It’s getting to be that time of year where bags of candy start appearing at drug and grocery stores. But you don’t have to reach for the candy corn or the chocolate bars to satisfy your sweet tooth! While Halloween has always been associated with candy, we’ve found recipes for three Halloween treats that aren’t candy.
Spider Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches
This treat puts a fun Halloween spin on a classic PB&J!
- Whole wheat bread
- Pretzel sticks
- Peanut butter
- Round cookie cutter
Start by using the round cookie cutter to cut the whole wheat bread. Once you have an even number of rounds, spread peanut butter and jelly on each one. Then, place four pairs of pretzel sticks parallel to one another – for a total of eight sticks on each round – so they look like spider’s legs. You should only do this to half of the rounds, leaving the others to place on top of the ones with the pretzel sticks. Lastly, dab a tiny bit of peanut butter on two raisins and place them on the top rounds for the spider’s eyes. And voila! Now you have adorable spider sandwiches.
Dark Chocolate-Covered Apples
Ok, so these do technically have candy in them, but dark chocolate is actually a great source of antioxidants. Pairing chocolate with apples makes this treat is a heart-healthy take on the classic caramel and candied apple. And it’s much easier on your teeth, which you know we love!
- 4 apples – you can use whatever kind you like best!
- 1 cup dark chocolate
- Sticks for the apples
- Parchment paper
Remove the apples’ stems and insert the sticks in their place. Using a double boiler, melt the chocolate. If you don’t have a double boiler, place a metal bowl over a pot of boiling water. Meanwhile, line a tray with parchment paper. Once the chocolate has melted, dip the apple into the chocolate, holding the apple by the stick. Slowly rotate the apple in the chocolate until it’s completely covered. Place the finished chocolate-covered apples on the parchment-lined tray and place in the fridge. Once the chocolate has cooled and hardened, enjoy!
Banana Ghosts & Clementine Pumpkins
This adorable treat sneaks in a tiny bit of chocolate, but it’s worth it for the effect!
- Chocolate chips
This treat could not be easier to make! For the banana ghosts, cut your bananas in half. Then lightly push two chocolate chips into the bananas to make the eyes, and one to make the mouth. For the clementine pumpkins, peel the clementines and gently push a tiny bit of celery into the clementine’s top for the pumpkin’s stalk. And now you have an adorable and healthy Halloween snack!
Whether you’re indulging in candy this Halloween season or not, make sure you come in to see us for your routine checkup and cleaning. Call Southwest Smiles today to make an appointment!