Halloween Apple Bites

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These toothsome treats are a fun and healthy break from Halloween sweets.

What you’ll need

  • Apples
  • Slivered almonds
Helpful Tip:

If you’re not going to serve them right away, baste the apples with orange juice to keep them from browning.

How to make it

  1. Just quarter and core an apple, cut a wedge from the skin side of each quarter, then press slivered almonds in place for teeth.
Courtesy of FamilyFun Magazine

Banana Split Bites Recipe

banana-split-bitesBanana Split Bites Recipe

Makes 12 Bites
Author: MOMables – www.momables.com
Cuisine: Treats


Ingredients
12 1″ pieces pineapple
1 banana cut into bite-sized pieces (make sure your bananas aren’t too ripe)
6 medium sized strawberries, cut in half
2.5oz dark chocolate
1 teaspoon coconut oil
Chopped nuts or coconut (optional)

Instructions
Cut fruit and assemble into stacks.
Press a popsicle stick through the fruit and freeze until solid.
Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Melt the chocolate along with the coconut oil on the stove-top or in the microwave, stirring frequently to prevent burning. Once completely melted, remove the frozen fruit from the freezer.
Dip the fruit in the chocolate, let the excess drip off and then place on the sheet to harden.
If desired, dip the chocolate covered side immediately in chopped nuts or coconut before placing them on the sheet to harden.
Once the chocolate is completely hardened, remove from the sheet and place in an airtight container to store in the freezer until ready to serve.

Notes
Make sure that your bananas aren’t too ripe. If you use a ripe banana the sugars break down, which will result in a mushy banana once thawed. Using an unripe banana with prevent this.

Treasure Map Cupcakes

treasure-map-cupcake-cake-recipeAhoy! Pirate enthusiasts and adventure seekers are sure to dig this island trove of treats. Bestow a special honor on the birthday boy by presenting him with the “X” cupcake filled with an edible treasure (scoop a well from its center, place a candy inside, and frost over it).

What you’ll need

  • cupcakes
  • vanilla frosting
  • food coloring
  • vanilla wafers
  • chocolate coins
  • red licorice laces
  • red, green, purple, and orange spice drops
  • M&Ms
  • tubed chocolate decorator frosting
  • licorice pastels (Good and Plenty)
  • chocolate-covered graham cracker
  • red decorating sugar
  • pretzel stick
  • chocolate nuggets
  • sugar pearls

How to make it

  1. For the map base and compass: You’ll need a 16-ounce can of vanilla frosting. Spoon ¼ cup into a ziplock bag. Tint ¼ cup with yellow food coloring and place it in a ziplock bag, then tint 3 tablespoons aqua by mixing blue and green coloring. Reserve the rest. (You’ll use the bagged frosting for decorative elements; snip a tiny corner from each bag before using.)
  2. Place 2 cups ground vanilla wafers in a large bowl. Frost 11 cupcakes with the reserved frosting and gently dip them in the crumbs to coat them. Frost another cupcake aqua. Arrange the cupcakes on a serving platter, then garnish with the extra crumbs and chocolate coins, if you like.
  3. Snip red licorice laces into ¾-inch pieces for the dotted map line. On a sugared surface, gently roll out 1 green and 5 red spice drops until fl at. Trim 4 of the red pieces into triangles for the map’s X and the remaining red piece into a 1-inch square for the compass center. Snip the green spice-drop piece into a 1-inch square.
  4. Press all the candy pieces into place on the cupcakes, adding 1 brown and 1 red M&M to the dotted path and the X. Use tubed chocolate decorator frosting to pipe compass markings on the aqua cupcake.
  5. For the bones: On a sheet of waxed paper, pipe vanilla frosting dots on the ends of licorice pastels (we used Good & Plenty) and let the dots harden slightly.
  6. For the volcano: Use a serrated knife to trim one end of a chocolate-covered graham cracker into a volcano peak. Pipe on yellow frosting lava lines and sprinkle with red decorating sugar.
  7. For the pirate flag: Use the knife to trim a zigzag edge on one end of a chocolate-covered graham cracker and pipe on a vanilla and chocolate frosting skull. Attach a pretzel stick pole with frosting.
  8. For the treasure chest: Pipe yellow frosting onto the flat side of a chocolate nugget. Sprinkle it with sugar pearls, then press on another chocolate nugget.
  9. For the parrot: On a sugared surface, gently roll out a red spice drop until flat. Trim it into wings and a tail. Snip a small piece of an orange spice drop for the beak. Press the pieces onto a whole green spice drop. Dot on two chocolate frosting eyes, then insert a pretzel stick perch.
  10. For the palm tree: On a sugared surface, roll out 2 green spice drops until flat. Snip them into leaf shapes and press them onto a pretzel stick.
  11. For the shovel: Roll out a purple spice drop. Snip it into a scoop shape and press it onto a pretzel stick. Attach a pretzel stick handle with frosting.

How to Make an Edible Bowl

Looking for a unique, edible fruit bowl for your party? 

Simply pour some melted chocolate over a balloon and let it drip down the sides.

Then put everything in the fridge until the chocolate has set (give it 24 hours to be sure). Pop the balloon, turn over and your chocolate bowl is ready.

How to Make an Edible Bowl

Mini Cupcakes

Mini CupcakesServe toddler size cupcakes at your next birthday party that offer a bite size treat to the grown ups without creating a crumbling mess for the little ones.


Everyone loves cupcakes, and when you have little hands, mini cupcakes serve up the smiles without the mess.

I topped these mini cupcakes with homemade icing rather than frosting– the icing provides the sweet without the sticky fingers that frosting can cause.

Ingredients:

1/4 Teaspoon of Salt

2 1/2 Cups of Cake Flour

3 Teaspoons of Baking Powder

1 Cup of White Granulated Sugar

1/2 Cup of Melted Butter

3/4 Cup of Milk

2 Eggs

1 2/2 Teaspoons of Vanilla Extract

1 Cup of Powdered Sugar

1 Tablespoon of Milk

Cake Directions

Preheat your oven to 375F and line your baking tray with tiny buttered paper cups.

Sift flour and other dry ingredients together, and then in a separate bowl, combine butter, milk, eggs and vanilla. Once mixed, combine with the flour mixture.

Fill prepared muffin tin with batter, filling each paper cup 2/3 full. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean or for about 15 minutes.

Allow to cool before icing the cakes.

Icing Directions:

Traditional icing is made using shifted powdered sugar and milk.

Add a cup of shifted powdered sugar to a bowl and mix in a tablespoon of milk until you get a drizzly consistency. Take care to add a little milk at a time to ensure that it does not become too runny, if it does simply add in more sugar to balance it out.

For a variation on the standard white icing, use fruit juice instead of water to give it a fruity taste and add a splash of color to mix, or add cocoa powder to the mix for a chocolate taste.

Once the cakes are cool and the icing complete, simply drizzle the icing over each cake and top with sprinkles to give them a party feel.

*We used sprinkles on ours, but leave a few without in case parents aren’t comfortable having their young children eat these hard little embellishments.

Fizzy Jello

Fizzy JelloAdd sparkling water to your favorite jello recipe for a party treat that will be a hit with guests of all ages. This bubbly twist on an old fashioned favorite will be a pleasant surprise for your guests.


Add a twist to your Jello by making it with sparkling water rather than still water. It may look the same on the outside, but the bubbles give it a fizzy taste bite after bite, making it a modern hit with party goers of all ages. I used orange Jello, but any flavor and color will work.

Ingredients
  • 1 Package of Jello
  • Boiling Un-carbonated Water
  • Sparking Water
Directions

Follow the instructions on the Jello packet, using un-carbonated water when boiling. However, instead of using the cool water, replace it with sparking water. Set as required and serve chilled in single serving pots.

For extra flavor, use soda pop instead of sparking water. For example, if you are making orange Jello, use orange soda instead of sparkling water.

Cake Pop Recipe

Cake Pop Fondue Party ActivityCake pops can be intimidating, but don’t be afraid to give them a try! Really, you just need a bit of time and patience to create some pretty awesome, and not to mention delicious, treats on a stick.


Before you go further, a word of warning. Cake pops aren’t a science – yes, you’ll want to work with a basic proportion of cake to frosting, but once you get familiar with cake pop creation you’ll learn that measurements aren’t always exact. So long as you have the right consistency, your cake pops will be a success.

We’ve put together a really simple tutorial to show you how to make cake pops at home. So, take a peek and get inspired to bake a few!

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Ingredients
  • 1 premade cake (we like the boxed version)
  • 8 ounces of frosting (or so)
  • Wilton lollipop pop sticks
  • Melting chocolate
  • Styrofoam block
  • Wax paper
  • Cookie pan
Directions

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First, bake your cake. Transfer it to a wire rack to cool and once it’s OK to handle, crumble. You’re looking for a fine texture here with no big clumps. You may have to remove tougher pieces of cake – like the corners or bottom edges. Just eat those!

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Once your cake is crumbled, it’s time to mix in your frosting. I find it’s best to use the back of a metal spoon to mix it in. It’s important to remember – you can always add frosting, not take it away, so add about 6 ounces of frosting to your crumbled cake, then add a little more as you go. For a standard box cake, you shouldn’t need more than 8 ounces.

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Think about a snowball when you’re trying to determine the perfect consistency. You want something that holds together, but isn’t so wet or moist that it falls apart easily. The consistency you want is one that’s easily molded and will stay sturdy after it’s dipped in melted chocolate.

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Roll your cake and frosting mixture into a ball using the same tried and true meatball technique. Try to get the cake balls into equal sizes by using a teaspoon to measure.

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Place the rolled balls onto a wax-line cookie pan. After they’re all made, place the pan in the fridge for about 10 minutes or so. While you cake balls set, melt your chocolate. I like the double boiler method best!

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Take your cake balls out of the fridge. Dip the top tips of your cake pop sticks into the chocolate, then insert them into the cake ball. Replace on the wax lined cookie sheet. Do this for every cake ball and put them all back into the fridge for about an hour.

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After they set, reheat your chocolate and once cooled, dip the cake balls into it. You want to dip and turn at once to coat the cake entirely. Place stick side down into a styrofoam block to set.

Repeat for each cake pop and you’re done!

Have More Cake Pop Fun:

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Use Molds: Once you’ve mastered the basic cake ball, try molding some fun shapes. You can do this by hand, but we love the new plastic mini pop molds that make it so easy to do!

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Embellish: Cake pops can be embellished with printables, flags, ribbon, edible glitter and other edible garnishes. Get creative and match your cake pops to your celebration’s theme!

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Sticks and Straws: Retro paper straws are all the rage right now and they make the perfect alternative to basic sticks.

Have a Cake Pop Party!: Invite friends over to show them how easy cake pops can be. We’ve got the how-to in our post on cake pop fondue.

Cake Pop Fondue Party Activity

Cake Pop Fondue Party Activity

 

I’ve been making cake pops for a few years now, but it was only recently that my friends finally showed some interest in baking them and not just eating mine.


Rather than show my friends one at a time how to make a cake pop, I decided to have them all over for a little party with these little desserts taking center stage.

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A cake pop fondue party is a great idea for a girls’ night in, but it’s also a great activity for kids birthday parties, bridal showers or even dinner parties. Setting one up is super easy and no matter how simple you make it, cake pop fondue is a guaranteed hit among party guests.

How to Host a Cake Pop Fondue Party

Step 1: Set Up Your Space

Ideally, you want to find a spot in your home that’s more open. Guests will crowd around this area and there’s going to be a lot going on, so you want someplace that’s accessible.

Once you’ve got a spot picked out, set up a table and cover it with either a plastic tablecloth, brown paper or other protective cover – this is going to get messy!

Step 2: Lay Out Supplies

Cake pop fondue requires just a few basic supplies – cake balls, dessert sticks or straws, melting chocolate and lots of toppings!

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Put out an assortment of toppings – sprinkles, mini marshmallows, graham cracker crumbles and mini candies are all great. Rather than just putting out bowls,  display toppings in some pretty cupcake wrappers. This adds some color to your table and also made it so easy to dip cake pops into toppings.

Cake pop also demands a spot where dunked and decorated cake pops can set up. We used mason jars filled with marshmallows for a prettier look, but you can certainly use the ever reliable Styrofoam blocks!

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Melting chocolate is another essential. We used CandiQuik’s milk chocolate and white chocolate for our party and put them in some fun dessert bowls so a few people could dunk cake pops at once.

Step 3: Have Cake Balls Made Ahead of Time!

This is cake pop fondue so you need to have your mini cake balls made ahead of your company arriving.

You can use the traditional method, but there are also products on the market now like the Bella Cake Pop Maker we used that make the process super fast.

How do I make the cake pops?

 

Leprechaun St. Patrick’s Day Treats for Kids

Leprechaun St. Patrick's Day Treats for KidsWhat do leprechauns eat for a snack? It’s sure to be something a little sweet and salty! Here’s an adorable leprechaun inspired salty St. Patrick’s Day treat for kids that also works as a party favor.


These St. Patrick’s Day treats would make for great little favors on your table for your Irish corned beef and cabbage dinner, just as easily as they’ll fit tucked inside the kids lunchbox for a sweet little surprise on St. Patrick’s day. Or, maybe your neighbor needs a little Irish cheer this year? You can pack some of these in a glass jar and tie a big green bow on it and watch that neighbor smile!

Let your kids help you make these St. Patrick’s Day desserts and they’ll have a sweet little treat for their teacher, too. They’re so cute, so simple to make, and so yummy they’re sure to be a hit with all.

We experimented with 2 different kinds of candy, and both were fabulous. The pretzels with the chocolate caramels have that “salted caramel” taste. Pure yumminess!

Ingredients
  • small pretzels
  • Hershey Hugs
  • Rolo chocolate caramels
  • green M&M’s
Directions

Preheat your oven to 250 degrees. Place the pretzels on a parchment-lined cookie sheet and top with the chocolate candy. Put them in the oven for about 2-3 minutes or until the candy is soft and has started to melt. Remove from the oven and press a green M&M in the center of each piece of candy. Let cool for at least an hour. If you are in more of a hurry, you can refrigerate them for about 10 minutes to let them set up.

Remove from the pan once cooled and fill little green cups to give as little treats!

Marshmallow Funfetti Birthday Bars Recipe

Marshmallow Funfetti Birthday Bars RecipeI love finding new and fun ways of incorporating the Funfetti taste and appearance into other birthday treats. For this recipe, I made bars made with Funfetti for an ooey-gooey melted and toasted marshmallows.


Funfetti is one of my favorite types of cakes to make for a birthday party. The colorful sprinkles really scream “Happy Birthday!”

My favorite thing about these bars is the marshmallow topping. While the bars are baking, the marshmallows are melting and getting slightly torched, creating a sticky texture that adds a wonderful contrast to the light and fluffy Funfetti bars beneath.

Ingredients
  • 1 box Funfetti cake mix
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups marshmallows
  • 1/2 of a 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
  • Sprinkles, for topping
Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8×8-inch baking dish with foil; set aside until needed.

Place the Funfetti cake mix in a medium bowl. Add the oil, milk, and eggs, and stir to combine. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and pour half of the sweetened condensed milk over the batter. Sprinkle the marshmallows on top and pour the remaining sweetened condensed milk on top of the marshmallows.

Place the pan in the oven and bake until the top is a rich golden brown and the batter no longer jiggles, about 30 minutes.

Remove the pan from the oven and place on a cooling rack to cool completely. Once the bars have cooled completely, carefully cut the bars into about 15 pieces. Place the bars on a dish to serve. (These bars also last up to 7 days in a sealed container.)

Makes

1 8×8-inch Baking Dish (about 15 bars)