With fall in full swing and Halloween just around the corner, it’s that time of year when our sweet tooths start calling to (or yelling at) us. After a long, hot summer, we happily remember what it feels like to turn our ovens on and experience the joy of baking, we visit orchards and patches to stock up on apples and pumpkins that will inevitably be made into crispy crumbles and pies, and we inwardly jump for joy when we see the fun-sized trick-or-treat candy bags appear at our grocery store. Whether it’s decadent cakes and pies or little wrapped candies you crave, Cooking Channel’s Sweets Week has everything you need to satiate your dolce desires.
The fun begins tonight at 9:00pm ET with four back-to-back episodes of Unique Eats and Unique Sweets, featuring the country’s most original and tasty cupcakes, like Butternut Squash Cupcakes Stuffed with Maple Cream Cheese, and all-around dreamiest desserts, like Four and Twenty Blackbirds Salted Caramel Apple Pie (pictured above).
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We here at Cooking Channel love a good party. But throwing a memorable event requires more than just gathering some food and drinks. We show you how, with just five main “ingredients” (including recipes, big-impact decorating ideas and easy DIY elements), you can throw a party that feels like it has a cohesive theme — minimal work required.
Between figuring out the perfect costume, tending to needy trick-or-treaters and fulfilling regular party-planning duties, hosting a Halloween party can often feel terrifying…and not in that thrilling horror movie way. For this year’s festivities, try putting together a cocktail party that minimizes hosting stress, while still offering guests a night to remember. This voodoo-inspired bash relies on inexpensive, easy-to-find materials to set the ultra-spooky scene and a fuss-free, self-serve menu.
To host your own adults-only Halloween cocktail party, you’ll need five essential ingredients:
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As we give up the sunny days of summer, nature presents bright orange pumpkins to cheer us up. Much like with zucchini, there is an endless bounty to be made from these winter gourds. Here is a spiced pumpkin cake that is absolutely delicious and needs no adornment to be appreciated. But decorate it like a sugar pumpkin and it becomes a centerpiece for any fall holiday table; the addition of the words “Trick” and “Treat” turn these cakes into perfect Halloween desserts.
Halloween Pumpkin Cake
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Any idea what this noggin-inspired Halloween treat is sculpted from? If you guessed red velvet cake, you’d be dead wrong. This brainy dessert is actually an intricately carved whole watermelon that requires peeling the green skin off before carving away at the rind to create a squiggly pattern. Sure it might take a few hours with a vegetable peeler and paring knife to produce, but no doubt that your dentist will thank you when you serve it to your kids in place of extra sugar. If you’re hosting a more grown-up group, get a little gory and hack it up with a hatchet or mallet a la that melon-smashing maniac comedian Gallagher.
Get started on this fruity think tank by clicking here, then make a spooky statement with some of Cooking Channel’s best Halloween treats below.
Frankenstein Marshmallow Pops by Just a Taste
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- Don’t be spooked by Just a Taste’s Frankenstein marshmallow pops. The creepy green goodies may look scary (slash adorable), but they’re super easy to make.
- Mangia’s indulgent caramel apple oatmeal cookies are gluten-free and vegan.
- For a quick and easy game day snack, make Damn Delicious’ wonton mozzarella sticks.
- Treat yourself to Strawberry Plum’s apple cheddar grilled cheese sandwich. It’s the taste of fall melted between two slices of pumpernickel bread.
- Risotto for breakfast? Yep. Healthy. Happy. Life. has a recipe for it and it tastes like maple spice ginger cookie.
5) SMARTIES. These tiny discs of concentrated sugar contain enough tartness to serve as a perfect palate cleanser between your milk-chocolate-and-caramel courses.
4) BUTTERFINGER. Whatever the substance in this bar is that bonds like Gorilla Glue to your teeth makes this hearty treat last way, way longer than any other chocolate bar. You are done with it before it’s done with you. ACCEPTABLE SUBSTITUTE: Clark Bar.
3) MILKY WAY MIDNIGHT. The candy bar that brought grown-up elegance to Hallowe’en. The hint of dark chocolate sophistication practically forces you to extend your pinky whilst gorging.
2) CANDY CORN. Not because it’s good. Because it’s not. What is this, the Great Depression? Why are we eating this brightly colored Appalachian wax? I’ll tell you why: because if you knew no pain, you’d never know joy. You eat candy corn because it’s there, and you can’t stop yourself. It’s still, thanks in large part to its name, TECHNICALLY candy. But when you eat some of the top-shelf stuff after a handful of these sad shapes, you appreciate the effort made by huge, faceless corporations.
1) REESE’S PEANUT BUTTER CUPS. For my money, the undisputed King of All Hallow’s Eve. Not the two-disc sleeve, not the miniatures in gold foil (the sweet-to-savory ratio is WAY off on those), I speak of the individual cups. And the packaging is ORANGE. Intelligent design? A case could be made!
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Joining the history books along with Free Cone Day and whatever it is Taco Bell called the day they gave away those Doritos tacos, Chipotle will be selling pretty much everything on their menu for just $2 to anyone in costume on Halloween. They are calling it, of course, Boo-rito Day.
In previous years, the chain required patrons to dress as a burrito (see above) to get free stuff, but we’re not convinced dressing as one as you eat one won’t cause a space/time paradox. On top of the cheap grub, Chipotle will be donating all of the proceeds of the event to charity, so you can feel good as you stuff your face so much that you feel bad.
Alternatively, you can stay at home in your pajamas and cook some awesome Halloween grub for cheap, too.
This time of year all of the apple bins at the grocery store are framed with rows of gooey caramel apples, studded with nuts, candies and chocolate. I can’t blame my kids for being drawn in; they are irresistible. But, when you bite into them they are always just a touch disappointing. The apples are usually soft and the caramel is cloyingly sweet and tastes like it was from the previous generation.
I convinced my boys to walk by without taking one, but only after promising to make them some at home. We picked a bunch of fresh, crisp, juicy, tart apples. The caramel is easy to make and is rich, creamy, gooey and not over-the-top sweet. For a bit of contrast to the sweet caramel, you can dip the bottom in salted peanuts
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It was a dark and stormy night, and you could swear you heard sounds coming from your kitchen. Was it the ghost of dinners past, a zombie gnawing on your leftovers or — gasp! — a horrible DIY costume from last year that just won’t die?! Look, Halloween is just about the only time you’re “allowed” to pass off a bed sheet for an outfit, but that doesn’t mean you have to.
Sure, costumes are fun, but if you’re going to have a sophisticated celebration this year, take some cues from Nadia G’s Halloween Special attire, then break out that badass Iron Man suit when the sun goes down.
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Let’s talk Halloween decor. People spend a fortune on this stuff. Why? It’s so easy and cheap to turn your place into a nightmarish crypt. Nadia G.’s simple theatrical blood is pure Dexter. Just schvitz some on a table cloth or old sheet. It doesn’t get much creepier than that.
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