October 23, 2016

Hello again, we hope you are having a lovely Sunday! 
With Halloween just one week away, you've still got lots of time to plan a great Halloween party or just make yourself some yummy treats! If you missed our first Halloween post click here to check out our smashed glass and blood cupcakes and our chocolate spiders web cupcakes! They are both super delicious and with a hint of gore for you Halloween lovers!

This week we are going to show you some more super quick and easy treats in the form of Halloween marshmallow pops and chocolate bark. You can really let your creativity run wild with both of these! They are perfect treats for little kids and adults alike.

Let's start with this pretty Halloween inspired bark. You can really choose whatever colours, sprinkles and designs you want but here is how we made ours...

2 bars white chocolate
1 bar dark chocolate
orange food colourings

To keep your chocolate shiny and to make sure it stays set at room temperature you will need to temper the chocolate first. There are a lot of different techniques for doing this but here's how we do it. You can follow the same steps for both of the different types of chocolate separately.
Start by chopping up the chocolate into small pieces and place about 1/4 of your chocolate into the fridge. Melt the other 3/4 either in the microwave or over a pan of hot water and bring it up to 45°C. When it reaches this temperature, quickly take it off the heat, add your cold chocolate (finely chopped to prevent any lumps) and stir to reduce the temperature down to 26°C as quick and you can. This can take a while and were still figuring out the best technique. When you have it down to 26°C, you want to bring it back up to 32°C using the same method as before, but make sure not to heat it up any higher or you will have to start all over again!

Separate your white chocolate into a couple of bowls and stir in your choice of food colourings. We chose to have just orange but purple, green or red would be amazing spooky colours too.
Now, take spoonfuls of your melted chocolate and spoon them onto a greaseproof paper lined baking tray. Then using your spoon spread the chocolate out and swirl your spoon in the chocolate to create the pretty, swirly patterns.

When your happy with how your chocolate looks you can decorate it with all of the sprinkles and sweets that you want. Now just set it aside until set and then break into pieces and share with your friends. This is super simple, looks impressive and tastes even better! 

Now for the fun marshmallow pops. We made mini Frankensteins monsters, ghosts and pumpkins. We love the little monsters, the are so cute. We had to get a bit inventive for these little guys and used silver balls to look like the end of the screws and little bats to give him spiky hair.

icing sugar
food colourings
sprinkles and silver balls

First, start by making some coloured water icing by mixing your icing sugar with a few drops of water and your food colourings.

Now, push your marshmallows onto cake pop sticks or skewers like we used. If you find that the icing is too runny, put some extra icing sugar in to thicken it up a little. Cover all 
of the marshmallows with icing and then leave stood up somewhere to dry. They will probably drip like ours did but that doesn't matter.

Decorate your marshmallows using black icing in a piping bag. If your marshmallows are dry enough, you can lie them down on the side while you pipe the eyes and mouths. To make the little Frankenstein monsters we used silver balls at the side of his head for the screw and black sprinkles for his hair. 

We love our little marshmallow pops, they are so quick to make and very quick to pop in your mouth. They all look super cute, even if some of them turned a bit evil with wonky eyes. We think they look really nice on a table of treats and are something a bit different.

Thank you so much for reading our post!
We really hope we have given you some inspiration and ideas for your own Halloween treats.
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See you soon, 

Love, Antonia and Imogen x

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