Healthy Halloween Treats
Sweet and Spicy Pepitas Popcorn Balls
Total: 40 min
Prep: 20 min
Cook: 20 min
Yield: 20 balls
3 (3.5-ounce) bags natural microwave popcorn
2 cups pepitas (hulled pumpkin seeds)
1 cup heavy cream
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into pieces, plus more for forming
1/4 teaspoon fine salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Pop the popcorn according to package instructions. While hot, carefully open package and dump into a large bowl.
Toast the pumpkin seeds in a large skillet over medium-high heat, until browned and popping, tossing and stirring occasionally, about 4 minutes. (Do this in batches, if needed.) Add to the popcorn.
Make caramel: Warm the cream over low heat and keep warm while you cook the sugar. Put the sugar and corn syrup and in a deep, heavy-bottomed large saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally until the sugar dissolves. Stop stirring, raise heat to medium-high, and simmer until the sugar reaches the hard crack stage, or 305 degrees F on a candy thermometer, about 7 minutes.
Whisk the butter and salt into the sugar mixture. Gradually pour in the cream and vanilla taking care since the mixture will bubble up. Reduce the heat to medium and continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until the sugar reaches soft ball stage, 240 degrees F on the thermometer, about 5 minutes more. Immediately remove from the heat and stir in the cinnamon and cayenne. Cool for about a minute. Pour caramel over the popcorn and stir to evenly coat.
When the popcorn is cool enough to handle, coat your hands with some butter and shape into 4-inch balls. Wrap in waxed paper and tie with a string, if desired. Serve or store covered at room temperature for up to a week.
Deviled Ham Eyeball Sandwich
Total: 25 min
Prep: 25 min
Yield: 20 eyeballs
20 slices white bread, such as Arnold Brick Oven White Sandwich Bread
2 cups smoked cooked ham, chopped (about 8 ounces)
1/3 cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon pickled relish
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
3 dashes hot sauce, such as Tabasco
10 pimento-stuffed green olives, sliced in half
Ketchup, for squirting
Special equipment: 2 1/2-inch round cookie cutter
Punch out rounds from the bread using a 2 1/2-inch round cookie cutter. Lay out the rounds on a baking sheet. Set aside.
Add the ham, mayonnaise, honey, mustard, relish, Worcestershire and hot sauce in the bowl of a food processor. Sprinkle with salt and pulse until finely chopped, but still chunky. Spoon a tablespoon at a time of the ham mixture onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. Roll each spoonful into round balls. Stuff 1 olive into the center of each ball for eyes. Lay the balls in the center of the bread rounds. Squirt ketchup around the edges of the bread to mimic veins. Serve to kids and pray they don't cry from how scary these are.
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