In our last post we brought you The 5 Scariest Homemade Halloween Decorations and now we have the other ingredient for Halloween, literally! Halloween is a great time to splurge on lovely sweet treats without the guilt! Trick or Treating is the easiest way to snaffle away loads of chocolate (And you know our favourites!), but as a grown up, nicking all your neighbour’s sweets might be frowned upon! Fret not, here are some great ideas that can help you cheat your way to providing a range of indulgent treats which family and friends will love. Yummy!
1. Devilish Donuts
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Who doesn’t love a donut? They’re freely available in supermarkets and high street bakers and a big eat doesn’t cost a lot. You can turn them into scary devil faces with a few extra ingredients.
You will need – plain ring donuts (sugared or glazed, Krispy Kreme if you’re feeling particularly indulgent!), white chocolate buttons, foam teeth (from the pick & mix section) and black & red cake decorating gel.
Simply pipe the black gel for hair and the red gel for ‘blood’, using both as an adhesive for an upper and lower set of nashers. Add a blob of black to the buttons for eyes and fix these again with the gel. You can have lots of fun with different eye and hair combinations!
2. Terrifying Toffee Apples
What’s more lush than a sticky, crunchy toffee apple? These are really easy to make and you can go to town on the extra toppings, perfect for kids to add their own finishes!
You will need apples (Granny Smiths are best!) and sticks (lollypop sticks are fine), plus Golden Caster Sugar (200g per 4 apples), a dash of vinegar and Golden Syrup (2 tbsp per 4 apples). Make a tray available with baking parchment or greaseproof paper on top.
Wash the apples first with boiling water to remove any wax coating, dry thoroughly and insert a stick in the end with the stalk.
Pour the sugar into a pan with 50ml of water (multiply up if you have more apples) and boil for five minutes to ensure the sugar is melted. Then add the vinegar and syrup. Keep boiling until you reach the ‘hardening caramel’ stage. This is 150 degrees (if you have a thermometer) or when you take a drop of syrup, drop it in cold water and it hardens straight away.
Dip the apples in the syrup, giving them a good coating. Then you can either place them on the tray for cooling or dip them in a topping – hundreds & thousands, chopped nuts or Smarties are our favourites.
They can be eaten as soon as the caramel has hardened but you can make up to two days in advance.
3. Mad Marshmallow Ghosts
This recipe couldn’t be more simple or effective, and is a great option for kids to help with.
You’ll need a bag of white marshmallows, cocktail sticks and an edible ink pen. Simply draw a ghostly face onto the marshmallow, insert a cocktail stick and mount on a piece of fruit or similar. They look really great when pushed into a pumpkin that has been carved!
There is a really great alternative to this – place your ghost on a digestive biscuit and microwave for a few seconds so the base of the marshmallow melts. Hey presto, you have melting ghost biscuits! Nom!