Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Halloween trick your child will have no trouble pulling off--turning a ripe banana into a Halloween treat.
Remove any stringy fibers from the peeled banana, then cut it in half widthwise. Push a Popsicle stick into each half through the cut end, then cover each pop with plastic wrap and freeze until firm (about 3 hours).
Next, place a 1.5-ounce piece of white chocolate candy in a microwave-safe bowl and cook on high until melted (it generally takes about 1 minute). With a butter knife, spread the melted white chocolate on the frozen banana halves.
Set the pops on a waxed-paper-covered dish. Press on candies or currants for eyes and mouths and return the pops to the freezer until ready to serve. Makes 2.
Combine the taste of cheese pizza with the look of candy corn and--abracadabra!--you've got one crowd-pleasing snack.
1. Heat the oven to 450º.
2. Cut two small round prebaked pizza crusts into wedges that resemble the shape of candy corn. Top each wedge with rows of white, orange, and yellowish cheeses, as shown.
3. Bake the wedges on a cookie sheet for 8 to 10 m
Mini Caramel Apples
Bite-size versions of the fall fair treat, these tiny "caramel" apples are a great party snack.
4-inch lollipop sticks
Granny Smith apples (one apple makes about 8 mini apples)
Butterscotch or peanut butter chips
Chopped nuts, nonpareils, sprinkles, shredded coconut (optional)
Small paper candy cups
First, cut the lollipop sticks in half at an angle (the pointy end will go into the apple pieces easier). With the melon baller, scoop little balls out of the apple. Each ball should have a section of apple peel. Push half of a lollipop stick into the peel of each ball. Pat the apple pieces dry.
Melt the chips according to the package directions. Dip and swirl the mini apples in the melted chips, then roll the apples in nuts, sprinkles, nonpareils, or coconut, if desired. Place the mini apples in paper candy cups to set.
If you plan on using caramel with these apples you will find that caramel does not like wet surfaces to remedy that problem try dipping the apples in a candy coating first (any flavor you like, chocolate, vanilla, peanut butter, , chill in refrigerator then coat with Caramel and your favorite candies.
Caramel Apple Monsters
1 14-ounce bag individually wrapped caramel candies (about 50)
2 tablespoons milk
4 to 6 medium apples (see guide, page 123)
Place the unwrapped caramels in a shallow microwave-safe bowl.
Mix in the milk and microwave on high for 2 minutes, stirring after 1 minute (the caramels will keep their shape as they soften, so be sure to stir them).
When the caramels are melted, remove the dish from the microwave with pot holders and stir the sauce until smooth. Set aside to cool slightly.
To thoroughly coat an apple, roll it in the caramel sauce, then hold it upright so the sauce slides down the sides.
Generously butter a baking sheet. Twist off the apple stems and spear each fruit with a craft stick.
Roll one apple in the caramel sauce until it's thoroughly coated. Place it, stick pointing up, on the baking sheet.
Working quickly, coat the remaining apples in the caramel sauce. The caramel coating will be gooey, so refrigerate the apple for 15 minutes or until the caramel is slightly hardened.
Holding the apple by the stick, use candy to turn it into a monster.
Refrigerate again until the caramel is hardened and the candy is set. Makes 4 to 6.
*Taken from familyfun.com
Just quarter and core an apple, cut a wedge from the skin side of each quarter, then press slivered almonds in place for teeth.
If you're not going to serve them right away, baste the apples with orange juice to keep them from browning.
Have a nice Haloween day/night!