No. 02 – I’ve got…the Monster Munchies

So…let’s talk about food. Specifically, Halloween Food. Now, yes, there’s all that candy, but, well, being someone that’s not as big on candy as I used to be, I was trying to think, “What other food can I have at my Halloween party that isn’t specifically designed to make your teeth hurt and make you fall into a sugar coma by the end of the night?”

So I started hunting. On the internet, that is. Of course, while hunting, I did find some sweet treats that are to die for that I will also be making (I do have quite a few sweet-toothed friends), but I figured people should probably be eating something substantial with all that alcohol, so I needed some savory things too. I also want to make only finger foods, or foods easily eaten without the aid of a lot of utensils.

Here’s my menu for the party:

Sweet

Vampire Cookies

Pumpkin Pie Bites

Candy Corn Parfaits

Mini Candy Apples

Gory Cupcakes

Fossilized bug cookies

Savory

Pigs-in-Blankets (baby finger sandwiches)

Mummy Pizzas

Fresh Veggies (carrot fingers, cauliflower brain bits, celery zombie bones, etc)

Deviled Eggs

Garlic Herb Pinwheels

Meat Kebabs (werewolf kebabs)

 

Some of these things I am just DYING to make. Right now. Days before the party. Naturally so there’s none left for the party, which is really the only downside to not waiting. lol. I’ve already done a test run of the mini caramel apples…I had never before made caramel from scratch, and I’m always up for trying new things in the kitchen! And I’m not talking about melting caramels down into a sauce. I mean honest, boiling-sugar-and-water caramel. Turned out pretty good! I’m excited. I’m going to dye the caramel red so it looks like the apples (I’m using Golden Delicious) look like they’re covered in blood. I will post pictures after the party, of course.

One of the things I think I’m going to have the most fun creating is the Gory Cupcakes. Just look at this:

Don’t those just look AMAZING? There isn’t a recipe to accompany the pic, as it’s created by a bakery in London called Lilly Vanilli. But here’s MY recipe:

  • 1 box white cake mix (or your own by-scratch recipe – I’m using a box cake mix in the interest of saving prep time before my party)
  • 1 can white cake frosting (again, or use your own recipe)
  • raspberry puree recipe
  • candy glass recipe

This is my game plan for these bloody cakes: After baking the cupcakes and letting them cool, I will core out the middle, put some of the raspberry puree in the the middle with a squeeze bottle, then frost the top, stick in a piece of candy glass and use more raspberry puree on the top to make it look like the cupcake is bleeding.  I will let you all know how it goes. :) Another idea for the cake is to use red velvet with cream cheese frosting. The color of the cake might keep bleeding of the raspberry puree through the cake to the wrapper from showing as much, though that might have a pretty neat effect. We shall see…

Also, I might not need all of the raspberry puree, but I will most likely use some of it for my vampire cookies! (Pictured below.)

Don’t these look YUMMY? I wish I had a whole TARDIS-full of them right now. (If you don’t know what a TARDIS is, it’s a reference to Dr. Who’s time and space machine, which is bigger on the inside than the outside. It’s also a reference to my TARDIS-shaped cookie jar.) These are going to be fun to make. :)

But now on to some of that savory stuff I was talking about. I found this recipe for Garlic Herb Pinwheels on MarthaStewart.com (have I mentioned I love the ideas on that site?) and have decided to add a little Parmesan cheese to the recipe.

I’m calling them “Deadly Pinwheels”. Well, deadly to your traditional vampire, maybe. :P I think these are going to be really tasty.

My friends love pizza. Like, REALLY love it. So why not make miniature pizzas out of English muffins, tomato sauce, and string cheese? And I can make them to order, too, so they don’t sit out and get all cold and gross. Another option is to make the dough with pita bread (or any type of flat bread) or cut out smaller circles of pre-made pizza dough if you don’t like English muffins. I’m looking forward to these.

So those are just a few of the ideas I’m working on for the party menu. I can’t wait to take pictures at my party and see how it all turns out!

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