Sunday, October 23, 2011

Halloween treats

While the rest of the hip world gets their ideas from Pinterest, I am still reading magazines to gather some inspiration.  I never overlook the value of a good craft find in Better Homes and Gardens.  It's really just another sign that I am getting old.  In my defense, Better Homes and Gardens publishes some great ideas and even has a monthly highlight of one of the up-and-coming DIY blogs out there.
I guess that doesn't make me that old.
These Halloween treats were just to cute to pass up.  Here is the step-by-step guide - broken down into 5 easy steps (because I'm usually intimidated by any project that requires more than 5 steps or involves pages and pages of directions):

1. Prepare any flavor cake mix according to the package directions (I used traditional vanilla cake mix).  Cool, then remove cake from pan and crumble into a large bowl.  Add one cup of frosting (homemade or store-bought).  Beat with a mixer on low speed to combine.
2. Roll into 1 to 11/2 inch balls.
3. Melt an ounce of vanilla candy coating in the microwave.  (These are the little wafer-like chocolates that you can purchase at Michael's or A.C. Moore.)  Dip one end of the pop stick in the candy coating, then carefully push into the cake ball.  Repeat.  Freeze one hour to set.
4. Melt about 2 lbs. of vanilla candy coating in the microwave - stirring occasionally to melt.  Dip pops into the coating.
5. While the coating is still soft, create creatures with chocolate chips (or anything else you desire).  I stuck with the ghosts - the other options were a cute, but complicated.
 Now the real trick in creating these cool pops, is keeping your 2-year old lion away from them.  A few little ghouls didn't quite make it to our neighborhood Halloween parade...

And this poor little polar bear is wondering when he will be able to enjoy these treats.  
Next year buddy.

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