A Happy and Healthy Halloween

DSC09361All parents know how appealing their child’s Halloween candy stash can look in the days leading up to this ghostly holiday. I know the way I get when I start seeing the bags of candy and other sweets on store shelves! But it’s almost SCARY how easy it can be to create healthy and homemade treats your whole family will love this October. I’ll arm you with the tools you need to get trick-or-treaters rushing back for seconds, making you the envy of every other house on the block. Making your own treats is easier than you think, and is a fun activity the whole family can enjoy. We’re hosting a candy-making lesson as part of our Annual Halloween Spook-tacular celebration on Saturday, October 25th from 11AM-2PM. Follow the link to BOOk your family now!

If you can’t make it to Chef Toni’s Cooking Adventures for that, take inspiration from the recipe below. A memorable, seasonal, and enriching experience can be had if you create this delicious dish alongside your Junior Chef! Please be careful, as some of the techniques can be tough for children- make sure to lend a helping hand and you’ll be chowing down on delicious Halloween delicacies together in no time flat!

Yummy Gummy Treats

  • 1 cup water (divided into two half cups)
  • ½ cup gelatin powder
  • ¼ cup maple syrup, to taste (optional)
  • 1 cup fruit juice
  • 1/2 cup pureed frozen strawberries
  • 1/2 cup pureed frozen blueberries
  • Silicon molds in your favorite spooky shapes, or a glass baking dish

Instructions

  • Please have all ingredients ready, you and your junior chefs will need to work quickly before the mixture sets.
  • Let frozen fruit defrost to just below room temperature. Puree fruit and strain with a fine mesh strainer
  • Set aside one cup of fruit juice
  • Boil ½ cup water.
  • Place a separate ½ cup cold water in a medium sized bowl or quart size mason jar.
  • Add ½ cup gelatin powder and stir quickly to create a paste.
  • Quickly add the ½ cup boiling water and stir again briskly till it thickens, but can still be stirred
  • Add the maple syrup and stir.
  • Add the juice and pureed fruit and stir well, using a whisk or immersion blender
  • Very quickly pour the mixture into molds or a greased glass baking dish; let it cool in the fridge for 2-3 hours. If you do not have molds, use cookie cutters to cut the gummy into your favorite shape from the glass dish
  • These gummy treats will keep for 1-2 weeks in the fridge when sealed in an airtight container

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