Halloween is a great excuse to go mad in the kitchen. But not in the crazed horror-film sense; more in the natural food-colourings and heart-warming treats sense.
Autumn is an excellent time to take advantage of seasonal produce and create some classic comfort food, but the spookiest night of the year is a brilliant excuse for getting stuck into some naughty homemade treats. And we’re here to show you how. Below are our favourite Halloween sweet-treat recipes – from ghostly meringues to bleeding vampire cookies.
We’ve all seen Halloween-themed bakes before, but you’ve never seen anything like this from Food Tube’s Cupcake Jemma! These bite-sized ghostly meringues are super-easy to make and lots of fun to cook up with kids – if you don’t mind the odd misshapen ghost, that is!
Jamie and the Food Tube gang have loads of tasty treats on their Halloween playlist, so make sure you have a look through for more ideas.
This recipe comes to us courtesy not of Jamie, but of his Transylvanian relative, Count Oliver. His creation features snake’s brains (cherries and cranberries), zits (marshmallows), and the “shaved bones of a disgusting man” (shaved coconut), all drenched in melted dark chocolate then chilled before being cut into chunky bars that make the ultimate Halloween treat.
BLOOD ORANGE SODA
Donal’s bloody soda is the perfect soft drink for Halloween. Ideal for kids at your Halloween party or for dishing out to thirsty trick-or-treaters, this gory creation blends ice with frozen mixed berries, blood orange juice, ginger ale, and the juice of a freshly squeezed orange. Looks spooky; tastes fantastic.
You can find loads more drinks ideas over on Drinks Tube’s Halloween playlist, including Jamie’s pumpkin punch and a very special toffee apple cocktail. Speaking of which…
HOMEMADE TOFFEE APPLES
These sticky, naughty classics from Food Tube’s Barry Lewis are also spiked with autumnal spices, making them a Halloween essential. You can even get creative with other coatings and toppings, from nuts and sprinkles to different melted chocolates – perfect for getting little helping hands involved!
VAMPIRE BITE HALLOWEEN COOKIES
These vampire bite Halloween cookies by Dulce Delight are not for the faint hearted! Filled with low-sugar raspberry jam, these crunchy buttery biscuits bleed once cooked, so they’re bound to add some genuine terror to your trick-or-treat celebrations.
Be sure to have a browse through our Halloween recipes for loads more inspiration – perhaps have a crack at ghoulash (sorry), ghost potatoes (really sorry) or terrormisu (actually, not remotely sorry for that one).