Halloween Worthy Snacks!

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Halloween is rapidly approaching, Knights! Your nights might be filled with passing out treats and collecting your own to indulge on for the following week, so if you want something to snack on throughout the day or night as you pre-game, you are at the perfect place! All the recipes below can be found on the Food Network website, or using the links provided.

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Let’s start with a ghouling shake inspired by ACP’s sophomore read, Frankstein by Mary Shelley, to satisfy your sweet tooth before you get the chance to munch on some rich, gooey chocolate.

The ingredients you will need for two shakes are:

  • Three ounces semisweet chocolate chips
  • 20 crushed chocolate wafer cookies
  • Four chocolate-covered caramels
  • Two ounces of red candy melts
  • Two pints of vanilla ice cream
  • 1/2 cup of milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • Three to four drops of green food coloring
  • Optional: whipping cream

Here are the directions to make your very own Frankenshake!

1. Place the chocolate chips in a bowl and microwaving for 30 seconds, stirring, then microwaving for another 30 seconds.

2. Use a toothpick, paintbrush, or whatever you have at home along with the melted chocolate to decorate the inside and outside of your shake glass. You can add on things, such as eyes, mouth, hair, etc.

3. Add some melted chocolate on the outside of the glass to use as an adhesive for your crushed chocolate wafer cookies and chocolate-covered caramels.

4. Place your glass in the freezer so the chocolate can harden. This process will take at least ten minutes.

While the chocolate is hardening, you can make the milkshakes!

5. Add your vanilla ice cream and milk into a blender. Blend until it’s smooth.

6. Add in three to four drops of green food coloring to get that beautiful, vivid green color.

7. Pour the milkshake into two glasses and add the remaining wafer cookies to the top.

8. Optional but highly recommended: Swirl on some fluffy whipping cream to top of the shake!

I hope you enjoy your sweet milkshakes that will keep all of the monsters out of your yard. The full recipe can be found at https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchen/frankenshake-and-bride-of-frankenshake-3761553!

Our next recipe is more on the healthier side but still quite delicious! You will only need four ingredients for this variation on the fall staple: caramel apple. Without further ado, here is everything you need to make these apple spider web pops!

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The required ingredients are:

  • Two stemmed large Granny Smith apples
  • Four ounces of chopped bittersweet chocolate
  • Two teaspoons of coconut oil
  • Four ounces of chopped white chocolate

You will also need two tools to assist you, which are eight wooden ice-pop sticks and toothpicks.

The steps to create the apple pops are:

1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. Cut the apples vertically into four thick slices for each apple. Make sure that the end slices are cut in a way that allows them to lay flat.

3. Poke a hole at the bottom of each slice using a toothpick so that a wooden stick can be inserted. Make sure that the stick is halfway through the apple.

4. Dip half of your slices into the bittersweet chocolate and the other half into the white chocolate. Let the excess drip off and then place the slice on the sheet.

5. Let all the pops rest and harden at room temperature for approximately 10 to 15 minutes.

6. Take the remaining chocolate and put it into a ziplock bag. Cut off a small corner so the chocolate can be pipped out.

7. Have fun and be creative at decorating your ice pops with the remaining chocolate and toothpicks! Refrigerate the pops for 15 to 20 minutes so they can harden.

Your Apple Spider Web Pops can be enjoyed throughout Halloween as a little snack! The link to the full and detailed recipe is https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchen/apple-spider-web-pops-3813502.

Our last recipe combines a loved snack, popcorn, and a Halloween staple, candy, to make Halloween Popcorn Treats! You can make these for your whole family as the following recipe can accommodate six to eight people.

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You will need:

  • Vegetable cooking spray
  • Three tablespoons of vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup of popcorn kernels
  • Three tablespoons of butter
  • One teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
  • Six cups, or 12 ounces, of mini marshmallows
  • Six fun-sized candy bars, such as Snickers.
  • Three crumbled chocolate chip cookies
  • 1/3 cup of chopped salted almonds
  • 1/2 cup of M&Ms (optional: use only orange and black ones)

The instructions to make these sweet and salty treats are:

1. Spray the mixing bowl and baking sheet with vegetable cooking spray.

2. In a pan, three quarts or larger, heat the oil and kernels over medium-high heat. Cover the pan and shake it. Wait, until all the kernels are cooked, then place the popcorn into the bowl.

3. In a medium saucepan over low heat, heat the butter. Then, add the vanilla extract and marshmallows. Don’t forget to stir constantly for five minutes or until it is smooth.

4. Pour the mix into the bowl with popcorn and stir with a sprayed spatula.

5. Spread the popcorn and marshmallow mix over the baking sheet and sprinkle the chocolate bars, cookies, almonds, and candies. Use the spatula to press the toppings into the popcorn mix. Allow it to dry on the pan for one hour.

6. Afterwards, break it into around two inch pieces and store in a plastic container to preserve your treats.

Here’s a tip: make your treats the night before and spend the day of Halloween snacking on your popcorn treats. As always, the full recipe can be found at https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/giada-de-laurentiis/halloween-popcorn-treats-recipe-2013797.

And there you have it Knights, two snacks and a drink to indulge on to get you in the festive mood or enjoy on Halloween! Remember to have fun and strive for the impossible and be extraordinary!