pudding, oreos, cool whip, and vanilla sandwich
cookies combine to make a graveyard for a Halloween
It has come
to this. What started, centuries ago, as a combination of a
harvest festival and concerns that spirits could easily
enter our world at this time of year has now developed into
a holiday where people serve food that looks like
is important, too. Kids like their candy. Adults like to
hand out candy if they can hang onto a little for
themselves. Doughnuts and apple cider are a vital part of
the Halloween celebration, as well, and so are costume
parties where adults dress up like pregnant nuns or their
favorite characters from “Game of Thrones.”
year, cemetery food is where it’s at.
eating at its finest, a dip or dessert that looks like
it’s scary but really isn’t. Cemetery food is just a
fun, Halloweenish way to nibble at a dessert or a dip and
feel like you’re in the spirit of the season.
the spirit part.
food, the way it looks is more important than the way it
tastes. If you can create an amusing representation of a
graveyard, it doesn’t matter if it is made with chocolate
pudding mix, Cool Whip and crushed Oreos.
terrible, right? On the other hand, it is made with
chocolate pudding mix, Cool Whip and crushed Oreos. It
sounds amazing, right?
And it kind
of is, though you may wish you were eating a handful of
mini-Snickers bars instead, because they are so much more
pudding-Cool Whip graveyard scene comes from the folks at
Kraft, who devised it as a way to use as many Kraft products
as possible. I am not ashamed to play into such an obvious
commercial ploy, because it looks tastes great and looks so
decor, rather than cooking, so it takes almost no time to
make. You begin by mixing milk and instant chocolate
pudding. Be sure to use the instant pudding and not the
stuff that you have to cook, because that will never set and
it will turn into a soupy mess more horrifying than anything
else you will see on Halloween.
Not that I
would know. Ahem.
just mix the pudding goo with some Cool Whip goo and then
mash up some Oreo cookies (Nabisco, which makes Oreos, is
owned by the same company that owns Kraft, which makes
Jell-O pudding and Cool Whip). You pour half of the cookie
crumbs into the agglomerated goo and the other half on top.
left then is the decorating.
cemetery spread I made is savory, but it is just as fun in a
not-really-scary kind of way. Basically, it’s a four-layer
dip with some ghosts and gravestones on top.
itself is typical and does not involve much effort. It has
refried beans on the bottom, straight from the can. Then, a
mixture of sour cream and packaged taco seasoning. There is
a bare-minimum-guacamole on top of that (avocados mashed
together with minced garlic and a bit of mayonnaise), and a
cup of salsa on top. A sprinkling of sliced green onions
completes the illusion of grass, sort of.
part, if you are not artistically inclined, is cutting the
ghosts, tombstones and a spooky tree out of tortillas. This
task will be easier if you use relatively decent tortillas;
the cheapest ones tend to fall apart when you try to cut
them with the tip of a knife.
props only take seven or eight minutes to bake, and they
become nicely crisp. Just stick them in the spicy cemetery,
and see if anyone can resist the fun.
GHOSTS IN THE
packages chocolate-flavored instant pudding
3 cups cold
tub frozen dessert topping, such as Cool Whip, thawed and
3 (or more,
optional) oblong vanilla creme sandwich cookies
10 candy corn
together pudding mixes and milk in a large bowl until
thoroughly combined. Let stand 5 minutes. Stir in 3 cups of
the thawed dessert topping and half of the Oreo cookie
crumbs. Spread into a 13-by-9-inch baking dish or casserole.
Sprinkle with remaining Oreo crumbs.
Refrigerate 1 hour. Meanwhile, decorate vanilla sandwich
cookies with decorating gel to resemble tombstones.
decorated cookies into top of dessert just before serving.
Add candies. Drop large spoonfuls of remaining thawed
dessert topping to resemble ghosts.
150 calories; 7g fat; 5g saturated fat; 1mg cholesterol; 2g
protein; 20g carbohydrate; 12g sugar; 1g fiber; 156mg
sodium; 57mg calcium
can refried beans
2 cups sour
package taco seasoning
Pinch of salt
1 cup salsa
green parts only, chopped
2 large flour
refried beans into a small baking or casserole dish. Mix
together sour cream and taco seasoning, and spread on top of
the beans. Mix together the avocados, garlic, mayonnaise and
salt, and spread on top of the sour cream mixture. Spread
salsa on top, and scatter chopped scallions across the
salsa. Refrigerate at least 1 hour, and up to 1 day.
oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment
tombstones, ghosts and a scary tree out of the tortillas,
and place the shapes on the prepared baking sheet. Bake
until lightly browned and crispy, about 7 to 9 minutes. If
desired, decorate these shapes with a black, food-safe
marker or black decorating gel. Place shapes in cemetery and
serve with potato chips or tortilla chips.
201 calories; 15g fat; 5g saturated fat; 15mg cholesterol;
5g protein; 14g carbohydrate; 1g sugar; 4g fiber; 500mg
sodium; 85mg calcium
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