Halloween is just around the corner, which means it’s time to break out the scary films, sweet treats and get ready for some cosy nights in. I get started quite early so I can get in as many viewings of The Nightmare Before Christmas as possible in the run up to October 31st. There’s always that argument about whether it’s a Halloween or a Christmas film but I think it’s both. And I use that excuse to watch it at least once a week between October and Christmas. As a child I used to sit and watch the film on video over and over, learning all of the songs and prancing around to ‘This Is Halloween’. Probably drove my mum crazy. I still dance around to the songs but now it’s Rich that has to put up with me.
One of my favourite things to make is my ultimate Halloween popcorn bowls. I didn’t really know this was a ‘thing’ until I was having a browse on Pinterest and saw some amazing Halloween bowls on there. My creation isn’t anywhere near as crazy and imaginative as some of the ones you can find online as Americans have a lot more Halloween sweets to choose from than us, but it’s something I make every year so I thought I’d share my version in case anyone would like to recreate it.
You can of course add in whatever you like but my Halloween bowl includes:
- Sweet and salted popcorn
- Toffee Poppets
- Rainbow Drops
- Candy corn
If you’re having a few friends round for a Halloween movie night and don’t have a lot of time, Halloween bowls take no time at all and look very impressive.
If you fancy making something a little more elaborate then why not have a go at some simple no bake treat bars?
What you’ll need:
- 1 large bar of milk chocolate
- 1 large bar of white chocolate
- A bag of salted pretzels
- A handful of candy corn
- Yellow food colouring
- Orange food colouring
- A baking tray
- Grease-proof paper
- 2 Pyrex measuring jugs
- 3 small bowls
Set yourself up a baking tray with a sheet of grease-proof paper and leave to one side, then grab your measuring jugs and pop the large bar of milk chocolate (broken up) in one and the large bar of white chocolate (broken up) in the other. Microwave separately for 30 seconds each, take the melted milk chocolate and pour evenly onto your papered baking tray.
Sprinkle a handful of the pretzels evenly of the chocolate, covering as much of the chocolate as possible. Pop in a few pieces of candy corn in and around the pretzels and leave to one side. Separate the melted white chocolate into the three bowls, keep one plain, and dye one with a couple of drops of the yellow colouring and the other with a couple of drops of the orange colouring.
Use a fork to flick some of the white, yellow and orange chocolate over the top of your delicious pretzel, candy corn and chocolate creation and pop the finished article in the fridge for an hour or so to set. Impress your guests with your Halloween bars on your next movie night and be sure to get in there quickly before they’re gone!