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Awesome Halloween Treats
If you’re looking for some neat snack ideas for your little Trick-or-Treaters, you’ve come to the right hub. These are some of my favorite recipes for Halloween. Each year we make them, they are a huge hit with our party guests. I serve them on a long dining table that I have covered with a black lace spider web-design tablecloth and I use accents such as skeleton goblets full of dry ice and water, small pumpkins filled with candy and other accents such as plastic spiders and silicone severed fingers. I hope you enjoy the recipes with your family this Halloween. Happy haunting!
Because Halloween is such a huge event at our house, I choose not to make these from scratch. Instead of using my recipe, I simply use our favorite Devil’s Food cake mix and a tub of pre-made vanilla frosting. It is the decorations that make these cupcakes fun and the mom’s all comment on how adorable they are! If you would rather make them from scratch, there is a recipe in the Frightfully Fun Halloween Recipes book put out by Publications International, Ltd.
Decorations should be applied after the cupcakes have been fully cooled and frosted. You’ll need: black and red decorator gel, chow mein noodles, shredded wheat cereal, candy corn, mini-m&ms, and gum drops and/ or wafer cookies.
First, break up the shredded wheat so that it forms individual, long strands. Then break the chow mein noodles until the are about ¾ inch pieces. Cut gumdrops in half and flatten with a rolling pin, pulling the bottom edge until it is wider than the top (you are fashioning it into a hat shape). Use your candies and other decorations to form the scarecrow faces as in the pictures shown.
These are the simplest treat you can possibly make, but kids love them. All you need are a box of non-latex, clear plastic kitchen gloves, microwavable popcorn (I use 5-6 bags for about 25 gloves), a bag of candy corn and several twist ties or a roll of curling ribbon.
Simply microwave the popcorn. While it is cooling, place a candy corn, point down, into the fingers and thumb of each glove. Then fill the gloves generously with popcorn and seal with the twist tie or curling ribbon.
The picture shown here uses something other than candy corn for the fingernails, but I think candy corn makes them much cuter and is more of a bright, whimsical contrast to the popcorn.
As with the cupcakes, I skip the recipe and just make the cakes from our favorite chocolate cake mix. You’ll need gummy worms, candy pumpkins, Oreo cookies, Milano cookies, coconut flakes, green food coloring and black decorator gel. Make the cake according to the directions. While it is cooling, separate the Oreos and scrape out the cream. Crush the Oreos by placing in a plastic bag and using a rolling pin. Use the black decorator gel to write things on the Milano cookies such as, R.I.P. and Boo. Mix coconut with green food coloring until it looks a bit like grass. Once the cake has completely cooled, top with premade chocolate frosting and decorate with the toppings as shown. This recipe also recommends using whipped cream (like cool whip) to fashion into ghosts as shown, but I found that unless it was served immediately, the ghosts got pretty melted, so I no longer use that tip.
Caramel Apples and Gummy Worms
This is also quite simple. All you need are apples, popsicle sticks, caramels, gummy worms and waxed paper. Follow the directions on the bag of caramels for making the caramel apples. Drape with gummy worms when caramel is partially set. This will help adhere them to the apple. Allow treats to completely cool on the waxed paper. You may also coat your caramel apple, while the caramel is still warm, with crushed Oreos, to resemble dirt and then top with the gummy worms. This photo shows a dirt apple with sugared gummy worms, but I prefer to use the non-sugared version because I think they look better.
Bread Stick Bones
Another easy and very yummy recipe! These breadsticks are a delicious, non-sweet treat that my kids and their friends love. We dip them in queso cheese, guacamole or salsa. You’ll need two tubes of Pillsbury breadsticks (they have about 8 sticks per tube), a variety of dips like those suggested if you choose to dip them, and coarse salt. Simply spray your cookie sheet with non-stick coating. Pull apart the breadsticks. Use a knife to split both ends about ¾ of an inch. Roll each side of the split end into a ball. Pull the stick to elongate a bit and place on the cookie sheet. Sprinkle each bone with coarse salt. Bake according to directions until golden brown.
For this creamy, refreshing drink, you’ll need:
2 c. apple cider
1 ½ to 2 c. vanilla ice cream
2 tbsp. honey
½ tsp ground cinnamon
¼ tsp. ground nutmeg
Process all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Pour into glasses and sprinkle with additional nutmeg. Serve immediately.
All you need for this recipe is a few bananas, mini chocolate chips, popsicle sticks, saran wrap and waxed paper. Peel your bananas and pull of any loose strings. Cut each banana in half and insert a popsicle stick into the flat end of each half. Wrap with saran wrap and place in freezer for about 3 hours. When firm, remove from freezer. Melt white chocolate candies in small pot over medium heat. Remove wrap from bananas. When candy is melted, use butter knife to spread evenly over entire banana. Press chocolate chips in to make eyes and nose. Place onto waxed paper and return to freezer until ready to serve.
If your kids like cheese sticks, they’ll love these simple Frankenfingers. All you’ll need is a few mozzarella cheese sticks, a green pepper and herbed cream cheese. Using a paring knife, slice thin knuckles into the cheese sticks. Carve a small notch out of the top of the stick and apply a small dollop of cream cheese. Cut green pepper into small square to resemble finger nails and press into the cream cheese. That’s it!
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