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Easy-to-Make Snacks for Trick-or-Treaters

By James R. Buscemi, 9:00 am on

On Halloween, it’s easy enough to dump a bag of store-bought candy into a bowl for trick-or-treaters. But for a real treat, North Broward in-home caregivers can work with seniors to create some easy-to-make homemade snacks that are sure to please the kids.

Pumpkin Patch Cups

Start with clear plastic cups and fill them halfway with chocolate pudding. Add a few gummy worms and top with more pudding. Sprinkle crushed Oreo “dirt” on top of each cup, and garnish with three or four candy corn pumpkins each.

Spider Web Sugar Cookies

Prepare a batch of regular round sugar cookies and decorate them to create spooky spider webs for everyone to enjoy. Melt vanilla icing in the microwave and cover each cookie evenly. Pipe three to four circles of black icing on each cookie in a bulls eye pattern. Drag a toothpick from the center of the cookie to the edge to create the spider web pattern.

Halloween Candy Bark

Start by covering a baking sheet with wax paper. Melt two cups of milk chocolate chips and pour evenly over the baking sheet. Sprinkle some classic Halloween candy across the top. Candy corn, pumpkin sprinkles, M&M’s, and chocolate eyeballs all make great additions. Refrigerate for one hour, and then gently break into pieces to hand out to trick-or-treaters.

Candy Corn Pretzel Hugs

Line a baking sheet with wax paper and arrange mini pretzels close together but not touching. Place an unwrapped Hershey’s Hugs candy on each and bake at 200°F for four to five minutes or until the chocolate softens. Use one kernel of candy corn to press each treat flat. Place in the refrigerator to cool and enjoy watching the kids in the neighborhood munch on these sweet and salty treats.

Spider Web Pretzels

Grab a baking sheet and line it with wax paper. Arrange groups of 8-12 pretzel sticks like spokes on a wheel. Melt white chocolate chips and pipe circles to connect the pretzels into a spider web. Finish by making a large dot in the middle of each web to ensure the pretzels will stick together. Place in the refrigerator to harden before serving.

It’s important for seniors to bond with family and enjoy themselves, especially during holidays. With help from Home Care Assistance, seniors can remain active and vital well into their golden years. Our flexible live-in and hourly home care in North Broward promotes independence while boosting both physical and emotional wellbeing. Contact a friendly Care Manager today at 954-906-5161 to customize an individualized care plan for your loved one.

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