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I thought I'd pop this post up today to give you a chance to get ingredients during the week, I hate when I find last-minute snack ideas and haven't got time to buy the bits and pieces needed.
First up, here's one I made earlier, puff pastry witch fingers!
To make these, you just need three ingredients: Flaked Almonds, Black Food Colouring, and Puff Pastry. You could make your own pastry but I just bought the packet already made (Lidl do their own brand, much cheaper).
I used about a third of the block of pastry (I put the rest in the freezer for another time) and 2-3 drops of food colouring, I mixed it in by rolling the pastry between my hands.
Then, divide the pastry into little pieces and roll out into the shape of fingers. Place them on a baking tray. I used a knife to score tiny lines on each finger, then I put a flaked almond in the top for a fingernail.
I baked them for about 10-15 mins (keep an eye on them). They're done when they're golden brown. The almonds will more than likely turn black - they're more for decoration than for eating.
You could stuff these with whipped cream or apple - but I'm a savoury girl, I'd love a couple of these with a big bowl of beef stew.
For other great Halloween snack ideas that don't involve a bag of Haribo as big as your head, I headed to (where else?) Pinterest, and I have my top 5 favourite snack ideas here.
5. Frozen White Chocolate Boo-Nana Pops
Use good quality white chocolate to make these adorable frozen white chocolate banana pops for little ones. A couple of dark chocolate chips (or you could use currants) are perfect for eyes! Full directions here: skinnytaste.com
4. Halloween Tortilla "Crisps"
Brushed with soy sauce or spaghetti sauce and then baked, you could cut these out freehand, or you could use some Halloween themed cookie cutters. Homestore & More have a set of mini ones here for €3. Full instructions at Simplydesigning.net.
3. Mummy Pizza Bagels
Half a bagel, bit of passata, some thin strips of cheese, and some olive slices. Really effective! Photo from Diary of a Preppy Mom.
2. Orange Jelly Jack-O-Lanterns
All you need for these spooky looking jelly cups are some large oranges and a pack of jelly crystals. Full directions at Tesco.
1. Monster Apple Bites
These are really cute and very appealing! Apples, peanut butter, and yogurt covered raisins make for great Monster Mouths. Originally from We Do Fun Here, that site no longer seems to be online, so you can find instructions for the Monster Bites here, just use the raisins instead of marshmallows.
Bonus Idea: Shrunken Apple Heads
If you're having a Halloween party for kids, you could mix up some juices in a bowl (apple, orange, cranberry) and float the heads in - or, you could just make them and leave them on a tray. The adult version finds them floating in cider. How amazing (and disturbing) does this look?! Full instructions from All Roads Lead to the Kitchen.
Can I just add, this conversation just took place:
Me: "Oh my god, look at this, how cool!"
Husband: "What the hell is that?"
Me: "Shrunken heads in cider!"
Husband: "How did they get inside her?"
Me: *can not breathe*