The last weeks of October always include a few Halloween parties and those parties, of course, include treats! My girls both enjoy helping out in the kitchen so I like to create snacks and treats that are quick and easy enough for them to make along with me – two of my favorites are Popcorn Monster Hands and Witch Hat Cookies:
I made the Popcorn Monster Hands for the first time two years ago when I was in charge of the activities for one of my daughters’ classroom Halloween parties. In searching for ideas online, I came across several images of monster hands that were made using plain popcorn and candy corn nails. I loved the idea but thought I could make them look better by switching things up a bit – here’s what you’ll need to make my version of Popcorn Monster Hands:
- Disposable gloves – you want clear, thin, gloves that have wide fingers and aren’t stretchy – I got a pack of 100 “Scrub Buddies” Disposable Gloves for $1 at a local dollar store.
- Cheddar popcorn
- Hershey’s special dark kisses (they come in purple wrappers)
- Halloween themed ribbon that can be bought inexpensively at Hobby Lobby or Michael’s
Creating the monster hands couldn’t be easier – first, pull off the little white strips of paper poking out from each Hershey’s kiss and drop a kiss into each finger of your glove with the point of the kiss facing down. Then fill up the glove with cheddar popcorn (to get the glove’s fingers nice and full, it helps to squeeze the popcorn in the fingers to break it up a bit). Once your glove is full, use a fun decorative ribbon to tie the open end.
- Hershey’s kisses
- Keebler Fudge Stripes shortbread cookies. You can use either the Original Fudge Stripes or the new Dark Chocolate Fudge Stripes, which I used for the first time this year. I like the look of the witch hats just a little bit better when made with the new dark chocolate ones because they are dark on both sides but if you’re making them for kids, you might want to stick with the original because I think most kids like their taste better.
- A tube of orange decorating icing
To make a Witch Hat Cookie, flip your Fudge Stripe cookie over so that the back side is facing up. Then pipe a small circle of orange icing around the hole in the middle: