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Candy Corn Treats

With everything being as crazy as it’s been, why not whip something up for Halloween? Every kid loves Treats, and by adding a few drops of food coloring to the marshmallow, you can change the look of the usual Puffed Rice Treats. I found that using a measuring cup to make the round shape was much more accurate than making it by hand!

Extra Tip:

  • You can make the recipe as usual, but add a few green food coloring gel to the marshmallow mix and when the treats are set, you can dip the tops in chocolate like Helga did on this post last year and have lil’ Frankenstein Monster treats!
We hope you have a safe and fun Halloween!

Kitty

Candy Corn Krispie Treats

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The Foodies’ Kitchen Halloween

Oh, how we enjoy this time of year!  In Guatemala the weather starts to get colder, and yet we have blue skies.  Unlike other areas in the World that get to enjoy the fall foliage, this is probably the greenest part of the year for us since rainy season is on its way out.

Halloween is almost here, but months before it arrives we are already searching for the recipes and decoration ideas we will be trying out at home… although, we do have special motivation with my 4 year old daughter, Kristen.
This post is a roundup of our own recipes from the last couple of years, we wanted to have everything in one place  so hopefully you can find inspiration for your own spooky Halloween!
(click on the orange titles, this will take you to our Facebook albums which have direct links to all the recipes)

Here are a few ideas you can use:
Dip strawberries into melted chocolate and use Halloween sprinkles to decorate, do the same with marshmallows.

Don’t forget we’re also on Pinterest!

Have a safe and happy Halloween!

Halloween 2010

On 2010 we made
Stenciled Chocolate Cupcakes
Mummy Dogs
Ghoulish Chips
Macabre Drink
Halloween Sugar Cookies
Caramel Apples and
“Bat Wings”

Freebies!   Kitty designed beautiful cupcake toppers and wrappers!  Take a look!

Halloween 2011

On 2011 we tried out

Milky Way Cupcakes
Meringue Ghosts
Meringue Bones
Spellbinding Cookies
Halloween Ghostly Pancakes
Black Halloween Chocolate Cupcakes

Halloween 2012

This year we tried out:
Candy Corn Cookies
Candy Apples
Halloween Cheddar Cheese Ball
Vampire Cookies
…and maybe we still have time for one more ;)

Candy Apples

As you know, every year for Halloween I make caramel apples for my mom. It’s her favorite fall treat.    This year, I wanted to find a new recipe for caramel apples, but I found this one to make candy apples instead.  They look so tempting!  These are easy to make and you can make them with, or without the cinnamon oil.  ( I didn’t use any for this recipe, but I recently bought some and I will try this again using the oil since I was requested to make a second batch)

You need to get the syrup to 300 degrees, it took me close to 40 minutes for it to reach this temperature, so be patient.  You can start watching your syrup at around 20 minutes (it’s supposed to take about that long). When it finally goes up to 250 degrees, keep an eye on it, it will quickly reach 300.   You can use candy apple sticks, lollipop sticks, or ice pop sticks.

My advice is… do not try to bite into these apples if you have any loving feelings at all towards your teeth.  I used a table knife to cut down on it and slice pieces off to munch on. They are easy to cut, but impossible to bite!
Also, I didn’t use Granny Smith apples, but got some  Gala Apples instead, they have a variety that is smaller (lady apples) which I think is less challenging to eat.

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Candy Apples

Recipe from Confessions of a Cookbook Queen

Yield: 8 normal sized apples

Ingredients:

8 Granny Smith, Gala or Fuji Apples, washed and dried completely, with stems removed
8 Candy Apple Sticks (much sturdier than regular skewers)
2 cups sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
1 cup warm water
1/8 teaspoon Cinnamon Oil
1/2 teaspoon red food coloring

Procedure:

1. Insert sticks into the top of each apple. Line a large baking sheet with foil and spray heavily with nonstick spray. Set aside.

2. Combine sugar, corn syrup, and water in a saucepan over medium high heat. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Keep stirring until mixture reaches 300 degrees on a candy thermometer. If you’re unsure about the temperature of your candy, drop a bit in a class of cold water. If it hardens immediately and easily breaks in half, it’s ready. If it sinks to the bottom and is pliable, it needs to cook a bit longer.

3. Remove from heat and immediately stir in the cinnamon oil and red food coloring. CAREFULLY dip apples in the coating and place on lined baking sheet to harden.

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Marshmallow Treat Pops

Marshmallow treats… doesn’t it take you back to when you were a kid? I think this was one of the first things I ever made all by myself,   I must have been about 8 years old.  I remember I didn’t push them into a pan, but instead made them look like fat, deformed cookies. But I loved them… my family was probably just humoring me, but they ate them all!

I hadn’t even thought about making these until a few months ago, I’ve only made them a couple of times because I don’t want to overindulge Kristen’s sweet tooth, but…  she’s still a kid, so I make these for her from time to time. (It’s a handy little lunch box snack, too).

Marshmallow treats are great just as they are, cut into squares. However, this variation is fit for a celebration, or for any time you will have a group of kids in your home.  They are toddler friendly too, I gave one to Kristen and she had no trouble eating it.

The easiest way to cover your treats with chocolate, is to transfer the melted chocolate into a glass. It is easier to cover the area this way.

Marshmallow Treat Pops

Marshmallow Treat Pops

Recipe from Ricekrispies.com

Yields: About 12-18 pops, depending on the size of you pan.

Ingredients:

3 tablespoons butter
1 package (10 oz., about 40) regular marshmallows
6 cups Kellogg’s® Rice Krispies® cereal
8 Oz Semi Sweet Chocolate (such as Baker’s)
Sprinkles

Procedure:

  1. In large saucepan melt butter over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat. Add cereal. Stir until well coated.
  2. Using buttered spatula or wax paper, evenly press mixture into 13 x 9 x 2-inch pan coated with cooking spray. Cool. Cut into eighteen 3 x 2-inch bars. Push one stick into the bottom of each bar.
  3. Melt chocolate in a double boiler, stirring from time to time until it has completely melted. Dip bars into chocolate and decorate as you like. Place on wax paper lined baking sheet. Refrigerate until chocolate is set. Best if served the same day.

Variation:

Instead of making pops, you can:

  • Cut your treats into squares and drizzle chocolate on top.
  • Spread chocolate evenly on top of your prepared treats, and after it has set cut into small squares
  • In step 2: Instead of pressing the mixture into a pan, spread and press it evenly on a cookie sheet.  You can use metal cookie cutters to cut off shapes… and you can eat the remains ;)

Marshmallow Treat Pops

Marshmallow Treat Pops

Marshmallow Treat Pops

Marshmallow Treat Pops

Marshmallow Treat Pops

Marshmallow Treat Pops

Marshmallow Treat Pops

Marshmallow Treat Pops