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6 Delectably Different Ideas for Halloween Snacks

October 27, 2020
Spooky and delicious – that describes our ideas for Halloween snacks to a "T." (Source: Shutterstock / Pressmaster)

Spooky and delicious – that describes our ideas for Halloween snacks to a “T.” (Source: Shutterstock / Pressmaster)

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The spooooookiest night of the year is almost upon us. Have you picked out your costume? Decorated the house? Lined up a delectably scary collection of horror films to watch? No doubt you have!

There’s only one thing missing, then: the food. Don’t worry, though; we’ve got you covered. Check out these incredibly delicious (and eerily different) ideas for Halloween snacks that will keep your ghoulish guests sated as you fête away All Hallow’s Eve. Even if you’re not giving out candy, you can sure cater to the unfailing sweet-tooth.

1: Fudge it up.

To heck with those measly half-melted candy bars. Delight your horrific visitors with something more substantial: fudge. Just mix together 2 bags of your favorite chocolate chips – dark is preferred – 2 cans of sweetened condensed milk, a nice pinch of salt, and a dash of cinnamon. Line a 9×9 baking dish with parchment paper that’s been coated with non-stick spray on both sides. Melt your ingredients (all of them) in a saucepot, then add to the pre-greased baking dish. (For an extra surprise, press in a handful of Luxardo cherry halves into the fudge.) Chill about an hour and a half or until set.

Decadent, rich, and a heck of a lot better than a bad candy bar. (Source: Shutterstock / By Brent Hofacker)

Decadent, rich, and a heck of a lot better than a bad candy bar. (Source: Shutterstock / By Brent Hofacker)

If you want something easier, grab our 20% off deal at Savannah’s Candy Kitchen. Even if their decadent fudge, toffee, brittle, or pralines don’t make it in time for your spooky fest, you’ll have no problem savoring them between now and Thanksgiving.

2: Tend the pie bar.

While we love any kind of bar for a gathering (taco bar, pasta bar, baked potato bar – you get the gist), here’s a new idea for a Halloween snack one that no one will be expecting: a pie bar. That’s right, bake up 4-5 of your favorite pies (or buy them from the store) and line them up with a hefty helping of whipped cream, ice cream, caramel sauce, and chocolate sauce. Let your guests design the pie slice of their dreams – but be sure you get your party activities in before the sugar comma hits.


Trick or Treat Costumes at Halloween Express

3: Go healthy(ish) with a fruit cocktail and sandies.

Trying to make the ‘ween a healthy one this year? Easy enough. Just buy an assortment of in-season fruits (apples, pears, figs, cranberries, pomegranates), cut up, and serve with sandies or shortbread. You can also use them as toppings on pound cake if you want something a little more indulgent.

Not sure what to kind of fruit to get or where to get it? Pittman & Davis is likely your best bet – they offer collections of fruit for every season, plus cakes to make your party a little richer. Even better: You can get free shipping on your order!

Fruit and pound cake? It's delicious and pretty! (Source: Shutterstock / Elena Veselova)

Fruit and pound cake? It’s delicious and pretty! (Source: Shutterstock / Elena Veselova)

4: Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate.

While we love a delectable departure from the Halloween norm, there’s one idea for Halloween snacks that just can’t be upended: chocolate. We suggest kicking things up a notch, though, and not limiting yourself to the standard cocoa candies. Go with an assortment of truffles that boast different fillings. You can even make a game of it – guess the filling and you get a prize!

You can go standard store-bought here and get yourself some Russel Stover, but why not go premium with the likes of Ethel M Chocolates? Don’t tell your guests, but the fillings in these delightful truffles are rapturous; lemon satin crème, almond butter krisp, and coconut are among the bigger hits. Plus, Ethel M will ship your confections for free!

5: DIY cookies.

Sure, you can buy some mediocre chocolate chip cookies from the grocery store, serve them to underwhelmed guests, and call it a day. But where’s the (spooky) fun in that? Kick things up a notch by making some sugar cookie dough, then rolling into a log. Have your guests cut up a few slices, then press down and decorate with a slew of accompanying goodies – like candy corn, sprinkles, orange and black icing, and dyed sugar.

Let the kids go wild with sugar cookie decorating this Halloween. (Source: Shutterstock / second Studio)

Let the kids go wild with sugar cookie decorating this Halloween. (Source: Shutterstock / second Studio)

For a quick and easy sugar cookie dough, just mix together 2-1/2 cups white flour, 1 teaspoon baking soda, and 1/2 teaspoon baking powder in a small bowl. In a separate bowl, mix 1 cup white sugar, 3/4 cup softened butter, 1/4 cup sour cream, and 1 teaspoon of vanilla. Beat well, then fold in the dry ingredients. Shape into a log and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate until using. When ready to bake, space out designed cookies on a baking sheet covered in parchment paper and bake at 375 degrees for about 10 minutes or until the edges start to brown.

(Pro tip for parents: Among all the ideas for Halloween snacks we’ve had, this has definitely been the biggest hit with kids. Serve baked cookies with warm milk dyed with orange food coloring to keep the theme going strong.)


6: Drink and be spooky.

Okay, so this was supposed to be about ideas for Halloween snacks, but (almost) every adult party needs a good bar. The trouble is, it’s hard to know what your guests are going to like. Instead of grabbing every other bottle of liquor at the store, grab a mixed box of red and/or white wines from Splash Wines or Firstleaf and save big while also hitting all of your guests’ preferences. (Plus, reds go very well with the chocolate you’re likely be serving from #1 and #4 above.)

Here’s the best part about all of these ideas for Halloween snacks: You can repurpose them for almost any holiday party! Just swap out the spooky elements for more seasonally-appropriate ones and your party will be a smashing success. Oh, and if you want more offers on top food and wine brands as we head into the 2020 holiday season, check out our Food & Wine category page. The deals don’t stop with Halloween!