October 30, 2007

Trick out Your Treats

Halloween is tomorrow and my treats are ready to go. I've been laboring over them all week and, I must say, it was really hard not to pass them out early! When it comes to holiday entertaining I am a total planner. I realize this isn't the case with everyone, so here are some tips to help you make a major impression tomorrow.

First, here are some my absolute favourite Halloween snack ideas for this year: Not Martha's Crawly Cakes, Mummy, Pumpkin and Witch's Broom Treat Bags, Cheese Fingers at FamilyFun, Candy-filled headstones. Those crawly cakes have been all over the internet. If you're not lucky enough to live near a store that carries icing eyes, you can make your own with candy buttons and a black food coloring marker (or red icing for scary eyes). Those cheese fingers are uber easy!

If you're desperate for time, here are some simple embellishments you can make to store-bought items:

Creepy Cheesecake: Pick up a cheesecake and some cocoa powder from your local market. Print out a scary stencil like this bat stencil from About.com. Gently place the stencil on the cake, shake cocoa powder over top and voila! If you are feeling extra crafty (and you are skilled with an x-acto), you can make stencils for a special message. You could also pick up some letter stencils from a nearby craft store if you have butterfingers like me!

Decadent Caramel Apples: Grab a few packs of pre-made caramel apples (available at most grocery stores), some chocolate chips (I am crazy about Nestle's White & Semi-Sweet Chocolate swirl chips) and some sprinkles. If you know that no one is allergic, grab some walnuts or peanuts. Remove from wrap and place on an aluminum foil covered tray. In a double boiler, heat the chocolate chips until melted. Be sure to use LOW heat and try to avoid boiling over or releasing steam as it will effect your results. You can either dunk the apples in the chocolate or, using a spoon, drizzle the chocolate over the apples. Top with nuts or sprinkles. Allow to set over night. You can put in the fridge if you want, but I have mixed results. I suggest covering and allowing them to stand at room temp.

Edible Eyes: If your grocer carries mozzarella balls packed in water (or oil, though I prefer water), you are in luck! Grab a large tub, some olives and some crackers. Using a small spoon (a half-teaspoon should work), carve out a space into the mozzarella eyes. Place your olive in the hole. Once you've made a full batch of eyes, put them on a plate with the crackers and you are ready to serve up some spooky snacks!

Also, you HAVE to check out FamilyFun.com. They have tons of really cute ideas for party snacks like mummy pizzas and monster toes! Everything there looked yummy and very simple! Happy haunting!