Halloween Food Ideas “Haunted Pumpkin Patch”
Megan Jesclard’s Kitchen
I had been talking to my cousin right before Halloween and saying how disappointed I was that I hadn’t gotten into the holiday like I usually do. To remedy that we decided to have a Halloween themed dinner. This is my haunted pumpkin patch: I made the pumpkins out of cake balls and the mummy’s are cake pops.
The hay stacks are just peanut butter rice Krispy treats.
These festive treats can be made for a party or for a fun after school snack. It is made out of cake balls, cake pops, and peanut butter rice Krispie treats (regular rice Krispie treats would be fine too!).
Cake Balls and Pops:
1 box chocolate cake mix (or cake mix of your choice)
1 can cream cheese frosting
White, orange and green candy melt
Ball sprinkles (for mummy eyes)
Green tic tacs (for pumpkin stems)
Make cake according to package directions. Let cake cool. Mash the cake with ¾ can of frosting. Roll the dough into balls and refrigerate for a couple of hours. You can freeze them but never for more than 15 minutes. Melt the candy melt according to package directions.
For the Pops (Mummies):
Dip the end of each stick in the candy melt and stick half way through cake pop ball. Return pops to fridge or freezer and only pull out a few at a time as you dip them. Completely cover cake ball in the melted candy melt. Shake off excess candy melt and put cake pops back in fridge as you dip them. After you have dipped all the pops, decorate them. Put melted candy melt in a squeeze bottle (found in your local grocery store) to make the mummy wrappings and attach the eyes.
For the Balls (Pumpkins):
Drop a ball into a bowl or cup of candy melt making sure that it is completely covered. Scoop it out with a spoon and tap the spoon on the edge of the dish to get rid of excess candy melt. Place ball onto wax paper and immediately stick in the tic tac stem before the candy melt hardens.
In a sauce pan over medium heat, combine the sugar and corn syrup and bring to a rolling boil. Remove from heat and stir in peanut butter. Mix in the rice krispies until evenly coated. Press into a buttered 9 x 13 pan. This is double a normal recipe and makes a lot of hay stacks! If you don’t want so many, do a single recipe and press it into an 8×8 pan so that your haystacks are still thick. they will not hold the mummy cake pops unless they are thick and sturdy.
Arrange your haystacks on a platter and scatter with pumpkins. Stick the mummies in last making sure to push them down far enough so they don’t fall over. Enjoy!!
Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats (Hay Stacks)
Peanut butter 1 1/2 cups
Light karo syrup 1 1/2 cups
Sugar 1 1/2 cups
9 cups rice krispie cereal
In a saucepan melt the peanut butter, karo syrup and sugar together and stir until smooth. Add the rice krispie cereal. Press the mixture into a 9″x13″ cake pan.
Melt one cup chocolate chips and drizzle over the top. (optional)
Also melt one cup butterscotch chips and drizzle over the chocolate. (optional)
I also contributed these little mummy wraps. When they cooled down I threw some warms around their bodies. One is filled with PB&J and the other is filled with cheese and pepperoni. I have a bread braid addiction lately. Turns out you can fill them with pretty much anything and they are delicious!
Putting the Mummys Together:
In bread mixer put ½ cup warm water, add 3 tbsp. yeast and sprinkle 1 tbsp. sugar over the yeast. Add the following to the bowl:
Potato Flakes Instant 1 cup
Instant milk 1 cup
Salt 1 tbsp.
Oil 1/3 cup
Honey 1/3 cup
Turn on bread mixer and after ingredients are mixed add 2¾ cup water. Slowly add flour (6-8 cups) until the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl. Do not add too much flour or your dough will be too stiff. Grease dough with butter. Put your dough in a greased bowl and cover with a towel and put in a warm place. Let raise until double in bulk.
Roll out a quarter of the dough in a rectangle the size of a cookie sheet and then transfer to the cookie sheet before putting the toppings on. Down the middle third of the dough layer 3 oz. cream cheese, 1/2 cup salsa (don’t use too much or it will make the bottom soggy), 1 lb. ground turkey or beef (pre-cooked and seasoned with taco seasoning), 1/3 cup black beans and cheese to cover.
With a pizza cutter, cut strips about one and a half inches apart down each side and then wrap the sections over the top alternating sides. Let raise another 20 minutes.
Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Recipe makes four mummys. You can freeze uncooked braids. Let them defrost and raise for four-five hours. Bake as above. Also you can make these adorable by decorating them with gummi worms, spiders, eyeballs and bugs.
NOTE: These are yummy made with peanut butter and jelly. You can slice them up and put them in kids lunches. You can also layer pizza sauce, pepperoni and cheese. Be creative and come up with your own combinations.
Mummy’s made out of meat loaf.
Also check out our Halloween Food Idea “Ooey Gooey Goblin Guts” .