Sunday, October 23, 2011

Scrumptious, Spooky, Halloween Treats - #Recipes




Halloween is just a few days away and if you're anything like me you're rushing to get things prepared and done before the big day arrives.  One of the most memorable parts of Halloween for me growing up was the spooky yet totally delicious Halloween Treats my mom and friends' moms would come up with for parties.  So if you're hosting a scary Halloween Party this year you don't wanna miss out on some of these creepy treats to serve to your guests!



Forked Eyeballs (Easy)



Ingredients:


  • Two 11 ounce bags of white chocolate chips
  • 12 doughnut holes
  • Semi sweet chocolate chips
  • Tube of red decorating frosting
  • Two tablespoons of vegetable oil
Directions:
  1. To coat a dozen doughnut holes, melt the white chocolate chips with oil over low heat (and to keep chocolate warm while you work).  With a fork, spear each doughnut hole and submerge it into the melted white chocolate and make sure it is fully coated.  Gently tap on the site of the pan to get excess chocolate off.
  2. Stick semisweet chocolate chip with it's point cut off onto each doughnut hole, cut end first.  Place forks (handle side down) in a mug and allow the chocolate coating to harden.
  3. Once the chocolate coating has hardened, use a tube of red decorator frosting to add squiggly veins radiating out from the semisweet chocolate chip pupils.
Source: http://familyfun.go.com/recipes/forked-eyeballs-784937/ - Familyfun.go.com


Funny Bones (Easy)
Ingredients:
  • Half a package (7 ounces) of white, meltable candy wafers
  • 36 pretzel sticks and thin rods in different lengths 
  • 72 mini marshmallows (or about 1 cup)
Directions:
  1. Follow the instructions on the candy wafers packaging to melt the candy in a wide bowl.  For each "bone" press marshmallows onto both ends of the pretzel stick or rod, with the marshmallows' flat sides parallel to the pretzel.
  2. Then simply dip each pretzel into the melted candy to coat it.  Lift it out with a fork, letting the excess drip off back into the bowl.  Place the "bone" onto a sheet of waxed  paper to set at room temperature.
Source: http://familyfun.go.com/recipes/funny-bones-1024764/ Familyfun.go.com

Frankenstein's Jell-O Monster (Intermediate)

Ingredients:
  • Black & Red 3D paint & brushes for the scars and mouth.  Scribbles is a great brand to use.  When I think of 3D paint like this I think of the Tulips fabric paint my mom and I used to decorate white t-shirts with.
  • Ceramic Plate
  • 3-ounce box of Jell-O lime gelatin (makes 2 monsters)
  • 9 or 10 ounce, 4 inch tall plastic cups
  • Table Knife or Spoon
  • 2 Maraschino Cherries (for the eyes)
  • Double-sided tape
  • 2 Rolos (for the neck bolts)
  • Crushed Oreos (enough for the hair)
Directions:
  1. Paint scars and mouths on a ceramic plate as shown in the picture and let them air dry over night.
  2. Prepare gelatin according to package instructions.  Pour slightly cooled gelatin into the cup, stopping 1/2 inch from the top.
  3. Refrigerate until the gelatin is partially gelled, then remove from the cup from the refrigerator and use a table knife or spoon handle to push two cherry eyes into the gelatin.  Refrigerate again until gelatin is completely set.
  4. Use double-sided tape to attach the neck bolts.  Peel the scars and mouths off the plate and place them on the cup. (They'll adhere like Colorforms)  If it's difficult to peel the shapes off the plate, stick the plate in the refrigerator for at least 10 minutes and they should come off easily.  If 3D paint is just a pain for you simply take a permanent marker and color on the mouth and stitches.
  5. Cover the top of the gelatin with crushed Oreo hair.  Just don't wait too long to gobble them up because the hair gets a bit soggy.
Source: Familyfun.go.com http://familyfun.go.com/halloween/halloween-recipes/halloween-cupcakes/creepy-cupcakes-pg-921652/

Brain Cupcakes (Easy)
Ingredients:
Directions
  1. Bake a batch of classic cupcakes.
  2. Spread a coat of light orange icing (you can stir drops of yellow and pink food coloring and just add a touch of green into two cups of butter cream frosting until you find a hue you like) on a dozen cupcakes.
  3. Use a pastry bag fitted with a number 10 round tip to top them with fat zigzags.  It works best to first pipe two zigzags down the middle and then fill in the sides.
Source: Familyfun.go.com http://familyfun.go.com/halloween/halloween-recipes/halloween-cupcakes/brain-cupcakes-688207/
Cheese Finger Food (Easy)
Ingredients:
  • Mozzarella String Cheese
  • Green Bell Pepper
  • Cream Cheese
Directions:
  1. Wearing plastic gloves or sandwich bags over your hands to keep the cheese as smudge-free as possible, use a paring knife (parents only!) to cut each string cheese in  and then carve a shallow area for a fingernail just below the rounded end of each half.
  2. Mark the joint right below the nail as well as the knuckle joint by carving out tiny horizontal wedges of cheese, as pictured above.
  3. For the fingernails, slice a green bell pepper into 3/8 inch wide strips.  Set the strips skin side down on your work surface and trim the pulp so that it's about half as thick.  Then cut the strips into ragged-topped nail shapes and stick them in place at the ends of the fingers with a dab of cream cheese.

Rotten Apple Punch

Ingredients:
  • Apple Cider (adjust the amount for the number of people you plan to serve; they suggest one gallon.)
  • Five 1/2 cup containers such as Pyrex glass dishes; other small containers or cups will work also.
  • Red and green food coloring
  • 10 to 15 gummy worms
  • Punch bowl
Directions:
  1. Pour apple cider into all five small dishes, stopping about 1/2 inch from the top.  Add two drops of red and one drop of green food coloring to each dish and stir until the colors have blended.
  2. Hang two or three gummy worms around the edge of each dish and place the dishes in the freezer.  If you use more than three worms, the "rotten apples" won't float as well.  Freeze until the "rotten apples" are solid.
  3. Just before serving, slip the frozen wormy apples out of the dishes by setting them briefly in a few inches of warm water in your sink.
  4. Float the "rotten apples" in a large punch bowl filled with untinted cider.  For added creepiness, drape the gummy worms over the edges of your serving bowl.
Tip: Complete steps 1 & 2 the day before serving the punch.

All of these creepy recipes are sure to be a hit at any Halloween party or for your kids and their friends before they go out trick-or-treating.  I found these and more spooky recipes on Familyfun.go.com if you're interested in finding more!  

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