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Spooky Sweets: Testing Out Halloween Recipes

Halloween is just around the corner, and that means it’s time to get spooky. What better way to get into the Halloween spirit than with some fun and easy treats? I tested out three “easy” recipes to see how doable they really are.

1. pumpkin patch brownies

The first “recipe” I followed was from Delish, and it was a recipe for their Pumpkin Patch Brownies. The best thing about this recipe was most certainly the convenience. It was made with store-bought brownie mix and then decorated with frosting, candy corn and crushed Oreos. Honestly, the hardest part about this recipe was my complete lack of artistic abilities. Making the pumpkin vines look nice was somehow too hard for me, so it ended up looking somewhat like a first-grade art project. While it wasn’t the prettiest pumpkin patch in the world, my coworkers did call them “endearing,” so I’ll take it. Overall, I’d rate this recipe a four out of five pumpkins because it’s pretty hard to mess up boxed brownies. 

2. Frankenstein rice krispie treats

The second recipe I followed was by Neighbor Food Blog, and it was for Frankenstein Rice Krispie Treats. This recipe was not as easy as just making brownie mix. It had been a while since I had made homemade Rice Krispie Treats, and I forgot how sticky they could be. The best thing about this recipe though was how cute they turned out. The treats are easily recognizable as Frankenstein, and the decorating process isn’t actually that difficult—once you make sure to grease anything and everything that might come into contact with them. The hardest part about this recipe was when I dropped all of them on the floor while packing them up to take to my coworkers. So, while nobody got to taste them, I do think that the photos came out pretty good! I’d rate this recipe a four out of five Frankensteins, with one point being docked for making my entire kitchen sticky.

3. Marsh-Monsters

The last recipe that I tried was pretty simple, it was a Marsh-Monster recipe by Tasty. Essentially, this recipe involved taking marshmallows, putting them on sticks, dipping them in candy coating and drawing faces on them. Pretty simple, right? The easiest part of this recipe was that I made mine into ghosts, so I really only had to dip the marshmallows into white chocolate and use some gel frosting to make a little ghost face. The hardest parts of this recipe were that I forgot to buy sticks at the store, and I had to use straws to dip and prop up my ghosts. Overall though, they were pretty cute! They tasted exactly like you’d expect a marshmallow covered in white chocolate to taste, sugary and delicious. I’d rate this recipe a five out of five ghosts, just for being simple and cute.

All three recipes that I tried were so much fun to make. While they weren’t the most ambitious tutorials in the world, I think that’s part of the fun! Something easy and quick to whip up that’s fun for guys and ghouls of all ages. Pro-tip: just make sure that your Frankensteins actually make it to the party.

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