Let’s be honest – the real reason you’re ready for fall is because that means Halloween is coming! It’s okay, we don’t blame you. So, while you’re planning that totally kick butt costume, don’t forget to serve up some blood-curdling, bone-chilling, freaky foods at your Halloween party this year!
7 Ghoulish Recipes for Your Monster Bash:
1. No-Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake Mummy Bites
1.5 cups gingersnap cookie crumbs
¼ cup canned pumpkin puree
1/3 cup graham cracker crumbs
3 tbsp powdered sugar
¼ tsp ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp salt
3 oz. softened cream cheese
½ cup white chocolate chips
white chocolate chips
red food coloring
Combine gingersnaps, pumpkin, graham crackers, powdered sugar, cinnamon, salt and cream cheese in a bowl and mix until smooth. Melt ½ cup white chocolate chips and mix into the mixture. Cover and chill until dough is solid enough to roll into balls (about 1 hour in the fridge or 30 minutes in the freezer). Rolls 12-14 balls and put a toothpick in each. Melt the remaining chocolate, dip each ball in it, and then place balls on a baking sheet. Chill for 3-5 minutes or until chocolate hardens. Drizzle more white chocolate over the mummy bites to create his creepy wrappings, and dab a Q-tip soaked in red food coloring on for eyes. Adorably scary!
2. Poison Toffee Apples
2 cups granulated sugar
¾ cup water
½ cup light corn syrup
black gel food coloring
6 granny smith apples
Grease a piece of baking paper and place on a baking sheet. Skewer the apples and set aside. Combine sugar, water, corn syrup and food coloring in a bowl and stir over medium heat until the sugar dissolves and the mixture feels smooth between your fingers. Turn the heat up slightly on the mixture and keep the sides of the pot clean to prevent crystals. Boil until it reaches the hard crack stage (around 310 degrees Fahrenheit) then carefully dip the apples in the candy, placing on the baking sheet once coated. Allow to cool for about an hour then enjoy. Snow White’s witch would approve!
3. Bloody Shirley Temples
Pour sprite (and gin) over ice and wait until it stops fizzing. Suck grenadine up into syringe, squirt a little into the bottom of the glass and then leave the remainder in the syringe in the glass! Creepy!
4. Ghostbusters Green Slimed Popcorn
½ cup butter
1 cup light brown sugar, packed
2 tbsp light corn syrup
2 heaping cups mini marshmallows
1 tsp vanilla extract
6 drops each yellow and green food coloring
8 cups popped popcorn
Place butter, brown sugar and corn syrup in a sauce pan, cook over medium heat until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and add marshmallows and vanilla extract, keep stirring. Add the green and tallow food coloring until desired color is seen. Put the popcorn in a large bowl and slime it up! Cover until ready to stir and store in an airtight container. Slimy yet satisfying!
5. Shrunken Heads in Cider
2 cups lemon juice
2 tbsp coarse salt
8 large Granny Smith apples
32 whole cloves
2 gallons apple cider
2 (12 oz.) cans frozen lemonade concentrate (thawed)
2 cups spiced rum
Preheat oven to 250 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Mix lemon juice and salt in a bowl. Peel apples and cut each in half through the stem (removed the seeds and core). Carve a face into each apple on the round side and place in the lemon mixture for one minute then move to a paper towel to drain. Place apples, face side up on baking sheet and bake until apples are dry and brown on edges (will take about 1.5 hours). Remove the apples from over and press cloves into the “eyes”. Combine cider, lemonade and rum in a large punchbowl and float the shrunken heads on top. You’ll barely want to look into their eyes!
6. Spooky Five Layer Dip
Mexican cheese blend
mild taco seasoning
black plastic cauldron for chip bowl
Mix refried beans and taco seasoning, put as first layer on tray. Add diced tomatoes on top. Add cheese and guacamole as next layer. With an icing bag, pipe the sour cream over layered dip in the shape of a spider web. Place the plastic spider on his web and dump a bag of chips in the witch’s cauldron. Don’t let the spider get your hand!
7. Strawberry Ghosts
16 oz. package vanilla CANDIQUIK coating
24 fresh strawberries
mini chocolate chips
Melt CandiQuik in tray and place a large piece of wax paper on a flat surface. Dip strawberries in melted coating – while placing on the wax paper: allow the excess vanilla to drip onto the wax paper before setting the strawberry down. This will make it look like the ghost’s little tail. Place two mini chocolate chips for eyes and one for the mouth (cut the tip off first) before candy coating sets. Chill and serve. Boo-tastic!
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