Kids grow up too fast – but as they do they take with them memories of special times from their childhood days. In many cases these special memories center around holidays. We think we have a way for you to create some special memories for everyone at your house this Halloween – plan some time to make these special Halloween treats – and let the kids help!
There’s a promise of good times and delicious treats waiting to be enjoyed!
Kids of all ages love cupcakes. Why not bake up a batch in traditional Halloween colors – you can add special decorations to make the pastries look spooky or creepy. For instance, gummy worms on top of chocolate icing can be so icky that it’s cute for this eerie holiday. Or use black icing to create spiders on top of orange covered cupcakes; the idea is to use your imagination and get into the spirit of Halloween!
Think back to the days of your own childhood. Do you remember the fun of eating candy apples? Why not make some? It’s easier than you might think!
Start with 6 small to medium-size tart apples. You’ll also need a small package of caramel pieces, a teaspoon of vanilla, some cooking spray, and candy sticks.
Begin by thoroughly washing the apples. Melt the caramel over low heat – it helps to add a small amount (1 – 2 tablespoons) of water. Caramels can also be melted in the microwave – but you should stir and check every 20 to 30 seconds until the candy is completely melted and smooth. Then stir in the vanilla.
Use wax paper to line a baking sheet and spray this with the cooking spray.
Dip dry apples into the melted candy and place on the lined baking sheet.
Optional: Candied Apples can also be dipped into additional toppings, such as rainbow sprinkles, crushed pretzels, chopped nuts, mini chocolate chips, crushed cereals, and other delights of your choice.
Refrigerate the apples for 10 – 20 minutes before serving.
Debbie Allen likes to write about all the holidays – but her favorite topics relate to Christmas traditions. She loves sharing her spin on letters from Santa and holiday decoration tips.