Caramel Corn Mix: You can mix and match whatever fillers you want, you just want 2 cups of something to go with the popcorn. Candy corn would be great too. Pumpkin pie spice is optional, but it adds a great kick to the popcorn. If you don’t have an air popper (I’m sure some family member would love to give one to you…it seems everyone has them in their basement), 2 bags of unbuttered popcorn could work.
1 bag of caramels (you’ll need about 50 squares)
3 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons apple cider
10 cups air popped popcorn
1 cup pretzels
1 cup Unreal chocolate candies (or M&Ms if not trying to be peanut free)
Optional: ½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
Just pop the corn, sprinkle with pumpkin pie spice, and top with a mix of the melted caramels, apple cider, and butter! Use a spoon to mix. Spread on a baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes, stirring halfway through. Allow to cool and mix in your other candy!
Monster Mash: Here in Michigan, we have a snack mix we like to call “White Trash”. Cereal, peanuts, pretzels and white chocolate are mixed together for an addictive snack. Obviously, that name isn’t very great for holidays or kids (and also not peanut free), so I decided to call this new mix “Monster Mash”. This is another great one to bag up to hand out, or simply serve in a big bowl at a party!
1 bag white chocolate chips
1 tablespoon canola oil
3 cups multigrain cheerios
1 cup candy corn
1 cup pretzels
1 cup Unreal chocolate candies (or M&Ms, if you're okay with peanuts)
Microwave the chocolate chips and oil for 1-2 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds. In a large bowl, mix all of the ingredients except for the Unreal candies. Spread onto a baking sheet lined with wax papger and allow to cool. Break into pieces and add the candy.
Spooky Cake Graveyard: When I was in school, it was super exciting when people would bring in dirt cake for their birthday treat. What’s not to love about Oreos and pudding?! This treat takes the dessert to the next level by adding chocolate cake and frosting. My 4 year old twins helped me make this dessert, hence the “homemade” look. Great classroom treat to bring in!
1 box of chocolate cake mix, prepared as instructed (I use apple sauce instead of oil)
1 large box sugar free chocolate pudding, prepared
15 Halloween Oreos, crushed
1 container vanilla or chocolate frosting
Decorations: marshmallows for ghosts, gummy worms…whatever you want!
Let the cake cool enough to handle, and put the frosting into a pourable measuring cup to melt in the microwave. Crumble 1/4 of the cake, drizzle a layer of frosting on top, and top with the crushed Oreos. Repeat until all the ingredients are used up. Make sure the top layer is mostly Oreo "dirt." You can add worms throughout or just on top. Top with marshmallow ghosts and oreo cookie graves. Refrigerate until serving!
Happy Halloween everyone! What are your favorite treats?