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Halloween is literally right around the corner. My kids are absolutely flipping out, because Daddy has a week off of work, and we will be doing plenty of fun things to celebrate. Hayrides, trick or treating, and maybe even Boo at the Zoo. (Provided they're still running it. I need to check the dates!) The best part of any holiday is seeing the kiddos having fun.
One way we like to spend quality time with the little ones is by making fun, festive treats. The easier, the better. For one, I am no Betty Crocker. I can cook my butt off, but when it comes to desserts, I am absolutely hopeless. I'm basically a Pinterest fail, waiting to happen when I attempt baking. Second, my kids love to help in the kitchen. The little ones are only 4 and 5, so we try to keep things as simple as possible so they can help out, too.
Today is Dan's first day of vacation, so we decided that we would make some fun, fool-proof Halloween treats with the kids. The awesome folks at Sour Jacks sent us a few bags of their super-sour candy, and challenged us to come up with something devilishly delightful with them. So today, that was our mission.
We let the kids brainstorm and come up with ideas before we hit the store to grab other supplies. The kids looked at the Sour Jacks and decided they would make perfect gravestones.
Then there was a slight war about whether we should make cookies or cupcakes. I told the kids that rather than fight, we should think of a way to use Sour Jacks in both!
They decided that we could make cookie gravestones and zombie cupcakes. You know....Zombies in the graveyard? I thought it was pretty clever, if I do say so myself!
We headed to the store and picked up some green cupcake mix, some cookie mix to make thumbprint cookies, a few different types of icing, and of course, zombie eyeballs and hands.
I normally make everything from scratch, but this time, we opted to grab the mixes for convenience sake as well as to keep it easy for my budding chefs.
Sophie and Xander had a blast mixing together the cookie and cupcake ingredients and helping place them onto the cookie sheet and cupcake pan. They love feeling like they're cooking things themselves, even if there is more than a little adult assistance.
The best part? Decorating everything, of course!
After the cupcakes and cookies cooled, we got right to turning them into a spooky cemetery brimming with brain-hungry zombies.
We put a dollop of icing on the thumbprint cookies to hold the Sour Jacks gravestones in place. These candies are the perfect shape for a gravestone, too! The kids were extremely amused by this.
For the zombie cupcakes, we just added icing to the cupcakes, added gummy eyes and zombie hands, and then added a Sour Jack candy for the mouth.
Easy, peasy! Not only are they cute, they are simple enough that even young children can make them. Definitely a hit in our home as we celebrate Halloween!
How would YOU use Sour Jacks to make Halloween treats? I'd love to hear your ideas!
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I'm Brandy, a happily married, proud Mom of 3 amazing kids. If you're interested in building a working relationship, please feel free to e-mail me at: NewlyCrunchyMamaOf3@gmail.com
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