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Panini, treats, and food for Halloween

Halloween Buffet and Panini Sandwich Bar

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Panini, treats, and food for Halloween

A buffet to satisfy everyone on Halloween

The Halloween Buffet and Panini Bar turned out scrumptious and fabuous thanks to my daughter-in-law Ashley.

She helped me set up the buffet table and it looked grand!

Thank you so much Ash for your time and very cool decorations. It make it all come together boo-tifully!

On Halloween night, at our place, family and friends drop by to show off their kids, or grand kids, their costumes, and visit for a spell.

It is usually the tradition to have chili, soup, stew or even a pizza decked out to look like a pumpkin.

But I wanted something that as people came by, they could make their own food to their liking. 

See, something went terribly wrong, and a few of my kids do not like soups or pasta (I know….WHAT?). So a panini bar fits everyone just right.

This is family friendly to the best!  There’s something for everyone.  Healthy food. Have gluten free bread on hand.  People can make their  sandwich hot or cold.  And best of all….you get to relax and enjoy the company!

EVERYTHING you’ll want from crafts to decorations to keepsakes is here at It’s ALL About Halloween 

Halloween Buffet and Panini Bar

Halloween Buffet and Panini Bar

Halloween Buffet and Panini Bar

A panini bar is a wonderful option for guests to make their own.  See below for more on the paninis.

Here are the details of the awesome Halloween Buffet Table.

The plates and utensils were on a side table due to space.

 

Eye See YOU Halloween Cupcakes started the dessert table.

Red Cupcakes decorated with white frosting, topped with a candy eyeball and red gel icing

Halloween decorated cupcakes

 

My Cold Cider Drink comes up next.

A cold apple cider easy to make with purchased ingredients

A delicious cold apple cider

 

You could also serve my copycat version of Starbucks Hot Caramel Apple CiderCarries Cold Cider

 

Not to be passed by is my own Spooky Halloween Layered Cake

Halloween colored cake batter and decorated cake

Cake with layers of batter in Halloween colors, then decorated with Halloween candy

 

If you want a real treat with a trick, make sure to have out my own creation of Mysterious Halloween Candy Confection

White chocolate with halloween sprinkles and a surprise when you eat it

Chocolate with a bit of sweet, some pop and a little heat

  

Always a favorite is Halloween Mother Goose PopCorn

Halloween Mother Goose PopCorn colored Orange and Purple with candies

Granny Corn, Mother Sugar Popcorn

Homemade or purchased donuts are easy to put in a fun decorated plate or bowl.


The incredible Make Your Own Hot Sandwich Panini Bar

meat, cheese, condiments and more set out for make your own hot panini sandiwich

Panini Bar for guests to make their own hot sandwiches

For MORE Halloween food, decorations and crafts, come on over to It’s All About Halloween

Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2014, 2018

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Food for Halloween from sweets to main dish

Ideas for Halloween Food for everyone of all ages and tastes



Popcorn for Halloween in Green and Orange

Quick and Easy Chocolate Covered Halloween Popcorn

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Popcorn for Halloween in Green and Orange

Orange and Green White Chocolate Coated Popcorn

Quick and Easy Chocolate Covered Halloween Popcorn

Are you looking for an impressive treat, that is fast, easy and no-fail?  Quick and Easy Chocolate Covered Halloween Popcorn is what you are looking for.

I have the simple tutorial right here for you so you can make it for your party, movie night or whatever the occasion. AND, you can change it up for any holiday by using a different colored chocolate! 

It’s delicious and so festive, this Quick and Easy Chocolate Covered Halloween Popcorn makes a great gift or treat for anyone. 

Quick & Easy Chocolate Covered Halloween Popcorn

Ingredients:
10-14 cups of popped popcorn, depending on your taste 
12 oz package of Wilton Light Green Chocolate Melts
12 oz package of Wilton Orange Chocolate Melts

Directions:

Spread out about 3 feet of parchment paper on the table or counter.

Pop the popcorn and remove all the un-popped kernels as best you can.

In a microwaveable bowl, pour in the green chocolate button melts.

Quick and Easy Chocolate Covered Halloween Popcorn

Quick and Easy Chocolate Covered Halloween Popcorn

Cook in the microwave for 20 seconds and stir. 

Quick and Easy Chocolate Covered Halloween Popcorn

Quick and Easy Chocolate Covered Halloween Popcorn

Continue this until the chocolate is melted completely and warmed through.  

Quick and Easy Chocolate Covered Halloween Popcorn

Quick and Easy Chocolate Covered Halloween Popcorn

Be careful not to warm it too fast, or it will burn.  

Quick & Easy Chocolate Covered Halloween Popcorn

Quick & Easy Chocolate Covered Halloween Popcorn

Pour the warm chocolate over the popped popcorn.

Quick and Easy Chocolate Covered Halloween Popcorn

Quick and Easy Chocolate Covered Halloween Popcorn

Stir gently until well coated.

Quick and Easy Chocolate Covered Halloween Popcorn

Quick and Easy Chocolate Covered Halloween Popcorn

Spread the coated popcorn onto the parchment so it is single layer thick.

Quick and Easy Chocolate Covered Halloween Popcorn

Quick and Easy Chocolate Covered Halloween Popcorn

Now, warm 1/2 – the entire bag of the orange chocolate button melts in a microwave-safe bowl; depending on how much you want to use.

Quick and Easy Chocolate Covered Halloween Popcorn

Quick and Easy Chocolate Covered Halloween Popcorn

Repeat the process for the orange chocolate as you did the green – using the same care not to burn.
Drizzle, with a spoon, the melted orange chocolate, over the top of the green coated popcorn in a random pattern.
Allow this to set up completely.

Quick and Easy Chocolate Covered Halloween Popcorn

Quick and Easy Chocolate Covered Halloween Popcorn

When the chocolates are cooled and set, lifting the parchment, move it from beneath to help crack the popcorn into sections.

Quick and Easy Chocolate Covered Halloween Popcorn

Quick and Easy Chocolate Covered Halloween Popcorn

Now enjoy!

Popcorn for Halloween in Green and Orange

Orange and Green White Chocolate Coated Popcorn

Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2016, 2018
Recognize a blessing and be a blessing today.

Popcorn for Halloween in Green and Orange

Orange and Green White Chocolate Coated Popcorn

White chocolate with halloween sprinkles and a surprise when you eat it

Mysterious Halloween Candy Confection

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White chocolate with halloween sprinkles and a surprise when you eat it

Chocolate with a bit of sweet, some pop and a little heat

 My friend Dorthy told me about a candy she had some time back and I just had replicate what I call Mysterious Halloween Candy Confection with sweet and heat.

This seemingly innocent chocolate candy is not what it appears to be.

Put a piece of this Mysterious Halloween Candy Confection in your mouth…..wait for it…and in a few seconds you begin to feel the popping on your tongue and the inside of your cheeks.

Wait for it….then a moment or so after that…the heat from the chipotle hits the back of your throat and warms it nicely. 

It’s fun, groovy and a perfect treat with a little trick. I’ll show you how to make this SIMPLE candy for not only Halloween, but it’s great for an April Fools trick too – just change the sprinkles!

Mysterious Halloween Candy Confection

Ingredients:

( if you’d like, simply click on the title or name of the product to easily check it out)

12 oz. white or chocolate melting chocolate:  such as Wilton candy melts OR chocolate chips

3  .333 oz packages or one  .75 oz package of any flavor of Pop Rocks candy

1/8 – 1/4  tsp. chipotle chili powder (1/8 tsp. gives a little heat in the back of the throat)

Halloween candy sprinkles  OR THESE for April Fools

Directions:

Line a cookie sheet or jelly roll pan with parchment paper, or lay a large piece out on your table or counter about 3 feet long.

Place the chocolate in a microwavable proof bowl

Mysterious Halloween Candy Confection

Mysterious Halloween Candy Confection

Heat in the microwave for 30 seconds.

Stir. 

Mysterious Halloween Candy Confection

Mysterious Halloween Candy Confection

Microwave another 30 seconds and stir.

Mysterious Halloween Candy Confection

Mysterious Halloween Candy Confection

Repeat this process until the chocolate is melted and completely smooth.Mysterious Candy 5 Mix in the pop rocks.Mysterious Candy 6Mix in the chipotle powder.Mysterious Candy 7

Spread out the chocolate mixture evenly on the prepared parchment to about 1/8″ thick.

Mysterious Halloween Candy Confection

Mysterious Halloween Candy Confection

Cover evenly with the sprinkles.

Mysterious Halloween Candy Confection

Mysterious Halloween Candy Confection

Allow chocolate to set up in the fridge, or on the counter if it is cool enough.

When the chocolate is firm, break into pieces.

IMPORTANT TIP: Eat within 2 days for best effect from the Pop Rock candy because the effect diminishes the longer it sits.

Carrie Groneman’s recipe Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2014, 2018

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