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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



Caramel apples dipped in caramel and toppings and even in chocolate too!

SUCCESSFUL and Easy Caramel Apples

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Caramel apples dipped in caramel and toppings and even in chocolate too!

Easy Caramel Apples

Are you looking for  SUCCESSFUL and Easy Caramel Apples?

I have struggled with making caramel apples for years, actually decades. 

Have you?

I don’t like to bite into one and have the caramel peeling off, finding it is thick and hard.

And I don’t like it when the caramel runs off the apple either.

I want a nice layer of soft, yummy caramel covering the apple.

If that is how you like your caramel apple, then you are going to love this!  

I’ll show you how you can make SUCCESSFUL and Easy Caramel Apples that taste and look amazing.


SUCCESSFUL and Easy Caramel Apples

Ingredients:

5-6 medium apples

Craft sticks or wooden round sticks (usually found in the candy making section)

1 package 12-14 oz. wrapped caramel squares

1 Tbl. water 1 tsp. vanilla  

Toppings of your choice.

Suggestions:
crushed graham crackers, chopped nuts such as peanuts, small candies, chocolate chips or buttons: white, milk and dark if desired.
 





Directions:

PREPARE AHEAD  and please read entire recipe before beginning for best results.

Wash your apples, rubbing them with a clean cloth to get off the waxy residue.

Easy Caramel Apples

SUCCESSFUL and Easy Caramel Apples

This is VERY IMPORTANT!Push the sticks into your apples, place in a cake pan or flat bottomed container and put in the freezer for 30 minutes. 

VERY CRITICAL step!  

Why? 

Because the cold apple helps the caramel coat perfectly and set up since the apple will be cold and the caramel will be warm.

Now, when the apples are nice and cold (not longer then 30-40 minutes though or you will have frozen apple pops!) line a cookie sheet, pan or plate large enough to hold the apples with tin foil and coat well with non-stick cooking spray; set aside. 

Easy Caramel Apples

SUCCESSFUL and Easy Caramel Apples

This will prevent the caramel from sticking so you can lift it to dip in chocolate or to eat.

When the apples have been in the freezer for approximately 30 minutes (remember not longer), begin making the caramel coating.

Unwrap the caramels and place in a saucepan. 

Easy Caramel Apples

SUCCESSFUL and Easy Caramel Apples

Add in the water and vanilla. Over medium heat, stir constantly until the caramels are completely melted.

Easy Caramel Apples

SUCCESSFUL and Easy Caramel Apples



Taking one apple at a time, roll it in the melted caramel sauce, using a spoon or spatula to help cover the apple.

 

Easy Caramel Apples

SUCCESSFUL and Easy Caramel Apples

Twirl the apple, turning upside down to allow the caramel to distribute evenly and coat evenly.

Easy Caramel Apples

SUCCESSFUL and Easy Caramel Apples

If you want to dip your apple in coatings now, instead of dipping in melted chocolate, this is the time to do it.

Easy Caramel Apples

SUCCESSFUL and Easy Caramel Apples



Coat all the apples in caramel and place them in the refrigerator to chill and set up while melting the chocolate. 

Easy Caramel Apples

SUCCESSFUL and Easy Caramel Apples

To melt the chocolate, whether using chips or buttons, place in a microwavable bowl and microwave for 30 seconds.

Microwave again for 20 seconds, stir and continue this process until the chocolate is melted and smooth.

Easy Caramel Apples

SUCCESSFUL and Easy Caramel Apples

Be careful to cook in small intervals and stirring to prevent burning chocolate.

Take the apples out of the fridge.

BIG TRICK AND IMPORTANT! Spray your hand with cooking spray.

Easy Caramel Apples

SUCCESSFUL and Easy Caramel Apples

 

Easy Caramel Apples

SUCCESSFUL and Easy Caramel Apples

  Mold the caramel back up onto the apple smoothing as needed.

Easy Caramel Apples

SUCCESSFUL and Easy Caramel Apples



After molding any caramel that needs to be, now dip the caramel apple into the white/ dark or milk chocolate (you want the chocolate warm, but not hot so it can coat and set up). 

Easy Caramel Apples

SUCCESSFUL and Easy Caramel Apples

You can coat the caramel covered apple completely in chocolate, or just the bottom part, or whatever your heart desires.

Easy Caramel Apples

SUCCESSFUL and Easy Caramel Apples

Dip into any of the coatings you choose; as above when just coated with caramel. 

Set the apples back onto the sprayed tin foil to help it setup while you finish all the apples.

With any excess chocolate (melt more if needed) have at just warm enough temperature to be smooth and creamy, but not so warm it will not stay on the apple when piped. 

Spoon the chocolate into a small ziplock baggie and cut the very tip off at the corner. 

Easy Caramel Apples

SUCCESSFUL and Easy Caramel Apples

Now you can easily pipe the chocolate onto the top of the apples.

Easy Caramel Apples

SUCCESSFUL and Easy Caramel Apples

 Place these apples into the fridge for at least 20 minutes, and keep for up to 3 days. 

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

Adapted from JamieCooksItUp

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