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Little brownie bites are dipped in white chocolate and drizzled with melted candies for a fun festive treat this season! Find your favorite Halloween candies here!
Indulge me for a brief moment, and imagine each of our ‘big’ holidays as guests invited to a party. Christmas is that strapping burly fellow who has a warm sense of tradition and family, and is generally the life of party spreading good cheer. Thanksgiving is the perfect hostess who brings out the best in everyone, and sets a perfect tablescape. Halloween, on the other hand, is a fair bit less predictable. Halloween is like that quiet brooding chap in the back of the room, the one who rarely speaks unless he’s spoken to, and who always just seems a bit ‘off.’ Yet, he possesses a foreboding charm that makes him undeniably, if frightfully, alluring. You want to get to know him, but you’re not quite sure why, or how you would even go about doing so.
I’ve always considered Halloween the most unique among the holidays. First, of course, is its focus on all things dark, dead, and paranormal, second and more interestingly, however, is that despite being one of the ‘big’ holidays there isn’t really a set way to celebrate it, especially if your past the age where knocking on neighbors doors begging for candy has become a tad, well, shall we say ‘impractical.’ Simply put, it’s far easier to hang wreaths, decorate trees, or cook a turkey than it is to try and raise the dead upon one’s front lawn, or devise ways to haunt the foyer.
For this reason, Halloween simply takes an extra layer of effort to enjoy, so much so that I would venture to say that one’s enjoyment of the holiday is directly proportionally to one’s creativity and effort in doing so.
You see, despite how interesting it might be to lavish one’s home in faux-gothic décor while roleplaying a sullen vampire, and then sitting down to a decidedly minimalist dinner in the glow of a candelabra…Halloween has never been about big dinners. In fact, despite its focus on all things over-sweet, there’s hardly a tradition for proper desserts.
That said, what is the ghoulish party planer to do? Here, I’m not afraid to take full advantage of the holiday’s commercialization. For example, I’ll be the first to admit that I absolutely do overindulge in the pre-packaged sweets each Halloween, as do a number of my friends. For those friends, this year I’ll be putting together ‘BOO Bundles,’ by which I mean I’ll be stuffing festive Halloween bags and plastic pumpkins with M&M’S®, TWIX®, STARBURST® Fun Size, Skittles® Original Fun Size, Life Savers® Gummies and a Ghostbusters® DVD, which is available this October 11th. All of this is readily available at Walmart, meaning it’s a one-stop shopping project.
Once I’ve assembled the BOO Bucket, I’ll fold a “You’ve been BOO’d” card into it – which you can download for your BOO kits here! The idea is to then ‘secretly’ deliver it. For me, that means either leaving it behind my friends’ doors, or in the case of my LTG Crew, right on their desks. Think of it as being someone’s candy-themed Mystery-Vampire…without the bloodsucking.
In addition, over the past few years my niece has made a tradition of coming to my house to trick-or-treat around the neighborhood. As she’s gotten older, it’s become less about the wandering for candy, and more about the seasonal treats and decorations I put together.
This year, I’m putting together ‘Brownie BOO Bites.’ We start off with a standard moist brownie mix, which I crush TWIX® into the batter. After preparing the brownies, I then shape them into balls, as shown below, and cover them in white chocolate. After that, Slimer gets to a few of them in the form of melted green Life Savers® Gummies!
These Brownie BOO Pops are the perfect Halloween treat, since they can be used as decorations, packaged as treats, or served to the guests as a dessert.
What are some of your favorite Halloween activities or traditions? We would love to hear from you. For more inspiration check out this BOOItForward.com full of fun and festive ideas.
Enjoy with Love!