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!
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Be sure to have a happy and safe Halloween!