Beyond the Black Hamburger Bun: 7 Ways to Spookify Your Food This Halloween
Unless you've been living under a pumpkin, you've probably heard about the major fast food chain that's offering a special black hamburger bun for Halloween (and about the bun's...um...spooky side effects). Reactions around the web were mixed: "I'd try it!" to "No way!" Whichever stance you took on the black bun, we've found a few more creepy takes on your favorite foods for you to consider this season. Would you dare serve these sinister-looking snacks at your next Halloween bash? Get the recipes below.
Goat Cheese Fingers
Yikes! Using goat cheese, roasted red peppers and almonds, you can create these surprisingly realistic "fingers." Serve them with an assortment of crackers and flatbread.
Make This: Spooky Goat Cheese Fingers
Halloween Party Appetizer: Cheesy Eyeballs
This fun-to-make appetizer will have your Halloween party guests doing a double take. A few simple ingredients make this savory snack a scary-easy addition to your party table.
All it takes is a few olives and red gel food color to transform unassuming mini cheese rounds into eerie-looking eyeballs that will have your Halloween party guests doing double takes. Despite their unnerving appearance, they're a healthy snack option when paired with fresh veggies and whole wheat crackers.
Make This: Cheesy Eyeballs
If they don't crawl off the platter first, your Halloween party guests will love these tasty fingerling potato beetles. Use cream cheese to create the eyes and stripes, and wild rice for creepy-crawly legs.
Make This: Potato Beetles
Corn silk lends a "hairy" appearance to these fried polenta poppers. Garnish them with marinara sauce for a bloodshot eyeball effect.
Make This: Hairy Eyeballs
Black Candy Apples
We've all enjoyed a classic red candy apple during the fall months, but would you try these lethal-looking alternatives? Complete the "poison apple" look by using branches from your garden in lieu of lollipop or popsicle sticks. (Maple, birch and fruit tree branches are all safe to use.)
Make This: Black Candy Apples
Bloody Brain Shooters
Photo by Steve Murello
Channel your inner mad scientist and mix up this bloody brain shooter. When you combine acidic lime juice with Irish cream, the cream curdles and creates brain-like strands in the shot. Weird, huh? Add a splash of grenadine for a bloody finishing touch.
Make This: Bloody Brain Shooter
Healthy Black Hamburger Buns
Finally, if you wanted to try the infamous black hamburger bun but were deterred by the unpleasant side effects, try making your own. This healthy recipe uses takesumi (or bamboo charcoal) for coloring, which is popular in Japan as a food additive and detoxifying supplement.
Make This: Healthy Black Hamburger Buns
Candy Corn Brownies
Concentric rings of colored sugar give dense, chocolatey brownies a candy corn makeover for Halloween — our free printable template makes the tricolor effect a snap. Get the recipe and download our template.
Healthy 'Scream' Cheese Sandwiches
Bring kids down off their Halloween sugar high with one of these savory sandwiches. Filled with a tasty cream cheese, cucumber and dill spread, these vegetarian nibbles are sure to be a hit with even the pickiest of palettes. Get the recipe.
Spooky Candy-Dipped Apples
Looking for a fun Halloween project to do with the kids? Well, look no further! These candy-dipped apples look just like a friendly jack-o’-lantern or ghost and are as much fun to decorate as they are to munch. Get the recipe.
Rice Cereal Monsters
These treats definitely won't suck the fun out of your Halloween soiree. With vampire teeth they can keep, your guests will fall in love with these tasty beasties at first bite. Get the recipe.
Yummy Mummy Empanadas
Wrap up fun for your Halloween party guests with these pepperoni pizza-style empanadas. Filled with hearty ingredients, they're a kid-pleasing snack for school lunches too. Get the recipe.
Jack-O'-Lantern Marshmallow Cookies
Fluffy homemade marshmallows (don't worry, they're easier to make than you think) plus crisp chocolate wafers equal irresistible crunchy-meets-gooey goodies Halloween guests won't be able to resist.
Creepy-Crawly Chips and Swampy Guacamole
Sweets are great but your party guests need something a bit more substantial to munch on too. This Halloween take on chips and dip fits the bill and is actually healthy to boot!
Cake Ball Eyeballs
What kid doesn't love a cake pop? It's all the yumminess of a cupcake rolled into an easy-to-munch handful. Take cake pops up a notch and give them a Halloween makeover with our recipe for creepy (but still yummy!) cake ball eyeballs.
Sweet-and-Salty Snack Mix
Surprise your favorite ghouls and ghosties with this sweet Halloween treat that's fun to make and even more fun to eat. They're easy enough to whip up that the kids can even help with the mixing, baking and decorating. Get the recipe.
Chocolate-Dipped Pumpkin Madeleines
These fall-flavored pumpkin cookies are the just-right treat to serve at a Halloween party, Thanksgiving dinner or any fall get-together. They're also the not-too-sweet complement to a cup of tea and party of one. Get the recipe.
Sweet and Salty Popcorn Mix
Combining the best of both worlds, this sweet-meets-salty snack is just too good to pass up. Mix up big batches for Halloween get-togethers, school functions or to pass out to your favorite trick-or-treaters. Get the recipe.
Frankens'more Treat Pops
Looking for a fun party favor to hand out to your favorite trick-or-treaters? Well, look no further: Dip marshmallow-filled graham crackers into green-tinted white chocolate and milk chocolate to create these Frankenstein-themed twists on the campfire favorite. Get the recipe.
Candy Bar Cookies
Can't decide which Halloween chocolate candy is your favorite? Then these cookies are just the ticket. Chock-full of snack-sized faves, chocolate lovers will definitely want to give this recipe a try.
Turn homemade polenta poppers into these gruesome (but tasty!) nibbles by topping them with corn silk before frying. Add a bloodshot appearance with a few dribbles of marinara sauce. Get the recipe.
Chocolate Lover's Chocolate Chip Cookies
Whoever said you can have too much of a good thing hasn't tasted these cookies. Gooey, classic chocolate chip cookies dipped into smooth chocolate ganache — this recipe is a must-try for anyone with an insatiable sweet tooth.
"Poisoned" Candy Apples
Don't worry, these apples aren't really deadly — but they certainly look it. To make them, you'll need: apples, twigs that have been washed and trimmed, granulated sugar, light corn syrup, water, cinnamon-flavored oil, red food coloring, black food coloring and a candy thermometer. Thoroughly wash each apple, remove the stem and insert a twig (you may need to sharpen the end first). Next, stir sugar, corn syrup and water together in a saucepan until the sugar dissolves. Boil until the syrup reaches 300 degrees F on a candy thermometer. Remove the saucepan from heat and stir in flavored oil and food coloring. To coat the apple, dip completely in the syrup and swirl it. Hold the apple above the saucepan so the excess coating can drain off. Place candied apple onto a baking sheet that's been greased or lined to allow it to cool.
Coca-Cola Cupcake With Peanut Butter Icing
These dense, moist chocolate cupcakes are a walk down memory lane for anyone who ever dropped a few peanuts in their Coke. Topped with thick peanut butter icing, the cupcakes' salty-meets-sweet flavor is always a crowd-pleaser. Get the recipe.
Homemade Candy Apples
This fall tradition is as sweet as they come and a lot of fun to boot. Dipping the apples then rolling them in a variety of salty or sweet treats is a fun Halloween activity for kids of all ages. Learn how to make your own.
Triple Chocolate Brownies
Chocolate lovers take heed: There are three types of chocolate — Valrhona, bittersweet and dark — in these gooey, decadent little morsels. Whip up a batch to keep chocolate-craving beasties at bay. Get the recipe.
Potato Chip + Candy Bar Cookies
These chewy-meets-crunchy cookies are endlessly customizable to suit your taste. Add any combination of nuts, Halloween candy or dried fruit. The potato chips add a salty finish that really works for salty-sweet lovers. Get the recipe.
Spicy + Sweet Popcorn Snack Mix
With lemon zest, cayenne pepper and chili powder, this popcorn packs a lot of flavor for a crowd-pleasing snack you can whip up with very little prep time. Get the recipe.