Steaming Mad Pumpkin


This is a simple trick using a pumpkin and dry ice. You don’t need to carve the pumpkin, in fact, don’t. It will ruin the effect. Simply cut the top off the pumpkin and clean it out. Place some dry ice in the pumpkin, add some warm water and quickly place the lid back on the pumpkin. The steam from the dry ice will find small cracks and openings where the lid meets the pumpkin and it will send dry ice steam shooting out. The effect won’t last too long. You can reactivate it by adding more warm water. And of course, be careful handling the dry ice. It’ll burn you (and we know).


Foaming Frenzy Pumpkin This trick will send your jack-o-lantern into a foaming frenzy. Carve the jack-o-lantern like normal. Then take a small bowl and place it in the cavity of the pumpkin on the bottom. Dissolve a packet of yeast in warm water. (This is normally 3 TB warm water to 1 TB or dry yeast.) Pour 1/2 cup of hydrogen peroxide 20% strength into the bowl inside the pumpkin. (This is stronger hydrogen peroxide than you normally would have at home. You will find this at a beauty supply store. You can use varying strengths. We used 20% and 30%.) Add some food coloring and a good squirt of dishwashing liquid to the hydrogen peroxide. Then when the yeast is all dissolved and activated, pour it into the hydrogen peroxide liquid and put the lid on the pumpkin.

Caramel Popcorn Party Bar


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Caramel Popcorn Bar

You can have the most talked-about party when you stage a caramel popcorn bar. You might have seen a bar-type setup for making hot chocolate or ice cream sundaes. Now take that same concept to personalized caramel popcorn. Everyone can get their caramel popcorn just the way they like it, and in their own individual bag.

Prepare a large bowl of popcorn. If using microwave popcorn, try to use a variety that doesn’t have as much added flavoring.

Prepare caramel sauce. For variety, you can use a couple different types of caramel. Warm caramel is thinner caramel. Thinner caramel coats the popcorn better.

Prepare various mix-ins to add flavor and personality to the popcorn:
mini-chocolate chips
white chocolate chips
M&Ms
Reese’s Pieces
cinnamon sugar
chopped nuts
various candies

Use paper lunch bags. Roll down the top part of the way. Fill the bag about half-way with popcorn. Ladle some caramel sauce over the popcorn. Close up bag and shake well. When the popcorn is well-coated, add other mix-ins to custom make your own caramel popcorn. Shake well again.

Open your bag and enjoy.

Honey Cream Caramel Popcorn Sauce

2 cups sugar
2 cups honey
1 cup whipping cream
4 tbsp butter
1/2 tsp salt

In a medium sized saucepan over medium heat, mix together sugar, honey, and cream. Add butter and cook until to a boil, stirring constantly, until sugar is dissolved. This will take a few minutes. Remove from heat and stir in salt. Mixture will slightly thicken as it cools. Pour into a container until ready to use. To reheat, place caramel in microwave, chafing dish, or crockpot. Warm to desired temperature.

Sweet Caramel Popcorn Sauce

2 cups corn syrup
2 cups brown sugar
1 cup butter
1/2 tsp salt

In a medium sized saucepan over medium heat, melt butter, add brown sugar and syrup. Cook until it comes to a boil. Stirring constantly until sugar is dissolved. It will take a few minutes. Remove from heat and stir in salt. Mixture will slightly thicken as it cools. Pour into a container until ready to use. To reheat, place caramel in microwave, chafing dish, or crockpot.
Warm to desired temperature.

Note: both caramels can be cooked to a soft ball stage to make popcorn balls or for caramel corn.

Recipes by:
Tom Parker and Rosemarie McCrea

Monster Mocktails ~ Killer Halloween Drinks


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Halloween Specialty Drinks Pt. 1
Monster Mocktails

Whether you’re having a Halloween party, or just want to make dinner fun and a little extra spooky, don’t forget the Monster Mocktails. Everyone will ooh and ahh over the creative and colorful drinks. Don’t just settle for apple cider or even homemade root beer. These are the drinks that will be tricks AND treats.

The Cransylvania Twist

Cranberry Juice
Strawberry SOBe
Red Gatorade
Crushed Ice
Black sugar
Black and white striped Straws
Glasses
Karo syrup

To make drink, lightly go around the rim of glass with karo syrup. Dip the rim into black sugar. Fill glass with crushed ice. Pour in beverages, starting with the highest sugar content finishing with the lowest. Layers will separate and the black sugar from rim will give it a cool effect. Add straw and serve.

The Yummy Mummy

SOBe Piña Colada
White Gatorade
Sprite
Crushed ice
White sugar
Striped straw
Dry ice
Glasses
Karo syrup

To make drink, lightly go around the rim of glass with karo syrup. Dip the rim into white sugar. Fill glass with crushed ice. Pour in beverages, starting with the highest sugar content finishing with the lowest. Add a small piece of dry ice, it will give it a cool effect. Add straw and serve. ( Let the dry ice evaporate before consuming.)

Bubbling Bloody Bones

Diet Black Cherry Soda
White Peppermint lozenge candies
Dry ice

To make drink, crush the white lozenge candies and add to the glass of diet soda. The diet soda has a reaction when sugar is added, so the candies will cause it to froth up and foam over. Add a piece of dry ice and the dry ice bubbles will rise through the floating bone bits and frothy foam at the top.

Halloween Specialty Drinks Pt. 2


Spooky Sippers

Drinks often get overlooked on Halloween. But there are a few that will get more oohs and ahhs than that crazy costume Uncle Bill was wearing last year. Yeah, we all have one of those Uncle Bills. Set up a drink station if you want, and then make these some spooky suggestions sure to thrill…when properly chill.

The Dirty Werewolf

Cream Soda
Diet Rootbeer or
Diet Coke
Coconut foam*
Crushed ice
Raw sugar
Karo syrup
Glasses

To make drink, lightly go around the rim of glass with karo syrup. Dip the rim into raw sugar. Fill glass with crushed ice. Pour in beverages, starting with the highest sugar content finishing with the lowest. Layers will separate, top with coconut foam. Add straw and serve.

* to make coconut foam, whip 1 cup whipping cream with 1 tablespoon Coconut Syrup or 1/4 cup confectioners sugar and 1/2 tsp coconut extract

The Creepy Colada

SOBe Piña Colada with added neon green food coloring to desired color
Green Gatorade
Key Lime Soda
Crushed Ice
Green rock candy swizzle stick
Purple sugar
Karo syrup
Glasses

To make drink, lightly go around the rim of glass with karo syrup. Dip the rim into purple sugar. Fill glass with crushed ice. Pour in beverages, starting with the highest sugar content finishing with the lowest. Layers will separate and it will give it a cool effect. Add straw and serve with swizzle stick.

Recipes by Amy Richardson

The Dirty Little Devil

Apple Soda
Cinnamon syrup
Coconut syrup
Cream
Cinnamon Sugar

To make drink, fill glass with crushed ice, add apple soda. Stir in cinnamon and coconut syrups to taste. (approx. 1 Tbs each) Top with whipped cream or just pour cream on the top. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.