• Halloween is awesome, am I right? It is one of my family’s all time favorite holidays. I love it even more now that I have children with which to share it.

    Each year we have the tradition of making Halloween themed foods. My kids all delight in athe snacks being a bit more gruesome than normal.
    Our first snack up is severed fingers.

    To make these you need hot dogs. Cut the hot dogs in half. On the rounded edge sliver off a small piece to make fingernail beds. Use a small knife to make slits on the hot dog to resemble knuckles. Cook your hot dogs as your normally would. There you have severed fingers, best served with blood (also known as ketchup).

    You can also make these fingers using string cheese, although they don’t look quite as realistic. Both taste good though.

    Another favorite would have to be Twinkie mummies. To make your mummies you will need Twinkies, sucker sticks, and white melting chocolate.

    Melt your chocolate in the microwave or with a double boiler. Push the sticks into the Twinkies. Dip the Twinkie into the chocolate and turn to coat. Place on a parchment paper lined surface to set. When you have finished coating all of your Twinkies drizzle more white chocolate across them using a fork. I just dip the fork in the melted chocolate then drizzle it across each Twinkie. This makes the Twinkie look like a mummy with linen wrappings. Place candy eyes on your Twinkies and you are in business.

    No Halloween meal would be complete for my family with out a healthy serving of kitty litter. Sound discussing? Good, that’s the point!

    To make your “cat droppings” you will need to make chocolate drop cookies.

    1 stick of butter
    2 cups sugar
    3 tablespoons cocoa powder
    3 cups oatmeal
    1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
    1/2 evaporated milk

    Bring the butter, sugar, evaporated milk, and cocoa to a boil in a medium sized sauce pan over medium heat. Boil, while stirring, for one minute. Remove from the heat and stir in the peanut butter and oatmeal.

    Portion out tablespoon sized scoops of cookies, and use your hands to shape them like cat poo. Place them on parchment paper to finish cooling and to completely set. Now you have a plate full of very yummy cat droppings.

    To make your cat droppings look more real, you will of course need some kitty litter. For this step buy a new inexpensive kitty litter tray and scoop. (You can use another serving bowl, but it kills the “authenticity”). Pour in one full box of Grape Nuts cereal. Now strategically place your cat poop in the cereal. I like to have some of them partially buried, and others right on top.

    My kids get a scoop of the cereal litter and one cat dropping cookie for breakfast nearly every Halloween. And it never ceases to gross them out.