All Saints and Souls Day
The celebration of Halloween in the Philippines is far from how it is celebrated here in the United States. It is known as All Saints and Souls Day and is observed with much solemnity and traditions. It has been a tradition in our family to head to the grave sites of our beloved dead to come together in prayer and recollection. As a child, I was deprived of Halloween and the fun things associated with it like the decorations, costumes and treats. Since I got here, I decided to make up for lost time and celebrate Halloween the fun way!
French Maid Halloween
A few years back, I had a chance to dress up for Halloween as a French maid. It was so much fun seeing all my friends come up with their own costumes. This year, I am going another direction by exploring do-it-yourself Halloween treats.
Newbie in Halloween treats
Since this is my first year into Halloween treats, I will start off with super easy recipes. With this goal in mind, I searched for the simplest recipes and came up with a Halloween roundup of the simplest, yet cutest DIY treats. They are so simple that most do not even require cooking or baking, even kids can do them with just little adult supervision.
I am excited to put my Halloween treats together this weekend. I am sure that you will enjoy making them too. Let me know what you are making this Halloween. And if you have picked one of my simple Halloween treats, share the experience by commenting on this post..
This treat is at the top of my list because I love strawberries and chocolate! What a duo!
- 24 large fresh strawberries
- 8 ounces white chocolate or white chocolate chips
- 1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1. Prepare a baking sheet by lining it with waxed paper.
2. Wash the strawberries and pat them dry. Make sure they’re truly dry and don’t have any wet patches, otherwise you’ll have trouble dipping them.
3. Melt the white chocolate in the microwave, stirring after every 30 seconds until it is smooth and fluid. If you are using white chocolate chips, they might be quite stiff when you melt them, so you can add a spoonful of vegetable shortening to make the chocolate more liquid if necessary.
4. Hold a strawberry by the stem and dip it in the chocolate until it is almost entirely covered. Hold it over the bowl and let the excess drip back into the bowl, then scrape the bottom against the lip of the bowl. Place the berry on the prepared baking sheet.
5. Repeat the process until all of the strawberries are covered with white chocolate. Refrigerate the tray until the chocolate is set, for about 15 minutes.
6. While you’re waiting for the white chocolate to harden, melt the semi-sweet chocolate. Pour it into a paper cone or plastic baggie with a small hole cut in the corner.
7. Decorate the strawberries with the chocolate so that they have eyes and mouths and resemble ghosts. Let the chocolate set completely before serving.
8. Ghost Strawberries are best eaten the day they are made. Store them in the refrigerator until serving.
(makes 24 servings)
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Ready in : 30 minutes
I found this awesome recipe in Allrecipes.com. This is a semi home and semi store made recipe which uses pre-packaged chocolate mix, frosting and cookies. This will be a great treat to bring in schools. I am sure that this will be a hit with the little ones!
- 1 (18.25 ounce) package chocolate cake mix
- 1 (16 ounce) container prepared chocolate frosting
- 1 (11.5 ounce) package fudge stripe cookies
- 1 (6 ounce) bag milk chocolate candy kisses, unwrapped
- 1 tablespoon red gel icing
- Prepare the cake mix according to package directions for cupcakes. Cool. Frost cupcakes with chocolate frosting.
- Break the cookies in half, and press two halves into the top of each cupcake for wings, stripes facing the frosting. Place a chocolate kiss in front of the cookies with the point facing forward for the body. Make two beady little eyes with the red gel icing towards the point of the kiss. Let the fun begin!
(makes 15 servings)
Nothing can beat this adorable treat by Kitchen Daily! It is so quick and easy yet the combination of sweet and salty is totally addictive.
15 pretzel rods, 7-inches long
1 cup white chocolate chips or candy melting chocolate
40 mini chocolate chips
Melt white chocolate in a microwave-safe glass measuring cup, stirring until smooth. Dip pretzel rod into chocolate, about 3 inches. Place on a waxed-paper-lined baking sheet. While the white chocolate is still wet, arrange 3 mini chocolate chips to create eyes and a mouth. Let dry until firm, about 30 minutes.
(makes 32 servings)
Prep time: 15 minutes
Ready in: 15 minutes
Betty Crocker’s recipe of Witches’ Hats is a great treat that the kids can enjoy making.
32 Hershey’s® Kisses® brand milk chocolates, unwrapped
1 package (11 1/2 ounces) fudge-striped shortbread cookies (32)
1 tube (4.25 ounces) orange or red decorating icing
1. Attach 1 chocolate candy to chocolate bottom of each cookie, using decorating icing.
2. Pipe decorating icing around base of milk chocolate candy.
Optional: Place a scoop of vanilla ice cream in a shallow bowl. Make a face with miniature chocolate chips and decorator candies; top with a Witches’ Hat. Quick, eat the witch before she melts!
You can use any 1 1/2- to 2 1/2-inch chocolate or chocolate-covered cookies instead of the shortbread cookies.
(makes 24 servings)
Prep time: 30 minutes
Ready in: 1 hour
Who doesn’t love marshmallow?! For the marshmallow lovers like me, you got to try this cute ans easy recipe by Allrecipes.com.
- 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
- 1 teaspoon butter
- 24 large marshmallows
- 1 (6 ounce) package chow mein noodles
- 1 (12 ounce) package mini candy-coated chocolate pieces
- In a microwave-safe bowl, combine chocolate chips and butter. Microwave until melted. Stir occasionally until chocolate is smooth. Pour chocolate into a sealable plastic bag and set aside.
- Line a cookie sheet with wax paper. Stick 4 chow mein noodles into each side of marshmallow for legs, and arrange on wax paper. Using scissors, cut one corner off the bag of melted chocolate. Drizzle over the marshmallow spiders. Attach 2 candies to each marshmallow for eyes. Chill until chocolate hardens.
Happy Halloween and let the fun begin!