Spook Spotter: The Best Halloween Treats of 2015 III

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The Countdown to Halloween continues with a look at some of the sweetest treats available this year.

The following does not constitute an endorsement of any product or retailer.   It is for information purposes only.

Halloween Treats are in abundant supply this year.  Rice Krispies Treats have gone into full-on Spook Mode this season.  The classic Kellogg’s sweets are now being offered as Halloween “mini-squares”.  Each box of Halloween Treats features 60 individually-wrapped snacks, all of which come in fashionably-freaky packaging featuring black cats, pumpkins, and spiders.  The fantastic box artwork is featured below.  These can be found at multiple retailers, including Target and Shopko.

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Stauffer’s is also getting in on the Halloween festivities.  They have released individually-packaged shortbread cookies.  But these are no ordinary shortbread cookies, they are Halloween-shaped shortbread cookies.  From ghosts to witch hats, these cookies are brimming with Halloween spirit.  Plus, the bags are absolutely boo-tiful.

Another company spreading Halloween cheer is Pillsbury.  The Dough Boy is bringing his inimitable Funfetti flavored cake mix to the Halloween Harvest Table.  This mix is certain to bring Halloween fun to a spirited new level.  So be on the lookout for these creepy concoction is stores now.  In the meantime, share your favorite Funfetti recipes in the comments below!

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Halloween Activities Revisited | Rice Krispies Treats: Halloween Pumpkin Kit

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In our follow-up to our Halloween Activities Week, we’re bringing you another wise idea from our friend, Eek the Owl.  If you haven’t already viewed our previous family Halloween activity suggestions, you can do so by clicking here.

Today’s wise idea involves Rice Krispies Treats.  While they can be purchased pre-made in the store of your choice or made from scratch, an alternative is the official Rice Krispies Treat Kit.  This year, Snap, Crackle and Pop have concocted a pumpkin-themed kit to entice Halloween-lovers.  So we purchased it and tried it out.

The kit includes two “3D” pumpkin molds (both in the same container), Rice Krispies cereal, mini marshmallows, 2 icing pens and orange food coloring gel. It says it makes 14 pumpkin treats.  As usual, the yield was actually less…

The kit itself seemed easy enough.  And, for the most part, it was.  The challenge came with the whole bit about melting the marshmallows.  As simple as that process may sound, it’s really not — especially if one is not a seasoned expert.  One would think these things would just sort of melt.  They don’t.  To describe the experience would prove futile.  Just be warned, non-marshmallow-melters, this is not an easy undertaking.

Fortunately, things became less complicated after the “melting” was over.  While the Rice Krispies weren’t exactly thrilled about being glued together with our marshmallow paste, they eventually gave in.  Molding the Krispies Treats is a lot easier than I thought it would be.  In fact, we had all 8 – not 14 – done in a few minutes.  The experience proved to be more work than I bargained for, but the reward followed when it came time to decorate the pumpkins.  That was unparalleled fun.

When it comes down to it, there are probably simpler methods of putting funny faces on desserts, but we were glad to have done it this way — at least once.