Post written in paid partnership with ASDA Brighton Hollingbury
Boo! ? I’m so excited that it’s nearly Halloween! I just love this time of year with Halloween, Bonfire Night, my birthday (the 14th Nov… just in case you wondered) and then Christmas! With the cold, crisp weather, the dark nights – there are so many fun times to look forward to around my favourite time of the year. This year for Halloween it feels like Violet is so much more aware of whats going on around her. I’m not sure she really ‘gets it’ but she’s been loving all the decorations, spooky characters and the food so far! As for bonfire night – I’m still undecided as to whether we will go to a firework display this year – she’s still quite little and might be frightened by the loud bangs, but there will be plenty of time for that, I’m sure.
To introduce her to the idea of Halloween we’ve been planning a little family party at home. We’ll have some treats for local Trick or Treaters so hopefully we’ll have some spooky visitors for her to meet too. For our little celebration, I headed down to ASDA Brighton Hollingbury to pick up some ingredients, a pumpkin and some decorations to make our house spook-tastic!
I then created two VERY simple sweet treats that are great little recipes for creating with children – you can really can’t go wrong and kids can get stuck into the decorating too. Perfect! Here are my Halloween creations this year…..
BONFIRE NIGHT APPLES
My first recipe is for Bonfire Night apples. I always think if you can sneak a bit of fruit into a dish for children to eat you are onto a win, even if it is dipped in chocolate! Every little helps right? It’s great to add some fresh produce to a table of naughty sweet treats so this is ideal.
To make my very spangly, super simple bonfire night apples, here is the recipe….
You will need:
- 300g ASDA Dark Chocolate
- 4 x Small Kids Apples
- Dr Oetker Bright & Bold Sprinkle Mix
- ASDA White chocolate stars
- Cake Pop Sticks
Prepare and wash the apples – often apples have a waxy coating, this needs to be removed to help the chocolate stick, so give them a good scrub, dry and polish. Remove stalks.
Push a cake pop stick into each apple.
Prepare a plate with a sheet of baking paper.
Melt the chocolate – my favourite way to do this is to break into pieces in a glass bowl, boil the kettle and pour a little boiling water into a saucepan. Place the glass bowl over the hot water and stir until melted and smooth. If needed pop onto a low heat but be careful not to rush the process and burn the chocolate!
Pour melted chocolate into a deep bowl.
Dip each apple into the melted chocolate, ensuring the entire fruit is covered. Allow any excess to drip back into the bowl.
Place onto baking paper.
Once all apples are dipped, work quickly whilst the chocolate is still melted – add sprinkles to your own design! For fireworks I love bold bright colours in the centre working outwards to sugar strands and stars to give a good firework effect.
Place in the fridge to set.
My next recipe is one of my favourite things to make for any occasion. It’s chocolate bark! You can make it for any occasion by just adding different decorations on the top. I also love making it at Christmas time with a dash of peppermint essence too.
You will need:
- 400g ASDA Milk Chocolate
- 400g ASDA White Chocolate
- Edibles Eyes
- Chocolate, sweets and/or icing to decorate
Line a baking tray with baking paper, making sure the sides are covered too.
Melt the white chocolate (as above)
Once white chocolate is melted, pour onto baking tray and smooth evenly across the tray with a spatula
Place in the fridge to set
Once the chocolate has set, repeat the process with the milk chocolate.
Melt and spread evenly across the tray.
Work quickly with the melted chocolate – add sweets, chocolate or icing randomly across the melted chocolate. For a halloween look, anything orange, yellow, purple or green works really well, as well as spooky eyes, gummy worms or white icing to look like spider webs! The possibilities are endless, you can really have some fun with it!
Place in the fridge to set.
Once completely set, cut into random shaped pieces and serve.
As you can see, both recipes are so easy and something children of all ages can get involved with and enjoy. If you fancy giving them a go, pop to your local ASDA where you can pick up all the ingredients and a large selection of Halloween decorations too. Let me know if you have a go at making them!
Are you having a Halloween party this year? I’d love to see some of your creations! ?
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