Easter has chocolate eggs and marshmallow chicks. After Thanksgiving's dinner, everyone saves room for a slice of pumpkin pie. Not one can deny that the holiday candy king of sugar overloads is Halloween.
While traditional leftover Halloween candy does the trick, this year try a few of these alternative homemade treats. Whether you are hosting a ghoulish get-together, or just want to surprise your own little goblins with treats, these recipes are sure to satisfy anyone's sweet tooth.
1. Candied Apple Pieces
Sweet and tart, these are the perfect Halloween treats.
4 Granny Smith apples, peeled and cut into cubes
1/2 cup sugar
2 1/2 TB light corn syrup
2 1/2 TB water
3 TB cinnamon candy (like Red Hots)
4 John Wm. Macy's Java Cinnamon SweetSticks, finely chopped
1. Combine sugar, light corn syrup, water, and cinnamon candy in a heavy saucepan.
2. Stir over medium heat until sugar dissolves.
3. Use a candy thermometer, and cook until the temperature reaches 300 degrees.
4. Turn off heat. Use a toothpick to dip apple cubes into sugar mixture.
5. Coat in chopped SweetSticks.
6. Allow to cool on a wax paper lined tray.
7. Serve immediately after cooling.
2. SweetSticks Frozen Banana Pops
This healthy alternative to ice cream is a great snack idea.
- 1 1/2 cups John Wm. Macy's Dutch Chocolate SweetSticks, finely chopped
- 4 bananas, peeled and cut in half
- 8 popsicle sticks
- 1/2 cup honey
- Insert a popsicle stick into the cut end of each banana half.
- Freeze for 30 minutes.
- Remove from freezer. Coat with honey. Roll in chopped SweetSticks.
- Refreeze for 15 minutes.
- Serve immediately.
3. Chocolate Coated Graham Crackers
Simple and delicious. Great for making homemade S'mores.
1 1/2 cups of chocolate chips
1 TB butter
8 graham cracks, split along perforated line
4 John Wm. Macy's Madagascar Vanilla SweetSticks, crumbled
- Melt chocolate chips and butter in a double boiler.
- Dip graham crackers into a chocolate coat.
- Sprinkle crumbled SweetSticks on one side.
- Place on a wax paper-lined tray to cool.
- Serve when cool.
4. Puppy Chow With a Twist
These addictive peanut butter and chocolate snacks are hard to resist.
- 2/3 cup peanut butter
- 1/4 teaspoon butter
- 1 cup chocolate chips
- 1 box John Wm. Macy's Java Cinnamon SweetSticks
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 ½ cups powdered sugar
- Break SweetSticks into bite-sized pieces. Place in a large bowl.
- Place powdered sugar in a large food-safe bag.
- Add peanut butter, chocolate chips and butter to a large, microwave-safe bowl.
- Heat mixture in the microwave for 30 seconds. Check if the chocolate is melted. If not, continue to heat in 10-second intervals until melted.
- Add vanilla extract to the chocolate mixture. Stir to combine.
- Dip a SweetStick piece into the chocolate mixture.
- Place in the bag with powdered sugar. Shake to coat.
- Repeat for all remaining SweetStick pieces.
- Grab a handful and enjoy.
5. Fruit and Yogurt-Lemon Curd Parfait
This light, sweet dessert combines healthy fruit and Greek yogurt with tart lemon curd for the perfect end to any meal.
- 8 oz Greek yogurt
- 4 oz lemon curd (make your own with this Food Network recipe)
- 2 cups mixed fruit, diced
- 2 John Wm. Macy's Dutch Chocolate SweetSticks, crumbled
- Stir to combine Greek yogurt and lemon curd.
- In a glass, make alternative layers of yogurt mixture and fresh fruit.
- Top with crumbled SweetSticks.
- Serve immediately.
6. Quick and Easy Fudge Bites
You can start enjoying these decadent chocolate fudge bites in only 15 minutes.
- 1 can sweetened condensed milk
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 3 cups of chocolate chips
- John Wm. Macy’s Madagascar Vanilla SweetSticks, crumbled
- Grease a 9" x 13" baking pan.
- Use a double boiler to melt chocolate and butter.
- Add condensed milk. Stir to combine.
- Spread evenly in the baking pan. Allow to cool to room temperature.
- Place in the refrigerator until cold.
- Once cold serve immediately.
7. Maple Sugar Twists
This classic New England winter treat is elevated by using Madagascar Vanilla SweetSticks. Although traditionally made using fresh snow, our recipe uses a pre-frozen sheet pan.
- Grade A maple syrup
- John Wm. Macy’s Madagascar Vanilla SweetSticks
- Spray a sheet pan with water.
- Freeze the sheet pan overnight.
- Remove the frozen sheet pan. Pour a thin line of maple syrup on top of the sheet pan.
- Roll a SweetStick over the cold maple syrup. The maple syrup will adhere to it.
- Grab a stick and enjoy.
John Wm. Macy offers a wide range of sweet and savory snacks which can turn any get-together into a real party. Find your favorite today!