I love Halloween parties, especially when I’m not hosting! Cleaning up a big mess with a hangover? No thank you. The only problem is that you’re expected to dream up scary-themed treats to bring along with you. Don’t panic! I have you covered 🙂
VODKA JELLY SHOTS – makes 50.
475ml boiling water
135g pack of jelly
a splash of cold water
Halloween shaped sweets (Haribo fangtastics are perfect)
Plastic shot glasses
These are easy. The sweets soak up a lot of the vodka which all but physically kicks you in the teeth, but they are pretty delicious at the same time.
Here’s what you do:
Lay out your shot glasses and pop a sweet in each one. Save the rest for trick or treaters. Or not. I just ate mine.
Measure out your hot water and mix in the jelly until it’s all melted, add the vodka and the cold water then pour into shot glasses. Pour quickly, or you’ll get vodka everywhere and your worktop will get very gooey.
Once you’ve filled all the shot glasses stand them all upright, in a tupperware box in the fridge until they’re set. Overnight is best to ensure they’re completely set.
They’re that easy, and you’re bound to be everybody’s favourite guest.
RICE CRISPIE PUMPKINS
So I stole this recipe from Pinterest. And like most recipes on Pinterest it didn’t quite work out. On Pinterest there was an adorable picture of a row of crispy treats with pumpkins and autumnal leaves in the background and a cute little kid dressed up as Darth Vader munching away. The reality for me was hands covered in Rice Krispies, my favourite le creuset pan ruined and my kitchen looking like a bomb had gone off, so I tried again. Here is my adapted recipe for Rice Krispy Pumpkins.
Melt 400g of white marshmallows (mini ones are easier to control – I learnt this the hard way) in a pan over a low heat with 2 tablespoons of water. Don’t rush this, if the marshmallow burns you’ll have to start over. Once it’s all melted and smooth add a mixture of red and yellow food colouring until you have that deep, pumpkin-ey orange colour. Add the red first then the yellow. Remember in art lessons when your teacher told you to start with the darkest colour? This is the only time that will be useful.
Stir in about 4 cups of Rice Krispies until they’re coated in the sticky mixture then wait. Wait for ages, have a cup of tea, watch a film, call your mother but do not, under any circumstances stick your hands into freshly melted marshmallow. It will never come off.
Wait for about an hour…
Dip the ends of your fingers in warm water and ever so lightly rub it around the palms of your hands. This means you will be able to roll the mixture into balls without getting too messy.
Once all of your mixture is in sizeable balls, squish them down a little so they’re more or less pumpkin shaped. The end of a twix bar is the perfect looking pumpkin stem.
Not the easy Halloween recipe I’d hoped for but it worked out in the end. Just don’t believe everything you read on Pinterest.
Let us know what you’re up to this Halloween. Parties? Cooking? What are you dressing up as? Drop us a comment.