Gross Party Ideas…perfect for Halloween!
With Halloween only two weeks away, we’re sure you’re well underway with your party planning! So why not try some ghoulish, grim and downright gruesome party food ideas…don’t worry they taste better than they look!
1. Severed Fingers
• Thin sliced white bread, crusts removed
• Soft margarine
• Cream cheese or peanut butter
• Strawberry Jam
• Gently flatten the slices of bread with a rolling pin to make them more pliable.
• Spread with a little margarine and some cream cheese or peanut butter.
• Roll up the sandwiches and make three indentations with a blunt knife to form the finger joints.
• Trim the ends of the fingers into a 'V' shape and stick an almond on to each tip with a little cream cheese to form the nails.
• Now for the gruesome bit—add a dollop of strawberry jam over the end of the finger for the blood!
2. Chocolate Orange Spider Cupcakes
• 250g plus 1 tablespoon butter, at room temperature
• 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons superfine sugar
• 1 cup self-rising flour
• 2 1/2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
• 2 eggs, lightly beaten
• 1/2 cup bittersweet chocolate chips or 2 ounces bittersweet chocolate chopped into small pieces
• 1 teaspoon grated orange zest
• 1/4 cup store-bought chocolate flavour frosting (such as Betty Crocker)
• Chocolate sugar sprinkles
• Chocolate Matchsticks
• 1/4 cup bittersweet chocolate chips or 2 ounces bittersweet chocolate chopped into small pieces
• Liquorice Allsorts
1. First make the cupcakes. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Line a muffin pan with 10 paper muffin cups. In an electric mixer, beat together the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy. Whisk the flour and cocoa powder together in a bowl. Add the eggs to the creamed butter mixture a little at a time, adding a tablespoon of the flour mixture with the second egg to stop it curdling. Fold in the orange zest and the remaining flour then stir in the chocolate chips.
2. Fill each paper muffin cup 2/3 full with cake batter. Bake the cupcakes for 20 to 22 minutes. Let cool in the pan for a few minutes, then transfer the cupcakes to a wire rack and let cool completely.
3. When cool, spread a little chocolate buttercream over each of the cupcakes, put some chocolate sprinkles into a bowl and dip the cupcakes upside down into the sprinkles so that they stick to the buttercream. To make the legs, take the Match Sticks and cut a quarter of the sticks in half. Stick four short lengths of Match sticks on each side of the spider's body, then melt the chocolate. Dip one end of each of the long and the short Match sticks into the chocolate and arrange them on trays or baking sheets lined with greaseproof or baking paper so that they attach at an angle of about 100 degrees and allow the chocolate to set. The melted chocolate will harden as it cools keeping the legs stuck together. Push one end of the Match Stick leg into the body of the spider and then repeat until you get four legs either side. Finish off with Liquorice Allsorts eyes.
3. Spooky Veggies and Dip
1. Place a slice of cheese, such as muenster or American, on top of an English-muffin half and put on cookie sheet.
2. Add pickle chips for eyes, and top those with sliced olives. For the nose, set a green bean between the eyes.
3. Put under the grill until cheese is melted, approximately 2 minutes.
4. Snake Bites
• 1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
• 3 Tbs butter
• One 10-oz bag marshmallows
• Green food colouring
• 4 cups crispy rice cereal
• Cooking spray
• Strawberry Laces
Safety note: Always supervise children under 4 with small candies, raisins and other choking hazards.
1. In a large saucepan over low heat, melt peanut butter, butter and marshmallows, stirring until smooth, about 5 minutes.
2. Remove from heat; stir in a few drops food colouring, then add cereal.
3. Coat a 9x9-inch pan with cooking spray, then spread mixture evenly in the pan. Let cool 20 minutes.
4. Invert pan on a cutting board and slide out the cooled square. Cut it into about 8 long rectangles.
5. Mould each rectangle into the shape of a snake and press in 2 raisins for eyes and a pointed sliver of strawberry lace for the tongue.