Sunday, October 24, 2010

Old Fashioned Halloween Treats

I don't think my Mom ever bought a bag of Halloween candy when I was a kid. She, like so many Moms of the 1950's made treats for the little Goblins! One of our neighbors, the Rathbone's would invite Trick or Treaters into their home for a little "Sweets Buffet" complete with punch! Mrs. Rathbone was so nice and truly enjoyed seeing the neighborhood kids in their costumes. Mrs. Freeman, another elderly neighbor would make pumpkin bread and serve slices of that at the door. Another neighbor set a big bowl of apples on their front porch!
Can you imagine doing that now?Mom would make popcorn balls or candy apples, then wrap them up in the little wax paper bags that she used for packing my lunches. I made a new Popcorn Ball recipe for the "Ladies of Windcrest" this week. It was simple, with few ingredients and they really enjoyed them. It's a twist on the tried and true Rice Krispie Treats and wasn't too hard to bite like the traditional popcorn balls.

Candy Corn Popcorn Balls
1/4 cup(1/2 stick) butter or margarine
1 pkg. (10-1/2 oz.) JET-PUFFED Miniature Marshmallows
1 pkg. (4-serving size) JELL-O Gelatin, any flavor
12 cups (3 qt.) popped popcorn
1 cup candy corn
MICROWAVE butter and marshmallows in large microwavable bowl on HIGH 1-1/2 to 2 minutes or until marshmallows are puffed. Stir in gelatin until well blended.
POUR marshmallow mixture over combined popcorn and candy corn in large bowl. Mix lightly until well coated.
SHAPE into 16 (2-inch) balls or other shapes with greased or wet hands.

This one sounds good too...

Butterfinger Popcorn Balls
6 cups popped popcorn
3 (2.1-oz. each) NESTLÉ® BUTTERFINGER Candy Bars, chopped
1/4 (1/2 stick) cup butter or margarine
3-1/2 cups miniature marshmallows
Nonstick cooking spray
COMBINE popcorn and chopped Butterfinger in large bowl.
MELT butter in medium saucepan over low heat. Stir in marshmallows. Heat, stirring constantly, until marshmallows are melted and mixture is smooth.POUR over popcorn mixture; quickly toss to coat well. Spray hands with nonstick cooking spray. Form popcorn mixture into six 3-inch balls. Place on wax paper to cool. Store in airtight container.

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  1. It is amazing when you hear the stories of old and how different it is today. I hope us old folks keep telling the stories because these young ones have no clue.

  2. There was really no trick or treating when we were young - it has only been introduced here in more recent times.

    We used to have bobbing for apples and for money:-}

  3. I live in a little german village in MO. We have a fall festival(not Octoberfeste, and it's later than Erntefeste) for the kids. Everything is homemade. When I was little(1980's) it was considered "polite" to enter the person's house to receive the treats. It was really the "german version" of Halloween. haha


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