Check out these Halloween Treats and Snack Ideas (w/ recipes) from foodnetwork.com
Ingredients 1 1/2 cups toasted pecans 1 cup heavy cream 1 cup granulated sugar 1/2 cup light corn syrup 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, in pieces 1/4 teaspoon salt 5 ounces thin black licorice strands, cut into 2-inch pieces 6 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped 4 ounces milk chocolate, chopped Chocolate curls or jimmies, optional
Halloween Popcorn Treats
Ingredients Vegetable cooking spray 3 tablespoons vegetable oil 1/3 cup popcorn kernels 3 tablespoons butter 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 6 cups (12-ounces) mini marshmallows 6 fun-size caramel peanut chocolate bars (such as Snickers), cut into 1/4-inch pieces 3 (3-inch) chocolate chip cookies, crumbled 1/3 cup chopped salted almonds, 1/2 cup orange and black chocolate candies (such as M and Ms)
Ingredients 1 egg white 1/4 cup sugar 1 tablespoon water 1 tablespoon kosher salt 2 teaspoons cumin 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 1/2 teaspoon ancho chili powder 2 cups high quality dry roasted unsalted peanuts 5 dried chiles, optional garnish
Michael's Bloody Maria
Ingredients 3 pounds tomatoes (heirloom if possible), cored and roughly cut 2 to 3 jalapeno chilis, stems removed and roughly cut 1 bulb fennel, white part roughly cut Salt and freshly ground black pepper 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil 1 lemon, halved 1/2 cup favorite spice rub 6 to 8 whole red jalapenos Jalapeno Ice Cubes, recipe follows Lemon vodka
Mexican Pumpkin Punch
Ingredients 2 cups packed dark brown sugar 4 cinnamon sticks, preferably Mexican 1 29 -ounce can pure pumpkin (about 3 1/2 cups) 2 limes Splash of rum (optional) Pineapple chunks and/or pecans, for serving (optional)
Pepita Rice Pudding
Directions Combine 1/3 cup each golden raisins and rum in a bowl and microwave for 3 minutes. Heat 1/2 stick butter, 1/2 cup green pumpkin seeds (pepitas) and a pinch of salt in a skillet until the seeds are golden and the butter turns nutty brown. Stir in the raisin-rum mixture and 1 tablespoon dark brown sugar. Spoon over store-bought rice pudding.
Angel's Food Cupcakes
Cupcake Cooking spray 1/2 cup cake flour (not self-rising) 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
Fine salt 5 large egg whites, at room temperature 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar 1/2 cup granulated sugar 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
Decorations: 1 large piece crystallized ginger Scant 1/4 cup white candy coating, such as Wilton Candy Melts
Frosting: 4 large egg whites, at room temperature 3/4 cup granulated sugar 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
Pumpkin Cheese Ball
Directions With a mixer, blend 16 ounces room-temperature cream cheese with 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar, 3 tablespoons minced onion, 2 tablespoons salsa, 2 teaspoons ground cumin and 1 teaspoon minced jalapeno. Scoop onto plastic wrap and use the wrap to form the mixture into a 5-inch pumpkin-shaped ball; chill at least 2 hours. To serve, unwrap, roll in crushed nacho-flavored tortilla chips and press a bell pepper stem into the top.
Sweet and Spicy Pepitas Popcorn Balls
Ingredients 3 (3.5-ounce) bags natural microwave popcorn 2 cups pepitas (hulled pumpkin seeds) 1 cup heavy cream 1 cup sugar 1/2 cup light corn syrup 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into pieces, plus more for forming 1/4 teaspoon fine salt 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Vampire Blood Tomato Soup With Muenster Sammies
Ingredients 3 tablespoons olive oil 1/2 fennel bulb, chopped 1/2 large onion, chopped 4 cloves garlic, smashed 1 1/4 teaspoons kosher salt 1 teaspoon fennel seed 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, optional 1 (28-ounce) can plum tomatoes 2 cups homemade vegetable broth or low-sodium canned 2 cups tomato juice 6 basil leaves, torn 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice Fresh ground black pepper
Muenster Sammies: 16 (3 1/2-inch square) slices Westphalian Pumpernickel 1/2 cup apple jelly 8 slices muenster cheese 8 slices yellow cheddar cheese
Ingredients 4 1/2 ounces confectioners' sugar (about 1 1/4 cups) 1/2 ounce nonfat dry milk (about 6 1/2 teaspoons) 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt 3 1/2 ounces granulated sugar (about 1/2 cup) 3 3/4 ounces light corn syrup (about 1/3 cup) 2 1/2 tablespoons H20 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 or 3 drops each yellow and orange gel paste food coloring
Deviled Chicken Lollipops
Ingredients 12 chicken drumettes, skin on 1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus to taste Freshly ground black pepper 3 slices sandwich sourdough bread, crusts trimmed, torn into pieces 1 clove garlic, roughly chopped 1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves 2 scallions, green and white part, chopped 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted 1/3 cup honey mustard Hot sauce, optional
Pumpkin Seed Brittle
Ingredients: 1 teaspoon vegetable oil, plus additional for coating 7 ounces hulled pumpkin seeds (these are the green ones) 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 1 pound 6 ounces granulated sugar 12 ounces water
Directions Cut peeled bananas in half crosswise and insert a skewer into each half. Freeze until firm. Microwave chopped semisweet chocolate (1 ounce per skewer) in 20-second intervals, stirring, until melted. Dip the bananas in the chocolate; press 2 candy eyeballs into each and let set, about 10 minutes. Microwave marshmallows (about 2 per skewer) until puffed, 10 to 15 seconds. Stir until smooth; let cool slightly. Scoop up some of the marshmallow (it will stretch into a thread) and wrap it around the bananas. Transfer to a parchment-lined plate and freeze until serving.
Seed the pumpkin: Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F. Using a spoon, scrape the pulp and seeds out of your pumpkin into a bowl.
Clean the seeds: Separate the seeds from the stringy pulp, rinse the seeds in a colander under cold water, then shake dry. Don't blot with paper towels; the seeds will stick.
Dry them: Spread the seeds in a single layer on an oiled baking sheet and roast 30 minutes to dry them out.
Add spices: Toss the seeds with olive oil, salt and your choice of spices. Return to the oven and bake until crisp and golden, about 20 more minutes.
Devil's Food Cupcakes
Cupcakes: Cooking spray 1 cup all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
Fine salt : 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (not Dutch-process) 1/2 cup milk 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 10 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature 1 cup sugar 2 large eggs plus 2 large egg yolks, at room temperature
Glaze: 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into small pieces 2 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped 1 teaspoon honey Pinch fine salt
Caramel, Chocolate, Candy Apples
Ingredients Vegetable oil cooking spray 6 small apples, washed and dried, stems removed *see Cook's Note 2 (9.5-ounce) bags soft caramel candies, unwrapped (recommended: Kraft Classic Caramels) 1/4 cup pulp-free orange juice 1 (4-ounce) bar 53 percent cocoa dark chocolate, chopped into 1/2-inch pieces (recommended: Nestle Chocolatier) Assorted small candies, chopped nuts and sprinkles
Special equipment: 6 craft or thick wooden sticks
Ingredients 1 (6-ounce) package lime gelatin 2 cups boiling water 3 cups chilled pineapple juice 1 (2 liter) bottle chilled lemon-lime soft drink or ginger ale 2 cups chilled vodka, optional
Special equipment: 1 large black plastic cauldron (available at party or craft stores) 1 punch bowl that fits inside the cauldron 1 plastic hand (available at party supply stores), sterilized in hot water 1 block dry ice (available at supermarkets, ice cream shops or ice companies)
Ingredients 1 (12-ounce) package semisweet morsels 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter 6 cups pretzel sticks
Deviled Ham Eyeball Sandwich
Ingredients 20 slices white bread, such as Arnold Brick Oven White Sandwich Bread 2 cups smoked cooked ham, chopped (about 8 ounces) 1/3 cup mayonnaise 1 tablespoon honey 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard 1 tablespoon pickled relish 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce 3 dashes hot sauce, such as Tabasco Kosher salt 10 pimento-stuffed green olives, sliced in half Ketchup, for squirting Special equipment: 2 1/2-inch round cookie cutter
Spiced Pumpkin-Raisin Cookies
Ingredients 1 cup all-purpose flour 2/3 cup old-fashioned oats 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon fine salt 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice 3/4 cup raw sugar, plus additional for sprinkling 1/2 cup canned pumpkin puree 1/3 cup vegetable oil 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/2 cup raisins