HOW-TO GURU: Homemade Halloween treats
Goblins, ghosts, and witches galore; pumpkins, bats, and vampires, all signs that let us know Halloween is here. Trick or Treating and dressing up is fun, but all that candy can leave a person feeling a little more tricked then treated.
Instead of filling up on Snickers and Skittles all night, here are a few delicious Halloween goodies that are a real treat this time of year.
Popcorn hands are as simple as they sound. Whether you are making them for trick or treaters, or a party favor on Halloween night, these easy to make treats are ready for travel. First you will need a clear non-latex glove to use as a form for the popcorn hand, (remember to get a glove that does not have powder inside). Take candy corn and put at each tip of the glove as a fingernail. Next, fill the glove with any type of popped popcorn you choose. Once the glove is full, tie the top with decorative ribbons to add an extra touch. If you want your popcorn hands to be decked out for Halloween, you can put a spider ring on one of the fingers. For more detailed directions on how to make these hands, go to ehow.com.
Although people usually think about Halloween as a time for candy, candy, and more candy, but that doesn’t have to be the case. Squashed guts are a Halloween appetizer treat with a healthy twist. To make these guts you will need one spaghetti squash and plain tomato sauce. First, cut a squash in half and remove all seeds. Then cook the squash, open side up, in the microwave for 12 to 15 minutes, or until softened. Once cooked, scrape out the spaghetti squash strands and mix with the tomato sauce. Spoon a portion of the guts into decorative shot glasses and serve. For further instruction go to familyfun.go.com and search for “squashed guts recipe” on the homepage.
Finger foods are a favorite at any gathering. However, with this clever snack, finger foods are taken to the next level. To create a cheese-finger, you will need mozzarella string cheese, cream cheese, and green bell peppers. First, use a knife to cut each string cheese in half and cut a shallow area for the fingernail at the tip. Then to make joint marks as on a normal human finger, make slight slivers into the cheese stick. Finally to make the fingernail, cut small square sections out of the bell pepper and attach them to the finger with a small dollop of cream cheese. Once set, plate and serve. For more details, go to familyfun.go.com and take a look at their Halloween recipes section.