Halloween Fudge

Halloween Fudge -- A Pinch of Joy
Halloween Fudge -- A Pinch of Joy

Halloween fudge is an elegant treat with its smooth chocolate base tinged with subtle orange flavor. It’s a quick last minute treat that you can make in a few minutes to take to the office, to say thanks to a neighbor or just because. You’ve probably guessed by now that I am a fudge fanatic – any excuse to have fudge!!

You can use chocolate melts or semi sweet chocolate chips for the chocolate layer. A 12 ounce bag of chocolate chips is the equivalent of 2 cups – no measuring needed. I’ve always found orange candy melts on the shelf, but you could also use food coloring if all you can find is white melts. If you want a darker orange, add a little extra paste food coloring. I like the subtle flavor of just ¼ teaspoon of orange extract. You can boost the flavor by adding an extra 1/8 teaspoon of flavoring and still keep a balance with the chocolate. Decorate with sprinkles for a festive touch!  

Halloween Fudge

Yield: 64 pieces

Serving Size: 1 piece

Halloween Fudge

An elegant layered fudge -- fun for Halloween and deliciously chocolate with a tinge of orange flavor any time of year!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups chocolate melts
  • 1 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk, dividd
  • 8 ounces orange candy coating
  • ¼ teaspoon orange extract
  • Orange paste food coloring, optional

Instructions

  1. Line an 8 x 8 inch pan with foil or waxed paper, leaving an extra 3” of foil or paper on each end. Spray generously with cooking spray. Set aside
  2. In microwave safe bowl, heat chocolate and 1 cup milk for 30 seconds. Remove from microwave and stir. Repeat 30 seconds in microwave and stirring until mixture is smooth, usually about 90 seconds total.
  3. Pour chocolate mixture into prepared pan and place in refrigerator for about 10 minutes.
  4. Place orange candy coating in microwave safe bowl and add remaining milk, then microwave for 30 seconds and stir. Repeat 30 second microwave bursts and stirring until mixture is smooth.
  5. Stir in extract and food coloring if desired.
  6. Spread orange layer over cooled chocolate layer
  7. Chill for an hour or until firm.
  8. Using waxed paper or aluminum foil “handles” remove fudge from pan to cutting board.
  9. Cut fudge into 1 inch squares.
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Need more Halloween ideas?  Check these links:  Preschool Party Snacks and Games      How to Make Pom Pom Spider   How to Make a Halloween Wreath  Elegant Halloween    Fun Foods for Kids Halloween Party  Candy Corn Fudge   Grasshopper Guts     Smashed Frogs    Zombie Brains   Dirty Bones   Witch’s Brew aka Cider Smoothie   Halloween Fudge

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Witch’s Brew aka Cider Smoothie

Witch's Brew aka Cider Smoothie -- A Pinch of Joy
Witch's Brew aka Cider Smoothie -- A Pinch of Joy
Witches Brew tastes like – well, think apple pie and ice cream through a straw – perfect autumn goodness.  Without the food coloring, it is worth serving at a gathering such as a fall shower or small get together. Add red, orange or green food coloring and it’s Halloween without a doubt.  A two son mom is always looking for gross – but not too gross and definitely not gory – Halloween ideas. Food that looks gross but tastes great – that’s a win-win! Hence the choice of green food coloring :-)

Costume ideas – no problem. There are very definite ideas, usually decided weeks in advance. Sometimes it is a challenge to make those ideas come to life, like the cartoon character that must look exactly like the tv show.  Other years, easy peasy, like the soldier which means pulling dad’s Army fatigues out of the closet, pinning to fit and adding an eyebrow pencil beard. Yeah, I know no facial hair, but I’m not going to tell an eight year old that. And I wouldn’t tell him that this isn’t ghost buster ectoplasm or green monster breath either – if that’s what he wants to call it. Halloween is all about suspending reality for a while. Isn’t it?

Witch’s Brew aka Cider Smoothie

Yield: 4 servings

Serving Size: 8 ounces

Witch’s Brew aka Cider Smoothie

Cider smoothie tastes like apple pie and ice cream through a straw – perfect autumn goodness. Color it green -- instant Halloween witch's brew!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups apple cider
  • 2 cups vanilla ice cream
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • Green food coloring, optional

Instructions

  1. Put all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth and well mixed.
  2. Red or orange food coloring may be substituted for green if desired. Or food coloring may be omitted altogether.
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Need more Halloween ideas?  Check these links:  Preschool Party Snacks and Games      How to Make Pom Pom Spider   How to Make a Halloween Wreath  Elegant Halloween    Fun Foods for Kids Halloween Party    Grasshopper Guts     Smashed Frogs    Zombie Brains   Candy Corn Fudge   Dirty Bones 

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Dirty Bones

Dirty Bones - Halloween treat from A Pinch of Joy
Dirty Bones - Halloween treat from A Pinch of Joy

Meringues are really very easy to make. You just need to be aware of a few facts before starting. No big deal, because everything in life is easier when you know a few facts ahead of time.

  • Room temperature eggs are easier to separate and will whip faster than cold eggs. If you don’t have time to let them set – or if like me, you forget to set them out – you can set them in a bowl of warm water to speed up the process.  
  • Separate eggs very carefully one at a time over small bowl. When separation is successful, place yolks in one bowl to set aside for another use. Put egg whites one at a time into larger bowl for whipping. If there is the slightest bit of yolk in a separated white, do not add it to the larger bowl. THROW IT OUT. Or better yet, put it aside for another use. Even the slightest trace of yolk will keep the whole batch from forming peaks.
  • Soft peaks mean that you can see the tracks of the beater in the beaten egg whites. Egg whites are no longer yellowish and foamy but turn white and more on the fluffy side. If you lift the beater and it makes a little lift that “droops” you have a soft peak. A stiff peak will stand in sharp points when the beater is lifted. Another way to determine stiff peak is to draw the flat of a knife or the handle of a wooden spoon through the beaten egg whites. If they stay separated, stiff peaks. If they run back together, keep beating.
  • Add sugar slowly, but continuously. It helps the sugar to dissolve for crispy meringues. You can also run the sugar through the food processor to make smaller granules to help it dissolve more thoroughly. It will seem like you are taking forever to get all the sugar in, but the time also counts toward making stiff peaks. Oh yeah, mind games will get you through :-)
  • Slip cookies into oven preheated to 225 degrees, bake thirty minutes, turn off oven and go to bed. Do not open oven door from the time you put the cookies in until you get up the next morning. If you must do something, you can check by turning oven light on and peering through the door about 20-25 minutes into baking time to see if meringues are turning brown. If they are, turn the oven off.

H A P P Y   H A U N T I N G

Dirty Bones

Yield: 24 cookies

Serving Size: 1 cookie

Dirty Bones

A crunchy, chewy, creepy Halloween treat!

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 5 egg whites, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon almond flavoring
  • 2 chocolate cookies, such as Oreos with middles removed, crushed

Instructions

  1. Let eggs set for 30 minutes to reach room temperature.
  2. Separate white from yolk and set yolks aside for another purpose.
  3. Beat egg whites and cream of tartar in large bowl at medium speed until soft peaks form.
  4. Continue beating at high speed and begin adding sugar very slowly, two or three tablespoons at a time. This may take three minutes or more.
  5. Continue beating at high speed until stiff peaks are formed. This may take 15-20 minutes. Meringue should be shiny and smooth.
  6. While egg whites are beating, preheat oven to 225 degrees and prepare two baking sheets by lining with parchment paper. Prepare pastry bag with #10 or #12 plain tip. (OR zipper bag with corner cut off to make half inch opening.)
  7. When meringue reaches stiff peaks, add extract and beat just until blended.
  8. Fill pastry bag. Pipe a figure eight or s-shape and move tip to form straight line of meringue about 2-3 inches long and finish by moving tip to pipe a second figure eight or s-shape at the bottom. Lift piping bag with swirling motion to break flow at end while keeping meringue fluffy. Repeat until both cookie sheets are filled.
  9. Crush chocolate cookies and sprinkle over “bones” to give illusion of dirt clinging to bones.
  10. Bake for 30 minutes. Turn off oven. DO NOT OPEN OVEN DOOR. Leave cookies in oven overnight.
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Need more Halloween ideas?  Check these links:  Preschool Party Snacks and Games      How to Make Pom Pom Spider   How to Make a Halloween Wreath  Elegant Halloween    Fun Foods for Kids Halloween Party  Candy Corn Fudge   Grasshopper Guts     Smashed Frogs    Zombie Brains   Dirty Bones   Witch’s Brew aka Cider Smoothie   Halloween Fudge

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