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Party Plan: Have a Frightfully Fantastic Halloween!

Throw a creepy, crawly celebration with fun holiday tips and recipes!

Your howlingly haunted Halloween affair needs to be ready for ghosts and goblins (and guests!), so make sure to prepare a cauldron or two of Wizard’s Magic Cider Mix and Swamp Juice Slime, perfect for younger party goers. Adult mummies and daddies will enjoy Slow Cooker Cranberry Cider, or will delight in a colorful Jack-O-Lantini.

Mummy Fingers and Skillet Chili Cheddar Melts are great for hungry party guests, or as a post trick-or-treat meal for young ones. Serve up Peanut Butter Crispies and Chocolate Oat Chipsters for those who want to sink their fangs into something sweet, or use some leftover candy to make a Flecks of Candy Chocolate Milkshake or Candy Bar Squares. You can even make sweet spirits appear with a plate full of Ghostly Petite Cakes with Mallow Frosting!

Swamp Juice Slime

Swamp Juice Slime

Slimy goo oozing down the side of your glass makes this fruity drink perfect for any spooky Halloween gathering.

Hands-on Time: 15 min. | Total Time: 1 hour | Serves: 8 to 10 | Difficulty: Easy

Slime:
  • ½ cup light corn syrup
  • A few drops green paste food coloring
Drink:
  • 5 cups unsweetened pineapple juice
  • 2 cups white grape juice
  • 2 drops yellow food coloring
  • 1 cup club soda, cold
Directions:
  1. Refrigerate 10 glasses until well chilled.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the corn syrup and a few drops on a toothpick of the green paste food coloring. Dip rims of the chilled glasses into the mixture, then turn glasses upright, allowing mixture to slightly run down the sides of the glasses. Freeze until firm.
  3. In a pitcher, combine the pineapple juice, grape juice and yellow food coloring. Refrigerate until chilled.
  4. When ready to serve, stir the club soda into the juice mixture and into prepared glasses.
Nutrition Analysis:

Per serving: Calories 180, Calories from Fat 0, Total Fat 0g (0% DV), Saturated Fat 0g (0% DV), Trans Fat 0g, Cholesterol 0mg (0% DV), Sodium 35mg (1% DV), Carbohydrates 46g (15% DV), Dietary Fiber 0g (0% DV), Sugars 31g, Protein < 1g, Vitamin A 0%, Vitamin C 60%, Calcium 2%, Iron 2%.

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Pecan Pumpkin Bread with Pumpkin Cream Cheese Spread

Pecan Pumpkin Bread with Pumpkin Cream Cheese Spread

A moist and delicious harvest time quick bread, enhanced with the addition of a flavorful, seasonal cream cheese spread.

Hands-on Time: 30 min. | Total Time: 1 hour 45 min. | Serves: 24 slices | Difficulty: Medium

Pumpkin Bread:
  • 2½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 3 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1½ tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1 cup vegetable oil or light olive oil
  • ⅔ cup water
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 can (15 oz.) pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
Spread:
  • 1 package (8 oz.) cream cheese, room temperature
  • ½ cup pumpkin puree
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ¾ tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • ½ tsp. vanilla
Directions:
  1. For the Pumpkin Bread: heat oven to 350°F. Grease bottom only of two 9”x5” loaf pans.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the flours, sugar, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg; mix well.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine the oil, water, eggs and pumpkin; mix well. Add to flour mixture and beat for 1 minute at medium speed. Stir in pecans.
  4. Pour batter into prepared pans and bake for 60-70 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the centers comes out clean. Cool 15 minutes.
  5. Carefully remove from pans and allow to cool completely on a wire rack.
  6. For the Spread: Beat all ingredients in a medium mixing bowl on medium speed, stopping often to scrape mixture, until well combined.
  7. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, and up to 24 hours, to allow flavors to blend.
  8. Slice bread and serve with a schmear of spread.
Nutrition Analysis:

Per serving: Calories 330, Calories from Fat 150, Total Fat 17g (26% DV), Saturated Fat 3g (15% DV), Trans Fat 0g, Cholesterol 40mg (13% DV), Sodium 300mg (12% DV), Carbohydrates 43g (14% DV), Dietary Fiber 2g (8% DV), Sugars 28g, Protein 4g, Vitamin A 70%, Vitamin C 2%, Calcium 2%, Iron 8%.

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Pumpkin Streusel Rolls

Pumpkin Streusel Rolls

Who doesn’t love pumpkin? Here it adds moisture to these crumb-topped and crumb-filled sweet rolls.

Hands-on Time: 35 min. | Total Time: 2½ hours | Serves: 20 rolls | Difficulty: Medium

Rolls:
  • 5½-6½ cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp. lemon zest, freshly grated
  • 1½ tsp. salt
  • 1 package active dry yeast
  • 1¼ cups whole milk
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • ½ cup butter
Topping/Filling:
  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. allspice
  • ½ cup butter, cold, cut into pieces
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
Glaze:
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar, sifted
  • ½ tsp. vanilla
  • 1-2 Tbsp. milk
Directions:
  1. For the rolls: In a large bowl combine 2½ cups of the flour, sugar, lemon zest, salt and yeast; mix well.
  2. In a small saucepan, heat the milk, pumpkin and butter until hot (120°F to 130°F). Add the hot mixture to the flour mixture and blend at low speed until moistened; scrape bowl.
  3. Stir in 3-3½ cups of additional flour until dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl.
  4. On a floured surface, knead in remaining flour (plus additional if needed) until dough is smooth and elastic but not dry, about 6-10 minutes.
  5. Place dough in a greased bowl, turn and loosely cover with plastic wrap. Let rise in a warm place until light and doubled in size, about 1 hour.
  6. Grease a 15”x10”x1” pan.
  7. For the topping/filling: In a medium bowl, combine the flour, brown sugar, cinnamon and allspice. Cut in the butter, using a fork or pastry blender, until mixture is crumbly.
  8. Punch dough down several times to remove air bubbles. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to 20”x15” rectangle.
  9. Spoon 2½ cups of the topping/filling evenly over dough; sprinkle with nuts.
  10. Starting with 20” side, roll up tightly; press edges to seal. Cut into 20 slices and place, cut side down in prepared pan. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until light and doubled in size, about 45 minutes.
  11. Heat oven to 350°F. Uncover dough and sprinkle with remaining topping/filling.
  12. Bake for 35-45 minutes or until golden brown.
  13. In a small bowl, combine all the glaze ingredients adding enough milk for the desired drizzling consistency. Whisk until smooth.
  14. Drizzle over warm rolls and allow to cool slightly before enjoying.
Nutrition Analysis:

Per serving: Calories 380, Calories from Fat 120, Total Fat 14g (22% DV), Saturated Fat 7g (35% DV), Trans Fat 0g, Cholesterol 25mg (8% DV), Sodium 190mg (8% DV), Carbohydrates 59g (20% DV), Dietary Fiber 3g (12% DV), Sugars 22g, Protein 7g, Vitamin A 45%, Vitamin C 2%, Calcium 4%, Iron 10%.

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Spooky Ghosts

Spooky Ghosts

Simply adorable…vanilla candy coating tops peanut shaped peanut butter sandwich cookies, with a few drops of black frosting for the eyes and mouth! Spooky, tasty, fun!

Hands-on Time: 20 min. | Total Time: 30 min. | Serves: 32 cookies | Difficulty: Easy

Ingredients:
  • 1 lb. vanilla candy coating, divided
  • 1 package (1 lb.) peanut shaped peanut butter sandwich cookies
  • 1 tube (4.25 oz.) black decorating frosting with fine point
Directions:
  1. Microwave 8 ounces of the candy coating in a microwave safe bowl at medium to high for 1-3 minutes or until melted, stirring after each minute.
  2. Dip cookies in candy coating, allowing excess to drop; place on waxed paper and let stand until firm.
  3. Place remaining 8 ounces of the candy coating in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave at medium to high for 1-2 minutes or until melted, stirring after each minute.
  4. Dip cookies again in candy coating, allowing excess to drop; place on waxed paper and let stand until firm.
  5. Pipe frosting eyes and mouth on each cookie to resemble a ghost.
Nutrition Analysis:

Per serving: Calories 160, Calories from Fat 70, Total Fat 8g (12% DV), Saturated Fat 5g (25% DV), Trans Fat 0g, Cholesterol 0mg (0% DV), Sodium 75mg (3% DV), Carbohydrates 22g (7% DV), Dietary Fiber < 1g (2% DV), Sugars 16g, Protein 1g, Vitamin A 0%, Vitamin C 0%, Calcium 0%, Iron 2%.

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Mummy Fingers

Mummy Fingers

Kids of all ages will have a blast making and eating these jumbo franks wrapped in refrigerated bread stick dough then baked to mummified perfection.

Hands-on Time: 10 min. | Total Time: 25 min. | Serves: 12 | Difficulty: Easy

Ingredients:
  • 1 package (11 oz.) of 12 refrigerated bread sticks
  • 12 jumbo frankfurters
  • Ketchup for dipping
  • Mustard for dipping
Directions:
  1. Heat oven to 375°F.
  2. Unwrap breadsticks and stretch each breadstick dough to 12”.
  3. Wrap dough around frankfurters, letting the franks show slightly through the dough.
  4. Place on a nonstick cookie sheet and bake 12-15 minutes or until bread is golden brown.
  5. Serve with ketchup and mustard for dipping.
Nutrition Analysis:

Per serving: Calories 240, Calories from Fat 150, Total Fat 16g (25% DV), Saturated Fat 6g (30% DV), Trans Fat 1g, Cholesterol 30mg (10% DV), Sodium 700mg (29% DV), Carbohydrates 17g (6% DV), Dietary Fiber 0g (0% DV), Sugars 2g, Protein 8g, Vitamin A 0%, Vitamin C 2%, Calcium 0%, Iron 6%.

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Apple Night Crawlers

Apple Night Crawlers

Cored apples filled and baked until soft, then stuffed with a gummy worm half sticking out! Serve it slightly warm and the gummy worm just might move on you!

Hands-on Time: 15 min. | Total Time: 1 hour | Serves: 6 | Difficulty: Easy

Ingredients:
  • 6 large apples
  • 1 jar (4 oz.) boysenberry or other dark berry jam
  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • 6 gummy worms
Directions:
  1. Heat oven to 350°F.
  2. Core the apples from the stem end to ½” from the bottom; do not push all the way through.
  3. Stuff each hole with 1 teaspoon each of jam and butter; place all apples in a baking dish.
  4. Bake, uncovered, for 35-40 minutes or until the apples are tender but not mushy.
  5. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 15 minutes.
  6. Serve each apple in a bowl and spoon any syrup from the baking dish around each apple.
  7. In the top of each apple, insert a gummy worm with at least half of its body protruding.
Nutrition Analysis:

Per serving: Calories 220, Calories from Fat 35, Total Fat 4g (6% DV), Saturated Fat 2.5g (12% DV), Trans Fat 0g, Cholesterol 10mg (3% DV), Sodium 15mg (1% DV), Carbohydrates 48g (16% DV), Dietary Fiber 5g (20% DV), Sugars 36g, Protein 1g, Vitamin A 4%, Vitamin C 20%, Calcium 2%, Iron 2%.

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Pretzel Candy

Pretzel Candy

These pop-in-your-mouth chocolate sweets are perfect for a simple candy treat!

Hands-on Time: 20 min. | Total Time: 1 hour 30 min. | Serves: 1 dozen (can easily be doubled) | Difficulty: Easy

Ingredients:
  • ½ cup creamy peanut butter
  • ¼ cup plus 1 Tbsp. confectioners’ sugar, sifted
  • 1 Tbsp. butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup crushed salted pretzels
  • 5 oz. milk or semisweet chocolate, melted and cooled slightly
Directions:
  1. In a medium bowl, stir together the peanut butter, confectioners’ sugar and butter until well blended.
  2. Stir in the crushed pretzels to combine.
  3. Form mixture into 1” balls; freeze for 30 minutes.
  4. Dip into melted chocolate and place on waxed paper; refrigerate until set.
Nutrition Analysis:

Per serving: Calories 220, Calories from Fat 90, Total Fat 11g (17% DV), Saturated Fat 4g (20% DV), Trans Fat 0g, Cholesterol < 5mg (1% DV), Sodium 200mg (8% DV), Carbohydrates 28g (9% DV), Dietary Fiber 2g (8% DV), Sugars 10g, Protein 5g, Vitamin A 0%, Vitamin C 0%, Calcium 0%, Iron 8%.

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Wizard’s Magic Cider Mix

Wizard’s Magic Cider Mix

A spicy blend of apple cider and red grape juice, served hot with a stir of cinnamon stick, will bring magic to any wizard’s Halloween night.

Hands-on Time: 5 min. | Total Time: 35 min. | Serves: 8 | Difficulty: Easy

Ingredients:
  • 6 cups apple cider
  • 3 cups red grape juice
  • ¾ tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 6 whole cloves, placed in a tea infuser or tied in cheesecloth
  • Cinnamon sticks, garnish
Directions:
  1. In a large saucepan, combine the cider, grape juice, cinnamon and cloves. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium and simmer for 30 minutes.
  2. Remove cloves.
  3. Pour into mugs and garnish with cinnamon sticks. Serve hot.
Nutrition Analysis:

Per serving: Calories 150, Calories from Fat 0, Total Fat 0g (0% DV), Saturated Fat 0g (0% DV), Trans Fat 0g, Cholesterol 0mg (0% DV), Sodium 50mg (2% DV), Carbohydrates 37g (12% DV), Dietary Fiber 0g (0% DV), Sugars 36g, Protein 0g, Vitamin A 0%, Vitamin C 4%, Calcium 2%, Iron 4%.

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Ghostly Petite Cakes with Mallow Frosting

Ghostly Petite Cakes with Mallow Frosting

Adorably spooky, these little ghost cakes made from white cake mix and topped with a marshmallow frosting and mini chocolate chip eyes are a fun Halloween activity for kids of all ages!

Hands-on Time: 30 min. | Total Time: 2 hours | Serves: 25 mini cakes | Difficulty: Medium

Cake:
  • 1 package (15.25 oz.) moist supreme white cake mix
  • 1¼ cups water
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 4 egg whites
Frosting:
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. water
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 jar (7 oz.) marshmallow crème
  • Mini chocolate chips
Directions:
  1. Heat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour 15”x10” jellyroll pan.
  2. For the cake, in a large bowl combine the mix, water, oil and egg whites and beat on medium speed, stopping and scraping bowl once or twice, until mixture is well combined.
  3. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool completely on a wire rack.
  4. Once cool, freeze cake for 1 hour before cutting.
  5. Along 15” side, cut cake lengthwise into five (3”)wide strips. Using a sharp knife, mark and cut 5 ghost shaped cakes from each cake strip, then return cut cake to the freezer.
  6. For the frosting, in a double boiler over simmering water beat the sugar, water and egg whites until soft peaks form.
  7. Add the marshmallow crème and beat until stiff peaks form. Carefully remove from the heat.
  8. Remove petite cakes from the pan. Spread frosting over sides and top of each cake to resemble a ghost. Use mini chocolate chips for eyes and mouth.
Nutrition Analysis:

Per serving: Calories 160, Calories from Fat 60, Total Fat 7g (11% DV), Saturated Fat 1g (5% DV), Trans Fat 0g, Cholesterol 0mg (0% DV), Sodium 135mg (6% DV), Carbohydrates 25g (8% DV), Dietary Fiber 0g (0% DV), Sugars 9g, Protein 2g, Vitamin A 0%, Vitamin C 0%, Calcium 2%, Iron 0%.

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Candy Bar Squares

Candy Bar Squares

Chocolate candy bars with almonds make an easy topping for these thin but decadent (and SO easy to make) squares. Leftover candy never had it so good!

Hands-on Time: 20 min. | Total Time: 50 min. | Serves: 48 bars | Difficulty: Easy

Crust:
  • 1½ cups graham cracker crumbs
  • ⅓ cup powdered sugar, sifted
  • ⅓ cup butter, melted and cooled
Filling/Topping:
  • 2 cups flaked (sweetened) coconut
  • 1 can (14 oz.) sweetened condensed milk
  • 6 bars (1.45 oz. each) chocolate with almonds
Directions:
  1. Heat oven to 350°F.
  2. In a medium bowl, stir together all crust ingredients. Press onto bottom of a 13”x9” baking pan and bake for 10 minutes or until edges are very lightly browned.
  3. While crust is baking, in the same medium bowl stir together the coconut and sweetened condensed milk.
  4. Pour over hot, partially baked crust and continue baking for 15-20 minutes or until edges are lightly browned and center is set.
  5. Carefully place unwrapped candy bars on top of baked filling to cover entire surface. Continue baking for 4-5 minutes or until chocolate is melted.
  6. Spread chocolate over bars. Cool completely until chocolate is set, then cut into squares.
Nutrition Analysis:

Per serving: Calories 90, Calories from Fat 45, Total Fat 5g (8% DV), Saturated Fat 3g (15% DV), Trans Fat 0g, Cholesterol 5mg (2% DV), Sodium 35mg (1% DV), Carbohydrates 12g (4% DV), Dietary Fiber < 1g (3% DV), Sugars 9g, Protein 1g, Vitamin A 2%, Vitamin C 0%, Calcium 4%, Iron 2%.

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Skillet Chili Cheddar Melt

Skillet Chili Cheddar Melt

Stovetop, one skillet chili – perfect for an after-trick-or-treat meal or before the candy extravaganza begins!

Hands-on Time: 15 min. | Total Time: 40 min. | Serves: 4 to 6 | Difficulty: Easy

Ingredients:
  • 1 lb. ground beef or ground turkey
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 Tbsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 2 cans (14.5 oz. each) diced tomatoes
  • 1 can (15 oz.) dark or light red kidney beans, drained
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 can (6 oz.) tomato paste
  • 4 oz. shredded cheddar cheese
  • 4 cups cooked elbow pasta
  • 2 cups shredded lettuce
Directions:
  1. In a large skillet, brown ground beef with the onion and garlic; drain fat.
  2. Add chili powder, cayenne, tomatoes, kidney beans, water and tomato paste; bring to a boil.
  3. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 20 minutes.
  4. Remove skillet from heat and sprinkle with cheese. Cover until cheese begins to melt, about 5-10 minutes.
  5. Serve in bowls atop elbow pasta, topping each serving with shredded lettuce.
Nutrition Analysis:

Per serving: Calories 730, Calories from Fat 210, Total Fat 23g (35% DV), Saturated Fat 10g (50% DV), Trans Fat 0.5g, Cholesterol 105mg (35% DV), Sodium 1010mg (42% DV), Carbohydrates 82g (27% DV), Dietary Fiber 14g (56% DV), Sugars 15g, Protein 48g, Vitamin A 50%, Vitamin C 70%, Calcium 35%, Iron 40%.

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Slow Cooker Cranberry Cider

Slow Cooker Cranberry Cider

Try this mulled version of cranberry juice and cider, with the addition of cranberries and a splash of rum. Warming and welcome!

Hands-on Time: 5 min. | Total Time: 9 hours | Serves: 12 | Difficulty: Easy

Ingredients:
  • 8 cups cranberry juice
  • 4 cups apple cider
  • 1 cup cranberries, fresh or frozen
  • 1 Tbsp. packed light brown sugar
  • 4 cinnamon sticks, plus additional for garnish
  • 1 oz. light or dark rum per served mug
Directions:
  1. Combine cranberry juice, apple cider, cranberries, brown sugar and cinnamon sticks in a slow cooker.
  2. Cook on High (3 hours) or Low (6 hours) until ready to serve, stirring occasionally.
  3. Ladle into mugs, adding 1 ounce rum per mug and garnishing with a cinnamon stick.

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Nutrition Analysis:

Per serving: Calories 190, Calories from Fat 0, Total Fat 0g (0% DV), Saturated Fat 0g (0% DV), Trans Fat 0g, Cholesterol 0mg (0% DV), Sodium 25mg (1% DV), Carbohydrates 33g (11% DV), Dietary Fiber < 1g (2% DV), Sugars 32g, Protein < 1g, Vitamin A 2%, Vitamin C 30%, Calcium 2%, Iron 4%.

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Chocolate Oat Chipsters

Chocolate Oat Chipsters

This easy to make double chocolate oatmeal cookie with a special crunch from crisp rice cereal will become a favorite any time of year.

Hands-on Time: 15 min. | Total Time: 35 min. | Serves: 18 cookies | Difficulty: Easy

Ingredients:
  • ¾ cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup butter, room temperature
  • 2 oz. unsweetened chocolate, melted and cooled
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cups crisp rice cereal
  • 1 package (6 oz.) semisweet chocolate chips
Directions:
  1. Heat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease or line with parchment paper two cookie sheets.
  2. In a large bowl, beat sugars and butter until light and fluffy. Add chocolate, vanilla and egg; blend well to combine.
  3. Stir in flour, baking soda and salt; mix well. Stir in oats, cereal and chocolate chips to combine.
  4. Use a tablespoon to drop mix onto prepared cookie sheets. Bake for 10-14 minutes or until set. Cool 1 minute; remove from cookie sheets and allow to cool completely on wire rack.
Nutrition Analysis:

Per serving: Calories 370, Calories from Fat 130, Total Fat 15g (23% DV), Saturated Fat 8g (40% DV), Trans Fat 0g, Cholesterol 40mg (13% DV), Sodium 300mg (12% DV), Carbohydrates 58g (19% DV), Dietary Fiber 2g (8% DV), Sugars 28g, Protein 5g, Vitamin A 25%, Vitamin C 4%, Calcium 2%, Iron 60%.

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Flecks of Candy Chocolate Milkshake

Flecks of Candy Chocolate Milkshake

Why have an ordinary chocolate milkshake when you can add an assortment of your leftover fun size candies for an added flavor adventure?

Hands-on Time: 10 min. | Total Time: 15 min. | Serves: 1 | Difficulty: Easy

Ingredients:
  • ⅓ cup of milk (using more or less to change the texture as desired)
  • 2½ cups chocolate ice cream
  • 1 cup assorted small candies (mini’s and fun size bars), cut into bite size pieces
Directions:
  1. Combine the milk and chocolate ice cream in a blender container. Secure lid.
  2. Blend on HIGH for 20-30 seconds or until desired consistency is reached.
  3. Add candy pieces and pulse 2-4 times to incorporate. Transfer to a tall glass and top and additional candy pieces.
Nutrition Analysis:

Per serving: Calories 1690, Calories from Fat 760, Total Fat 83g (128% DV), Saturated Fat 54g (270% DV), Trans Fat 10g, Cholesterol 120mg (40% DV), Sodium 660mg (28% DV), Carbohydrates 209g (70% DV), Dietary Fiber 8g (32% DV), Sugars 187g, Protein 39g, Vitamin A 30%, Vitamin C 6%, Calcium 60%, Iron 25%.

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Chicken Dippers with Two Sauces

Chicken Dippers with Two Sauces

This quick and easy dinner option for Trick or Treat night satisfies – kids love the familiar flavors, and the tangy, spicy sauces capture any adult’s attention.

Hands-on Time: 15 min. | Total Time: 25 min. | Serves: 6 to 8 | Difficulty: Easy

Ingredients:
  • 2 packages (12 oz. each) boneless breaded chicken pieces
Tangy Chili Sauce:
  • 1 can (8 oz.) jellied cranberry sauce
  • ⅔ cup chili sauce
Sweet and Sour Sauce:
  • ¼ cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. cornstarch
  • ⅔ cup pineapple juice
  • ¼ cup cider vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. orange juice
Directions:
  1. Bake chicken pieces as directed on package.
  2. For the Tangy Chili Sauce: In a small saucepan combine the cranberry sauce and chili sauce. Heat over low heat, stirring until combined and thoroughly heated.
  3. For the Sweet and Sour Sauce: In a small saucepan combine the brown sugar, cornstarch, pineapple juice, vinegar and orange juice; mix well. Cook over medium heat until mixture boils and thickens, stirring constantly.
  4. Serve hot chicken dippers with the warm sauces.
Nutrition Analysis:

Per serving: Calories 320, Calories from Fat 60, Total Fat 6g (9% DV), Saturated Fat 1.5g (8% DV), Trans Fat 0g, Cholesterol 45mg (15% DV), Sodium 1070mg (45% DV), Carbohydrates 49g (16% DV), Dietary Fiber 3g (12% DV), Sugars 30g, Protein 17g, Vitamin A 6%, Vitamin C 20%, Calcium 6%, Iron 6%.

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Peanut Butter Crispies

Peanut Butter Crispies

Four ingredients equals tasty fun; have the kids join in to stir and make these easy crisp rice cereal treats perfect for snacking.

Hands-on Time: 10 min. | Total Time: 1 hour 20 min. | Serves: 16 wedges | Difficulty: Easy

Ingredients:
  • 5 cups crisp rice cereal
  • ½ cup raisins
  • 1 can (16 oz.) creamy supreme vanilla frosting
  • 1¼ cups crunchy peanut butter
Directions:
  1. Line two 8” round cake pans with foil or use two 8” disposable aluminum round cake pans.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the cereal and raisins; mix well.
  3. In a medium saucepan, combine the frosting and peanut butter and heat over medium heat, stirring frequently, until mixture is blended and just begins to bubble.
  4. Remove from heat and quickly pour over cereal mixture; mix until thoroughly combined then press into pans.
  5. Refrigerate one hour until firm. Remove from pans and cut each round into 8 wedges.
  6. Store any leftovers, covered, in the refrigerator.
Nutrition Analysis:

Per serving: Calories 290, Calories from Fat 130, Total Fat 15g (23% DV), Saturated Fat 2.5g (12% DV), Trans Fat 0g, Cholesterol 0mg (0% DV), Sodium 200mg (8% DV), Carbohydrates 35g (12% DV), Dietary Fiber 2g (8% DV), Sugars 23g, Protein 6g, Vitamin A 6%, Vitamin C 10%, Calcium 2%, Iron 20%.

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Jack-O-Lantini

Jack-O-Lantini

Step back, Jack, and enjoy this eerie green Halloween celebratory martini featuring Apple Pucker and Jim Beam with a splash of cranberry juice, eerily shaken or stirred!

Hands-on Time: 5 min. | Total Time: 5 min. | Serves: 1 | Difficulty: Easy

Ingredients:
  • 2 Tbsp. Jim Beam
  • 2 Tbsp. Apple Pucker (green apple schnapps)
  • 2 Tbsp. cranberry juice
  • 2-3 drops green food coloring
Directions:
  1. Pour Jim Beam, Apple Pucker and cranberry juice into a martini glass.
  2. Add food coloring to reach desired green color.
  3. Stir gently to combine.

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Nutrition Analysis:

Per serving: Calories 160, Calories from Fat 0, Total Fat 0g (0% DV), Saturated Fat 0g (0% DV), Trans Fat 0g, Cholesterol 0mg (0% DV), Sodium 0mg (0% DV), Carbohydrates 21g (7% DV), Dietary Fiber 0g (0% DV), Sugars 21g, Protein 0g, Vitamin A 0%, Vitamin C 4%, Calcium 0%, Iron 0%.

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Halloween Pumpkin Possibilities: Pumpkin Primer

Halloween Pumpkin Possibilities: Pumpkin Primer

Turn your pumpkin into the star of the show with these tips on getting the most out of your gourd!

1. The Seeds:

Once you’ve removed all seeds from your pumpkin, give them a good swish in cold water to remove the stringy pulp, then let the seeds dry on a clean dish towel. (An extra step that ensures even roasting: First boil the cleaned, drained seeds in salty water for 10 minutes, then drain and rinse again.) Once ready for roasting, consider the seeds a blank canvas. Drizzle the seeds with oil (canola or other flavorless for the Sweet, olive oil for Savory) on a baking sheet, then toss with seasonings and roast at 325°F for 20-25 minutes (start checking the sweet versions at 15 minutes) or until lightly golden and fragrant. Ideas for seasoning include:

Sweet:
  • Cinnamon-Sugar – a classic flavor combination.
  • Pumpkin Pie-flavored pumpkin seeds? Why not? Sprinkle the seeds with brown sugar and pumpkin pie spice. You can make your own pumpkin pie spice by mixing 4 teaspoons ground cinnamon, 2 teaspoons ground ginger, 1 teaspoon ground cloves and ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg.
  • Salted Caramel – Drizzle with caramel sauce, then sprinkle with flaked sea salt.
  • Honey Sriracha – Stir together honey and a bit of sriracha sauce (the more, the spicier!), then use to coat the seeds.
  • Maple-Glazed – Stir together maple syrup and a touch of vanilla extract; drizzle over seeds. Once tossed, dust with a pinch of kosher salt.
Savory:
  • Garlic Parm – Sprinkle with garlic salt and grated Parmesan cheese.
  • Ranch – Sprinkle with dry Ranch seasoning mix. Use sparingly to avoid overly salty seeds.
  • Curry – Sprinkle with a mixture of curry powder, ground turmeric and ground cumin along with a touch of salt.
  • Bacon – Cut a few strips of bacon into smaller pieces and lay over seeds. Roast as directed. When seeds are roasted and bacon is fully cooked, crumble bacon over seeds, stirring to mix well.
  • Taco-Lime – Sprinkle with taco seasoning (an envelope of premixed seasoning works well, or combine your own blend of chili powder, ground cumin, dried oregano and a bit of salt), then drizzle with lime juice. Toss to mix before roasting.
2. The Party:

Why limit your Halloween celebration to one day? Extend your Halloween festivities by bringing friends together a week before the big day for a Jack-o-Lantern Carving Party.

Pick a day or evening that works for those on your guest lists, then send out pumpkin-shaped invites. Ask guests to bring their perfect pumpkin and let them know you’ll have all they need to transform it into a Halloween-worthy jack-o-lantern.

Tools of the trade.

  • Lay a stack of newspaper out over your work surface.
  • Pencils and markers will allow guests to trace their designs before cutting. You can also offer stencils, if you’d like.
  • Sharp knives. Dull knives are harder to work with and can more easily cause injury. (That said, keeping a stash of Band-Aids and a first-aid kit close by is also a good idea.)
  • Small votive candles (battery-operated or the traditional wick candle) for the carved jack-o-lanterns.
  • Bowls for the seeds, which you can rinse, dry and season once jack-o-lanterns are carved.

Music - Halloween-themed songs are easy to find in any online cloud library. Some favorites:

  • This is Halloween (Danny Elfman, 1993)
  • Monster Mash (Bobby “Boris” Pickett, 1962)
  • I Want Candy (The Strangeloves, 1965)
  • Sugar (The Archies, 1969)
  • Thriller (Michael Jackson, 1986)
  • Superstition (Stevie Wonder, 1972)
  • Ghostbusters (Ray Parker Jr., 1984)

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Post-Candy Collection: The Case Study

Post-Candy Collection: The Case Study

All parents can understand the uncertainty when it comes to what happens with the candy their kids bring home Halloween eve. From hoarding to gobbling, there are several ways your kids will put their Halloween bounty to use.

Let’s look at different candy philosophies shared by trick-or-treaters and their parents.

All kids will likely dig into their stash the moment they return from trick-or-treating. Some will organize different types (chocolate, hard candies, fruit-flavored, etc.) neatly in a container such as a muffin pan and some not so much. But how they handle the candy after that first night can be categorized in one of five ways.

Hoarder: These kids will separate their candy into types, then store them in a secret spot. They’ll pace themselves with these sweets, allowing a treat or two a day. They’re unlikely to share though would be happy to trade a less-liked candy for something they really love. Their candy will last months.

Sharer: These are the kids that you want around if you love candy as they are happy to share their stash. They may or may not organize it neatly, but will generously give from their collection to friends and family as they get more joy from sharing than they would the candy itself.

Trader: The ultimate in childhood negotiation, Halloween candy trading is a great way to unload what isn’t liked in exchange for what is. The first step for these kids is making piles of “keeps,” “don’t keep” and “maybes.” When the other traders have similar piles, the deal-making begins.

Donator: With the growing number of dentists and school programs doing “candy buy-backs” it makes sense to most kids to at least donate the candies they don’t enjoy. If the candy can be traded in for money or if a school class is rewarded for having the most donations, the incentive to donate any candy may become greater than the incentive to keep. These kids will still enjoy some of their haul, but sacrifice a more permanent stash by donating it to a worthy cause.

Gobbler: Limits may need to be set with this kid as he or she is intent on eating as much as possible that first night. Organizing may fall by the wayside and gobblers are less likely to share their candy, even by way of trading or donating. Kids may hoard a favorite candy and be willing to share, trade or donate others. Gobbling does have the advantage of keeping the candy craze short-lived.

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Trick or Treat Night Tips

Trick or Treat Night Tips

The kids have been looking forward to Halloween for months and their night is finally here. Make the most of the evening by planning a play-by-play.

Set a schedule for the healthy after-school snack, trick-or-treating trip, bedtime routine and everything in between. You can make it official by writing it up on a chalkboard or notepad or just keep the general timeline in mind as you enjoy your Halloween Eve./p>

  1. First things first—that after-school snack. Fresh veggies and hummus keep good nutrition front and center. Other options include pear slices and cheese cubes or yogurt sprinkled with a bit of granola.
  2. Encourage your kids to get any homework out of the way, so they can enjoy their evening without school work hanging over their heads.
  3. Be sure the costumes are ready to go before sitting down to supper. Enjoy a fun Halloween-themed meal, using orange and black dinnerware (paper plates are fine tonight!) and napkins. Sprinkle orange and black confetti over the table if you don’t mind the clean-up.
  4. Costume time! Face paint goes on now, along with that costume. Locate any glow sticks they’ll be carrying or double check the batteries if they are using a flashlight.
  5. Younger kids will want to start trick-or-treating immediately after supper. Older kids can hand out candy until they head out themselves. When you’re buying candy, consider also purchasing pet treats for any four-legged friends that venture out with their trick-or-treating companions.
  6. Get the kids home an hour or so before bedtime so they have time to sort through, trade and organize their candy. Offering a snack of popcorn, apple slices or another healthy option may help keep candy-munching to a minimum.
  7. With all of the excitement in the air, the nighttime routine might take a bit longer than usual. Make sure the kids scrub off any face paint and brush those teeth well before climbing into bed and heading off to Halloween dreamland!

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Halloween Cookie Upgrades

Halloween Cookie Upgrades

Christmas cookies may get all the attention, but you can up the cookie ante for Halloween with these creative store-bought cookie dough hacks.

  • Bake sugar dough cookie rounds, then spread cooled cookies with white frosting. Use a black icing tube to outline a ghost shape and add eyes and a spooky mouth.
  • Cream-filled chocolate sandwich cookies can be pressed lightly into sugar cookie dough rounds just after they are pulled from the oven. Transform the sandwich cookies into spiders by using black icing gel to draw spider legs on each.
  • Bake sugar or chocolate chip cookie dough into rounds, then spread to cover with white frosting. Add two chocolate chip “eyes” to each, then blanket with shredded coconut to resemble a mummy.
  • Unwrap and cut fun-size candy bars in half, then wrap each half in a cookie dough round. Bake as directed on package for a trick-or-treat surprise!
  • Portion cookie dough into tablespoon-size rounds, then place each in the cup of a greased miniature muffin pan. Bake 15 minutes or until dough is baked through. Remove from pan and cool on wire rack. Decorate mini muffins with small candies and icing to create bug-like creepy cookie bites.

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Halloween Table Spread

Halloween Table Spread

Inviting friends over for Halloween makes this kid-friendly holiday accessible to all ages.

Your party can be the central focus of your evening, or invite families over for food and fun before heading out together to canvas the neighborhood for trick-or-treats.

As hostess, you can offer a spooky spread. Cover the table with an orange or black tablecloth, then scatter with Halloween-themed confetti. (DIY it by using a hole punch on black and orange construction paper.) Shop for Halloween dishes and fill with chips, popcorn and other snacks. Don’t forget to toss candy corn and/or candy-coated chocolate candies in with these salty snacks. You can also drop a piece of candy corn into each finger of a clear plastic glove, then fill the glove completely with popcorn. Tie the “wrists” of these hands with a rubber band or twist tie and place randomly around other snacks on the serving table.

Orange soda makes a simple and festive beverage offering, but you can also make a monster of a punch by combining 1 quart unsweetened pineapple juice, 1 (6-ounce) can frozen limeade concentrate, 1 liter seltzer water and 1 quart softened lime sherbet. Float a few scoops of the sherbet on top of the punch bowl for an eerie slime-like look. Serve in orange and black cups along with same-color striped paper straws. Keep the punch cold with ice cubes made by pouring water into ice-cube trays that have been loaded with a (well-washed) plastic spider ring in each hole.

Party favors will depend on age of your guests, but glow sticks, necklaces, bracelets and the like are a safe bet for anyone on Halloween eve. You can also wrap a few small pieces of candy in a round of orange tissue paper, tying at the top with green yarn or a strip of green felt. Write guests name in black marker on the “pumpkin” face and use as place holders. Guests can tear open their pumpkin to enjoy their treats. Small orange balloons filled with candy before being blown up and tied can serve the same purpose.

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An Art-y Halloween

An Art-y Halloween

Make Halloween about more than just the candy with these fun Halloween crafts.

1. Paper Plate Spiderwebs

Paper plate spiderwebs may just bring you back to grade school days. This is an especially good project for a crowd, making it perfect for any Halloween party.

Things You'll Need:
  • Paper plates, large or small
  • Orange and/or black yarn
  • Clear tape and/or stick pins
  • Plastic spider rings
Directions:
  1. If you have multiple kids making webs, have them write their names on their plates so they’ll be able to find the right one when the party ends.
  2. Cut long strings of yarn and attach to the plate, web-style, with tape. (Pins also work, but you’ll need an adult to bend the backs in and tape down the sharp points well so no one gets a finger pricked.)
  3. When the web is formed, affix spiders to the web using tape.

2. Trick-or-treat Buckets

Trick-or-treat buckets are so much fun and easy to make!

An ice cream pail can easily be wrapped in felt or another material, using fabric glue to attach. Decorate with additional fabric, fabric paint or fabric markers. Options are endless: think ghosts, monster faces, mummies and jack-o-lanterns. Or use patterned fabric, then cut out solid-color letters to label with names or fun Halloween phrases (“Boo!”, “Trick-or-Treat!”, etc.). Use the plastic handle attached to the pail or replace or reinforce with a sturdy length of rope.


3. Trick-or-treat Bags

Trick-or-treat bags made with duct tape are hearty enough to hold huge loads of candy!

Things You'll Need:
  • Black duct tape
  • Halloween-patterned duct tape
  • Sharp scissors
Directions:
  1. Cut about seven lengths of black duct tape to twice the desired height of your bag. Lay these strips of black duct tape upside-down and side-by-side on a work surface.
  2. Cut patterned tape lengths to extend the full width of the black tape. Place sticky-side-down and side-by-side to cover all of the black tape. Lay the patterned tape perpendicular to the black tape. The solid black will become the bag’s inside and the patterned the outside.
  3. Trim all edges with scissors, then fold the rectangle in half to form the bag.
  4. Seal the side edges with additional duct tape, pressing the corners inside the bag at an angle to miter them. Pieces of duct tape fastened across the inside corners of the bag will help press the tape down and hold the bag’s shape.
  5. Attach a strip of black duct tape around the top of the bag to add contrast and hold the two shorter carrying handles. Each handle is made from two pieces of duct tape, back-to-back, which are attached to the inside of the bag.

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Creatively Kit Kat

Creatively Kit Kat

Make your snack-size candy more than Halloween trick-or-treats by trying any of the following with Kit Kat’s new limited-edition pumpkin pie flavor.

  • Separate each bar into two sticks, then dip sticks in melted white candy coating. Let coating harden by placing sticks on a baking rack or sheet of waxed paper. Add two eyes with black decorating icing at the top end of each to make ghosts or mummies.
  • Place a snack-size Kit Kat flat-side-up for a smooth rectangular surface, easily transformed into a Jack-o-lantern face. Use black icing to make eyes, nose and mouth and green for the pumpkin stem. You can also dip the entire candy bar in melted white candy coating and after it sets, decorate the flat side to resemble the face of Dracula, Frankenstein or any other Halloween “monster.”
  • If you’re entertaining at a Halloween party, make edible place cards/party favors by dipping the Kit Kat in melted candy coating as directed above, then writing guests’ names on the flat side.
  • Separate candy bars into single sticks and insert a large marshmallow onto one end of each. Decorate the marshmallow to resemble the face of a Halloween monster, ghost or witch. Stick these Kit Kat lollies into cupcakes or enjoy as-is.
  • Frost a 13”x9”-inch cake with green and shades of gray to resemble a spooky graveyard. Use candies to transform the cake’s surface into a sea of tombstones, ghouls and goblins. Snack-size Kit Kats make perfect tombstones: Cut whole candy bar in half horizontally so wafers are still attached. Use decorating icing to write “RIP” or other tombstone-worthy phrases on the back side and place on frosted cake to mark graves.
  • This one is especially fun for little kids to assemble themselves: Separate candy bars into wafer sticks and create a scarecrow on a plate or platter using one stick for the body, two for legs and half-sticks for arms. Decorate a round vanilla sandwich cookie with a face for the head. Use decorating icing and small candies to give your scarecrow a hat, clothes and straw sticking out of the pants and shirt openings.

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