Snack Like A Southerner: Caramel-Peanut-Popcorn Snack Mix

Caramel-Peanut-Popcorn Snack Mix(myrecipes)

Ingredients:
15 cups
 popped popcorn (about 3/4 cup kernels) 
Vegetable cooking spray 
1 cup plus 2 Tbsp. firmly packed dark brown sugar 
1/2 cup butter 
1/2 cup dark corn syrup 
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt 
1 cup lightly salted dry-roasted peanuts 
Wax paper 
(10.5 oz.) package candy-coated peanut butter pieces (such as Reese's Pieces)
Step One: "Preheat oven to 325°. Spread popcorn in an even layer on a lightly greased (with cooking spray) heavy-duty aluminum foil-lined 13- x 18-inch pan."
Step Two: "Stir together brown sugar and next 3 ingredients in a small saucepan over medium-low heat; bring to a simmer, and simmer, stirring constantly, 1 minute. Pour over popcorn, and stir gently to coat."

Step Three: "Bake at 325° for 25 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes. Add peanuts during last 5 minutes."
Step Four: "Remove from oven, and spread on lightly greased (with cooking spray) wax paper. Cool completely (about 20 minutes). Break apart large pieces, and stir in candy pieces."
Enjoy! Thanks, My Recipes! 

Snack Like a Southerner: Hot Spiced Cider

(myrecipes)

Ingredients:

quarts apple cider 
1/2 cup molasses 
lemon slices, cut in half 
12 whole cloves 
(2-inch) cinnamon sticks 
1/4 cup lemon juice 
Garnishes: cinnamon sticks,lemon wedges, whole cloves
"Bring cider and next 4 ingredients to a boil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally; reduce heat, and simmer 15 minutes.

Remove cinnamon sticks and cloves with a slotted spoon; stir in lemon juice. Garnish, if desired."

Snack Like a Southerner: Pumpkin Cheese Display

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Ingredients:

(10-oz.) blocks extra-sharp white Cheddar cheese, shredded
8-oz.) package cream cheese, softened 
(4-oz.) goat cheese logs, softened 
1/2 teaspoon pepper 
Braided pretzel, muscadine vine and leaf 
Crackers and assorted vegetables
"1. Stir together first 4 ingredients. Shape mixture into a ball to resemble a pumpkin. Smooth pumpkin's entire surface with metal spatula or table knife. Make vertical grooves in ball, if desired, using fingertips. Press pretzel into top of cheese ball to resemble a pumpkin stem; place muscadine vine and leaf beside pretzel. Serve with crackers and assorted vegetables.

*Extra-sharp Cheddar cheese may be substituted.

Note: We tested with Cracker Barrel Extra-Sharp Cheddar Cheese. To make ahead, wrap cheese ball in plastic wrap, without stem, vine, or leaf, and store in refrigerator up to two days. Attach stem, vine, and leaf before serving."

Halloween Hoe Down Part 2: Food and Drink

Halloween parties are nothing without a scary amount of awesome food and drink. Here are some really super cool ideas and recipes to try and make your Halloween Hoe down as SWEET as possible!

Meatball Mummies
(foodnetwork)

Hotdog Mummies
(tasteofhome)

30 Halloween Party Foods
(food)

Ham and Cheese Spiders
(tasteofhome)

Toasted Pumpkin Seeds
(101cookbooks)

Chocolate Crescent Roll Witch Hats
(foodnetwork)

16 Monster Treats
(buzzfeed)

Individual Spooky White Pizzas
(foodnetwork)

Caramel Apple Monster Munch
(foodnetwork)

Dead Man's Finger Sandwiches
(parenting)

9 Spooky Meal Ideas
(halfhourmeals)

Stack of Bones
(tasteofhome)

Slimy Jello Shots
(parenting)

Candy Corn Quesadillas
(tasteofhome)

Spooky Veggies and Dip
(parenting)

No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake Squares
(ut.spoonuniveristy)

Pumpkin Stew
(tasteofhome)

Witch on a Stick
(parenting)

Giant Black Widow
(parenting)

White Chocolate Ghosts
(parenting)

Halloween Party Recipes for Adults
(cookinglight)

Ghostly Goodies
(parenting)

Friendly Ghosts
(parenting)

Trick-or-Treat Turn Overs
(tasteofhome)

29 Perfect Halloween Party Snacks
(buzzfeed)

23 To Die For Halloween Cocktail Recipes
(hgtv)

 Shirley Temple
(hellogiggles)

Ghostly Guzzle
(parenting)

Absolut Halloween Drinks
(absolut)

Blood Red Punch
(foodnetwork)

 

Have a devilishly delicious Halloween!

 

Snack Like a Southerner: Trash Mix

(myrecipes)

Ingredients:

(16-ounce) package candy corn 
(15-ounce) package pretzel nibblers 
(12-ounce) package caramel popcorn and peanuts 
(15-ounce) package banana chips 
(15-ounce) package candy-coated chocolate pieces 
(15-ounce) package dried mango 
(15-ounce) package dried pineapple 
(10-ounce) package toffee pretzels 
(6-ounce) package sweetened dried cranberries 
(6-ounce) package worm-shaped chewy candy
"Stir together all ingredients. Store in an airtight container.

NOTE: For testing purposes only, we used pretzel Nuggets, Crunch 'n Munch, M&M's, and Craisins."

Snack Like a Southerner: Brew Ha-Ha Punch

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Ingredients:

2 cups sugar 
quarts water $
(13-ounce) envelopes lime drink mix 
(46-ounce) can pineapple juice 
quart ginger ale
"Stir together sugar and 2 quarts water until sugar is dissolved. Stir in remaining ingredients. Chill.

Note: For a scary presentation, place punch bowl into a larger bowl, and add dry ice to larger bowl."

Snack Like a Southerner: Monster Eyes

(myrecipes)

Ingredients:

3 cups all-purpose baking mix 
1 pound ground hot pork sausage 
8-ounce block Muenster cheese, shredded 
7-ounce jar pimiento cheese-stuffed Spanish olives
"1. Combine 3 cups all-purpose baking mix; 1 lb. ground hot pork sausage; and 1 (8-oz.) block Muenster cheese, shredded, in a large bowl until blended. Shape sausage mixture into 1 1/4-inch balls, and place on lightly greased baking sheets. Press 1 pimiento-stuffed Spanish olive (you'll need 1 7-oz. jar) deeply into center of each ball. Bake at 400° for 15 to 18 minutes or until lightly browned.

Note: For testing purposes only, we used Bisquick for all-purpose baking mix and Jimmy Dean Hot Ground Pork Sausage."

September 30, 2015 by Lexx Fusco