Halloween treats and sweets
BY MACIE WRIGHT OCTOBER 31, 2014
Trick or treating, candy, pumpkins and costumes all come to mind when I hear the word Halloween. I have never been one to get really into the spirit of Halloween, but this year I decided to take a different approach to the October holiday. I have always loved themed events, where people go all out with everything from head to toe in one theme, so this year I decided I would try to bring the Halloween theme to my kitchen.
Halloween kicks off the fall holidays and starts the fall frenzy that is seen everywhere, and one place in particular: Pinterest. Pinterest is a place online where people can go to share ideas, pictures, recipes and life hacks, and also a place where others can go to be inspired by the hundreds of thousands of ideas on the website. Type in the word Halloween and an entire world of crafts, food, costumes and pumpkins will appear before your eyes. Everything that a Halloween party hostess could ever want is only a few clicks away. As I browsed through the many recipes I decided to attempt three Halloween dishes that are perfect for the holiday.
To start off, I made a fall trail mix that included mini pretzels, baked cheese crackers, M&Ms and a seasonal favorite, candy corn. This recipe was simple; I poured all four ingredients together and mixed to make a sweet and salty trail mix that was festive and pleasing to the taste buds. I altered the recipe to ensure the mix would be appealing to a broader audience. I didn’t add any nuts and I added more color by mixing in more M&Ms and candy corn. I decided to name this mix Happy Fall Y’all, because I thought that the trail mix was festive not only for Halloween but for fall as well.
After I completed the first of my Halloween treats, I moved on to a “scary” treat that is sure to catch people’s eyes. This treat was a set of vampire teeth made from one big chocolate chip cookie, red icing and mini marshmallows. When I found the recipe, I thought that it would look somewhat scary, but in reality they looked like a giant pair of lips. I cut the cookie in half; spread red icing on each half; placed mini marshmallows around the rim of the cookie and placed the two halves together to create a beautiful set of vampire pearly whites. I decided to call this treat “Cullen’s Cavity.” I admit I loved the “Twilight” novels and I felt it was fitting to add some Edward Cullen flair to my creation, as well as warn people of the sweetness of the scary treat.
I decided that in addition to my two creations, I would need a food that could serve as the “main course,” not just a snack or a treat, so I went with a food that came back to life in the oven. I turned a classic “pig-in-a-blanket” into a mummy. The mummy consisted of a hot dog wrapped in a crescent roll with cheese for flavor. This task was more tedious than the previous two because I had to wrap cut pieces of crescent roll around the hot dog and perfect the detail to make sure it would look like a mummy. I laid out crescent roll rectangles, cut three strips and placed cheese on the larger rectangle of crescent roll. After placing the cheese, I put the hot dog in the center and strategically wrapped the three cut strips around the hot dog to create a mummy dog. Only taking 13 minutes to bake, my mother and I tested these ready-to-serve mummy dogs, concluding they were scary good. The mummy in a dog was a success and actually turned out looking more like a mummy than I originally thought. I gave this food a generic name because it is catchy, “A Mummy Dog”. This food is appealing to both the eye and the taste buds.
I was pleased with my culinary creations because they were Halloween themed and simple enough that I could do it and not mess anything up. Pinterest was vital in this experience because it provided me with all of my recipes and inspiration for all of my Halloween themed food. The food I made is easy to prepare, and anyone interested could tackle these projects with a few dollars, a kitchen and the Halloween spirit.