October 29, 1997 in Food

Holiday Treats Certain To Please Tempt Your Party Guests With These Tasty Ghoulish-Looking Snacks

The Associated Press

Chocolate-covered marshmallow beetles, witches’ hats treats and marshmallow ghosts are delicious snacks to serve at a Halloween party. Each of these recipes from Kraft Foods requires only a handful of ingredients, and is quick and easy to make.

Chocolate-Covered Marshmallow Beetles

1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips

1 cup (6 ounces) butterscotch chips

2 cups chow mein noodles, plus more for garnish

1/2 cup peanuts

2 cups miniature marshmallows

Miniature chocolate candies

Cook chips in a medium microwave-safe bowl on high (100 percent power) for 2 to 3 minutes, or until smooth when stirred, stirring every minute.

Add noodles and peanuts; mix lightly. Add marshmallows, stirring until completely cooked.

Drop by teaspoonfuls onto waxed paper-lined tray. Add additional chow mein noodles to create legs. Use miniature chocolate candies for eyes. Store at room temperature.

Yield: About 24 beetles.

Witches’ Hats Treats

3 tablespoons margarine or butter

1 (10-ounce) package regular-size marshmallows (38 to 40 marshmallows)

1/2 cup peanut butter

6 cups crisp rice cereal

1 cups milk chocolate chips or semisweet chocolate chips

White decorator icing

Assorted candies

Melt margarine in large microwave-safe bowl on high (100 percent power) for 45 seconds or until melted. Add marshmallows; toss to coat with margarine.

Cook on high 1-1/2 minutes or until smooth when stirred, stirring after 45 seconds. Stir in peanut butter.

Immediately add cereal; mix lightly until well coated. Press into greased 13- by 9-inch pan.

Cook chips in small microwave-safe bowl on high for 2 minutes, or until smooth when stirred, stirring every minute. Spread melted chips on marshmallow and rice cereal mixture. Cool.

Cut into tall triangles so that the treats look like witches’ hats. (You may want to leave a thin base along the bottom of the triangle to resemble the brim of a hat.) Decorate with decorator icing and candies, if desired.

Yield: 24 hats.

Marshmallow Ghosts

2 (6-ounce) packages premium white chocolate baking squares

1-1/2 cups miniature marshmallows

Decorator icing or assorted candies

Cook white chocolate in medium microwave-safe bowl on high (100 percent) power, 2 to 3 minutes or until smooth when stirred, stirring every minute. Cool slightly.

Stir in marshmallows; mix lightly until completely coated.

Drop by spoonfuls onto wax paper-lined tray. Smooth and flatten to make ghost shape. Decorate with candies and/or decorator icing to make faces, if desired. Store at room temperature.

Yield: About 16 ghosts.

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