A Quick Guide to Spice Up Your Pumpkin This Halloween
By Loren Trapanese
Halloween is creeping around the corner and if you’re trying to throw the perfect bash for this spooky holiday, you’ve come to the right place. Creating Halloween themed treats can be time consuming and costly, especially if you’re trying to take your treats to the next level.
I’ve found something that completely debunks that idea—Facebook. The social media goliath has basically shown me the light—simple recipes for Halloween that are cost efficient and time savvy. Who on Facebook has given us this hope? HowDoesShe.com.
It’s a fabulous little recipe site that has an endless amount of DIY recipes to help you create the perfect party snacks for any holiday! At the top of the page, there’s a drop-down menu that gives you the option to pick any holiday you’re interested in baking for.
The first of the ‘Halloween Treats,’ which are so simple to whip up, are mini caramel apple pops. You will need: apples (duh), a tablespoon scooper, melted caramel, popsicle sticks, and any mix of toppings that you like (crushed Oreos, crushed M&M’s, peanuts, coconut, etc.).
First, take the tablespoon scooper and grab an apple, scoop some out and repeat until the apple is full of holes. Second, take a popsicle stick and stick it through the skin side of the scooped apple. Next, dip the apple into the caramel and any topping you choose.
Lastly, place onto a wax paper covered tray and into the fridge until chilled. Voila! You have an assortment of Halloween apple poppers ready to be served to your ghouls!
Cookie lovers, or shall I say, Oreo lovers beware! These Mummy Cookie Suckers are exactly what you need for your sweet tooth. To make these, you’ll need: A package of Double Stuffed Oreo’s, lollipop sticks, a package of white baking chocolate (melted), and decorative candy googly eyes.
First, place the lollipop sticks into the Oreo cream. Next, dip the entire cookie into the melted white chocolate and place onto a tray covered with wax paper. What you’ll need next is a hefty bag with a small incision at the bottom corner, which you will then pour the remaining melted white chocolate through.
Squeeze the chocolate in a zig-zag pattern across the cookies and top it off by placing two googly eyes onto each cookie— Mummies all around.
If you really want to get festive, this next recipe will make you quite the popular hostess-with-the-mostest, a Spooktacular Pumpkin Cake! You will need: Two of any flavor of boxed cake mix that you like, orange frosting, cream cheese frosting, a green ice cream cone, and two Bundt cake pans.
Preheat oven to the temperature the box tells you to—according to the pan! There is always a specific time and temperature for a Bundt cake pan. First: Mix the boxed cake ingredients and half the batter; pour some into one pan and the rest into the other (make sure pans are greased).
When the cakes are out of the oven and cooled off, the fun starts. Lather up the inside of the cake with the cream cheese frosting and place the cakes on top of each other. Next, at the top of the cake where the hole is, you’re going to pour the cream cheese frosting in until it reaches the top.
Take the orange frosting and cover the entire exterior of the cake with it, once you’ve finished, take the green ice cream cone and stick in the hole to cover the cream cheese frosting. That my friends, is how to create a pumpkin cake!
Halloween is a popular holiday for children and you can’t forget those “adult children” out there. There is no better way to celebrate than in a kick-ass costume, surrounded by partygoers, and eating delicious themed treats.
I hope you and your guests enjoy your new “Trick-Or-Treat Treats” at your Halloween monster bash!