Pick Your Community: | Hopkins | Muhlenberg | Daviess | Christian | Fayette | Henderson | Lakes | McCracken | Warren | Webster

Fall into Family Food Favorites

 

treat2 500KENTUCKY (10/7/13) – When leaves start turning and sunset arrives earlier, thoughts of Halloween, fall festivals and special treats come to mind. While holiday packaged candy and cookies are available, many families enjoy their own homemade favorites like made-from-scratch popcorn balls and crunchy candy-coated apples.

Those treats take a little expertise and since the ingredients must be cooked to the hard candy stage, it can be dangerous for little ones around the kitchen. However, there's no trick at all to the simplistic goodies listed below, and children can help with parents' supervision.
 
One of the easiest and traditional treats is a mixture of candy corn and peanuts. Mix the peanuts and candy corn about 50-50. It tastes a lot like a Payday candy bar and a container of it looks pretty sitting on a counter. Pour some of the mixture into pint jars and tie ribbons around the lids for giving.
 
Most everyone loves caramel apples but they can be a bit messy unless you use this old trick: Cut apples in half, core the apple leaving the edges intact. Pour melted caramels into the hollowed out core and place in the refrigerator. Dipping the cut apples into lemon juice before filling will prevent them turning brown. After they're set, you can half them again or cut into slices.
 
Another super easy treat is a version of everyone's favorite — s'mores.
 
Start by dipping large marshmallows into melted chocolate and then rolling into crushed graham crackers. Insert a pretzel stick into the top for an easy handle. Chill. After they're set, they are ready.

Placing one in the microwave about 10-15 seconds will puff up the marshmallow making it melty and gooey like campfire s'mores. Use caution because the filling can become hot very quickly in the microwave.
 
Butterscotch haystacks are another easy treat. Melt a 6 ounce bag of butterscotch chips, stir in two teaspoons of cooking oil and blend until smooth. Then quickly stir in a can of dry chow mien noodles. For more goodness, add some cashews to the batch before dropping them onto waxed paper in little stacks.
 
A few round crackers, some mini, round snack crackers, a creamy cheese spread, a few raisins or dried cranberries, some sliced almonds and pecan halves can become a real "hoot" of a treat. Apply any prepared spread onto the top of any large, round, party-type crackers. You can also soften an eight-ounce block of cream cheese and add two tablespoons of bottled ranch dressing and blend into a quick, spreadable cheese.
 
Place two mini crackers at the top of the cracker for owl eyes and add a raisin for the pupil. Use a pecan half for the nose, some sliced almonds for feathered wings and a couple for the owl's horns. Refrigerate until ready to eat.
 
Any of the ideas above can become your fall, family favorite, and you can add your own special ingredients to make the treat your own.
 
Rita Dukes Smith
SurfKY News

© Copyright 2014 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story by using one of the social media links below.

3/12 - 718 switched from reg 2 to hopkins only
3/13 - 16

Stock Report

1 DOW 17,098.45
+18.88 (0.11%)    
2 S&P 2,003.37
+6.63 (0.33%)    
3 NASDAQ 4,580.27
+22.58 (0.50%)    
3/12 - 718 switched from reg 2 to hopkins only
3/13 - 16
3/12 - 718 switched from reg 2 to hopkins only
3/13 - 16

In Other News...

Business Spotlight - First Security Bank

CENTRAL CITY, Ky. (8/27/14) — First Security Bank is a 100-year-old bank, which is locally owned and operated.… Read More

No College = Low Wages : A Muhlenberg County Call to Action

MUHLENBERG COUNTY, Ky. (8/29/14) — The Muhlenberg Alliance for Progress along with the Greater Muhlenberg Chamber of… Read More
3/12 - 718 switched from reg 2 to hopkins only
3/13 - 16

Most Read This Week (Site-Wide)

August 29, 2014 6326

Luke's Flea Market Vendors' Home Away…

in News by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News
August 26, 2014 5031

Owensboro Board of Commissioners…

in News by Beth Cecil
August 28, 2014 4907

Police Pursuit Spans Parts of Northern…

in Top Stories by Alex Piper, MCSO
August 26, 2014 4567

Family Has Close Call with Tornado

in Top Stories by Paul McRee, SurfKY News
August 26, 2014 4248

City Street Closures on Strawbridge and…

in News by Abby Shelton

Most Read Stories from Hopkins County

August 26, 2014 2192

Two People Injured When Vehicle Overturns…

in Top Stories by Matt Sanderson
August 27, 2014 1601

Crime Stoppers Top Most Wanted - August…

in Top Stories by Crime Stoppers
August 29, 2014 717

MCC Announces New Board Members

in Top Stories by Joyce Riggs
August 26, 2014 690

Whitfield Presents $1 Million FEMA Check…

in Top Stories by Amber Averitt, SurfKY News
August 30, 2014 627

City of Madisonville Says 'Goodbye' to…

in Top Stories by Amber Averitt, SurfKY News

Most Read Stories from Owensboro

August 26, 2014 5031

Owensboro Board of Commissioners…

in News by Beth Cecil
August 26, 2014 4248

City Street Closures on Strawbridge and…

in News by Abby Shelton
August 26, 2014 2145

City Hall, Transit, Sanitation Schedules…

in News by Abby Shelton
August 27, 2014 1655

Owensboro Police Conduct Investigations

in News by Dennis Beard, SurfKY News
August 26, 2014 1601

Happy Birthday to the Edge Ice Center

in News by Brittni Bunn

Most Read Stories from Muhlenberg County

August 28, 2014 4907

Police Pursuit Spans Parts of Northern…

in Top Stories by Alex Piper, MCSO
August 26, 2014 4567

Family Has Close Call with Tornado

in Top Stories by Paul McRee, SurfKY News
August 27, 2014 3920

Five Injured in Three-Vehicle Accident

in Top Stories by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News
August 26, 2014 2756

Annual Everly Brothers Cruise In…

in Top Stories by Paul McRee, SurfKY News
August 27, 2014 2180

Muhlenberg Job Corps Former Student…

in Top Stories by Karen Robinson

SurfKY News Group, Inc. Central Office & Printing Division
1125 Nebo Rd.  •  Madisonville, KY 42431  •  270.452.2249 (fax)
Main Number: 270.452.2727 (phone)  •  Printing Division Direct Line: 270.821.8600 (phone)

SurfKY Owensboro News Bureau
920 Frederica St. / Suite 210  •  Owensboro, KY 42301  •  270.683-8060 (phone)


Contact a member of our staff: www.surfky.com/contact
Copyright © 2014 SurfKY News Group, Inc.  •  Terms of Use  •  Site Map

social 03social 04social 22social 21social 06