Trick or Treat! Halloween is also that time of the year for some delicious snack. Hopefully you’ve earned more treats than tricks from your peer monsters, ghosts, vampires, and fairies. But wait! Don’t fill your tummy with all that sweet junk yet! There are even better, quick and easy recipes that could create the most beautiful harmony from your dozens of treats.
1) Halloween Candy Bark
Spread some melted chocolate on foil and top it with the chopped up Halloween candy. You can use assorted candy such as but not limited to Snickers, M&Ms, Reese’s Pieces and candy corn. In the picture, Reese’s Pieces, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, Reese’s Fast Break Bars and Butterfingers were used.
Assorted Halloween candy, about 15 pieces or packs (1 to 1 1/2 cups chopped candy) 20 ounces milk chocolate
Line a baking sheet with foil, shiny-side up; smooth out the creases.
- Crush all the candy bars into pieces. (You can put them inside a plastic bag and smash them against the table, or just use a coffee mug to crush them in the bag.)
- Put a glass or metal bowl over a saucepan of gently boiling water, making sure the bowl doesn’t touch the water. Stir the chocolate until they are melted. But make sure to don’t overheat the chocolate or it will seize.
- Remove the bowl from the pan. Spread the melted chocolate onto the prepared baking sheet, into a 10-to-12-inch circle, about 1/4-inch thick.
- Assort the candy pieces into the chocolate so that they are all well blended in flavor, color and texture. After that, freeze your chocolate into the refrigerator for 1 hour so they solidify before breaking it into pieces. You can even store the chocolate in a container at room temperature for 1 to 2 weeks.
2) Candy Corn Parfait
1 box of instant chocolate pudding (or homemade of course)
1 box of French vanilla pudding (or regular vanilla)
Yellow gel golor
Orange gel color
Halloween themed sprinkles
- Make the chocolate and vanilla pudding. Divide the vanilla in half. If you are using French vanilla, it is already yellow, but if you are using plain vanilla, add a few drops of yellow to it. With the other half, use the orange food coloring to make it orange.
- Now all you have to do is create your own layers! The order laid out in the photo is: Cocoa Puffs, yellow pudding, whipped cream, candy corn and Cocoa Puffs, chocolate pudding, orange pudding, candy corn and Cocoa Puffs (again), whipped cream, sprinkles, and a few candy corns for garnish
Then finally chill for about 30 minutes to an hour or until the puddings are set!
3) 5-Minute Jolly Rancher Suckers
Cookie sheet lined with a baking Mat or Parchment Paper
- Crush all the candies
- On the silicone mat, creatively arrange the candy pieces in any way you want.
- Watching, bake the candy in 350º for 3-5 minutes. There will be a small candy puddle and place the sucker sticks into each of them. Roll the sticks in candy to coat the stick.
- You can finally cool and peel away the finished lollipops from the silicone mat.
4) Twix Cookie Dough Cheesecake Bars
1 16-oz. package of ready-made chocolate cookie dough
1 16-oz. package of ready-made chocolate chip cookie dough
16 Twix bars (8 packages of regular size bars, containing 2 each)
For the cheesecake: 8 oz. cream cheese, room temperature
1/3 cup sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/3 cup caramel sauce (recipe follows)
1/3 cup mini chocolate chips
- Line a 9×9 pan with foil so that there is a one-inch overhang on each side. Spray the foil with baking spray. Heat oven to 375 degrees F.
- Using a rolling pin, flatten the chocolate cookie dough into a 9×13 inch rectangle with a 1/4 inch thickness. Also, pinch off bits of chocolate chip cookie dough and drop them on top of the original chocolate cookie dough.
- Add cream cheese, sugar, egg, vanilla and caramel sauce into a small bowl and beat until blended.
- Place Twix bars directly on top of the crust and then pour the cheesecake mixture on top. Sprinkle the remaining crumbles of cookies dough on top of the cheesecake layer with chocolate chips.
- Transfer the pan to the oven and bake for about 30-40 minutes at 375 degrees F.
- Finally, remove the pan from oven and you can cool it!
So do these recipes make your tummy growl? Now stop stuffing yourself with leftover twix bars, candy corns, lollipops, jellies, and chocolates! Just put them altogether into these delightful mix and share them with your friends, families, and teachers! Happy Halloween!
– Sammie Kim (’18)