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Seven dead-scary treat ideas for halloween

Disguising healthy vegetable snacks as sweets is a mortifying trick in itself. But if you want to get a bit more creative with your Halloween snacks, here are some ideas:

Halloween red smoothieBlood beetroot mocktails
The easiest trick in the book, since beetroots already provide the natural blood-red colour you’re after. Chuck a load of beetroot in the blender with a banana (for sweetness), a handful of frozen berries and a squeeze of orange juice. Top with some mint leaves… If you dare to have devilishly fresh breath.

Breakfast scare
Egg and bacon skull and cross bones is an easy breakfast scare to get the kids out of bed! Fry two eggs and form into the shape of a skull with the yolks for eye sockets. Cut red peppers into small strips to form the teeth, and a splodge of tomato sauce for the nose holes. Then, place two strips of criss-crossed bacon for the bones behind the skull.

halloween pumpkin cakePumpkin cake
Just like a carrot cake, but with 500g grated pumpkin, mixed spice and sultanas instead. Alternatively, you could make a sweet pumpkin tart using pureed pumpkin with ginger.

 

Unnervingly delicious red velvet cupcakes
Chocolate and raspberry velvet cupcakes will go down a treat. Use a cream cheese icing, drizzled with sticky raspberry sauce.

nachos and corn chips for halloween

Ghoulishly green and blood-curdling black guacamole
Guacamole mixed with whole black beans makes a swampy yet tasty topping or dip. Perfect with red-hot nachos.


Need a hand with the punch?

Make your favourite punch, but with a twist! Fill a surgical glove with water and freeze it. Once frozen, remove the glove and place the hand-shaped ice cube in the punch to creepily float around.

Scary puff pastry snacks for halloween

Petrifying puff pastry
Cut puff pastry into the pattern of cats and bats. Then top with poppy seeds for a blackened look, or paprika for a red tinge before baking.

 

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Feeling the lump of Humbug stuck in your throat? Feeling like the Grinch is your shadow? STOP! With the help of quotes from popular festive film Elf, I shall remind you of the reasons to look forward to Christmas this year…

?. “We elves try to stick to the four main food groups: candy, candy canes, candy corns and syrup.”
Not only can you eat sweets from dawn to dusk, but it’s also acceptable to have a drink or two before noon.
Champagne and orange juice at breakfast, Baileys in coffee (for 48-hours Baileys is a legitimate milk substitute), sloe gin to warm you up in the afternoon, and a splash of whisky in hot chocolate before bed. It’s okay, calories don’t count on Christmas.

?. “You have such a pretty face, you should be on a Christmas card”
Christmas bobble sweaters, elf-shoe slippers, green tights, reindeer earrings… Fashion gets festive – never apologise for this.

?.“Sounds like somebody needs to sing a Christmas Carol.”
The best way to spread Christmas Cheer, is singing loud for all to hear.
Very loud Christmas music is allowed from very early to very late. I suggest getting together a playlist of your favourites – I recommend Baby, It’s Cold Outside, Merry Christmas Everybody and Sleigh Bells. However, to shake it up a bit, find some modern versions of the classics. Slade, KT Tunstall, Zooey Deschanel… So many celebs have taken to Christmas Carols.

?.“We could make ginger bread houses, and eat cookie dough, and go ice skating, and maybe even hold hands…”
Spread the love and thanks for your loved ones! Make sure you tell your friends and family how important they are to you.

?.“I just like to smile, smiling’s my favourite”
Being jolly for no good reason is the essence of Christmas time! There’s a Grinch at every Christmas party… Don’t be that guy.

?.“You smell like beef and cheese, you don’t smell like Santa at all.”
If it’s Christmas time, it has to smell like Christmas time. Christmas-themed scented candles are a real thing (Apple Cider, cinnamon, mulled wine…), which would make a lovely welcome to guests. The smell of apple on mince pie in the oven, and roast turkey on the table are classic Christmas wafts that shouldn’t be neglected.

?.“Elves love to tell stories. I’ll bet you didn’t know that about elves.”
Elf, The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, A Christmas Carol, The Polar Express… So many great festive films to watch on Christmas Eve. Love Actually is everyone’s love-hate film, but Christmassy nevertheless.

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Strawberry cupcakes for the great bake off

Strawberry cupcakes for the great bake offDon’t break down and rye – crumb and get it! This is what we were bread for! Bread week on the Great British Bake off was entertaining to say the yeast…

To recap: Our Postsnap office has been so excited for the series that we decided to get involved. We each picked a contestant’s name out of a hat, and when that contestant is eliminated the corresponding employee must bake something for us all! Mwahahaha.

 

“It’s not messy, it’s informal” – Mary Berry’s wisdom.

A great excuse for all baking failures, stated in the fabulous bread-based episode this week.

Sprinkle cupcakes for the great British bake offfBack in the Postsnap office, however, we have been continually spoiled by our rather formal-looking baked goods! Last week we had delicious Sprinkle Cupcakes by our in-house designer Caroline, who baked voluntarily.

This week’s Great Bake Off episode has been particularly entertaining. Especially thanks to Val…

Despite the undefined Noah’s Ark-themed bread centre piece, tea-sipping Val did well making a classic Biblical story new again. There weren’t two bread elephants,“because they had a fight”, and there was only one bread dove “because the other flew away”… We love you Val.

Lemon rainbow cake for the great british bake offAnd, this week’s elimination has brought some even more sweet treats into the Postsnap office.

Although Caroline helped us out by baking cupcakes when Gemma was away, Gemma has brought in her entry this week – a spectacular Lemon Rainbow Cake!!

Don’t worry, it has lemon in it, so it’s healthy.

Luckily for us, Caroline is to bake again because her nominated contestant was sadly eliminated on the last episode. Chocolate cheesecake, here we come!

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