In our books, any time is a good time to get in the kitchen with your kiddos and make fun, delicious treats. But this is especially true during Halloween when every little beastie wants something eerily delicious to enjoy with friends and family. Here, we offer three tasty treats to get everyone rolling up their sleeves and spending some quality family time in the kitchen – trust us, it’ll be spooktacular!
This is a kid-friendly, family project that will get everyone in the spirit. Bonus? Your little person is eating mostly banana and a bit of white chocolate — but hey, you don’t need to point out the nutritionally obvious!
- 1 medium banana
- 1 cup white chocolate
- 8 mini chocolate chips
- 4 wooden popsicle sticks
- Cut each banana in half (crosswise) so you have two, same sized pieces. Cut them in half again to make four.
- Insert one popsicle stick into each banana piece and freeze on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet.
- Once frozen, place chocolate in a heat-proof bowl and melt for 30 seconds at a time until chocolate is melted. Stir between each interval.
- Dip banana pieces one at a time into the chocolate, and place on your parchment paper lined baking sheet.
- Before the white chocolate stiffens, add two mini chocolate chips for eyes and return to freezer until ready to eat.
- Enjoy icy cold…as cold as the hand of a ghost reaching out for you in the dark!
This snack is practically virtuous, and a tasty way to use up those seeds from the pumpkin carving party you may have just thrown.
- 2 cups fresh, pumpkin seeds with shells still on (pulp discarded)
- 3-1/2 teaspoons of your favorite taco spice mix
- 1 Tablespoon brown sugar
- 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
- Preheat oven to 325˚F and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
- Once washed, scatter fresh pumpkin seeds on top of a tea towel and pat dry.
- In a bowl, mix together taco seasoning with the brown sugar. Set aside.
- In a medium-sized bowl, toss pumpkin seeds with oil until coated. Sprinkle seasoning over top and toss again until coated.
- Spread in a single layer on lined cookie sheet and roast, stirring occasionally for 18 to 20 minutes. Check that seeds are golden.
- Cool completely and store in airtight container or devour all at once!
This one is for the crafty souls out there who like to get creative with their treats. Go for it and have fun making these sweet and scary goodies!
- Various colored white chocolate melts (1 cup per color)
- Candy eyeballs in various sizes and colors
- Candy corn to be used as teeth
- Cooking oil (approximately 1/4 teaspoon per color)
- One batch of rice cereal treats (21 rectangles if pre-purchased or using 6 cups of rice cereal if making from scratch
- If you’re making a batch of rice cereal treats, cut them into rectangles, ideally of the same size.
- Melt about 1 cup of colored chocolate in a small bowl in the microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring after each interval until the chocolate is fully melted. Add a drizzle of cooking oil to each batch and stir to ensure the chocolate stays smooth.
- Dip each treat rectangle into the colored chocolate of your choice and set on a wax paper-lined baking sheet. Work quickly to adhere the candy eyeballs (Tip: the more, the merrier — these are “monsters” after all) before the chocolate cools and hardens. Same goes for the candy corn “teeth.”
- These will be completely cooled and ready for every ghoul and boy to gobble in about half an hour!