6 Quick and Easy Halloween Recipes to Get You in the Holiday Spirit

‘TIS THE SEASON… for pumpkin-flavored goodies, fall hues coloring the world, and Disney Channel throwback movies like Hocus Pocus playing non-stop. It’s one of my favorite times of year and I cannot believe it’s already here! (I swear it was just May two seconds ago?)

Soon enough, Halloween will be here, so it’s time to start getting into the holiday spirit and these snacks can help!

Here are 6 yummy, easy recipes to make to get you pumped for Halloween!

1. Pumpkin Pretzels -- Let’s start with a super easy recipe. How adorable are these wannabe-pumpkin pretzels? They’re the perfect mixture of salty and sweet, and the colors are super festive.

Ingredients:

o   Mini pretzels

o   White chocolate (melt slowly) (See here for help!)

o   Green M&Ms

o   Orange food coloring

o   Optional: green icing for extra leaves

Steps:

o   Melt the white chocolate. Takes about 1 minute! Be careful with this step because white chocolate is more difficult to heat than milk and dark because it has a lower burning point and overheats quickly. (It may be helpful to use a double-boiler, or make one with a saucepan and a metal bowl. See this link here for help: SOS!)

o   Add your orange food coloring and stir gently until it’s the desired color.

o   Dip the pretzels. Cover them well! (Note: Your fingers may or may not look like you’ve used some bad self-tanner after this…)

o   Place the dipped pretzels down on waxing paper and  while they are still WET – add the green M&M to act like a stem on the top. 

o   Now pop them in the fridge for around 20 minutes.

o   Decorate the stems with some green icing leaves if you want to spice it up!

o   EAT THEM!

2.  “Boo”-nana Pops -- Did someone say bananas?!  

Ingredients:

o   White chocolate

o   Bananas

o   Popsicle sticks

o   Chocolate chips (for the eyes)

Steps:

o   Gather your ingredients, a bowl, and a knife.

o   Melt the white chocolate – See above recipe if you need help with this!

o   While heating the chocolate, slice the bananas in half, then make little slits to stick the popsicle sticks in.

o   Then, dip them in the melted chocolate so they are completely covered in the white covering – which will give them their white ghost appearance.

o   Stick two dark/milk chocolate chips on the top to look like eyes.

o   Pop the banana popsicles in the fridge to cool and harden for around 20 minutes.

o   YAY TIME TO EAT!

3. Candy Corn Fruit Parfait – Adorable and healthy!

Ingredients:

o   Pineapple pieces

o   Mandarin oranges

o   Whipped cream

o   Candy corn (for decoration)

Steps:

o   Gather your ingredients as well as some clear jars/glasses to place the treats in so you can see the layers!

o   First, layer the sliced pineapple slices for the yellow candy corn layer.

o   Next, add the mandarin oranges.

o   Finally, add some scoops of whipped cream for the white layer.

o   Top with a candy corn and…You’re DONE! How easy was that? Share & eat up!

4. Halloween Trail Mix – This recipe is fun because you can choose exactly what you’d like to add in your mix and the proportions of everything. (For example, I always add twice as much candy as everything else…)

 

Ingredients: (pick your favorites from this list)

o   Pretzels

o   Bugle chips

o   Honeycomb cereal

o   Candy corn

o   Candy corn pumpkins

o   Chex Mix

o   M&Ms in brown, orange, yellow, green

o   Nuts that you like

o   Marshmallows

o   Popcorn

o   Chocolate chips

o   Cheerios

Steps:

o   Decide what snacks you want in your mix. NOTE: This is a very serious and difficult decision. Think hard.

o   Grab a giant bowl.

o   Pour your snacks in it….

o   Then mix!

o   Take some Snapchats and then … EAT UP.

5. Mini Pumpkin Krispies Treats – This recipe does take more work than most of the ones above, but the end result is worth it!

Ingredients:

o   Butter

o   Vanilla extract

o   Orange food coloring (or red & yellow)

o   Mini marshmallows

o   Rice Crispy cereal

o   Mini tootsie rolls

o   For decoration M&Ms, candy corn, frosting, etc.

Steps:

                                       o   In a saucepan, melt and brown the butter on medium heat.

o   Add vanilla and stir in marshmallows until the marshmallows are complete melted.

o   Add the orange coloring.

o   Turn off heat and let it sit for a few minutes so you can handle it.

o   Mix in the cereal. Then mold it into round balls – to look like pumpkins.

o   Place them on a plate/waxing paper. Decorate with a tootsie roil onto for a stem and M&M’s and such for a face.

o   Let them sit for 10 minutes.

o   EAT!

6. Graveyard Chocolate Cheesecake Dip – I think the name of this recipe just says it all. My mouth is watering already. (P.S. this recipe might not be as quick and easy as the pretzel one – but it is definitely worth the time and effort. Try it out!)

Ingredients:

o   Cream cheese package

o   Butter

o   Cocoa powder

o   Brown sugar

o   Milk

o   Salt

o   Vanilla extract

o   Powdered sugar

o   Crushed Oreos

o   Milano’s (with chocolate icing to write on them)

o   Candy Corn and candy pumpkins

o   Serve with: Graham crackers, apple slices, pretzels, etc.

Steps:

o   In a bowl, beat together the cream cheese and butter until smooth.

o   Sift in the cocoa powder.

o   Add in the brown sugar, vanilla, salt, and milk.

o   Beat it all together until everything is all mixed together well.

o   Sift in the powdered sugar, then beat together everything.

o   Transfer it all to a serving dish.

o   Crush up Oreos and add them as the top “dirt” layer.

o   Write “RIP” on the Milano cookies to serve as tombstones. Place them standing up around the dish.

o   Add the candy corn and candy pumpkins around the dish as well.

o   ENJOY!

I hope you enjoyed these recipes and decide to try them! What are your favorite Halloween snacks?! Make it, go cuddle up and watch some Halloweentown!

 

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