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Happy Halloween, my foodie friends! We’re just mere hours away from the sun setting as all the little ghosts and goblins prepare to make their annual appearance. Although, this year might not yield as many knocks on the door, it doesn’t mean your Halloween celebration should be any less spooktacular.
It’s time to think outside Dracula’s casket and look at the many options for a fun night with tasty, yet ghoulish, treats to make your celebration top notch.
“Double, double, toil and trouble, fire burn, and cauldron bubble.” — William Shakespeare
The possibilities for Halloween-themed food is endless. There’s everything from Halloween deviled eggs, jalapeno mummies, Halloween themed charcuterie board or witch hat calzones. I could go on and on listing spooky ideas but given Halloween is mainly about stuffing your face with sugar — today we’re making a couple of deliciously terrifying desserts.
Zombies are a huge hit during Halloween. Well, all year long thanks to the ever popular “The Walking Dead” franchise. It provided the inspiration for zombie bites.
“Trick or treat. Be so sweet. Give me something good to eat.” — Unknown
Halloween wouldn’t be Halloween without getting a fright, screaming, or jumping at the sight of a scary movie or by your adult neighbor who likes to have way too much fun jumping out of the bushes as people approach his door to Trick or Treat. Thus, we have screaming donuts.
For a fun Halloween idea over the weekend, gather up all the ingredients to spend a day making various homemade Halloween treats. You will need time with this one, especially if you decide to make everything from scratch.
Let’s start with zombie bites (cakes pops).
Begin by making your favourite brownie recipe. Once baked, take a spoonful of brownie and roll it in your hands until you get the shape of a ball. Full disclosure, if you’re like me and running short on time, you can cheat and buy Timbits. Once you have your zombie bites rolled, it’s time to decorate. This is the fun part, no matter the age. Break out all your Halloween themed decorating supplies. Icing, Nutella, Hershey’s chocolate spread, an assortment of sprinkles, candy eyeballs – literally anything and everything.
“This witch can be bribed with chocolate.” — Unknown
Let your creativity run wild. Usually, you’d try to make your baking treats beautiful. This is the time of year when gross is cool. There are a ton of ideas online if you need some inspiration. My favourite is definitely the RIP graveyard zombie bites. All you need are graham crackers (the ones you use for s’mores) and black icing in a tube. Once your tombstones are complete, place them in the fridge for about 10 minutes to set the icing. Then, place them on a zombie bite that’s covered in icing and add a few sprinkles for good measure.
Now, for your screaming donuts. Similarly to zombie bites, you can make homemade donuts or take easy street with pre-bought donuts. Look online for my column on homemade donuts (“Eat more hole foods”). They’re to die for!
I put a picture collage together to give you a visual representation for the steps to make screaming donuts. Although, I chose this colour combination, you can use anything you want. The only thing which should be consistent is the eyeball candy and Dracula teeth. I cut the Dracula teeth in half and cut some of the side plastic to make them fit. If you don’t have Dracula teeth then substitute with candy. You could use jelly beans, tic-tac’s, or cut the white tips off candy corn. You may have to widen the donut hole.
“A person should always choose a costume which is in direct contrast to her own personality.” — Lucy “It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown”
The key thing to remember in all of this — have all the Halloween foodie fun! You might surprise yourself with your creativity. I look forward to seeing your spooky, mysterious zombie bites and screaming donuts – they’re definitely fit to eat. Have a happy and safe Halloween.
Erin Sulley is a self-confessed foodie who lives in Mount Pearl. Instagram: @erinsulley