Recipes: Halloween treats

  • October 15, 2003 - 11:00 PM

Jell-O Creepy Jigglers Hands

Makes 2 hands.

• 2 1/2 c. boiling water

• 4 (3-oz.) pkg. Jell-O, any flavor

• Nonstick cooking spray

Stir boiling water into gelatin in medium bowl at least 2 minutes or until completely dissolved. Refrigerate 10 minutes to cool.

While gelatin is cooling, soak 2 clean disposable gloves in warm water; rinse well. Squeeze gloves dry, and spray insides with nonstick cooking spray (the gloves will be very difficult to remove if you don't spray them). Slowly pour gelatin into each glove; tightly tie the top of each glove with a twist tie or rubber band. Place on baking sheet and refrigerate 4 hours or until set.

Cut gloves away from the "hands" with scissors. Add to a punch or place on a plate for decoration.

Spooky add-ins: Place a couple of gummy worms into the fingers of gloves before filling with gelatin. Or place a strawberry slice in each fingertip before filling to create "fingernails."

Haunted Forest Platter

From, the Web site for Better Homes & Gardens.

• 3 stalks broccoli

• 3 medium beets

• Wood toothpicks

• 3 hard-boiled eggs

• Black olives

• Assorted vegetables and garnishes, such as cherry tomatoes, pea pods, kohlrabi, radishes, sweet red and yellow peppers, olives and tiny sweet pickles

• Shredded carrots

• 1 oz. spaghetti, cooked and drained

• Liquid green food coloring

To make haunted forest: Create trees by cutting bottoms from stalks of broccoli to make 6-inch broccoli trees. Slice beets about 1/2-to 3/4-inch thick to make a base for the broccoli trees. Break wood toothpicks in half. Insert three to four toothpick pieces into the bottom of each broccoli stalk and then insert into a beet slice. Stand broccoli upright. Cover to keep moist.

To make egg ghosts: Use a small knife to hollow out eyes and mouths to form a face. Cut small pieces of black olives to press into hollowed-out areas for eyes or mouth. Cover to keep moist.

Assemble the forest: Create creepy creatures with vegetables of your choice. Place broccoli trees on a serving platter. Cover surface of platter with shredded carrot. Hide egg ghosts in the forest along with other vegetable creatures. Scatter piles of vegetables, and add strips of red pepper to the broccoli branches. To make the moss, add a few drops of food coloring to a small amount of water in a medium bowl. Add cooked spaghetti and let stand about 5 minutes. Drain and place over broccoli trees. Keep platter covered until ready to serve, spraying with water to keep moist, if necessary.

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