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With Harvest/Halloween parties coming up, I thought I’d share a couple of treat ideas. These are both super easy and fun treats that children can help prepare.


Caramel Dipped Grapes

20 unwrapped caramels

2 tbsp. milk

1 bunch large green grapes (works with all grapes but green ones have a great tart taste similar to a granny smith apple), washed and dried

Toothpicks for dipping

Optional: crushed walnuts, sprinkles


Remove the grapes from the refrigerator about an hour before you’re ready to dip them. Grapes need to be washed, thoroughly dried and not cold because of sweating. In a small saucepan, on low/medium heat, melt caramels with the milk, stirring occasionally to prevent scorching. Remove from heat. Put toothpick in bottom of grape (it stays on better this way) and dip in caramel; then dip into nuts or sprinkles if using. Place on Platter and get ready to refrigerate.



Mummy Cookies

1 package store bought cookies (sugar or chocolate chip)

1 package white chocolate chips

Edible eyes


Line a baking sheet with parchment or wax paper. Place cookies on baking sheet at least an inch apart. Melt white chocolate chips according to package. White chocolate scorches easily so do not overheat or allow any type of liquid in the pot or bowl. When white chocolate is melted and removed from the stove, spoon it over the cookies in a zig zag motion. Place 2 eyes on the melted white chocolate so they stick.