Halloween Eats: Popcorn Balls, Pumpkin Spread, Chocolate Pumpkin

Popcorn balls, chocolate pumpkin cups, apple croissants with pumpkin spread, and apple cider can mean only one thing, Halloween is near.

Halloween is a great time to have a celebration. It is the best time to have a costume party with over-the-top spooky decorations and creative fall-flavored foods. From popcorn to pumpkin, these typical fall flavors come alive in recipes you’ll want to share with friends.

Caramel Popcorn Balls

Popcorn balls have been a sign of Halloween for years. This treat is easy to make, and all that is needed are the following ingredients:

  • 1 bag of microwavable popcorn
  • 1 jar of caramel topping
  • 1 cup walnuts or chopped pecans

Directions:

  1. Pop the popcorn according to the directions on the bag.
  2. Put in a large bowl and pour nuts and caramel topping over it. Mix together well.
  3. Spray baking spray onto hands and start forming balls (at least the size of a baseball).
  4. Place the balls on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

This can be wrapped as a party gift or placed on a Halloween platter.

Apple Croissants with Pumpkin Cream Cheese

Small, light sandwiches are great for any gathering. This one features two of autumn’s most popular foods, apples and pumpkins.

Ingredients:

  • Macintosh apples or golden delicious, cored and thinly sliced
  • 1 8 oz container whipped cream cheese
  • 2/3 cup canned pumpkin pie
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar (sweeten to taste)
  • 1/2 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 6 croissants, warmed for 5-10 seconds on a microwave safe plate

Directions:

  1. Mix the cream cheese, pumpkin pie, brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg together. Stir until blended. Set aside.
  2. Clean, core, and thinly slice the apples.
  3. Cut croissants in half. Heat in the microwave for at least 5 seconds.
  4. Spread the pumpkin cream cheese on the top (and bottom if desired) of the croissant. Lay 4-6 apple slices, slightly overlapping, on the bottom half. Place the top on and enjoy.

This can also be a warm treat. Core and cut apples into 12 slices each. Melt 4 tablespoons butter in a pan. Toss in apples. Sprinkle brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger on the apples. Cook on medium, medium-low until softened (about 5 minutes). Spoon onto bottom of warmed croissant, drizzle some of the syrup on top, and enjoy.

Pumpkin Chocolate Cups

This is a peanut butter cup without the peanut butter, made with pumpkin pudding. Perfect for a Halloween party.

Ingredients:

  • 2 boxes instant pumpkin pudding
  • 2 12 oz bag of semi sweet chocolate chips
  • Tinfoil cupcake liners
  • 4 cups milk

Directions:

  1. Melt 1/2 the chocolates in a microwavable-safe bowl on high for 1 minute; stir. Melt 10 to 20 seconds longer. Repeat with the second 1/2.
  2. Spoon the melted chocolate into the tinfoil cups. Get all around the sides and the bottom. Set in fridge until hard (30 minutes or more). This can be done overnight.
  3. Mix the pudding and milk according to directions on the box.
  4. Once the chocolate cups are melted, fill them with the pumpkin pudding and flatten on top.
  5. Melt the second batch of chocolates following step 1.
  6. Spoon onto the top of the pudding, and be sure the chocolate reaches the sides of the cup. Smooth out the top. Place in the fridge to harden (2 hours).
  7. Once the cups have hardened, eat and enjoy.

Serve with a candy pumpkin on top or just plain. These could be used as edible pudding cups without the top. They could also be made with pumpkin pie puree.

Pumpkins, apples, and caramel popcorn are all good seasonal foods to include in a Halloween party. Add some apple cider and have a happy Halloween.

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