Thursday, October 31, 2013

Halloween Teefers & Pretzel Candy Corn Bark!

Happy Halloween!   If you are looking for a themed after school snack to surprise your Little's, or perhaps you need a last minute sweet to bring to a Hallow's eve party, I've got two treats to share with you!  One is healthy(ish), and the other is definitely not!  But, both are fun, deeeelicious, fast and easy!

Halloween Teefers

Apples (I used Macintosh) 
Peanut Butter/Nutella/Nutbutter/cookiebutter
mini-marshmallows/candycorn/almond slivers
Optional: lemon juice

Take an apple and cut first into quarters, then into wedges, leaving the peel around the wedge to resemble lips.  Spread each slice of apple on one side with peanut butter, or nutella, or nut butter of your choice.
For the "teeth", you can use almond slivers, mini-marshmallows, or corn candy.  Place the "teeth" on top of the spread of your choice, and then place another apple slice on top with spread facing down to make an apple slice sandwich.
If these will be laying out for a bit, rub the cut portions of the apple with lemon juice to prevent browning.

White Chocolate Candy Corn Pretzel Bark
Adapted from: i heart nap time

This recipe requires a bit more fore-thought, and ingredients outside of regular pantry staples, but is still relatively easy to throw together!

Waffle pretzels (enough to line a small cookie sheet)
1 cup Butter
1 Cup brown Sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 Package White chocolate chips
Candy Corn
optional add ons: dried fruit and raisins, and peanuts.

Preheat oven to 400F.  Line a small cookie sheet with parchment paper, and place waffle pretzel side by side covering the whole of the sheet, set aside.
In a medium pot, on medium-high heat, melt butter, and add brown sugar.  Stir until ingredients begin to boil, and add vanilla.  Remove from heat, and immediately pour caramel evenly over the pretzels. You'll need to be fast and gentle at the same time, so the pretzels don't swim around!
Bake for 5-8 minutes.  Remove from oven and sprinkle white chocolate chips over the sugary pretzel, return to the oven for another minute or so, for the chips to melt faster. Remove from oven, and spread the melted chips carefully with a spatula, and then add your candy corn, and dried fruits, and peanuts.  Allow to cool, and harden, about an hour in the fridge/freezer.  Using the tip of a butter knife, break into small pieces of bark!

Happy Halloween!

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