October 20, 2010 in Features

Witches Brew punch can be made with various juices

Alison Ladman Associated Press
 
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Witches brew Halloween punch with slippery, gooey fish eyes (tapioca pearls) is child-friendly.
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Nothing says child-friendly Halloween punch like fish eyes.

So we’ve brewed up a party-size kettle of fruity, bubbly punch studded with slippery, slimy, gooey fish eyes (often sold under the name “tapioca pearls”).

When shopping for this recipe, be certain to purchase pearls of tapioca, which resemble small white beads. The more common instant tapioca is too small, won’t resemble balls once cooked and will be too mushy to be used in the punch.

If the juice flavors called for in this recipe aren’t your favorite, substitute at will.

4 cups water

1 cup tapioca pearls

1/2 cup sugar

64-ounce bottle cranberry juice blend, chilled

2-liter bottle lime seltzer water, chilled

12-ounce can frozen peach blend juice concentrate, thawed but cold

Gummy candies, such as worms, to garnish

In a medium saucepan over high heat, bring the water to a boil. Add the tapioca pearls and sugar, then return to a boil. Lower the heat to medium and simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Transfer the tapioca mixture to a bowl, cover and refrigerate until chilled.

Once the tapioca has chilled, in a large, clear punch bowl, combine the cranberry juice blend, seltzer water, peach juice concentrate and tapioca mixture. Stir gently to combine. Garnish the bowl with gummy candies.

Yield: 20 servings

Approximate nutrition per serving: 87 calories, no fat, no protein, 22 grams carbohydrate, no cholesterol, no dietary fiber, 6 milligrams sodium.

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