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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Spooky Chocolate Caramel Apple EyeBalls


I've got another spooky Halloween apple post for you today! This time I've brought out the eyeballs! muhahahah

Yep, you'll totally need these Spooky Chocolate Caramel Apple EyeBalls to go along with the Jack Skellington Chocolate Apples that I shared with you on Saturday!


When Crystal (from Mrs. Happy Homemaker) and I were in Savannah, GA a few weekends ago we happened to stop by Savannah's Candy Kitchen and I saw the coolest Halloween themed Apples there! 

One of those apples was a creepy green eyeball candy apple!


So I took that idea and transformed it into this Spooky Chocolate Caramel Apple EyeBall!

Caramel apples have been a favorite of mine since I was little but when you top that caramel with chocolate, oooo it makes them even better!

I found these Monster INC gummy eyeballs at Target! 

I also found this Wilton Edible Red Sparkle Gel at Target too! If you don't have a Target I'm sure you can find this stuff at Walmart or Hobby Lobby as well! (Well maybe not the gummy eyeballs at Hobby Lobby!)


I sat the apples onto orange cupcake liners after I dipped them and I slipped a black and white paper straw over the candy stick white the chocolate was still wet to give them more of a "Halloween" look!


Halloween is almost here! Are you ready?!?
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Spooky Chocolate Caramel Apples EyeBalls
By: Angie Barrett
10/29/14
Makes 3 JUMBO Apple EyeBalls

Use Smaller Apples to get more Eyeballs!

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         Ingredients 


Round Apples (I used 3 Jumbo Granny Smith Apples but use any size)
14 oz Caramel (I used Brach's Caramels and unwrapped each piece)
2 tablespoons water
14 oz White Chocolate Candy Coating
Gummy Eyes (I used Monsters INC Gummy EyeBalls from Target)
Edible Red Sparkle Gel (Wilton) or Red Chocolate Candy Coating
Popsicle Sticks or Candy Sticks 
(I used candy sticks and slipped paper straws over them)

Directions 

Prepare the apples by washing them and removing any wax build up that is on them.

Remove stems and insert a stick into the tops/core of the apples.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or buttered wax paper.

Unwrap the caramels and toss them into a medium sized bowl with 2 tablespoons of water.

Using a double broiler method, melt the caramels. This should take about 15 minutes. (Or you can melt them in the microwave in 30 second bursts, stirring after each trip to the microwave. )

Once the Caramel is melted, dip the apples into the caramel and twist them to cover the apple. Place them on to the prepared baking sheet.

Let the caramel apples cool and firm up. (If your house is too warm try to stick them into the fridge for a little while to firm up)

Next, melt the white chocolate in the microwave in 30 second bursts, stirring after each trip to the microwave. Once melted, dip the caramel apples into the white chocolate, twirling to coat.

Set them on the baking sheet and let the chocolate harden.

Use a little of the melted white chocolate and "glue" the eye balls onto the apples.

Use the Edible Red Sparkle Gel to draw the red zig zags on the apples.

**Please note that the Edible Red Sparkle Gel will not harden. If you want the red to harden on the apples use the Red Chocolate Candy Coating instead. 




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Monday, October 27, 2014

Brownie Brittle™ Graveyard Eclair

Brownie Brittle™ Graveyard Eclair

I was first introduced to Brownie Brittle when I was in Miami last May for Blog Her Food. There was a mad dash to their table and I kept hearing a buzz of "Oh my Gosh Brownie Brittle is here"!

Of course I'm just standing there like... "Um, what's Brownie Brittle?" With bugged out eyes and mouths a gape my friends pushed me towards what would become a new favorite in the Barrett house!

Brownie Brittle™ Graveyard Eclair

That's how my love affair with Brownie Brittle began! Oh and how marvelous it's been!

I'm pretty much in love with all of the flavors but I must admit that the Salted Caramel and the Chocolate Chip..well those two are my top choices!

Brownie Brittle™ Graveyard Eclair


So let me introduce you to the chocolate chip Brownie Brittle! I used the Chocolate Chip Brownie Brittle to make this Brownie Brittle™ Graveyard Eclair! I took one of our favorite desserts (the eclair) and made it 1000 times better than I thought it could be! I didn't know that I could really improve the eclair dessert but I did... I did it in the form of a Brownie Brittle Graveyard! haha

Brownie Brittle™ Graveyard Eclair

Oh do you see that "dirt"?? That is crushed Chocolate Chip Brownie Brittle!! It made the PERFECT dirt! It even looks like there are little "rocks" in the dirt thanks  to the Chocolate Chips! haha

Brownie Brittle™ Graveyard Eclair


For decorations, I tossed on a few candy pumpkins next the the Chocolate Chip Brownie Brittle tombstones...

Brownie Brittle™ Graveyard Eclair


Some gummy skeletons made it to the party as well...

Brownie Brittle™ Graveyard Eclair


Oh and worms were invited too!!! (Gummy Worms that is!!)

Brownie Brittle™ Graveyard Eclair


You've just got to make these little graveyards!
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Brownie Brittle™ Graveyard Eclair
By: Angie Barrett
10/27/14
Makes 8 cups of Eclair (16 half cup servings)
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         Ingredients 
5 (4oz) bags of Chocolate Chip Brownie Brittle 
1 large box of chocolate instant pudding 
3 cups of milk 
1 small tub whipped topping, thawed 
1 can of chocolate icing 
Candy pumpkins 
Gummy snakes 
Gummy skeletons 
Small tube of red icing 

Directions 

Reserve one bag of Chocolate Chip Brownie Brittle for the topping and set aside 4-5 pieces of Chocolate Chip Brownie Brittle to use as the “tombstones” later in the recipe. 

In a large bowl, mix together the chocolate instant pudding mix and cold milk. 

Whisk until the pudding starts to thicken. Then fold in the thawed cool whip until it is completely incorporated. 

In your serving dish, lay out a row of Chocolate Chip Brownie Brittle. Cover the Chocolate Chip Brownie Brittle pieces with a layer of pudding. 

Lay down another layer of Chocolate Chip Brownie Brittle pieces on top of the pudding and then cover that layer of Chocolate Chip Brownie Brittle with pudding. 

Continue to layer the Chocolate Chip Brownie Brittle pieces and pudding until it almost reaches the top of the dish. 

Finish with a layer of Chocolate Chip Brownie Brittle pieces. 

Take the bag of Chocolate Chip Brownie Brittle that is reserved for the topping and pour it into a blender. Pulse the Chocolate Chip Brownie Brittle until it resembles fine crumbs; this will be the “dirt” for the graveyard and the chocolate chips in the Chocolate Chip Brownie Brittle will resemble “rocks”. Set the crushed Brownie Brittle aside. 

Heat the chocolate frosting in the microwave so that it is easy to pour. Pour the chocolate icing over the final layer of Chocolate Chip Brownie Brittle and use the back of a spoon to spread it to the edges of the dish so that the entire top of the dessert is covered in icing. 

Sprinkle the Chocolate Chip Brownie Brittle “dirt” over the entire top of the dessert. 

Refrigerate for 6-8 hours. 

When it’s time to decorate, use the red icing to write “RIP” (or whatever saying you’d like) on the Chocolate Chip Brownie Brittle pieces that were set aside. 

Carefully use a sharp paring knife to cut a few slits into the top of the éclair dessert and insert the Chocolate Chip Brownie Brittle tombstones into the dessert. 

Decorate the rest of the Chocolate Chip Brownie Brittle Graveyard Eclair with candy pumpkins, gummy snakes, gummy skeletons and other Halloween themed candies

I made this recipe for Brownie Brittle - You can find this recipes along with tons of more Brownie Brittle recipes here: http://browniebrittle.com/recipes-all/brownie-brittle-graveyard-eclair/



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Sunday, October 26, 2014

How to Make Sally's Potion Bottles from The Nightmare Before Christmas - Worms Wort, Frog's Breath and Deadly Night Shade

How to Make Sally's Potion Bottles from The Nightmare Before Christmas  - Worms Wort, Frog's Breath and Deadly Night Shade

By now I'm sure you've notice The Nightmare Before Christmas theme that I have going on for Halloween right? I mean after all I did make Jack Skellington Apples, I've made Jack Skellington Oreos, I've decorated the house in a The Nightmare Before Christmas theme and our pumpkins are even carved as Jack and Sally!

How to Make Sally's Potion Bottles from The Nightmare Before Christmas  - Worms Wort, Frog's Breath and Deadly Night Shade

So what else did I need to add the "Nightmare Before Christmas" touches to the house? Why I needed Sally's Potion Bottles of course!

Sally uses these potions when she makes soup for Dr. Finkelstein in the movie! The Deadly Night Shade puts him to sleep so that she can sneak out :)

Now I've got my own Worms Wort, Frog's Breath and Deadly Night Shade! Oh did you want your own bottles too? Good! I'll show you how I made mine!


This is what you'll need:

3 glass bottles - BigBear Painted mine with matted black spray paint
Mod-Podge
Foam Brushes
Scissors
Labels - I made mine using PicMonkey.com & printed them out

Once your bottles have been painted black and have had time to dry it's time to put on the Worms Wort, Frog's Breath and Deadly Night Shade labels! 


Cut out each label and assign it to a bottle. 


Next, using the foam brushes apply a thin layer of mod-podge to the back of the first label. 


Stick the label onto the first bottle!


Then use the foam brush to apply a thin layer of mod-podge over the label. 


Let dry!

How to Make Sally's Potion Bottles from The Nightmare Before Christmas  - Worms Wort, Frog's Breath and Deadly Night Shade

Repeat those steps for the other two bottles!

How to Make Sally's Potion Bottles from The Nightmare Before Christmas  - Worms Wort, Frog's Breath and Deadly Night Shade

Ahhh they're just perfect for my coffee table, don't you think?!!

How to Make Sally's Potion Bottles from The Nightmare Before Christmas  - Worms Wort, Frog's Breath and Deadly Night Shade

Worms Wort!!!

How to Make Sally's Potion Bottles from The Nightmare Before Christmas  - Worms Wort, Frog's Breath and Deadly Night Shade


and Frog's Breath..... there's nothing more suspicious than Frog's Breath! ;)

How to Make Sally's Potion Bottles from The Nightmare Before Christmas  - Worms Wort, Frog's Breath and Deadly Night Shade

Oh and what completes the display of Sally's Potion Bottles? Why it's Sally's spoon! In the movie, Sally used a spoon with holes in it to "taste" the soup to show Dr. Finkelstein that she didn't poison it! Haha little does he know that she's using the spoon with holes for the taste test!

How to Make Sally's Potion Bottles from The Nightmare Before Christmas  - Worms Wort, Frog's Breath and Deadly Night Shade


For Sally's spoon, BigBear just drilled 5 holes into one of my old wooden spoons and it turned out perfectly! 
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Sally's Potion Bottles from The Nightmare Before Christmas -
Worms Wort, Frog's Breath and Deadly Night Shade
By: Angie Barrett
10/26/14
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       Materials

          3 glass bottles - BigBear Painted mine with matted black spray paint
         Mod-Podge
         Foam Brushes
         Scissors
         Labels - I made mine using PicMonkey.com & printed them out 

Directions 

Once your bottles have been painted black and have had time to dry it's time to put on the Worms Wort, Frog's Breath and Deadly Night Shade labels! 

Cut out each label and assign it to a bottle. 

Next, using the foam brushes apply a thin layer of mod-podge to the back of the first label. 

Stick the label onto the first bottle!

Then use the foam brush to apply a thin layer of mod-podge over the label. 

Let dry!

Repeat those steps for the other two bottles!

Let dry!


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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Jack Skellington Chocolate Apples - Chocolate Covered Apples

Jack Skellington Chocolate Apples - Chocolate Covered Apples

It's no secret that this time of year is my favorite! I know you've seen the Halloween posts around here lately and last year I even shared some of my "Witch Themed" decorations at the house!

This year I did things a little differently and decided that I wanted to do a "Nightmare Before Christmas" theme at the house for Halloween!

If you don't know about the Nightmare Before Christmas you are totally missing out! It's just awesome and it's pretty much my favorite movie!

I just can't get enough of Jack Skellington and his spooky friends from Halloween town!

Even my niece and god-daughters know that it's my "cooking movie"! haha I have a little stand in my kitchen that holds my tablet and when I'm cooking or developing recipes I always have this movie on in the background. ALWAYS! lol

Jack Skellington Chocolate Apples - Chocolate Covered Apples

What did I do this year for Halloween?

I'm glad you asked!!

Well I didn't do a TON but here is what I have done...

I put up this huge pumpkin and haunted house "window" in the living room and put out my huge Jack Skellington pillow that Megs got me!

Then I made a Nightmare Before Christmas window scene for our huge picture window! 

This is what it looks like during the day - 

and this is what it looks like at night -

Oh and there on the left, that's Oogie Boogie from the movie! He's hanging out in the dinning room/kitchen for now.. probably whipping up a batch of snake and spider stew.  ;)


It's just black card stock that I cut out into shapes but I love it! :)

Jack Skellington

I also made a Nightmare Before Christmas wreath for the front door.  I'm thinking about giving the wreath it's own post and showing you all what I used to make it but I'm not sure yet. What do you think? Should I make another post dedicated to the Nightmare Before Christmas deco mesh wreath that I made?


Here is the whole wreath that's on the front door. :)

I made Jack out of dura foam styrofoam type balls and just drew his face on with a black sharpie. I went with the black, green and purple color scheme for Halloween and threw in a few pumpkins for "The Pumpkin King".


I also added a little Christmas tree to represent the "Christmas" part of the movie! haha

Oh and I did make some "potion" bottles from the movie as well to decorate the coffee table in the living room but I AM going to write a separate post on how to make those, so that will be up soon! :)


Now onto these apples! haha!

Jack Skellington Chocolate Apples - Chocolate Covered Apples

These apples came about because,  #1 I love the movie and #2 because I love the Jack Skellington Chocolate Apples that Disney makes every year for Halloween! After all, not only am I obsessed with Jack, I'm also obsessed with Disney! :)

Jack Skellington Chocolate Apples - Chocolate Covered Apples


These would be perfect for your Halloween Party or if you're not having a Halloween Party just make them! You'll love them, your kids will love them, the kids in your life will love them... just make em. They're awesome! 

Jack Skellington Chocolate Apples - Chocolate Covered Apples

You literally dip apples into white chocolate, draw Jack's face on with dark chocolate and let the chocolate harden! 

I sat my apples on 
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Jack Skellington Chocolate Apples - Chocolate Covered Apples
By: Angie Barrett
10/25/14
Makes 3 JUMBO Apples

Use Smaller Apples to get more Jacks

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        Ingredients 


Round Apples (I used 3 Jumbo Granny Smith Apples but use any size)
14 oz White Chocolate Candy Coating
7 oz Dark Chocolate (Or Black Chocolate)
Popsicle Sticks or Candy Sticks
(I used candy sticks and slipped paper straws over them)


Directions 

Prepare the apples by washing them and removing any wax build up that is on them.

Remove stems and insert a stick into the tops/core of the apples.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or buttered wax paper.

Melt the white chocolate in the microwave in 30 second bursts, stirring after each trip to the microwave. Once melted, dip the apples into the white chocolate, twirling to coat.

Set them on the baking sheet and let the chocolate harden.

Next melt the dark chocolate in the microwave in 30 second bursts, stirring after each trip to the microwave.

Fill a large ziplock bag (or piping bag) with the chocolate. Snip the tip and pipe on two large circles for Jack's eyes, Jack's nose and stitch mouth.

Set the apples on the baking sheet and let the chocolate harden.



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