Friday, October 14, 2011

Healthy Halloween Treats for Kids

Halloween Rice Krispie Treats
Ingredients
6 cups Rice Krispies cereal
½ cup SOV dried blueberries
2 tablespoons margarine
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 – 10oz package of marshmallows
Food coloring
1. Spray a 13X9 pan with Pam
2. In a large bowl, microwave margarine until melted.
3. Add vanilla and marshmallows and microwave 1 to 1 ½ minutes, until melted.
4. Add food coloring to the marshmallow mixture. Use the package direction for orange. If using the classic drops, add 3 drops of yellow and then 1 drop of red. Stir. If you want it brighter, add 1 more drop of red coloring. Too orangey, add more yellow.
5. Add cereal and dried blueberries.
6. Press into pan using a spatula that has been sprayed with Pam or you can smear margarine on the spatula.
7. Refrigerate

Sweet Popcorn Balls
Easy to make:
1.Toss 12 cups pooped popcorn, 3 cups mix of SOV dried blueberries and cranberries together in a large, lightly oiled, heatproof bowl.
2. Oil 2 waxed paper-lined baking pans and a long metal fork.
3. Set aside.
4. Bring 1 ¼ cup granulated sugar, ¾ cup brown sugar, 1 cup corn syrup, and ½ cup water to a boil over medium-high heat in a medium saucepan fitted with a candy thermometer. Reduce heat to medium and cook until mixture reaches 260*F. Carefully pour the syrup over the popcorn mixture.
5. Stir with the fork to distribute. Let stand for 1 to 2 minutes
6. With well-oiled hands, form 3-inch balls, place on pans, and cool completely. Store in an airtight container for up to 4 days.

To add an Halloween theme: Once popcorn balls have cooled and set, wrap them in orange or black colored cellophane and tie closed with a coordinating ribbon.


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