As part of my efforts to make Halloween scarily sweet, I participated in a sponsored post for Collective Bias® where I created fun Halloween punch and a deliciously spooky treat using Mars Candy, Hawaiian Punch and 7UP for my inspiration!
Earlier this week, as I rode past the mall on my way to Walmart for my weekly shopping trip, I saw something out of place. Where once parking spots had set, a huge orange tent was now put up and a scarily fun atmosphere spilled out of it. With a sudden start, I realized that it’s October and Halloween is up on us. And while for most people that means searching for costumes and stringing spider webs, for me it means coming up with a spookily fun treat that will bring the kiddos running! As I started at the tent and pondered how to outdo my prior concoctions this year, visions of spiders and eyeballs danced in my head. Filled with excitement and inspiration, I pushed the gas pedal as the light turned green and sped down the road to pick up items to make a scary treat and Halloween punch that my family would not soon forget!
Now, for me, coming up with fun ideas is not hard. Executing them? Well, that’s somewhat of a different story. I knew I wanted spiders. I had to have eyeballs (because all you mamas of boys know that Halloween is not complete without a certain grossness factor). But I needed a simple way to bring them together and turn them into a creation that was perfect for Halloween.
I wanted to start with a spooky Halloween punch. I knew I needed something red (you know, like the color of blood) but tasty as well. And as soon as I saw the Hawaiian Punch Fruit Juicy Red (which just happened to already be on my list as it’s one of the boy’s favorites), an idea hit me!
This would be the perfect base for my Halloween Punch once I added a few more essential ingredients in my mad scientist lab (AKA the kitchen). But serving just a drink would not do in my home. My guys expect more. They expect a spooky treat to go with their equally scary drink. I knew I wanted to do something with spiders. And as I wondered through the store, it hit me. Since making spider shaped anything was probably beyond my creative skills, I could cook up their favorite cupcakes and top them with spiders. But they needed to be edible. They needed to be fun. They needed to be perfect. And as soon as I saw the fun sized Snickers bars inside the 55 piece Mars mixed candy bags, I knew I had found the solution!
Armed with more than enough inspiration and a little bit of ghoulish delight, I headed home and set to work creating the perfect treat that would make any #SpookyCelebration complete!
I started with my Halloween Punch. Using mason jars for a rustic look, I filled them two thirds of the way full with chilled Hawaiian Punch. Then I topped each one off with 7UP to give things a little fizz. But when I looked at them, they were just red drinks and not nearly scary enough. So I raided the fridge and found some grapes that I had for the boys lunches that week. I peeled each one, tossed a few in and loved the final look for my Eyeball Halloween Punch!
But I didn’t stop there because my spiders were calling my name. So I whipped up some of my favorite sour cream cupcakes for dessert. But I wanted to add a little something extra! So I unwrapped one of my Mars Minis for each cupcake and popped it in the middle!
Then I allowed them to bake to create a delicious cupcake that was filled with a sweet surprise inside. Once they were done (and after giving them time to cool our course) I iced each one with orange icing. Next it was time to create my spiders. I used fun sized SNICKERS to sit on top of the cupcakes. Then I added edible eyes (OK, so they are not so scary but I have a 2 year old peeps!) by using a little bit of icing to get them to stick.
Finally, since no spider is complete without legs, I used licorice to make legs! I simply cut lengths of the licorice and then stuck them down into the cupcake to secure them, creating legs for my new little friend!
And my final result? Spider cupcakes that were perfect for any Halloween celebration!
Now, both of these treats were fun alone but together they were fabulous! As I cackled over my cauldron (OK, I really just washed the dishes I had used to make my goodies) and waited for my unsuspecting kiddos to come home, I couldn’t help but be excited about the creation I had made. Because I knew that Halloween celebrations were about to get a lot tastier in my home and I couldn’t wait to see their reaction!
Once the kids got home, I watched their faces fill with fear and delight as their eyes lit on the scary celebration I had created. Thankfully, it only took about two seconds for fear to be replaced with absolute joy that sweet treats were waiting on them and with no hesitation at drinking eyeballs or eating spiders, they dove in!
Creating this #SpookyCelebration could not have been more fun and it’s inspired me to keep the Halloween festivities going inside our home and out. With the inspiration I found in Mars candy, Hawaiian Punch and 7UP, I’ve discovered all types of spooky treats to make our Halloween complete. Not to mention that the amazing prices on these hugs bags of candy ensured that I’ll be more than ready when my doorbell starts to ring!
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