Plans for Halloween Holiday Fun
It's a new age, and though we still love the idea of dressing up and going trick-or-treating, it's just not safe anymore for our children. But that leaves a huge gap, and on a holiday kids love. So that begs the question, what can we do for Halloween plans instead? Well, we've got some great ideas for you, complete with homemade Halloween treats your kids are going to love!
Have a Licorice Themed Halloween Party
If you or your kids are licorice lovers, have a licorice-themed Halloween costume party, complete with recipes for homemade Halloween licorice treats and candies, spooky spider cookies, and other delicious sweet treats to eat! Speaking of spooky, set up a haunted house in your yard, garage, attic, or basement. You could even create a "haunted hallway"!
Plan games like bobbing for apples, throwing darts at an evil witch picture, throwing ping-pong balls into a cup of water, or create one with your family. Go all-out, have fun with it!
Licorice, also spelled liquorice, is derived from the licorice root, and said to be 50 times sweeter than sugar! It has been used for a variety of remedies for centuries, such as treating things like inflammation, stomach issues, and dehydration. Today, we know that real licorice helps with respiratory issues and can help ease an upset stomach, in addition to making an amazing, sweet, chewy candy snack!
If you have high blood pressure, you should not eat too much black licorice as it can elevate your blood pressure.
What Constitutes 'Real' Licorice?
Because many people don't care for the strength of the flavor of natural black licorice, anise is used as an alternative, in both products, and in cooking. The anise flavor is a taste almost like black licorice but is thought to be more tolerable for many people. In addition, many products claiming to be licorice or licorice flavor actually have anise in them. Red licorice and all other flavors do not actually have licorice extract in them but are still called licorice due to the same process and other ingredients used to make it.
Oreo Spider Cookies
These spooky spider cookies are so easy to make, and so cute and fun! All you need for this recipe is a tube of icing, some candy (like M&M's or even pre-made candy eyes) for the google eyes, Oreo Double Stuff cookies and choose from Italian Black Spirali laces or the popular Dutch Black Laces from Licorice.com.
You then take and cut lengths of the laces into approximately 2" inch sections, open the tops of the Oreos and stick the "legs" inside each side, then stick back together. Use the icing as glue and put 2 dots on the top of the Oreo to stick the two candy "eyes" to, and you've got edible Halloween spiders!
The great thing about making these spider cookies is if you don't care for black licorice, you can also use colored licorice! The Dutch laces come in exotic flavors and colors like: Pink Lemonade, Blue Raspberry, Rainbow Laces, and simply 'Red' Laces.
The Spirali Laces also come in Strawberry and Rainbow. Check out all our 50+ flavors and varieties, including the taste and texture of authentic, soft Australian licorice right here at Licorice.com - where you get a pound of licorice in every tube of delicious, chewy candy from all over the world!
TIP: You can also use regular licorice rope twists, such as our Watermelon Shorties, which also come in Green Apple, Piña Colada, and Blue Raspberry. Already cut into usable lengths, this choice is both convenient and efficient. Visit us right here at Licorice.com to place your order, and to answer any questions you may have. We look forward to serving you!
Chocolate Licorice Broomsticks
That's right, we're talking about mixing chocolate and black licorice together, in this sweet treat recipe that ends up looking like a witch's broom. This unique recipe for sweet Halloween treats will delight your kids and impress your guests!
To whip up this easy recipe, all you need is plenty of Dutch Black Laces and some Shorties in the flavor of your choice from Licorice.com and some pieces of plain dark chocolate. In addition, you'll need a pan lined with wax paper, a bowl, and a microwave. Your guests will adore the new exotic flavor mixture!
Instructions for Brooms
First, cut some of the Dutch Laces (you can use a pizza cutter or even scissors) in approx. 1-½ to 2-inch lengths. Then, take several pieces and bunch them together around one end of a Shorty (standard licorice rope twist). Take a long piece of a Dutch Lace and wrap it snugly around the 'handle" and "broom bristles", then tie the ends together to attach firmly.
Then take chocolate and put it in the microwave for about a minute, then 30 seconds at a time until you can stir easily. Now take each broom and dunk the bristles in the chocolate up to the handle. Make sure you coat all the bristles well, let excess drip and set in the pan with the wax paper. When all the brooms are done, set the pan in the refrigerator to set up. Store them in an airtight container.
(Licorice Root Tea)
For this recipe, take 1 tsp. of finely chopped licorice root per 1 cup of water and put into an infuser or tea ball as the water boils. Steep for at least 10 minutes. When making enough for a party, remember to add cinnamon sticks, peppermint leaves, and honey.
You can also make iced tea in this same manner, just put on ice! For another great idea, get an order of The Kat's Meow from Licorice.com and put these licorice black cats in the "witch's brew" - they'll float on top and make a terrific Halloween touch!
Decorate cupcakes or a Halloween cake with The Kat's Meow for trick or treat fun with your guests. Make treat bags for each guest, or put together gift bags as prizes for the Halloween games you have. Get an order of Black Pups to go with The Kat's Meow for even more Halloween decorating fun! A licorice gift basket is the ideal grand prize for the winner of the hardest party game, or even better - a drawing!
Just be sure to include your favorite licorice treats from Licorice.com, where you get a pound of licorice with each order, and remember, we ship worldwide! Have a safe and Happy Halloween, from Licorice.com!