9 Ways to Get Your Sugar Fix This Halloween
This year, leave the straight-from-the-wrapper candy bingeing to trick-or-treaters and save your splurges (and candy!) for an epic homemade Halloween treat. Here are our most festive, decadent desserts for your fright-night party.
Squirrel away some extra chocolate-coated candies (or use your leftover loot) to make this decadent chocolate pie. Candy gets folded into the filling and makes an appearance atop the pie along with a generous layer of whipped cream.
These genius pull-apart cupcakes are equal parts spooky and convenient, requiring nothing more than a pair of hands for your ghoulishly dressed party guests to enjoy. Decorate your graveyard with tombstone cookies, marzipan pumpkins and lollipop ghosts for the full Halloween effect.
Prepare to seriously impress — and fake out — your friends with Food Network Magazine’s 5-star candy bucket cake. Once you’ve created the bucket, add twisted pieces of black licorice and snack-size candies to the top to complete the lifelike effect.
These eight-legged treats may look a little creepy, but their caramel-y centers are not to be missed. Layer warm, homemade caramel over toasted nuts, add strands of licorice for legs, then top with melted chocolate and wait (semi)patiently for them to cool before devouring.
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BLACK CAT POPS **Halloween Giada De Laurentiis Giada at Home/Ghoulish Goodies Food Network Mission Figs, Creamy Unsalted Almond Butter, Dark Chocolate Chips, Coconut or Grapeseed Oil, White Chocolate, Orange Food Coloring, Strawberry or Raspberry Fruit Leather
These bite-size pops are purrfect for kids’ parties as well as for those revelers looking to feel festive without overdoing it on the candy front. Giada De Laurentiis combines figs, almond butter and a bit of water in a food processor, then rolls the mix into balls and lightly coats them in dark chocolate. Fruit leather and white chocolate give the pops their feline features.
Bring back the goodie bag with these sweet and salty popcorn balls made with chocolate candy, mini marshmallows and freshly popped popcorn. Once the treats have set, place them in small plastic bags and tie with colored ribbon for a perfect parting gift.
Anytime caramel and chocolate get together is a good thing, and in the case of Giada’s gooey caramel apples, it’s especially so. Dip the apples in caramel, drizzle them with melted chocolate and then cover them with chopped nuts, candies or sprinkles (your choice!) for the perfect, if slightly messy, treat.
It’s OK to drool on your keyboard at the sight of this cake, so long as you can recover in time to make it. Set aside some time to prep this Food Network Magazine masterpiece, made with in-season apples and from-scratch caramel, and be sure to reserve some of the sauce as a garnish (and final touch to an Instagram-worthy slice).
Let leftover candy — like peanut butter cups, Snickers bars and M&M’s — be your inspiration for these kitchen-sink-style cookies from Jeff Mauro. Can’t wait till after Halloween to bake them? We won’t spill your deep, dark secret.