’t wait to make these 🙂

  6. This is seriously one of the most adorable things I’ve ever seen!!!!

  7. Such a cute treat for the kids! I think my son would love these. Thank you for sharing the recipe.

  8. Jenny Patton says:

    How funny! Not sure this looks too appetizing for me, but maybe a kid:)

  9. These are just too fun…they could easily be adapted as ghosts for Halloween too! Oh so creative!

  10. Sandy VanHoey says:

    Have to love this, looks like the kids sure did. My grandson just went yesterday to see Turbo so I know he would be loving these. Thanks for sharing

  11. Oh, this is awesome, fabulous, eeeek!!!!!!
    I want to try this RIGHT NOW.
    Unfortunately I am not sure if I will find what it needs, here in Brazil.
    But I will search for it!
    Such a great “project”, thank you very much for sharing it!


    • Thanks Dorothee! I was an exchange student in Brasil and loved it! What an amazing place. I hope you can find the ingredients. These are pretty fun =o)

  12. jessica hager says:

    OMGoodness, my daughter would love these, they would be so cute for a birthday party. Oh yeah it’s hilarious that you licked a snail lol.

  13. This is such a brilliant idea – and scarily so realistic! Love it and will try to make it for our next party – I think adults will have as much fun as kids. Thank you for such a fabulous idea.

  14. Giuliana G says:

    These are brilliant! I’m going to enjoy making these soon! So cute and easy to make, my little brother will love them!!

  15. Those are great! I love how shiny they are! I am going to have to try them this weekend with the kids. I am thinking we might add in some food coloring too 🙂

  16. We are taing our granddaughter to see Turbo this weekend–must make these.

  17. These are hilarious! What a fun treat for summer, Halloween, April Fools. Love it and pinning it.

  18. Oh, how fun!! Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!

  19. Ah those are SO creative and neat!! I can absolutely see why they are a big hit with kids! Love it! Thanks for linking up to Thrifty Thursday!

  20. Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes says:

    This is probably one of the coolest gross thing I’ve ever seen lol. My kids would love this too! Thanks for sharing at All My Bloggy Friends this week 🙂

  21. This is so cute and unusual. The slug texture looks really cool too. I’ve featured this as a Craftastic Pick. Thanks for linking to the Craftastic Monday party at Sew Can Do!

  22. Hi Erin,
    Your little guys look like they are having so much fun with your adorable slimmy candy slugs. That is the best idea and I can’t wait to try it out. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope you have a great week!

    Miz Helen

  23. crystal vanginkel says:

    Omg way cool my 2 boys would love this Slug Candy a yummy Bug that they can eat…Im soooo going to try to make these this week 🙂

  24. This is great! I am making theses for the holidays! What a perfect Halloween treat.

  25. Georgia Beckman says:

    WHAT??????? YOU LICKED A SLUG???????????? I think there’d have to be a million dollar bet behind that dare for me to do it. BLECH! Is your mouth STILL numb? rofl
    Printed this one off. I’m thinking we can work it into the Halloween party!

    • Yeah, I know. I don’t typically share that story =o) These would be great for a Halloween party! Have fun with them. And thanks for the great comments!

  26. This is the cutest idea!! I love these slugs. Totally going to try to make them for upcoming cub scout meeting…the boys will love them!! I have really enjoyed your blog 🙂

  27. Hi, I don’t know if you will see this, but i have to ask anyway: How do these hold up on storage, and transport?
    I’m trying to find a fun candy to make for a party, but will have to transport them for 13 hours in a car afterwards. Everyone else will be doing cakes and chocolates, so I thought these might be fun.
    But is that even doable?

    • I kept mine in an air tight storage container and they lasted for days. If the car is warm/hot, maybe put them in a cooler so they don’t sweat. (Not sure if they would or not, but it’s better to be safe.) Everyone will LOVE them! They are so fun to make and even more fun to eat!