Ah, the good old night of Trick-or-Treating is almost upon us again. For the kids, there's nothing quite like the thrill of ringing a stranger's doorbell and stuffing their bags with some candy, which means now's the time to start curating your candy offerings.
Naturally, you don't want to get just any candy; no one wants to put in all that hard work knocking door after door, only to be left with some totally un-tradable stuff at the end of the night.
But instead of dashing to the store to pick up bags of premade Halloween candy, you can have lots of fun making whipping up some Halloween classics in your own kitchen. Your Fright Shop unveils some delightful Halloween candy ideas that promise to please even the pickiest goblins and ghouls.
Plus, they're frighteningly simple to put together and no kid (or adult) will walk away disappointed. Looking for costume ideas too? Here’s our favorite last-minute deals!
Our top seven classic Halloween candy recipes include:
- Peanut Brittle
- Spiced Chocolate Truffles
- Licorice Caramels
- Magic Wands
- Chocolate Billionaires
- Coconut-Almond Candy
- Three-Chip English Toffee
- Salted peanuts
- light corn syrup
- 2 tablespoons butter or margarine
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
Place the peanuts in an ungreased 8-inch square baking pan, then place in an oven set to 250° F so that they are warm and toasty. Next, add the sugar, corn syrup (1 cup), water, and butter in a heavy 2-quart saucepan; stir over medium-low heat until the sugar has completely dissolved, then bring the mixture to a boil. Gently clip a candy thermometer to the side of the mane, making sure the bulb doesn't touch the bottom of the pan.
Let the mixture cook without stirring, over medium-low heat until the thermometer registers 280°F. Gradually stir in the warm peanuts and allow to cook again until the thermometer registers 300° F, this time stirring frequently.
When the mixture is at a hard-crack stage, turn off the heat and carefully stir in the baking soda until thoroughly blended -- the mixture should froth and foam, which is your signal to pour it onto a buttered cookie sheet. Spread the mixture to form an even layer, then let it cool until set. Break brittle into pieces and store in an airtight container until the kids come knocking.
The rich decadent flavor of chocolate truffle is enhanced by subtle hints of fine spices in this classic Halloween candy. While it is perfect on this special night, you may find yourself making this on other days outside of Halloween because of its flavorful appeal. These measurements yield about 2 dozen balls.
- 12 ounces milk chocolate baking bars, divided
- 2 tablespoons canned pumpkin
- 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
- Ground cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon
- Ground ginger, 1/4 teaspoon
- Ground nutmeg,1/4 teaspoon
- A pinch of ground cloves
- Baking cocoa
- Edible candy eyeballs
Start by finely chopping about 10 ounces of the chocolate and set aside in a round bowl, then combine the cream, pumpkin and the spices in a small heavy saucepan. Gently heat to a boil and pour over the chopped chocolates. Let the mixture stand for about five minutes then stir with a whisk until it is smooth. Let it cool then cover and refrigerate for at least four hours.
To make the coating, finely grate the remaining chocolate and into a small microwave-safe bowl. Take out the chocolate mixture from the fridge, dust your hands lightly with the baking cocoa, then begin shaping the mixture into small (about one-inch) balls. Roll each ball in the grated chocolate until evenly coated. Now for the spooky part, melt the unused grated chocolate in a microwave and use to attach the candy eyeballs. Keep the truffles stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator until you’re ready to unleash their awesomeness on your trick-or-treaters.
Black licorice is already a Halloween party favorite, so imagine the surprise when they bite into some gooey caramel instead. The best part is that they’re easy to make so you can make as many as you want over and over. These measurements can yield over a hundred sticks.
- 1 cup butter
- Sugar, 2 cups
- light corn syrup
- 1 can sweetened condensed milk
- Salt, 1/2 teaspoon
- Anise extract, 2 teaspoons
- Black food coloring, 1/4 teaspoon
Take a teaspoon of butter and grease the foil in a square dish, then get a large heavy saucepan and mix in the sugar, corn syrup (about one and half cup), salt, milk, and the remaining butter. Clip on a candy thermometer to the pan and cook the mixture over medium heat, gently stirring until the thermometer reads 244° F.
Turn off the heat and stir in the anise extract and black food coloring, then pour the mixture into a prepared pan, making sure not to scrape the saucepan. Let it stand until firm, then remove the foil and cut the bar into ¼-inch strips with a buttered knife. Cut each strip into smaller pieces (about the size of a half pencil) and wrap each in waxed paper, then twist the ends.
Okay, you know how it is completely possible to be so caught up in your day-to-day activities that you forget to stock up on Halloween candy? Or maybe you’re just looking for a candy idea that you can put together in less than 30 minutes? In any case, these fun and colorful magic wands are worth a try.
- One and half cup of white baking chips
- 1 package pretzel rods
- Colored candy stars or sprinkles
- Colored sugar or edible glitter
Melt the chips in a microwave and stir until completely smooth. Dip each pretzel rod into the melted chips, about halfway in; allow the excess to drip off before sprinkling with the candy stars and colored sugar, then place on a waxed paper. Let them stand until dry, then store in an airtight container.
With a name like Chocolate Billionaires, you would think this classic candy is pretty special and you would be absolutely right! These nutty balls of crunchy caramel goodness are coated with chocolate and make for a perfect dessert to treat a big crowd. It is not uncommon to close your eyes when savoring the first bite.
- 1 package caramels
- 3 tablespoons water
- Chopped pecans
- 1 cup Rice Krispies
- 3 cups milk chocolate chips
- One and half teaspoon shortening
Line 2 baking pans with greased waxed paper and set aside. Next, combine the caramels and water in a large heavy saucepan; cook and stir gently over low heat until the mixture is smooth. Gradually stir in the pecans and Rice Krispies until coated, then scoop them out in teaspoons onto the first lined baking pan; place in the refrigerator until firm.
For the coat, melt the chocolate chips and shortening in the microwave and stir until smooth. Dip each candy into the chocolate, making sure it is coated all around. Place in the 2nd baking pan and refrigerate until set, then store in an airtight container.
This killer combination of coconut, almonds, and milk chocolate is inspired by one of the most iconic of American candies, Hershey’s Almond Joy. Even if this is your first attempt at making a candy bar, this treat is pretty easy to make and there are no special tools required. Here’s what you’ll need:
- 2 cups sweetened shredded coconut
- Half cup mashed potatoes (with added milk and butter)
- Vanilla extract, 1/4 teaspoon
- 2 cups confectioners' sugar
- Pinch of salt (optional)
- 24 unblanched almonds, toasted
- 1 package milk chocolate chips
- Butter, 1 tablespoon
Get a large bowl and mix in the shredded coconut, mashed potatoes, vanilla extract and, if desired, salt. Beat in the confectioners' sugar gradually and mix together. Keep refrigerated for about one hour or until the mixture is firm enough to shape.
Next, dust your hands lightly with confectioners' sugar and begin shaping the mixture into 1-inch ovals; flatten each slightly, then place an almond in the center and wrap it up completely. Place them in a baking sheet lined with waxed paper and freeze until firm.
Melt the chocolate chips and butter in a microwave and stir until smooth; dip the candies in the chocolate mixture, then return them to the baking sheets and refrigerate until set. Serve and enjoy!
The melt-in-your-mouth texture and scrumptiously rich flavor of this toffee make it a worthy inclusion in this list. Plus the three different kinds of melted chips and walnuts drizzled on top make it a favorite even outside of Halloween. These measurements yield about 20 toffee pieces.
- 2 cups butter
- 2 cups of sugar
- slivered almonds, 1 cup
- 1 cup milk chocolate chips
- 1 cup chopped walnuts
- 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup white baking chips
- 1-1/2 teaspoons shortening
Take a teaspoon of butter and grease a baking pan; set aside. Place a heavy saucepan over medium-low heat and mix in the sugar and remaining butter, stirring constantly until it starts to boil, then cover and let it cook for about 2-3 minutes. Next, add the almonds, place a candy thermometer and let it cook until the mixture is golden brown and the thermometer reads 300° F.
Take off from the heat and pour into a prepared pan, making sure not to scrape any side of the saucepan, then let it cool for about 2 minutes. Sprinkle the milk chocolate chips and let it stand for another 2 minutes before spreading it over the top. Next, sprinkle with the walnuts, pressing them gently in with the back of a clean spoon and chill for about 10 minutes.
Melt the semisweet chips and stir until smooth, then drizzle over the walnuts. Pop back in the fridge for another 10 minutes, then melt the vanilla chips and shortening and drizzle over the walnuts. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours. To serve, break into pieces and let the kids dig in.
Halloween celebrates both the spooky and the sweet and these classic sugary treats are a fun way to get the night going off to a solid start.
Fun Ways to Disguise Halloween Candy and Party Snacks
Now that you’ve stocked up on some homemade Halloween candies, it’s time to dress them up in silly disguises for trick-or-treat night. For instance, you can get some Halloween treat labels and use them to elevate the presentation of your delicious candies. On that night, you can store them in appropriate Halloween bags and buckets, like this pumpkin head bucket or this black cauldron with handle.
If you’re hosting your own party, why not set up the table with this Halloween lace tablecloth, cool the drinks in this inflatable vampire and coffin cooler, and slap on these glow in the dark bottle labels to complete the spooky appeal.
Q:I don't have much time to make candies this year. What are some popular options I can buy instead?
A:In addition to the Halloween faves like Snickers and Reese's, go for already packaged Halloween-themed treats like Hershey's Glow in the Dark chocolates, SweeTarts Skulls & Bones, Twizzlers Pull 'n' Peel, and Rice Krispie Halloween Minis.
Q:We have so many candy leftovers. What can we do with them?
A:Your kids have scared up way too much candy from the night before. Make the leftovers vanish with these sweet, creative ideas.
Q:How do I handle Halloween candy with my kids?
A:This is a common issue among parents as they tend to get worried about their kids’ excessive candy intake on Halloween night. One good advice is to simply enjoy the festivities and don’t stress over the sugar. Instead, just cherish the times with your kids and embrace their sticky fingers. Then the next day, you can follow these helpful ideas:
- Determine "enough."
- Be clear and consistent
- Consider your kid’s sugar needs
- Find other nutritionally void foods to cut
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