Monsters are actually kind of healthy, or at least
they are not unhealthy.
face it: Nobody really gets scared on Halloween.
know that those ghosts and witches and vampires flying
around aren’t there to haunt us or to drink our blood;
they’re just children looking for a good time and a lot of
similar vein, so to speak, Halloween party food that claims
to be frightening, isn’t. It is merely meant to be
enjoyable, something to evoke the idea of horror.
yet, there is something … unnerving … about eating
something that is looking back at you. Even when it’s all
Halloween, the eyes have it.
lighthearted Halloween party this year, we made food that
really has its eyes open. Candy eyeballs, painted eyeballs,
googly eyeballs — they are all essential parts of a happy
they’re all so deliciously easy to make.
pretzels have been popular for years. The crisp pretzel base
and sprinkling of salt bring out the very best in chocolate.
Nothing can beat it, unless you put candy eyeballs on them
and call them Screaming Pretzels.
all in the marketing. Who could resist something called
a snap to make, and they are so much more giddy fun to eat
than regular chocolate-covered pretzels.
doughnuts are, if possible, even easier to make. Simply take
a glazed doughnut and put vampire teeth in the hole and
candy eyeballs above them. Like magic, you have turned a
regular doughnut into a monster doughnut. You have made a
doughnut even better. It is as if you have improved on
the monster theme, Cheese Monsters are actually kind of
healthy, or at least they are not unhealthy. You take those
miniature rounds of cheese wrapped in red wax — they are
made by Babybel — and cut scary or funny teeth in the
middle of the wax, where the pull-apart strip is found. A
couple of googly eyes on top completes the treat, but if you
really want to have fun, use just one eye. Or three. Or
maybe 15. These are monsters, after all.
enjoy playing with your food, and you don’t mind things a
bit spicy, you will love Jalapeño Popper Mummies. These
begin with the familiar jalapeño popper beloved by patrons
of every sports bar in America. But instead of frying them,
you wrap them in mummy-like strips of refrigerated crescent
dough and bake them.
couple of candy eyeballs just for spooky fun, and you have a
spicy treat that will make you run screaming for your mummy.
this time, you may be tired of candy eyeballs. So why not
make a party treat that actually resembles an eye? Better
still, a bloodshot eye.
you need are deviled eggs, slices of black olives for the
pupils, and thin strips of pimento radiating from them
across the yolk. What could be tastier? — in a slightly
gross way, of course.
you’re sure to delight when you combine eyes with America’s
favorite cookie — and then make it even cuter by turning
it into a cat.
Cat Oreos begin with an Oreo. A couple of green M&M’s
with black pupils painted with edible marker become the
eyes. An orange sprinkle serves as the cat’s little orange
nose, and its cat ears are created by a couple of chocolate
chips on top.
looks too good to eat, but I don’t think your guests will
have a problem with it. If only those unsettling green eyes
weren’t looking at you.
ounces softened cream cheese
ounces pepper jack cheese, shredded
teaspoon minced garlic
ground black pepper
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with
parchment paper. Slice jalapeños in half lengthwise and
scoop out the interiors.
Place cream cheese, pepper jack cheese, scallions, garlic,
salt and pepper in a large bowl and mix thoroughly. Fill the
jalapeño halves with this mixture.
Unroll crescent rolls into rectangles consisting of 2
triangles each, pinching together the seams. With a pizza
cutter, slice each rectangle lengthwise into 4 even strips.
Wrap 1 or 2 pieces around each pepper, leaving a small
opening for the eyes. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes until golden
brown. Immediately place 2 candy eyes in each opening.
serving: 167 calories; 11 g fat; 5 g saturated fat; 14 mg
cholesterol; 3 g protein; 13 g carbohydrate; 4 g sugar; no
fiber; 265 mg sodium; 17 mg calcium.
tablespoon chocolate frosting
green M&M’s, see note
pumpkin or orange sprinkles or edible pearls
tablespoon chocolate chips
edible marker or decorating gel
Single-color M&M’s can be found at some party supply
the back of the M&M’s and attach 2 to each cookie for
the eyes. Dip a toothpick in the frosting and smear on half
of a sprinkle or pearl. Attach to the cookie underneath the
eyes for a nose. Dip the flat part of the chocolate chips in
the frosting and attach to the top of the cookie for the
ears. With the black edible marker, draw the center of the
eyes on the M&M’s.
serving: 189 calories; 8 g fat; 3 g saturated fat; 1 mg
cholesterol; 1 g protein; 29 g carbohydrate; 18 g sugar; 1 g
fiber; 146 mg sodium; 5 mg calcium.
bag dark cocoa candy melts
tablespoon vegetable oil
mini twist pretzels
small candy eyeballs
Melt the chocolate candy melts according to the directions
on the package, adding vegetable oil to the mixture for easy
the pretzels into the candy melts, coating both sides. Place
pretzels on waxed paper, making sure the bottom section of
the pretzel is not filled with chocolate. Insert melted
chocolate into the top two sections of the pretzel. When the
chocolate has almost set, place a candy eyeball into the top
two sections. Allow to set until firm.
serving: 194 calories; 10 g fat; 7 g saturated fat; no
cholesterol; 1 g protein; 26 g carbohydrate; 19 g sugar; 1 g
fiber; 175 mg sodium; no calcium.
adapted from orientaltrading.com
monster teeth (or vampire teeth) in the hole of each
doughnut. Press 2 candy eyeballs above them.
serving: 272 calories; 15 g fat; 6 g saturated fat; 19 mg
cholesterol; 4 g protein; 31 g carbohydrate; 15 g sugar; 1 g
fiber; 202 mg sodium; 65 mg calcium.
cup plus 1 tablespoon good-quality mayonnaise
teaspoon lemon juice
black olive slices
pimento or jarred roasted red pepper
hard-cook eggs: Bring a pot of water to a full boil. Gently
lower the eggs into the water and immediately drop the
temperature down to a low simmer. Cook for 11 to 14 minutes.
Immediately place the eggs in ice water and allow to cool at
least 15 minutes. Peel eggs.
eggs in half crosswise; carefully remove the yolks, leaving
the whites intact.
Place yolks in a bowl; mash with the salt, mayonnaise and
lemon juice until blended and fairly smooth. Using 2 spoons
or a small ice cream scoop, scoop yolk mixture into small
balls and position in hollows of whites to resemble
Press an olive slice into center of each yolk eyeball. Cut
pimento into very thin 2-inch long strips for veins.
Decorate eyeballs with bloodshot veins.
Cover and refrigerate up to 6 hours before serving. Egg yolk
mixture can be prepared 1 day ahead and refrigerated. Fill
egg whites, decorate and refrigerate up to 6 hours before
serving: 161 calories; 14 g fat; 3 g saturated fat; 191 mg
cholesterol; 6 g protein; 1 g carbohydrate; 1 g sugar; no
fiber; 201 mg sodium; 33 mg calcium.
adapted from Women’s Day
package Mini Babybel Cheese
wax strip from the middle of each cheese. Use a knife or
scissors to cut scary or funny teeth in the wax. Using
nontoxic PVA glue such as Elmer’s, affix 2 googly eyes (or
1 or 3 or more) above the mouth to make a scary cheese
serving: 74 calories; 6 g fat; 4 g saturated fat; 20 mg
cholesterol; 5 g protein; 1 g carbohydrate; 1 g sugar; no
fiber; 172 mg sodium; 152 mg calcium.