Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Spooky Snacks

I can't wait until my boys are old enough to really get into holidays! Even if we don't throw a Halloween party every year, some of these treats are too fun to pass up, even just as an after school (or after trick-or-treating) snack. Try them out this year!

Slimy Snack
Prepare a package of lime or apple jello as directed and divide among 8-ounce mason jars or clear bowls, filling only halfway; refrigerate until firm. Prepare another jello flavor such as cherry, berryblue or grape. While jello is cooking, place three gummy worms on top of set jello and let another hang over the lip. Pour second flavor over the worms, filling to the top; refrigerate.

Make rice krispie treats and cut into bars (or use store bought bars). Push each bar onto a skewer; set aside. Melt 1 cup white chocolate chips and 1 tablespoon shortening; stir in green or neon green food coloring. Spoon melted chocolate over all sides of bars, place on wax paper lined cookie sheet. Use M&Ms to create eyes and ears, a piece of gummy worm for the mouth, and jujubes for the neck bolts. Refrigerate until the chocolate has hardened, then remove the skewers. Draw on the hair and dot eyes wth black decoratin icing.

Witch on a Stick
Melt 1 cup white chocolate chips, 1 tablespoon shortening and a few drops of green food coloring; stir until smooth. Dip the end of the pretzel rod into the chocolate, covering the top 2 inches. Place on wax paper and sprinkle the sides of each rod with coconut flakes to form hair. Top each with a Hershey kiss and refrigerate until the chocolate has hardened. Draw on eyes, nose and mouth with black decorating icing; fising my covering the kiss too.

These recipes are from the October 2008 issue of Parenting magazine.