Written by Piera Jolly of Jolly Mom, special contributor for Personal Creations Blog.
Halloween is the official beginning of the holiday season for us and we really like to go all out! We typically host a Halloween Trick-or-Treat Party for our family. All of our nieces and nephews come over dressed up in their costumes and the parents take them trick-or-treating around our neighborhood. Then, we all come back and have dinner and of course – TREATS. Even though the kids get lots of candy on Halloween, I still like to make a handful of fun but simple treats that everyone can enjoy (yes, even the adults too!). Today, I will be sharing five easy-to-make treats that will be spook-tacular on your Halloween table this year!
Witch’s Hats Cookies
Makes 32 cookies
- 32 Hershey chocolate kisses, unwrapped
- 1 (11 1/2 ounce) package fudge-striped shortbread cookies (32)
- 1 (4 1/4 ounce) container orange decorating icing
- 16 candy corns; yellow layer cut off and split in half to use for hat buckle
1. Attach 1 Kiss to chocolate bottom of each cookie, using orange icing. I like to pipe around in a circle so that you can see the icing when the Kiss is placed on top.
2. Attach the yellow candy corn piece to the front of the hat.
Candy Corn Jello Pudding Cups
- 1 large box (5.1oz) instant vanilla pudding; prepared according to package directions
- 1 large box (6oz) orange flavored gelatin; prepared according to package directions
- Whipped cream
- 10 – 8 oz clear plastic cups
- Candy corn and/or Halloween sprinkles for garnish
1. First layer: Prepare the pudding according to package directions and spoon into clear plastic cups. Place in refrigerator to set.
2. Second layer: Prepare the gelatin according to package instructions and allow to slightly cool and thicken in the refrigerator. Once cooled and slightly thickened, pour layer into clear plastic cup. Place the cups back in the refrigerator to allow gelatin to fully set.
3. Top with whipped cream and garnish.
Frankenstein Marshmallow Pops
- Jumbo marshmallows
- Sugar glaze, tinted green and prepared via instructions HERE
- Pretzel sticks, broken in half
- Candy eyes
- Black candy melts
- Lollipop sticks
- Black food marker
- Make sugar glaze (Instructions HERE).
- Dip end of stick in glaze and insert into bottom of marshmallow.
- Coat the marshmallow in the glaze and allow excess to drain off. Set on parchment paper upside down (stick pointing up) to dry and harden.
- Insert half pretzel pieces and stick into side of marshmallow while glaze is still soft.
- Melt black candy melts in microwave for 1-2 minutes until melted, stopping every 30 seconds to stir.
- Dip tops of marshmallow into melted black candy melts to make the hair. Use a toothpick to “fluff” hair.
- Using extra glaze, attach the candy eyes
- Draw the mouth and any other decorations (stitches) with black food writer
Pumpkin Rice Krispies Treats
Makes 8 treats
- 3 tablespoons butter or margarine
- 4 cups JET-PUFFED Miniature Marshmallows
- Orange food coloring
- 6 cups Kellogg’s® Rice Krispies® cereal
- 8 Tootsie Rolls
1. In large saucepan melt butter over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat. Tint with orange food coloring.
2. Add KELLOGG’S RICE KRISPIES© cereal. Stir until well coated.
3. Using ¾ cup measuring cup coated with cooking spray divide warm cereal mixture into 8 portions. Using buttered hands shape each portion into pumpkin shape around one candy piece.
4. Top with a Tootsie Roll pop as pumpkin stem
Ghostly Banana Pops
Makes 6 banana pops
- 3 large bananas, cut in half horizontally
- 2 cups white candy melts
- 2 tbsp shortening
- Mini chocolate chips
- 6 Craft sticks
1. Place craft stick through bottom of each banana half. Freeze for 30 minutes.
2. Melt candy melts and shortening in microwave in 30-second intervals for 1-2 minutes until melted and smooth. Make sure to stir after every 30 seconds.
3. Dip bananas into melted candy melts and place on parchment lined baking sheet.
4. Add two mini-chocolate chips for eyes and set in refrigerator to set for at least 2 hours.
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Piera Jolly is the founder and editor-in-chief of JollyMom.com, a savvy and popular blog that provides moms with helpful parenting information, fun child-friendly activities, craft ideas, recipes, and the latest trends for moms, kids, and families. JollyMom.com is also proud to have been named a Top 10 Inspiring Blogger by Mashable, a Power Mom by Nielsen and one of Access Communication’s Top 50 Mommy Blogs!