Despite October being my favorite month of the year, one of my not-so-favorite things about it is the amount of candy that becomes so easily accessible. All of a sudden it’s October 1 and there’s magically bucket-fulls of candy everywhere — at school, in the office, at the bank, you name it and I bet there’s candy for the taking!
Ok – so no, it’s not the worst thing in the world. BUT hello I have no will power to resist these temptations! So, I find myself eating loads of candy and sugary goodness that I honestly wasn’t planning on and could have gone without had it not been right there…in front of my face.
Well, I’ve come to realize this is an inevitable part of life as I know it, so I figured I may as well embrace it.
If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em! So, for my sugary-contribution this year, I looked around for some tasty, Halloween-inspired treats and came across a couple I could not pass up trying.
I got this recipe from a magazine I bought in London (there’s no digital version of the recipe online, so I typed up the recipe here).
Now, I’m not sure how biscuit-like these were; to me, they were more like a cookie — could have been user error — but whatever the reason, these biscuit-cookie-esk treats were amazing! They consist of butter, brown sugar, honey, flour, ground almonds, orange juice/zest, ginger and fondant frosting. One really special thing about these was the ground almonds. They provided a really nice textural element that made the biscuits different from any other typical biscuit (or cookie for that matter).
I should also disclose that there is actually no pumpkin flavor what-so-ever involved here, the pumpkin in the name is simply for the cute little pumpkins stamped on the frosting (using an apple, how nifty!).
Peppermint patties are an oldie but goodie. I have always loved the mint/chocolate flavor combination, so when I came across this recipe for homemade peppermint patties, I knew immediately I would be making them!
They were really fun to make actually — the filling was kind of like working with edible play-doh!
After stamping out the first dozen or so patties, you kind of run out of being able to stamp out any more tri-layered colors. I was not about to let that go to waste though, so I rerolled the filling to make more and created a fun Halloween-tie-dye filling.
They turned out fantastic! The peppermint-to-chocolate ratio was perfect. I will say they melt in your hands fairly quickly if you don’t keep them chilled, but hey, that’s how chocolate works…
I was extremely happy with how my Halloween Treats turned out and that I was able to share them with coworkers and friends — I think I could get used to the sugary side of October!
Here are some other enticing treats I found that spark the Halloween spirit:
These poison apples sound amazing with their caramel, chocolate and pistachio topping; and they look even more striking on the twig-skewers!
I have a weakness for truffles (both the mushroom and chocolate varieties) and thought these Halloween-decorated chocolate truffles looked perfect for a ghostly gala.
If leftover candy is something you deal with year over year — this Halloween Jungle Juice sounds amazing (along with 4 other great ideas for your leftover Halloween candy).
What are some of your favorite Halloween Treats?