Monday, October 31, 2011

Seasonal Storey Excerpt: Ghoulish Goodies

If Halloween in your neck of the woods is shaping up to be anything like ours, the holiday might have you and your children shivering from unseasonably cold temperatures and maybe even sitting under several inches of snow. In western Massachusetts we got our fair share of the latter over the weekend and it isn't likely to melt before this evening as the weather hovers around freezing. Depending on the ages of your children, this might find them returning home earlier than usual once the excitement of dressing up like a super-hero, mythological creature or undead monster (and the corresponding sugar buzz) wears off.

Fortunately the holiday need not end there as the Sharon Bowers book Ghoulish Goodies is full of kid friendly recipes for transforming your typical holiday snacks into creepy, frightful fun. There are more than 70 projects transforming typical fair such as Rice Krispie treats and pretzels into spooky jack-o-lanterns and witch's knuckles. Below is a recipe for a "Cup of Worms." Have fun!

"Cup of Worms" (Makes 8 Servings)

This creepy dessert couldn't be simpler: chocolate pudding, cookie crumbs, and gummy worms. But kids love it so much more than they could love that gรฉnoise sponge with Italian meringue and candied violets that took you two days to make! Go figure.

2 (3.5 ounce) boxes instant chocolate pudding mix
4 cups milk
24 chocolate wafers or 12 chocolate sandwich cookies such as Oreos.
Gummy worms
Unsweetened cocoa powder

Prepare the chocolate pudding with milk, according to the package directions

2. Place the cookies in a heavy ziplock bag and crush by beating and rolling them with a rolling pin or wine bottle.

3. Put gummy worms on a plate and sprinkle lightly with a few teaspoons of cocoa, rolling them to coat.

4. Put two to three tablespoons of pudding in the bottom of each of 8 clear plastic cups or glass custard cups. Drop one gummy worm into each cup. Top with remaining pudding, then top each with crumbs. Place three worms on top of each cup. Chill until ready to serve.

Photo by Kevin Kennefick

Happy Halloween!

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