Hogwarts Feast!

For those of you who grew up with the Harry Potter phenomenon you know that the boy wizard’s story is timeless. As we get closer to Halloween and the witching hour you might be looking for a fun Halloween Party idea since not everyone can make it over to Hogwarts for Halloween. Or perhaps your kids started reading the books or they have been watching the movies and you want to do something fun with them! Either way here are a few fun ideas for treats that you can serve at your very own Harry Potter Party along with some fun viewing ideas.

Halloween Pretzel Rods from Our Best Bites

Wizard Wands-

What you need-

  • Long Pretzel sticks (Snyder’s of Hanover work best)
  • White Chocolate Meltys (Can be found at Michael’s or JoAnns)
  • Milk Chocolate Meltys
  • Dark Chocolate Meltys
  • A wide variety of candy, sprinkles and other decorations.

Directions-

  1. Empty the bags of meltys into microwaveable safe bowls and microwave them at 20 second intervals until the chocolate melts into a proper liquid.
  2. Place the bowls of chocolate along with the candy and pretzels on a clean surface for the kids to start dipping the pretzels and designing their own wands.
  3. Line a cookie tray or baking sheet with parchment paper (no irony there) for the kids to let their wands harden before eating them.

**Note of warning- This activity can get very messy and if the chocolate starts to harden in the bowls just put them in a microwave for another 15-20 seconds.

***If you don’t have a microwave a double boiler works just as well for melting the chocolate.

Butterbeer!

From Fox News

Start to finish: 1 hour (10 minutes active)
Servings: 4
Ingredients:
1 cup light or dark brown sugar
2 tablespoons water
6 tablespoon butter
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cider vinegar
3/4 cup heavy cream, divided
1/2 teaspoon rum extract
Four 12-ounce bottles cream soda
In a small saucepan over medium, combine the brown sugar and water. Bring to a gentle boil and cook, stirring often, until the mixture reads 240 F on a candy thermometer.
Stir in the butter, salt, vinegar and 1/4 heavy cream. Set aside to cool to room temperature.
Once the mixture has cooled, stir in the rum extract.
In a medium bowl, combine 2 tablespoons of the brown sugar mixture and the remaining 1/2 cup of heavy cream. Use an electric mixer to beat until just thickened, but not completely whipped, about 2 to 3 minutes.
To serve, divide the brown sugar mixture between 4 tall glasses (about 1/4 cup for each glass). Add 1/4 cup of cream soda to each glass, then stir to combine. Fill each glass nearly to the top with additional cream soda, then spoon the whipped topping over each.

Ton Tongue Toffee

From Harry Potter Recipes

Ingredients

2 cups sugar
8 tablespoons butter
1/2 teaspoon rum or vanilla flavoring
1 1/4 cups water

Instructions
Place all ingredients in a heavy saucepan.
Stir over medium heat until sugar dissolves.
Without stirring, boil until mixture reaches 290 ºF on a candy thermometer.
Pour into a buttered, 9-by-12-inch pan.
Let cool until almost firm to the touch.
Mark into 2-inch squares with a sharp knife.
When cool, break into squares or shards.
Makes 1 1/4 pounds.

Spider Deviled Eggs (Black Olives) - Halloween Recipe

Spider Deviled Eggs

What you need:

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon yellow mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Paprika for garnish (optional)
  • 1 can whole California Black Ripe Olives
  • 1 dozen XL large eggs, hard boiled and cooled

Instructions:

  1. Prepare eggs by slicing them in half lengthwise and scooping the yolks out into a medium sized bowl.
  2. Add the Mayonnaise, Vinegar, Mustard and Salt to the Egg Yolks and whip the mixture until smooth. (Make sure you save about 2 tablespoons of the filling for use later on.)
  3. Arrange the halved whites of the eggs on a plate and scoop or pipe the filling mixture into them. Garnish with a shake of the Paprika if desired for taste.
  4. Take the can of Olives and drain them. Cut them in half lengthwise. Place one half in the center of each egg full of filling.
  5. Cut the remaining halves of olives lengthwise into strips for the legs and add four legs to each side of the body.
  6. Serve and enjoy!!!

Ghost Cookies - Halloween Recipe from Pillsbury

Ghostly Cookies!

What you will need:

  • 1 package of  Nutter Butter Cookies
  • 2-3 bags of White chocolate Meltys
  • 1 bag of chocolate Meltys

What to do:

  1. Dump the white Meltys into a microwaveable bowl and put the bowl into the microwave for about 20 seconds. Continue this until the chocolate is a liquid.
  2. Line a cookie sheet with Parchment Paper.
  3. Dip the cookies into the melted chocolate and then let them sit on the parchment paper to harden. When hardened dip the other end into the chocolate so that the whole cookie is coated and wait till it is hardened.
  4. Repeat the melting process with the regular chocolate and using a fork or a toothpick to make the eyes and whatever faces you want on the ghostly cookies.

Halloween Recipes - Pumpkin Soup

Pumpkin Soup

What you will need:

  • 1 Pumpkin, boiled or steamed until soft
  • 1 Carrot, peeled, chopped
  • 1 Onion, chopped
  • 2 cup Chicken stock
  • 1 tsp. of dried oregano
  • Some Paprika powder as you like
  • Some Cinnamon powder
  • Some Nutmeg powder
  • Baguette bread, sliced
  • 1 tbs. of butter
  • 1/2 cup of cream
  • Some dried basil
  • salt and pepper
  • Plain yoghurt
  • 3 tbs. Olive oil

Directions:

  1. First mash the boiled/steamed pumpkin and set aside.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a pot and stir in the onion until golden brown then add the carrot.
  3. Pour in the chicken stock, mashed pumpkin, paprika powder, cinnamon powder, nutmeg powder, and dried oregano and boil until the carrots get soft.
  4. After the soup is boiled and the carrot is soft turn off the fire then blend the soup in blender or you can use hand-blender to do it.
  5. Blend the soup til all the ingredient is mixed up and make sure nothing is still in chunk.
  6. Turn on the stove again. Pour the cream and some butter, add salt and pepper for seasoning. Then pour some plain yoghurt before you serve it.
  7. Enjoy!

 

 

For wizards over the age of 21 we bring you! Harry Potter Alcoholic Drinks!

Check out these magical sites for some shockingly good drinks based on your favorites!

20 Alcoholic Harry Potter Themed Beverages

Harry Potter, Grown-Up Style

Harry Potter Cocktails

Harry Potter Mixology

 

 

References:

Our Best Bites

Hot Dog Mummies!

Mummy Dogs from Our Best Bites

What you need:

  • 1-2 packages of hot dogs (depends on how big you want your mummies!)
  • 2-3 packages of Pillsbury crescent rolls
  • Ketchup or Mustard

Directions:

  1. Depending on what size you want your mummies, either large or bite sized, cut the hot dogs in half.
  2. Open up a package of crescent rolls and stretch out one of the triangles or you can roll out the dough and cut it into strips about a half an inch wide.
  3. Use the stretched out triangles to wrap around the hot dog, make sure to leave space for the face.
  4. Place the wrapped hot dogs on a cooking tray and bake in the oven at 350 degrees for about 15-20 minutes or until the dough turns a golden brown.
  5. Using your choice of condiment make eyes or eyes and a face on the space you left clear on the hot dog.
  6. Plate your creations and enjoy a creepy Halloween treat!

Check out the dates and times for Week 7 & 8 for your Tailgater parties!

 

Fun Halloween Treats!

Happy October!

As the haunted holiday comes closer we have come up with a few tasty, fun and spooky snack/party ideas.

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Healthy Haunted

Treats!

Halloween treats

What you will need:

Bananas

Chocolate Chips (mini and regular)

Mandarin Oranges/Regular Oranges or Cuties

Celery

Directions:

Step 1- Peel the bananas and cut them in half.

Step 2- Using the chocolate chips make faces on the bananas. Using the mini chips you can make eyes.

The large chocolate chips can be used for mouths or you can use mini chips to make smiling faces for the healthy ghosts.

Step 3- Peel the oranges.

Step 4- Cut the celery into little pieces, about 1-2 inches tall and place them into the center of the oranges to make mini pumpkins.

 

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For a slightly disgusting Halloween treat try making your own…

JELLY WORMS!!!

Jelly worms (perfect for dirt pudding)

What you will need:

Straws with bendy ends

Rubber bands

A tall glass

Jello- Whatever flavor and color you want for your worms.

Directions:

Step 1- Take the straws and hold them in a bunch. Wrap rubber bands around them in order to keep them in place.

Step 2- Place the straws into the cup or glass.

Step 3- Mix up the Jello you will be using for your worms and pour the Jello into the straws. (Don’t worry about making a mess as long as the Jello fills the straws)

Step 4- Chill the cup with the straws of Jello in the fridge following the normal times for the Jello on the box.

Step 5- Once the Worms have been chilled take the straws out of the glass and gently run warm water over them. The Jello Worms should slide right out.

Make sure the water isn’t too hot or the Jello will just turn back into a liquid.

Enjoy!!!

*** Tips and tricks***

If you mix together different colored jelly you can get that brown color seen in the picture above.

If you want something a little closer to gummy worms use different colors and layer them, letting each color set before you add the next layer of color.

These are great for Dirt Pudding treats!

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If those options are too healthy or unnerving for you we also have a third option!

Wicked Witches!

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What you need:

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups

Hershey’s Kisses

Purple, Green or Orange Frosting

Pretzel Sticks

Flat chocolate coated cookies (Thin Mints are great if you have any leftover from the Girl Scouts!)

 

Directions:

The Witches Hats-

Step 1: Unwrap the Kisses.

Step 2: Lay out the Chocolate Covered Cookies.

Step 3: Using the frosting make a circle in the center of the cookie. You can either fill in the circle or leave it as an outline

Step 4: Place an unwrapped Kiss on top of the frosting to make the point of the hat.

The Witches Broom-

Step 1: Unwrap each of the Peanut Butter Cups

Step 2: Take a pretzel stick and gently stick it into the bottom of the Peanut Butter Cup.

** Be careful with the Pretzels because if you push too hard they will break off.

 

Enjoy your Halloween snacks and let us know if you have any questions about catering your upcoming holiday events!