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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Haunted Pumpkin Patch




Megan Jesclard

I had been talking to my cousin right before Halloween and saying how disappointed I was that I hadn't gotten into the holiday like I usually do....so to remedy that we decided to have a Halloween themed dinner. This is my haunted pumpkin patch: I made the pumpkins out of cake balls and the mummy's are cake pops. The hay stacks are just peanut butter rice krispy treats.



This festive treat can be made for a party or for a fun after school snack. It is made out of cake balls, cake pops, and peanut butter rice krispie treats (regular rice krispie treats would be fine too!). 

Cake Balls and Pops:
1 box chocolate cake mix (or cake mix of your choice)
1 can cream cheese frosting
White, orange and green  candy melt
Sucker sticks
Green ball sprinkles (for mummy eyes)
Green tic tacs (for pumpkin stems)
Make cake according to package directions.  Let cake cool. Mash the cake with ¾ can of frosting. Roll the dough into balls and refrigerate for a couple of hours (you can freeze them but never for more than 15 minutes). Melt the candy melt according to package directions.  
For the Pops (Mummies):
Dip the end of each stick in the candy melt and stick half way through cake pop ball. Return pops to fridge or freezer and only pull out a few at a time as you dip them. Dip cake ball in melted candy melt making sure that it is completely covered. Shake off excess candy melt and put cake pops back in fridge as you dip them. After you have dipped all the pops, decorate them.  Put melted candy melt in a squeeze bottle (found in your local grocery store) to make the mummy wrappings and attach the eyes.
For the Balls (Pumpkins):
Drop a ball into a bowl or cup of candy melt making sure that it is completely covered. Scoop it out with a spoon and tap the spoon on the edge of the dish to get rid of excess candy melt. Drop ball onto wax paper and immediately stick in the tic tac stem before the candy melt hardens.
For the Rice Krispie Treats (Hay Stacks):
2 cups sugar
2 cups light corn syrup
2 cups peanut butter
12 cups rice krispies
In a sauce pan over medium heat, combine the sugar and corn syrup and bring to a rolling boil. Remove from heat and stir in peanut butter. Mix in the rice krispies until evenly coated. Press into a buttered 9x13 pan. This is double a normal recipe and makes a lot of hay stacks! If you don't want so many, do a single recipe and press it into an 8x8 pan so that your haystacks are still thick. they will not hold the mummy cake pops unless they are thick and sturdy.
Arrange your haystacks on a platter and scatter with pumpkins. Stick the mummies in last making sure to push them down far enough so they don't fall over. Enjoy!!


 I also contributed these little mummy wraps...they were cooler but I had thrown the worms on right before we left the house and the mummy's were still a little warm, so by the time we got there the mummy's were covered in puddles of goo...lovely. One is filled with PB&J and the other is filled with cheese and pepperoni. I have a bread braid addiction lately. Turns out you can fill them with pretty much anything and they are delicious!(The recipe can be found under main dishes and is called bread braids.)

 Frieda made some awesome meatloaf mummy's  I don't know how I didn't get more pictures of everything but the spread was impressive...and we had a great time.



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