Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Sweet Halloween Treats

I was inspired by So Yummy's Halloween treat video (which I caught a few weeks ago on Facebook). I decided to dive in with the girls (and few sweet friends) to see how successful we might be at recreating some of the cute ideas. Plus it turned out to be a great way to celebrate a random Monday off from school. Knowing how much sugar I would be sending them home with, I threw in some fruit, veggies, and some (not-so-healthy) chips & dip.
In case you missed it, here's a link to our inspiration: 7 Sweet & Easy Treats to Make for Halloween by So Yummy. We didn't make all seven --but we did tackle FIVE! Most of the ingredients were easy to come by. Purple jimmies (sprinkles) were sold out everywhere so we went with a different shape. And the black licorice laces had to be ordered online. The tall jars that I used for the green melts, I just threw away. :( 

Peanut Butter Cup Bats
Reese's peanut butter cups
Oreo cookies
small candy eyes

Frankenstein Monster HoHos
green candy melts
purple or grey sprinkles
candy corn
small candy eyes
white sprinkle for the mouth

These turned out to be one of the trickiest. We found that when we dipped the HoHo into the melted candy, the heat from the candy pulled the chocolate from the HoHo. There must be a secret ingredient to those candy melts in the video. They were definitely more smooth and workable than what we were using. The girls improvised.

Chocolate Cupcake Spiders
chocolate cupcakes
chocolate frosting
chocolate sprinkles
black licorice laces
Red Hot candies

Creepy Monster Fingers
pretzel rods
green candy melts
sliced almonds

Purple Oreo Cyclops
Oreo cookies (double-stuffed)
purple candy melts
purple sprinkles
large candy eyes
lollipop sticks

Apparently, I didn't capture any pictures of the girls making these. They were certainly the trickiest. The Oreos fell off the sticks or broke because the candy melts didn't get as thin and smooth as that in the video. Using their knives, the girls just frosted them instead.

After the treats were finished, we enjoyed some Halloween Punch that my friend, Trisha, made (including dry ice smoke and frozen hands). It turned out a beautiful purple-red and the floating hands of ice made it especially festive!

Halloween Punch
Equal parts:
100% juice orange juice
grape juice

Each guest left with a tray full of spooky treats.