Easy Treats that will Trick Your Friends

We are headed South to Houston this weekend to watch Piglet #3 play some hockey.  It occurred to us that Halloween is quickly approaching.  Although much of Halloween centers around the candy that you will give to children at your front door, we decided to focus on some treats for the adults too.  Whether you are planning tricks or sticking close to home to hand out the treats, we have several posts that were created over the years that would make great treats.  These treats are so easy to make, you will trick your friends into thinking you spent all day in the kitchen!

Here are our top Blind Pig Halloween goodies.

Salted Whiskey Caramel Corn (3 Gold Stars– a Rhonda favorite!)

Bourbon Pumpkin Dump Cake

Butter Rum Caramel Fondue

Hard Cider Donut Holes

Kerrygold Caramel Shake

Spirited Chocolate Orange Bars

Twisted Mississippi Mud Brownies

If you are looking for some fun Halloween themed cocktails to make.  Check out our post from last year — Six Great Drinks for Fall.

Make  one treat or all of these for the adults and enjoy some treats of your own as the witches and goblins come a knockin’.  Happy Halloween to all of our readers.  May your treat bags be full and your tricksters few. 😉  And may the pucks for the blue team make it in the net!!!!



Salted Whiskey Caramel Corn

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This week we have a perfect treat for fall harvest parties or just watching October baseball on TV.  It is a delightful mix of sweet, salty and a twist of rye whiskey.  Our distinguished team of teenage boys taste testers gave this treat two thumbs up.  This truly is some of the best caramel corn that we’ve ever tried.  We knew that it was going to be tasty, but we were pleasantly surprised just how tasty it is.  We aren’t sure if it is the Kerrygold butter, the twist of rye whiskey, the roasted pecans or the sea salt.  Try it and you decide!

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We originally found this recipe on www.kerrygoldusa.com.   We tweaked a few of the ingredients a bit to fit our pantry and our tastes.  As usual, this recipe is easy to make.  You can have this whipped up for trick-or-treaters in no time.

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Salted Whiskey Caramel Corn

  • 10 cups of unbuttered popped corn
  • 1 cup pecan halves
  • 3/4 cup of Kerrygold butter
  • 1 cup of lightly packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup light corn syrup
  • 3/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons Templeton Rye Whiskey
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

Pop popcorn.  We used 2 packages of microwave popcorn.  Place in a large bowl.  Sprinkle pecan halves over the top.

Preheat oven to 250 degrees.  Line 2 rimmed baking sheets with cooking spray and set aside.

In a 3 quart heavy bottomed sauce pan, melt the butter over medium to medium-high heat.

Add the brown sugar, corn syrup, and sea salt.  Stir until it starts to boil.

Boil for 4-5 minutes without stirring.  Make sure not to cook the caramel too long or it will burn.

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Remove from heat and add the vanilla extract, whiskey and baking soda.  The mixture will bubble.  Stir until smooth, then quickly pour over pecans and popcorn.  Toss the popcorn and pecans to coat evenly, then spread half in an even layer in one prepared baking sheet.  Repeat with the other.

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Bake for about 30-45 minutes, or until it has reached desired dryness.  Every 15 minutes, rotate pans and toss the popcorn a bit, breaking up any big pieces.

Remove from oven and cool.  Break pieces apart and serve.  Yumm-O!

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Did you try out the Booberry Martini we posted last week?  Will you serve Salted Whiskey Caramel Corn to your ghosts and goblins?



Booberry Martini

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This week’s post is all about Halloween and fun! If you are planning an adult Halloween party, then you need a great signature cocktail to serve to your ghouls and goblins.  We created the Booberry Martini. This martini is a sweet drink with a blueberry flavor.  If blueberries are not your favorite, you can substitute cranberry juice or pomegranate juice.  However, the blueberry pomegranate juice gives the beverage a nice dark purple tone which is perfect for Halloween.

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In our martini we are featuring Crystal Head Vodka. Crystal Head is not only the perfect vodka for Halloween because of the skull bottle, but it is also fitting because it is owned by Dan Aykroyd, former Ghostbuster!

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Our purple potion is created with simple ingredients. Use 1 1/2 parts vodka, 1 part blue curacao, 1 part pomegranate blueberry juice, 1 part pineapple juice, 1 part grenadine and  a splash of fresh lime juice.

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Pour all ingredients over ice into a shaker.  Shake for 30 seconds.  Strain and pour into serving glass. Top off with a splash of fresh lime juice.  The splash of lime juice helps to soften the sweetness of the fruit juices.  We made one batch with lime juice and one without.  We preferred the flavor of the lime juice batch.

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No Halloween party is complete without the perfect serving glasses.  We happened to own a few of these Crystal Head martini glasses, but I found some other festive serving glasses you can purchase through Spirit Halloween and Oriental Trading Company.

Booberry Martini

  • 2.5 ounces Crystal Head Vodka
  • 1 ounces Blue Curacao
  • 1 ounces Blueberry Pomegranate Juice
  • 1 ounces Grenadine
  • splash of fresh lime juice

Pour all ingredients over ice into a shaker.  Shake for 30 seconds.  Strain and pour into serving glass. Top off with a splash of fresh lime juice.

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Are you having friends over for Halloween?  Have you thought about a signature cocktail?