Halloween treats from your own kitchen
Halloween is always an exciting time for the youngsters in the area. This was a fun time “back in the day” with parties, parades in town and safe mischief. Homemade treats made by Mom or Grandma were always special. Usually the costumes were homemade; my sister lost many prom dresses to brothers who dressed as “prom princesses” for the local parades. The streets in town were lined with folks joining in the fun. Many companies were represented and their floats featured candy being thrown to the crowd. And of course the last feature of each year’s parade was Santa Claus. Great times and great memories with more to come next week. Let’s make some treats!
Party mix bowl
In a saucepan, combine five sticks of butter with 2 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce, 2 tsp. salt and 1/2 cup sugar. Heat until butter is melted. In a very large bowl, pour two large boxes Fruit Loops cereal, one large box Honeycomb cereal, 1/2 box Corn Chex cereal, one 12-oz. bag peanuts, one 7-oz. can shoestring potato sticks and 1/2 bag small pretzels (use the round ones.) Mix very well. Remove the butter sauce from the heat and pour over the dry mixture in the bowl. Place all of this in a large baking pan, and bake in a 400 degree oven for 15 to 20 minutes. Enjoy.
Old-fashioned Rice Krispies treats
This is a treasured recipe that has been around for generations. It only takes about 10 minutes to make. In a large saucepan, melt 3 tbsp. butter over low heat. Add one 10-oz. package marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat. Add 6 cups Rice Krispies cereal and stir until well coated. Using a buttered spatula or wax paper, evenly press the mixture into a 13-by-9by-2-in. baking pan coated with cooking spray. Cool, then cut into 2-in. squares. While the treats are resting in the pan you can press black and orange sprinkles or other small candies on the top if desired. Enjoy this classic treat.
Traditional popcorn balls
Place 7 qts. of popped popcorn in a large baking pan and keep warm in a 200 degree oven. In a heavy saucepan, combine 1 cup sugar, 1 cup light corn syrup, 1/4 cup water and 1/4 tsp. salt. Cook over medium heat until syrup forms a ball when a tiny sample tested in cold water or a candy thermometer reads 235 degrees. Remove from the heat and add 3 tbsp. butter, 1 tsp. vanilla flavoring and food coloring (optional.) Stir until butter is melted. Immediately pour over popcorn and stir until evenly coated. When mixture is cool enough to handle, quickly form into balls about 3 in. in size. Dip your hands in cold water to prevent sticking. Place balls on a tray to ser ve.
Next week: More treats and stories.