Forget the usual candy and make these spooky Halloween treats instead- your kids will love them!
Halloween was always one of my favorite holidays growing up. I used to love getting dressed up in costumes and going trick or treating with my friends. Now that I’m a parent, it’s fun getting to experience the holiday all over again through my daughter’s eyes. Halloween is still a few days away and already we’ve done so many fun things like visiting a pumpkin patch, carving Jack-o’-lanterns, attending a wonderful fall festival at her school and even dressing up for a Halloween princess ball (because she is obsessed with princesses, after all)!
To add to the fun, I decided to make some spooky Halloween treats for her. At this time of year, it can be hard to avoid candy altogether because it’s everywhere! Fortunately, with a little creativity, there are lots of fun treats that you can make for your kids that are healthier than the traditional candy that’s out there.
First up, Banana Ghost Pops, which I made by dipping bananas in Stonyfield Vanilla Greek yogurt and freezing. To decorate my ghosts, I used mini chocolate chips for eyes and UnReal Candy Coated Milk Chocolates for the mouths. If you haven’t heard of UnReal, they make candy using all-real, sustainably sourced ingredients that are free of GMOs, gluten, soy, corn, excess sugar and artificial flavors, dyes, and preservatives. As they put it, their mission is to “unjunk” the world one product at a time and give you better choices without sacrificing taste and fun.
When I read the ingredient list on the packaging, I was delighted to see that the colorful candy shells are colored with natural ingredients like red cabbage juice, beetroot juice, annatto extract, and turmeric extract. My daughter Sienna loved all of the unique colors- they were the perfect finishing touch for my banana ghosts. I decided to make a simple yogurt parfait to house my banana ghosts, which I made by layering fresh berries and Stonyfield yogurt in these adorable small mason jars. To top them off I added “dirt” made with crumbled chocolate covered shortbread sticks, “blood” made with crushed strawberries, and a peanut butter cup “tombstone.”
My Witches Broomsticks were even easier to make- just two ingredients! I used UnReal Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups and Almond Butter Cups, which are made with fair trade cacao, cane sugar, cocoa butter and dry roasted peanuts. The dark chocolate is a good source of antioxidants and they have more fiber and less sugar compared to traditional candy (5 grams of sugar per peanut butter cup compared to 10.5 grams for a traditional peanut butter cup). When I tasted them, I was struck by the rich flavor of the dark chocolate and the nutty, creamy center, which was not overly sweet like most candy. I flipped them over, and made a little hole in the center with a sharp knife. Then I inserted chocolate covered shortbread sticks (you can also use pretzel sticks). It doesn’t get much easier than that! Have a happy and safe Halloween!
- 4 large bananas
- Stonyfield Organic Vanilla Greek Yogurt
- 16 mini chocolate chips
- 8 UnReal candy coated milk chocolates
- Cut the bananas in half and freeze them for 30 minutes. Insert popsicle sticks about halfway into the bananas. Dip the bananas in yogurt, coating all sides. Place them on a baking sheet lined with a silicone liner or wax paper. Insert two mini chocolate chips on each pop for eyes and 1 Unreal candy coated milk chocolate for the mouth. Freeze until firm.
- 8 UnReal dark chocolate peanut butter or almond butter cups
- 8 chocolate covered shortbread sticks or pretzel sticks
- Turn the chocolate peanut/almond butter cups over and cut a little hole in the center using a sharp knife. Insert a shortbread or pretzels stick into the hole and serve.
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