From the Recipe Crypt: Halloween-y Treats
October 31 is just a week away. Are you practicing your apple-bobbing maneuvers?
This year, Halloween falls on a Friday, which means tricksters can frolic all weekend long. The Friday night monster mash can easily segue into a Saturday morning-after pumpkin pancake brunch or an afternoon candy-making workshop before the next round of evening festivities (and a costume change, of course).
Roll up those costume sleeves and whip up a pot of homemade caramel for dipping apples. While you oversee the super-hot cooked sugar, the under-12 set can spear the apples with sticks (use up those unused take-out chopsticks) and assist with the dipping. Aprons (and a candy thermometer) are a must!
For more of a kitchen challenge (and something more arts-and-craftsy), consider a batch of homemade candy corns. I had a ball making these last year, but my only regret was not having a partner. A team of two or three will keep the afternoon from dragging into the evening, and after all, you’ll want to share your creations at the masquerade dance. Trust me, everyone will go bonkers over these wacky morsels.
Speaking of party snacks, the gals at Loulies are busy making candy out of pumpkin seeds, a zesty twist on an old classic.
If by Sunday, you still haven’t had your fill, pumpkin muffins should do the trick, with a few leftovers to add to weekday lunches. I like to freeze half a batch and thaw on a snack-as-needed basis .
Got a Halloween sweet tooth? Add to the witch's cauldron below. Savory ideas are welcome, too.
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