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I’m at a weird time in my life when it comes to planning holiday parties. Some of my friends are still child-free, while others have five-to-ten-year-olds in tow. Planning a holiday get-together, then, means coming up with a balance that will keep adults and kids alike entertained, and that’s especially true with holiday recipes! I want to serve items that look and taste good, but they still need to appeal to kids who might have a picky palate.
Since Halloween is around the corner and I’ve been thinking about having a party, I decided to test-drive a couple of fun recipes that would be kid-friendly for little guests. The best part is that you have kids of your own and they want to get involved with making snacks for a Halloween bash, these recipes are simple enough that the kids can help out in the kitchen! Read on after the jump for step-by-step instructions and more photos.
Spooky OREO Spiders
Ingredients: One package OREO cookies, one package Pull-n-Peel Twizzlers, one 8-oz. tub cream cheese, baker’s chocolate (milk or dark) for dipping
To prepare: Place your baker’s chocolate in a heavy-bottomed saucepan over very low heat to begin melting. You’ll want to stir the chocolate occasionally to break up the larger chunks as it begins to melt down, but don’t try to rush things by turning up the heat—you’ll just end up scorching the chocolate.
Crush the OREO cookies. If you have the individually wrapped OREO cookies like I did (see pic below), you can just crush them in the packages and then dump them into a mixing bowl. If you have a large family pack of OREOs, it’s easiest to place the cookies in a plastic bag, wrap the bag in a clean dish towel, and use a rolling pin to crush them. Once all the cookies are crushed, mix them together in a large mixing bowl with your cream cheese until thoroughly blended.
Line a cookie sheet with waxed paper. Pull apart the strands of the Pull-n-Peel Twizzlers and cut the strands in thirds to form a pile of “spider legs”. You’ll arrange eight “legs” on the cookie sheet for each spider.
Form the OREO mixture in rough balls and dip in the chocolate, then place one ball on each cluster of Twizzler “legs” to form spiders. Smaller bits of Twizzlers can be stuck into the spider “bodies” to form red eyes. Normally when you make OREO balls you would use a melon baller for uniform size and shape, but I ran through this recipe twice and thought these spiders looked better if they were slightly large and lumpy. Tidy little spiders aren’t as scary!
Eye-Popping Fanta Punch
Ingredients: Two-liter bottle Fanta Orange Soda, one can frozen limeade, gummy or plastic eyeballs
To prepare: Preparing this punch is very simple: just thaw a can of limeade and blend with the Fanta orange soda. I love the taste of orange soda but am not the biggest fan of carbonated drinks, and this punch gives you a nice orange-lime kick without all the fizz.
As for the eyeballs, I used these awesome glow-in-the-dark squishy eyeball favors; they come sealed in little plastic bags and are perfect as party favors floating in the drinks! You can also find gummy eyeballs to toss in drinks if you want an edible option.
Shopping and further links
I was able to purchase the OREO Glow-in-the-Dark cookies and the Fanta orange soda at Walmart. The Fanta was at the back of the grocery department in the pop & water section, while the OREO cookies were helpfully placed near the front entrance of the store. Vegan cream cheese can typically be found at a natural foods store but many grocery stores now feature a “natural/vegetarian” section that will include dairy-free cream cheese.
Vegans: if you’re struggling to come up with vegan-friendly items to hand out to trick-or-treaters in your neighborhood, these OREOs are a good option! They come in individually wrapped two-packs and feature glow-in-the-dark packaging. These are currently available in Walmart stores across the U.S. on specially marked Nabisco displays. I’ve always struggled to come up with vegan-friendly candy options at Halloween so I’m excited to have something new to add to the mix!
Evette Rios, host of the CBS show Recipe Rehab, is creating a custom, Walmart-exclusive recipe that combines both Fanta and OREO products—you can find it and other fun Halloween recipes on the #SpookySnacks social hub.