Saturday, October 10, 2009

Halloween Treats!

We loves us some Halloween around here and I have a small repertoire of treats and freaky food that I make. Here are some of the easiest Halloween treats to make in said repertoire. In fact, "make" is a barely usable term because only one requires any real effort - but that's my kind of treat!

First, we have popcorn balls. These are so good that people ask for the recipe every time I have them at a party or take them to a function - but they're really made just like you make Rice Krispie treats, only you use popcorn and roll them into a ball.

1/2 cup butter
16-ish oz bag of mini marshmallows
Popped popcorn - about 9 cups

An FYI: I bought marshamallows at two different stores this year and turns out Kroger brand packages are 10 oz while Albertsons' are 16 oz. For the popped popcorn, I buy the big bags of popped popcorn because it's easier than making my own, plus I think much cheaper for the volume that using microwave popcorn, but you certainly could use microwave popcorn - just get all the kernels out.

Anyway, melt the butter and marshmallows in a big (BIG) saucepan, then stir in the popcorn. You can also add a teaspoon of vanilla to the melted marshmallow mixture if you want to. I do it when I remember to, so the latest batch didn't have it. Then, working fast-ish before the mixture starts to cool off, shape the mixture into balls and put it out on foil or wax paper to cool. While still warm-ish and sticky, you can add Halloween sprinkles to the balls if you want to. I put mine into individual baggies to transport and serve. You could also wrap in Saran Wrap or the like, but that stuff hates me.

Second, we have Chex Mix, Halloween-style. This is nothing more than Chex Mix with Halloween M&M's mixed in. It makes it festive and cute, not to mention is nice to have you sweet and salty fix in one bag. You can serve in a big bowl w/ a scoop for parties, but more often I put scoops of it in snack-size baggies and set out the individual servings. Works better for school parties and traveling w/ the mix to other places. In a bowl, the M&M's eventually sink to the bottom because they're heavier than most of it.

And third, the Pillsbury bake-yourself Halloween cookies that you can buy in the store. The only reason I'm including this (other than I just made treats for a mom's group pumpkin patch party) is because the holiday cookies they used to have were in logs and you had to slice them and then you had ridiculous-looking, distorted pumpkins. Now they offer them in ready-to-bake packages and you just put them on the pan to cook and they are really cute.

Here's a picture of all three things:

Peace, Love, and Halloween Treats (not exactly 'dinner,' I know),


Mom of Fred and Ginger
Wife of Mr. D
Halloweener of Happiness


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