Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Halloween Goodies and Ideas...

Chocolate 'Mice'

Let me begin by saying, I LOVE HALLOWEEN.

I love to dress up and become someone I'm not, love to come up with goodies, to make and eat.

And I just happen to think this time of the year is fun.   I guess I never grew up all the way, sigh.

So I thought I would share with you some of the goodies I've made in the past for Halloween.

After all, you can never have too many good great ideas.
For years I made 'Eyeball Stew'
'Eyeball' Stew

I love to make Bologna Cakes, and last year I had fun with one and made a Spider Cake.   And (says very modestly here) I won first prize at a local watering hole for it, and the Spider Eggs surrounding it. 
Spider Cake with Spider Eggs
Does that not look delightfully creepy and yet somehow tasty? 
Inside a Spider Cake

 And the layers are downright fun.
I love to make 'Eyeballs out of doughnut holes and serve them.
 And little mice are always welcome at the table...
Chocolate Mice made with Maraschino Cherries

 The cast of characters...
Drained Maraschino Cherries with stems.  (just eat the ones without stems, no one will over know).
Hershey Kisses, I used the dark chocolate this time.
Melted semi-sweet chocolate and sliced almonds for ears completes the list.

 I used some prepared frosting tubes for eyes on the mice, as you can see.  I think the blue eyes were the freakiest, but red came close.   Just set them in the fridge to set up for an hour or so.   They also keep nicely in the fridge for a day or two, so you can do them ahead of the party.  Just don't do like I did and break all the ears off by accidentally bumping the platter.  Otherwise you have to serve Mutant Mice.
Chocolate 'mice' and Gummy Worms

 See the ones at the back, they are missing their ears.   I also took the leftover chocolate and mixed the remains of the almond together and spread it out on a piece of foil to make 'dirt', and that is what I placed the gummy worms on.

A girl just has to have fun, sometimes.

Bread Spider
 I formed the body out of one loaf of frozen bread dough, then cut the other loaf lengthwise into strips and molded the legs out of that loaf. 

 I then baked it and cut out a round in the middle, putting some marinara sauce in a bowl for dipping.   (BTW, the leftover marinara sauce was used in some spaghetti sauce a couple days later, I'll share the recipe later on this week.) 

Bread Spider and Marinara Sauce

Or do as one of my guests did for Tapas Night and make a totally luscious cheesecake with chocolate covered strawberry mice for decoration. 
Cheesecake with Chocolate Covered Strawberry "Mice"

Cheesecake with Chocolate Covered Strawberry "Mice"

There you have it, a couple of ideas for making some fun food and it wasn't all sweet stuff, just most of it.

Thanks for stopping by.  Please note that all photo's on here are mine and I'd appreciate a link back or an attribution if you use any of the content on here. 
Sidsel Munkholm - Author
Sidsel Munkholm - Author

Sid loves to cook, feed people and have fun in the kitchen. She shares her successes and the involuntary offerings she sometimes gives the kitchen goddess as well. And she's still looking for the mythical fairy to help her clean the kitchen after a marathon cooking session. Currently working on a cookbook showcasing the recipes from her Danish heritage.

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