Halloween used to be a holiday strictly for the kiddos, but it’s become more and more for anybody who feels like getting into the spirit, pun intended. Here are some quick, last minute treats you can put together for a good grown-up time!
Meringues are light, sweet puffs of sugar and egg whites. They’re super airy with a crispy outside and a light, puffy inside that almost dissolves like cotton candy. They typically show up in specialty groceries at Easter and Christmas but it turns out they also dress up pretty nicely as cute pumpkins for Halloween. All it takes is decorating them with sprinkles and adding a stem. Here are some fun ways to use them right now.
As cupcake toppers~
I’d made them once before and knew it was easy. I wanted them to be the size of little plums but I couldn’t find my big piping tip. How do I lose these things? I didn’t want to make a bunch of little mini meringues–ohmygosh I’d have so many! In the end, I was really tickled with the little ones! Here’s a baking stone covered with them. Whatever size you pipe them out as is the size they stay so you can cram a lot onto one sheet. I love how smooth and bright white they are.
Like I said, meringues are super easy to make. It’s a matter of whipping sugar and egg whites until they’re super stiff, then piping them out of a decorating bag the way you like them or dolloping them into a mound, and then baking them until they’re completely dried out. Whip, pipe, bake.
To turn them into pumpkins:
1. Using a paint brush, paint the low sections with corn syrup.
2. Spoon sprinkles over the top to stick onto the corn syrup.
3. Cut a tiny piece of green fruit roll up and roll it into a stem.
4. Attach the stem onto the top with another drop of corn syrup.
I know this has happened to you. You’re at an event and you get a drink–whether it’s water or tea or soda or wine. Everybody has the same type of cup or glass. You start to gab or you need to get out of somebody’s way or you get really into talking and eating or somebody you haven’t seen in months arrives and you get all excited and huggy or whatever and you find yourself asking the person beside you if that glass is yours or theirs. They aren’t sure. So you check the lip marks on the glass. “Ah, this color looks like Frosted Raisin. It’s likely mine.” You go for it but then realize you weren’t wearing Frosted Raisin–just Chapstick–so you’re probably downing somebody else’s drink. Don’t you hate that? Oh, it just happens to me?!
If you’re a wine drinker, no doubt you’ve experimented with fun wine charms. Those work until you’ve had just enough or talked so much that you honestly can’t remember if your charm was the flower or the frog.
Be a good hostess by making sure your guests don’t experience this situation by putting names on drinks. At least if I’m coming over, I won’t take yours.
Here’s a fun wine stem name tag for Halloween. I got this from Better Homes and Gardens many moons ago–so many that they’re not in the magazine’s archives. They’re simple enough and cute. You do have to make them before your guests arrive rather than clipping them on when they walk in the door but you can always make a couple extras for the unexpected people who show.
Here is what you need:
It’s very simple. Orange paper for pumpkins, green paper for the stem, glue to attach the stem, floral wire. You can use regular floral wire, regular with floral tape, or flocked wire. I used flocked and regular with floral tape.Trace the bottom of the wine glass you will use onto orange paper. Snip small notches around the perimeter to emulate a pumpkin’s ridges and accent/shade the ridges with a darker color. I used a crayon because that’s what I was feeling.
Next, cut a slit to the center and a hole for the glass stem. My stems aren’t flat (are anybody’s?) so they were a little lopsided in the end, but still cute. I honestly completely forgot to show you the step that is cutting green paper into a stem to attach. I glued mine just on the edge of the slit so I couldn’t see the cut line. Write your friend’s/guests names on the tags.
Wind a piece of flocked florist’s wire around the stem of the glass. You can loosen or tighten the wire to your taste and even double it up like I did in this photo. It’s up to you.
Wind a second piece around a pen or pencil to emulate pumpkin vines. Wrap that piece around the stem. You can add as many as you like, obviously.
Attach one of the pumpkin name tags to the base.
Despite the vines, the wine stems are still easy to hang onto and really are fun. No one will mistake their drinks for anyone else’s!
Before you head out to the streets or send your sweetie out in your stead, you deserve a cocktail.
This is my version of Dracula’s Kiss. They’re in shot glasses so you can still do lots of trick-or-treating or get to the door in record time to pass out lots of candy.
- Black Vodka (I used Blavod)
Preparation a la Salt Lick Lessons:
- Mix equal parts black vodka and cola. I put the mixture into a cruet so I could pour it without dripping all over the place.
- Pour grenadine into the bottom of the glass.
- Hold a spoon down into the glass, round side up, touching the edge of the glass. Slowly pour the vodka mixture over the top of the spoon so it doesn’t disrupt the grenadine. Key word S.L.O.W.L.Y. or you won’t have a layered drink. If the liquids do mix, give them a couple minutes to separate and settle. Their viscosity is different so unless you poured really fast, you might be able to salvage the layers. If not, hopefully your best friend is close by to drink your failures. Some friends really like that job.
- Squeeze a dollop of whipped cream on top.
Enjoy your Grown Up Halloween Treats. Happy Haunting!
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