I love the simplicity and with Halloween around the corner, I cannot wait to make some quick yet amazing treats for the kids. Have I mentioned that I love simplicity?
Set your working stage. Shop for the essentials, look for coupons, and go through your pantry for the other stuff.
Cut the apples in quarters and take a wedge off the center. To prevent browning, dip them in water with a little lemon juice. You can use slivered almonds for teeth, M&M’s and pretzels for eyes and peanut butter for making eyes stay in place.
Let your imagination run wild with these little creatures. You can find just about anything for decoration. I used – cut in half figs for wings, pretzels for tales, M&M’s for nose and eyes, frosting for a tong, silvered almonds for claws and teeth, and so on.
Unwrap your candies and place one on top of each pretzel. Put them in the microwave for 10-20 seconds and experiment as each candy reacts differently to heat. Ultimately, you want a piece of candy to be soft and moldable without being sticky and messy. Once the candies are out, let your imagination run wild and get kids involved for creative ideas. Here are some designs we came up with.
Green Goblin Punch
- 1/2 gallon Hawaiian Punch
- 1/2 gallon 7Up
- 1/2 gallon lime sherbet
- 1 bag mini marshmallows
- Gummy worms
Mix Hawaiian punch and 7Up in a large punch bowl. Scoop balls of sherbet and add to punch. Add marshmallows and gummy worms to float in punch. Serve extra marshmallows, cherries and gummy worms as garnishes.
Bug Juice Halloween Punch
- 2, 12 oz. packages frozen strawberries, thawed
- 1, 6 oz. Hawaiian Fruit Punch (any color)
- 1 quart 7Up
- 1 cup raisins
- 1 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen
- 1 cup of gummy worms
In a large bowl, mash the strawberries with a fork or run them through the garlic crusher. Mix the strawberries, punch and 7Up in a punch bowl. Add raisins, gummy worms and blueberries (the bugs) into the punch mixture. The “bugs” will float to the top and make for a cool Halloween drink for the kids.