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Test Kitchen Treat Yourself: Halloween Party Food and Cocktails

It’s that time of year again when grocery store shelves explode with oversized bags of sugary treats. Children run through the streets dressed as ghosts and superheroes. They will implore adults to fill up their jack o’ lantern buckets with treats (or else, tricks).

There’s certainly no escaping the inevitable deluge of Halloween, which seems to grow each year. But there are ways that you can temper some of the sugar onslaught by getting creative at home.

Halloween Treats for the Kids

Here we show you how to make Halloween goodies with your kids that are a bit more wholesome than the typical sugar-laced offerings. Plus we’ve thrown in a couple of boozy treats for you. So go ahead and invite the neighbours over. These Halloween party treats are sure to be a hit with revelers of all ages.

Chocolate-Dipped Fruit

Serving size: 10

We start with an autumn classic – chocolate covered apples – and throw some orange wedges into the mix for added festive flair. Endlessly customisable, these treats are the perfect way to let your kids make a mess in the kitchen.

Meanwhile, we can sneak in a little fruit. These can be made even healthier by swapping the chocolate for a yogurt coating, while orange sprinkles and icing make these treats Halloween party-ready.

Choose your favourite toppings and get ready to get your hands dirty.

Ingredients 

10 assorted apples – firm varieties like Gala, Fuji and Granny Smith work best
2 large oranges
450g milk or dark chocolate
450g white chocolate
10 craft or lollipop sticks

Suggested Toppings

Chopped walnuts or other nuts
Coconut shavings
Sprinkles
Icing

Instructions

  1. Wash and dry the apples, remove stems, and firmly insert craft sticks through the tops.
  2. In separate microwave-safe bowls, heat the chocolate in 30-second intervals. Stir frequently, until completely melted.
  3. If you’d like your chocolate a bit thinner, add a small amount of coconut oil.
  4. Dip the apples in the chocolate, coating entirely or until about 3/4 of the apple is covered. Do the same for the orange wedges, covering about half.
  5. Roll or sprinkle your chosen toppings onto the apples. Allow to dry on a parchment-lined baking sheet.

Pumpkin Cheesecake Dip in Pumpkin Bowl

Serving Size: 8-10

Pumpkins are a must for Halloween. This delicious dip is simple, not too sweet, and comes together in a flash. Serve it in a hollowed-out pumpkin for the perfect holiday touch.

Ingredients

1 small pumpkin, seeds removed
115g cream cheese, softened
85g Greek yogurt
1 tin pumpkin puree
213g container Fluff marshmallow spread
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon allspice

For Dipping

Apple slices
Strawberries and other berries
Your favourite biscuits, pretzels or breadsticks

Instructions

  1. Cut a large hole in the top of the pumpkin and remove seeds and guts using a large metal spoon.
  2. In a mixing bowl, whisk together all ingredients until combined.
  3. Chill and spoon into the pumpkin bowl before serving.
  4. Serve with fresh fruit, biscuits, pretzels, or other dipping foods of your choice.

Monster Matcha Dirt Parfaits

Serving size: 8-10

Here is a healthier spin on a US kid’s classic – dirt pudding. This recipe substitutes sugary chocolate pudding for monster-green matcha chia pudding. Layer the crushed Oreos and chia pudding. Then top with cookie “tombstones” for a colourful treat that’s high in protein and fibre.

Ingredients

475ml almond, coconut, or other non-dairy milk
80g chia seeds
1 1/2 teaspoons matcha powder
2-3 tablespoons maple syrup
1 package Oreos, crushed

Optional

10 Belvita chocolate chip biscuits, or other tombstone-shaped biscuits
Gummy worms
Black icing (for writing on tombstones)

Instructions

  1. Mix the matcha powder and maple syrup in a large bowl until combined.
  2. Add chia seeds and milk and whisk thoroughly.
  3. Cover and allow pudding to set in the fridge overnight (or for at least 4 hours).
  4. Assemble in individual cups or glasses, layering the pudding and the Oreo crumbs.
  5. Decorate with tombstones and gummy worms, if desired.

Black Cat Raw Brownie Bites

Serving size: Makes approximately 12 bites

These little balls of purr-fection use only five ingredients. Plus they’re sweet enough (without containing any added sugar) to please even the most voracious sweet tooth. Give these vegan bites a feline feel using triangular-cut pieces of chocolate for the ears, and slivered almonds for the eyes.

Ingredients

185g walnuts
175g pitted dates
40g unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
Pinch of salt

To Decorate

100 g bar of dark chocolate, with the squares cut into triangles
Sliced almonds (or you can use candy eyeballs or M&Ms)
Heart-shaped candies or sprinkles
Black icing (to draw pupils on the eyes)

Instructions

Add walnuts and salt to a food processor and mix until finely ground.
Add the remaining ingredients and mix until combined. Add a few drops of water as needed to help everything stick together to form a paste.
Transfer mixture to a bowl and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
Using your hands, form small balls. They should be about 2-3 inches in diameter – you want these large enough to fit whatever size ears/eyes you’re using.
Decorate cats as desired – insert two chocolate triangles into the top of each ball. Then lightly push the almonds and the heart sprinkles into the center of the balls to form the eyes and nose. Draw pupils on the eyes using black icing.

And for the Grown-Ups

Bloody Blackcurrant

A heady mix that’s sweet and deeply fruity. This blood-red brew will bring a touch of sophistication to your Halloween fête.

Ingredients

2 tablespoons brandy
115g crème de cassis, chilled
Chilled soda water

Instructions

  1. Combine brandy and crème de cassis in a champagne flute and stir.
  2. Fill to top with soda water.

Pumpkin Pie Cider Fizz

This crisp and refreshing cocktail hits all the autumn fruit notes. With pumpkin, apple and ginger, it is the perfect shade of orange to liven up your party spread.

Ingredients

55g pumpkin puree or homemade pumpkin butter
45ml vanilla vodka (or you could try Black Cow’s delicious, slightly sweet vodka made with milk!)
60ml apple cider
45ml ginger beer
Pumpkin pie spices (you can make easily make your own)

Instructions

  1. Combine pumpkin puree, vodka, and apple cider in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously until combined.
  2. Strain over a highball glass and top off with ginger beer.
  3. Garnish with pumpkin pie spice.

So, skip the all-out sugar crash this year, while still allowing yourself a few indulgences.

These Halloween goodies are sure to be a hit with ghouls and ghosts of every age!

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