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Bushyfox  (Level: 174.4 - Posts: 2403)
Wed, 24th Sep '08 5:34 AM


Hallowe'en in North America conjures up mental images of falling leaves, chilly nights, jack o'lanterns and yummy, warming food.

I have been privileged to be a Hallowe'en participant about 3 times now, and would love to share some recipes!

Please tell me what dish you MUST make each Hallowe'en??

My favorite was a nutmeg pumpkin pie, and I discovered Reese's peanutbutter chocolate pumpkins on Hallowe'en..! I have been a devoted Reese's fan ever since


Taco24  (Level: 140.4 - Posts: 589)
Wed, 24th Sep '08 7:30 PM

Halloween Popcorn Balls Love these

8 cups popcorn
1 cup candy corn
1 bag of marshmallows
1/4 cup butter - plus extra to grease hands
In a large mixing bowl pour in candy corn and popcorn. Melt the butter in a saucepan. Then melt marshmallows, stirring consistantly. When the marshmallows are melted, pour over the popcorn and candy corn. Mix together with a large spoon. Be sure candy corn gets mixed in as it weights more than the popcorn and tends to go to the bottom of the bowl. When cool enough to handle, grease hands with butter and begin forming 2-inch balls. Makes 15 - 20 balls.

Popcorn Pumpkins

What you'll need:
1 bag M&M’S Peanut Chocolate Candies for Halloween or M&M’S Milk Chocolate Candies for Halloween
1 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 cup light corn syrup
Orange food coloring
20 cups popped popcorn (or one 5-oz. bag popped popcorn)
2 tablespoons butter, room temperature
Very large mixing bowl
Wooden spoon
Waxed paper
Orange cellophane
Black ribbon
Black and white foam or construction paper
Non-toxic glue or double-sided tape
What to do:
Bring the sugar, vegetable oil and corn syrup to a boil. Reduce heat and continue to cook until all of the sugar dissolves (about 3 minutes).
Tint the mixture with orange food coloring to the desired shade.
Using a wooden spoon, carefully toss the popped popcorn in a large bowl with the sugar mixture until evenly coated. Once the mixture has cooled slightly, yet still warm to the touch, add the M&MS Peanut Chocolate Candies for Halloween or M&M’S Milk Chocolate Candies for Halloween. Blend with the popcorn well.
Wash and then coat your hands with the butter. Mold the mixture into 10 softball-sized balls, by firmly compressing the mixture in your hands. Repeat by washing and buttering your hands as needed. Set the popcorn balls aside on a piece of waxed paper.
Cut the cellophane paper into ten 20 x 20-inch squares.
Place one popcorn ball in the center of each square. Gather the sides of the cellophane up and around the balls. Tie each closed at the top with black ribbon.
Decorate the cellophane-wrapped popcorn balls to look like Jack-O-Lanterns. Cut triangles from black foam or construction paper for the eyes and noses. Cut small white foam rectangles for the teeth. Then, using non-toxic glue or double-sided tape, attach a face to the outside of each cellophane ball.
Makes 10 pumpkins.

Cakemouse  (Level: 24.4 - Posts: 4)
Mon, 6th Oct '08 12:11 AM

Spiced cider. It varies from year to year (as does if it's cider or wine). But heat up some cider (or wine) in a crock pot or on the stove, add in cloves, cinnamon sticks, ginger, apples, and oranges. This year we are going to put in a little bit of aniseed and see how it turns out.

But, cold night, warm cider (or mulled wine) and yum.

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