Having spent the majority of my career in the candy and chocolate business, I have to admit Halloween for me, has always been a pretty big deal! Costumes, candy, parties, and a good ghost story or two makes for a pretty interesting day for sure. I absolutely love costume parties and I love the challenge of coming up with a costume idea that allows me to create a character that I can become during the party.
There has been a pretty big drought when it comes to having trick or treat candy around my house, since my kids have grown up and left the nest. I am hoping to get back in the game this year though as I have some grandkids that are old enough now to go treat or treating. I just may put on one of my costumes and tag along!
Halloween is also a great holiday to spark your imagination to create some fun treats for not just kids, but also for the child within the adults as well. Taste Of Home has hundreds of recipe ideas to help you make your own Halloween celebration special and memorable.
Here is a fun recipe making a pizza from cookie dough and topping it with your favorite candy to resemble savory toppings.
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
- 1 can (16 ounces) vanilla frosting
- Red paste or gel food coloring
- 3 ounces white candy coating, grated
- 2 red Fruit Roll-Ups, unrolled
- 1/2 cup French burnt peanuts
- 4 medium green gumdrops
- 2 black licorice twists
- In a large bowl, cream the butter, peanut butter and sugars. Beat in
- egg and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt; gradually
- add to the creamed mixture. Stir in chocolate chips. Pat onto a
- greased 14-in. pizza pan. Bake at 350° for 18-22 minutes or
- until golden brown. Cool completely on a wire rack.
- In a bowl, combine frosting and food coloring. Spread over crust to
- within 1/2 in. of edges. Sprinkle with white candy coating. Cut
- Fruit Roll-Ups into 1-1/4-in. circles to resemble pepperoni; arrange
- over frosting. Top with peanuts for sausage. Dice gumdrops and black
- licorice to resemble green pepper and olives; sprinkle over top. Cut
- into wedges. Yield: 12-14 servings.
And here is a healthy recipe for the kids (and adults) that is just as much fun as the candy pizza and a lot more nutritious. You can create a fun activity by having the kids help “carve” the oranges like mini pumpkins and then fill them with their favorite bite size pieces of fruit.
- 8 small navel oranges
- 1 small apple, chopped
- 1/2 cup halved seedless red grapes
- Slivered almonds and whole cloves
- Choose which side of each orange will be the jack-o’-lantern’s face;
- cut a thin slice from the bottom of each so that it rests flat. Cut
- another small slice from the top. Spoon out pulp. Chop pulp and
- combine with apple and grapes; set aside.
- Cut faces as desired; decorate with cloves and almonds. Spoon fruit
- mixture into jack-o’-lanterns. Yield: 8 servings.
Happy Halloween and stay safe.