What would Halloween be without dancing around in Morph Costumes, drinking vampire blood concoctions and overdosing on sugar-laden snacks? Seriously, eating your body weight in treats has become an essential part of this old Pagan festival, so why not take advantage of this calorific freedom and whip up some gruesome goodies of your own?
Here are three wickedly wonderful ideas to get your eyes popping and your blood curdling:
Freaky Frankenstein family cookies
Freak out your family and friends with these fabulous Frankenstein biscuits. The fun is all in the decoration, so start by making a simple shortbread recipe, roll out as directed and cut into a wealth of funny shapes including rectangles, triangles and squares – the more variety the better. Banish your pale creations to the furnace (or pop them into the oven if you’re not yet used to Halloween talk) and bake until golden brown before leaving to cool.
Next, whip up some butter icing using a drop or two of green food colouring and spread over the biscuits to create that deathly green twinge Frankenstein wears so well. Use brown icing for the hair and a range of coloured sweets including Smarties and licorice to form the face. There are no rules, so let your creativity flow and go wild with all kinds of decoration. Remember, it’s Halloween, so make them creepy. Secure peanut butter cups to the edge of each biscuit for that final Frankenstein touch and serve.
Everyone likes marshmallows right? They’re squidgy, sweet and fun to eat so try poking a range of different coloured mallows onto straws/sticks before decorating them with chocolate chips, jelly shapes and other delicious confectionary. While white marshmallows are great for ghosts you can create some fantastic monsters by dipping one half in coloured icing and using sprinkles for the hair. Use icing pens to draw wobbly mouths and confused expressions and you’re good to go.
To complete your marshmallow mayhem masterpiece, make some edible soil by crushing a whole load of Oreo biscuits and adding them to several dollops of melted butter. Mix well and spoon into a small plant bot or bucket until it’s quite compact (a bit like a cheesecake base). You should then be able to stick your straws or sticks into this mixture to create an impressive marshmallow display. For extra effect, gather round a fire on the evening of October 31st and melt your marshmallow faces before eating them. Spooky!
Warning: These will look horrendously unappetising but taste delicious. What more could you want from a Halloween treat? Regular caramel apples are scrumptious but far too tame for this time of year, so make yours stand out from the crowd by adding some black or red food colouring to the mixture. Hey, you could even do a mixture of colours for visual effect.
The recipe is fairly straightforward. All you need to do is wash and clean the apples before combining around 1 ½ cups sugar, ¾ cup of water and ½ cup light corn syrup in a pan. Place over a medium heat and whisk until the sugar has dissolved. Let the mixture stand until it has reached 310 degrees F (use a candy thermometer) before adding food colouring. Dip in the apples and place on a buttered baking sheet to set.
Halloween comes round just once a year so make it a memorable occasion.
NOTE: This is a collaborative post written by Kathryn Thompson