No Tricks Just Halloween Treats

img_5389I love Halloween, not for the scary and spooky stuff, for the creativity it brings out of everyone.  Starting with costumes,  it is so fun to see my girls coming up with what they want to dress up as.  As a mom it is hard not to want to tell them what they should be or what costume would be the cutest, but really it is the best when they come up with their own ideas.  

Working up Halloween treats in the kitchen is the same, the more creative the better. Halloween is not a serious or elegant holiday so why not be a little crazy and have fun with it.  This year I am focused on treats that you and your kids will enjoy and get their hands a little dirty with.

Black and White Chocolate Bark is a simple treats you and your kids can make together.  With nearly no recipe needed at all, find whatever Halloween candy or salty sweet combination you like and sprinkle over melted dark and white chocolate.img_5391

Candy corn and caramel corn both scream fall and why not combine the two for a delicious snack that you won’t be able to stop eating.  Candy Corn Caramel Crunch combines all of my favorites, popcorn, buttery caramel, roasted peanuts, candy corn and drizzled with chocolate.  Serve in a bowl for your guests or package up for a perfect school treat for friends.img_5317

If you are hosting friends on Halloween Orange Fizz Punch is refreshing before or after trick or treating.  Frozen orange sherbet topped with pineapple juice and lemon lime soda ending with a fizz is decadent and sweet, it can even be dessert! img_5449

Keep Halloween stress free with these three kid and adult friendly recipes that will bring your creative juices out!  

Black and White Chocolate Bark
Serves 8
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Ingredients
  1. 8 ounces Semisweet Chocolate
  2. 8 ounces White Chocolate
  3. Candy Corn
  4. Sixlets
  5. Pretzels
  6. Candy Corn M&M
  7. Peanuts
Instructions
  1. Prepare a baking sheet lined with parchment paper
  2. Melt semisweet chocolate in a double boiler, stirring until chocolate is melted
  3. (remove one ounce of semisweet chocolate and save)
  4. Pour onto a prepared baking sheet and spread to be even and smooth
  5. Allow the semisweet chocolate layer to cool
  6. Melt white chocolate in a double boiler, stirring until chocolate is melted
  7. Pour the white chocolate over the semisweet chocolate layer and spread evenly to cover the semisweet chocolate
  8. While the white chocolate is still melted, drizzle the extra semisweet chocolate in rows onto the white chocolate and take a toothpick to spread the semisweet chocolate through the white chocolate
  9. Immediately sprinkle the toppings; candy corn, sixlets, pretzels, M&M’s and peanuts over the white and dark chocolate.
  10. Allow the bark to cool completely, approximately 1 hour, before breaking it into pieces
  11. Package for gifts or store in the refrigerator until ready to serve
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Candy Corn Caramel Crunch
Serves 8
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 Cup Unsalted Butter
  2. 1 Cup Light Brown Sugar
  3. 1/4 Cup Light Corn Syrup
  4. 1 tsp Salt
  5. 1/4 tsp Baking Soda
  6. 8 Cups Popcorn, Popped
  7. 1 Cup Candy Corn
  8. 1/2 Cup Unsalted Peanuts
  9. 1 Cup Semi Sweet Chocolate, melted
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F
  2. Prepare a baking sheet lined with parchment paper
  3. In a large Saucepan, melt butter completely
  4. Stir in light brown sugar and light corn syrup and stir until fully combined
  5. Bring butter mixture to a rolling boil and boil for 5 minutes without stirring the caramel mixture
  6. Continue cooking for 5-8 minutes or until the mixture comes to a desired caramel color
  7. Turn the heat off and stir in the salt and baking soda
  8. Slowly pour in the popped popcorn and peanuts and toss until completely coated
  9. Spread the caramel corn onto a sheet pan 
Bake for 15 minutes until the caramel becomes a deep amber color
  10. Remove the sheet pan from the oven and immediately sprinkle with candy corn and drizzle with semi sweet chocolate
  11. Once the caramel corn has cooled, break the pieces into small chucks
  12. Package the candy corn caramel crunch for gifts or store in an air tight container
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Orange Fizz Punch
Serves 8
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Ingredients
  1. 1 quart Orange Sherbet
  2. 1 Can (46 ounces) Pineapple Juice
  3. 2 Cups Orange Juice
  4. 1 Liters Lemon Lime Soda
  5. Garnish: Halloween Sprinkles
Instructions
  1. In a large punch bowl, combine pineapple juice, orange juice and lemon lime soda
  2. Right before you are ready to serve add orange sherbet to the punch bowl
  3. Serve the punch in individual glasses and top it off with a splash of lemon lime soda to create the fizz!
  4. Garnish with halloween sprinkles and a straw
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Halloween Treat Roundup

halloween treatsHalloween is hands down one of the sweetest holidays of the year and truly one of the best times to bring out your creative sides. Sweet treats, healthy snacks, fizzy drinks and the cutest packaging around will top off any Halloween party you have planned this year and we have a list to help you get started.

 1)   Witches Stew
There is absolutely nothing fancy about this recipe…actually there is no recipe!  This is the perfect blend of anything your have in your pantry that will satisfy the hungry witches in your family! Check out Ink Food Witches Stew for what we love in our stew.

2)   Cookie Critter Pops
Making these cookie critters for any party will surely spook your guests, but what is there not to love about Oreos, dipped in chocolate and decorated; maybe not so creepy after all! Check out instructions at Ink Foods for Cookie Critter Pops

3)   Candy Corn Pretzel Sticks
Old fashion candy corn is a childhood favorite, but with a month full of sugar, you might want to throw something salty in the mix. Candy corn pretzel sticks are perfect just the way they are or packed for the sweetest gifts. Candy Corn Pretzel Sticks by Ink Foods

4)   Tangerine Pumpkins & Banana Ghosts
Halloween gives everyone the excuse to eat endless amounts of candy. Throw in a healthy twist with these cute tangerine pumpkins and bananas ghosts for any school party and the kids will never miss the sugar. Recipe here Weelicious Tangerine Pumpkins and Banana Ghosts

5)   Marshmallow Apple Chompers
The kids will be all smiles with marshmallow apple chompers. This recipe will make the perfect DIY for the whole family. Marshmallow Chompers by Lindsay Weiss on Baby Center Blog

6)   Halloween Watermelon Punch
There are sure to be thirsty monsters roaming around your house during Halloween. This Frankenstein green watermelon punch will quench your thirst. Drink up! Halloween Watermelon Punch by Design Eat Repeat

7)   Fizzy Pumpkin Punch
Fizzy pumpkin punch will make you think you are eating something sugary sweet. Mixed with orange juice, lemon lime soda, pineapple juice and orange sorbet, you might skip out on the candy and just sip on this. Pumpkin Punch by House of Smith

8)   DIY Broom Bags
So many wonderful treats need the perfect packaging. Martha Stewart does it again with these Witches Broom Favor bags created with paper lunch bags. So simple and you probably have all the supplies at home. Broom Bags by Martha Stewart

 Have a sugary sweet happy Halloween!

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