Welcome back to Easy Desserts,
This is a special edition post where “it’s all about the candy”. With another year of “trick or tricks” looming ahead of us and our ghosts and ghouls wanting to over indulge on their stash, they get Halloween night. Now is a good time to planning out some fun dessert ideas with the candy they come home with that night.
I don’t have children of my own so I borrowed my Munchkin (nephew) for his candy picks and a few photos as he helps me in the kitchen. At 3 years old, he knows his Auntie loves to make desserts and ever since my Black Forest Cake Pop post he’s been wanting to help me again. As we look over some candy I tell him all the things we can make and his only reply is, “me help, Auntie?”
Below are a few recipes I found for us to try.
Chex Mix Muddy Buddies:
4 1/2 cups Chex Cereal
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/8 cup butter
1/4 cup peanut butter
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cups powdered sugar
3/4 cups candy corn
3/4 cups Reese’s Pieces
1 cups pretzels
Pour Chex Cereal in a large bowl and set aside.
In a microwave safe bowl melt chocolate chips, butter, and peanut butter together on high for one minute. Stir and return to microwave, microwaving in 30-second increments until melted together and smooth. Stir in vanilla.
Pour chocolate-peanut butter mixture over the cereal and gently stir to coat. Place cereal in a large zip lock bag, pour powdered sugar in, seal and shake until evenly coated.
Spread cereal out onto wax paper and let cool completely. Once cooled, in a large bowl combine cereal, candy corn, Reese’s Pieces, and pretzels. *Note I cut the recipe in half.
12 Reese's peanut butter cups
24 mini Oreo cookies
24 edible candy eyeballs (check out craft stores)
12 orange chocolate covered sunflower seeds or 12 Candy Corn tips
Twist apart the Oreo cookies and use the side with frosting. Attach a candy eye to the frosting using the melted chocolate. Attach the Oreo to the top of Reese's cup with more chocolate. Dip the back of the sunflower seed or Candy Corn tip in chocolate and attach to the cup. Using a toothpick might help you get the right amount of chocolate on the seed or tip. *Note I cut the recipe in half.
Trick or Treat Dessert Pizza:
1 roll refrigerated cookie dough
4 oz. cream cheese
1/2 cup marshmallow fluff
Assorted fun size candy bars, chopped
caramel (and/or chocolate) sauce for drizzling, before serving
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Press cookie dough into a 12-inch circle on a pizza pan or parchment lined baking stone. Bake for 15-17 minutes until cookie is slightly golden. Let cool completely.
Beat together cream cheese and marshmallow fluff. Spread in a thin layer across cookie. Sprinkle with candy of your choice. Cut into wedges and serve, drizzle with caramel (and/or chocolate) sauce if desired.
Halloween Candy Remix Trifle:
What You’ll Need:
1 box of cake mix (vanilla, dyed orange)
4 large box of vanilla pudding or 8 small boxes of french vanilla
1 tub of CoolWhip
48 fun sizes of Butterfinger, Snicker’s, and Twix chopped
1 can of dulce de leche
optional - chocolate syrup
Bake the cakes according to the box’s instructions. Munchkin wanted to add mini chocolate chips to the batter ... and his tummy
As the cake baked I decide to tell him some of the histories. Hope you enjoy what we learned too.
History of “Trick or Treat”:
Trick or treating, or “guising” traditions, beginning in the Middle-Ages, children, and sometimes poor adults would dress up in the aforementioned costumes and go around door to door during Hallowmas begging for food or money in exchange for songs and prayers, often said on behalf of the dead. This was called “souling” and the children were called “soulers”.
Souling ultimately gave rise to guising in the U.K. starting in the 19th century, with children dressing up and begging for things like fruit and money. In order to earn this token, they’d often tell jokes, sing songs, play an instrument, recite a poem, or perform in some other way for the amusement, not unlike the old tradition of souling but instead of prayers, a performance was offered.
The practice of guising made its way to North America, probably brought over by the Scottish and Irish in the late 19th or early 20th century.
Trick or treating instead of guising on Halloween popped up in North America in the 1920s and 1930s, first in the western half of the continent. The term and the practice slowly spread, with a brief respite during WWII. After the WWII sugar rations were lifted, Halloween’s popularity saw a huge spike and within five years trick or treating was a near-ubiquitous practice throughout North America.
…back to the cake.
Once, it has cooled cut into cubes and place into the cups. As a tip, I used a little bit of the pudding on bottom of the cups to keep the cake moist.
Mix the pudding according to the box. Top the cake cubes, you don’t have to cover them completely since part of the fun of this trifle is seeing all the colors.
Sprinkle the chopped candy pieces on top of the pudding. I left the M&M’s whole.
Repeat layers as you desire, but saving room at the top to crown with whipped cream and top with dulce de leche and/or chocolate syrup.
This trifle can last up to a week when covered or unless the diary expires before.
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Until next time …
Wishing you and yours a Safe and Happy Halloween