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Making Treats: A Great Way to get Ready for Halloween! 
Oct. 27, 2012 11:36 pm 
Updated: Nov. 2, 2012 8:18 pm
It's the time of year when spook is in the air and everything wants a little something sweet to whet their appetites until Halloween, and all the candy it brings, is upon us. Adults and children alike celebrate this time of year across the nation. But why wait until the night of Halloween for a little ghoulish fun? 

Since Halloween falls on a Wednesday this year, my friends and I, along with their kids, got together and had a little naughty but nice fun.

The girls and I started out with a little pre-baking party campaign. It's not a baking party without a little bubbly, or so they said. We added some berries for a nice, fresh glass before we took on the task of baking.

For my part, I picked four excellent recipes using Karo syrup. I am ready and willing to admit that I have NEVER used corn syrup before in baking or cooking in general. I was very pleased at the end results of all of the recipes I made that evening.

First I got started on the Peanut Butter Crunch Balls, since they had the longest chill time. I cut the chill time down, however, buy sticking them in the freezer. 

While the balls cooled, I got started on making caramel. This was not my first time making caramel, but it was my first time using Karo Light Corn Syrup in the creation of this sweet confection. My Classic Caramel Corn was a huge hit straight from the pan, and the girls and I found ourselves licking the pan clean using left over bits of popcorn in the pan. This caramel was good hot as well as cold. After the adults had their share of the Classic Caramel Corn, the rest got turned into Caramel Corn Treat Bags for the kids (who were patiently awaiting the rest of the sweets!). 

I took a break from cooking for a while, allowing my friends to take over the stove area and get started on recipes of their own. My little sister, who is in foods for the first time this year and has actually started cooking for herself (huzzah!), made a recipe she had learned in school just the week before. She called them Peanut Butter Bars and used some of my Karo Corn Syrup along with peanut butter and corn flakes. I don't know the exact recipe - she wanted to keep that to herself so she could have a signature, go-to treat for the next party she attended. 

My friends wanted to tackle some pumpkiny goodness. I am popular around Christmas for the pumpkin bread I deliver to my friends, and this year they decided to get their pumpkin fix a little early. My best friend borrowed my super secret pumpkin bread recipe, also known as the most popular pumpkin bread recipe on this site, with 1 tsp each of spice. 

While their pumpkin bread was baking, I got started on my new favorite cheesecake recipe. The Individual Vanilla Cheesecakes are way too easy to make for how delicious they are. I didn't even get a chance to cool these fully before the older kids started taking them out of the fridge and chowing down. The recipe calls for a fruit topping, but I didn't even have a chance to open the can. I got to taste a single cheesecake, and it was perfection. We made a double batch. Next time, I know to make a triple batch!

All in all, our party was a huge success. We made a ton of great food, had a ton of good laughs and enjoyed each other's company while the kids watched scary movies and snacked on tasty Halloween treats. For the perfect Halloween party, follow the spirit of the season. Give something sweet to a little monster and enjoy yourself while making it!

Feel free to check out these recipes and more featured on my Pinterest Board or follow me on Instagram @thepandabard.

Be sure to have a happy and safe Halloween!
Caramel Corn Treat Bags make a spooky yet tasty, portable treat for kids to munch!
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These Peanut Butter Crunch Balls are addicting!
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These Individual Vanilla Cheesecakes were the star of the party!
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Caramel Corn never tasted so good!
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My God Child enjoying a Caramel Corn Treat Bag, sans bag.
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Beware - little monsters lurk everywhere! This picture is from Instagram.
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The best thing for the grown-ups at the part? Campaign with berries. This picture is from Instagram.
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Bubbling caramel love! This picture is from Instagram.
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Oct. 28, 2012 8:27 am
All your Halloween treats look delish!
Nov. 2, 2012 8:18 pm
Especially the peanut butter crunch balls! Nice pictures!
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About Me
I hope to be a future teacher. Right now I major in English and Political Science. One day I might aspire to be a local politician - who knows! Maybe even an acclaimed author. Oooh, acclaim! Right now my possibilities are endless. I also love to cook. I live with my best friend, my god child and my boyfriend. We're all a happy little family in which I do all the cooking since no one else in the house likes to cook. I also watch my god child one day a week and we try to do kid friendly recipes together to introduce her to cooking and nutrition. I try to plan meals but we usually end up going to the market once or twice a week to pick up food items on sale. Almost everything in my pantry, fridge and freezer come from a sale. We try and be very conscious of how we spend our money and what we spend it on. I have a coupon book and I do clip coupons regularly but we usually just end up getting "the store brand" of whatever is on sale because it's always cheaper anyway.
My favorite things to cook
I have a lot of favorite things to cook! This Christmas my boyfriend gifted me my first ever stand mixer. I try and use it at least a few times a week to show him I appreciate the gift. I've been making a lot of breads from scratch in my household. I also love love love to use my slow cooker! It not only makes delicious roasts, soups and sides but it makes them super easy too. I do go to school and I do have a lot of things to take care of at home, so when I know I'm busy I just throw something in the slow cooker and it always turns out fabulously! I make the best, non fried, not butter rich hot wings for my little sister who is a junk food enthusiast. My turkey three-cheese lasagna is a highly requested recipe by my junk food loving sister as well as my healthy conscious boyfriend. It's a recipe that can't be beat. I also do a four hour roasted chicken that is requested in my household a few times a month. I tend to do it on weekends when I have four hours at home to spare.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mother is not the best cook in the world. My grandmother, on the other hand, has made everything from scratch since she was a little girl. Growing up I remember helping her cook before she moved to another state. We had a great time together and she is my inspiration for learning to cook myself and not just eating the junk food, frozen food and canned food readily available in the house I grew up in.
My cooking triumphs
My mother made THE WORST everything, especially pot roast. Her idea of a pot roast was to stick a piece of meat in water in a steamer and let it cook all day, as if it were in a slow cooker. That was not good eats. My boyfriend is a huge fan of pot roast and I happened to have won a slow cooker last year at his family's gift exchange. I decided to chance it and make my first ever pot roast that hopefully didn't taste like shoe. It was amazing and delicious! I was so happy and now it's something we both enjoy eating regularly, usually when roasts go on sale at the market.
My cooking tragedies
What's tragic right now is that I don't have a BBQ! We've recently moved and while I have my whole kitchen set up I lack a BBQ in my yard.
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