Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Halloween At Work: 10 Themed Snacks That Will Wow Your Coworkers

With Halloween just a few days away, we're finally in the home stretch, and more than likely, we're betting your annual Halloween office party is just around the bend too! For those of you still trying to decide on what to bring to the pot luck, why not make the food festive too? In today's article, we're highlighting our top ten favorite Halloween snacks from all over the internet. These tricky treats will certainly wow even the most ghoulish coworkers, just make sure you eat them before they eat you!

1.) Creepy Caramel Apples



It's never Halloween without a few creepy caramel apples to liven up the party, but these yummy will certainly earn a few screams from friends. This recipe comes from Erica of EricaSweetTooth.com, and it is certainly a winner. Rather than just feeding friends your standard caramel apple, grab a paring knife and some marshmallows for a treat that bites back. These vampire candy apples are adorable and delicious - always a win at the office!

Ingredients and Directions:

Apples
Store-bought caramel for apple dipping
Your own caramel recipe
Mini Marshmellows
Popsicle or lollipop sticks

Set up a wax cookie sheet and stick each of your cleaned apples with one popsicle stick. You can use either store-bought caramel or your own caramel recipe (there is a great one on EricaSweetTooth.com). When the caramel is ready, submerge your apples (be sure you have a little caramel left to stick on the marshmallow teeth). When the caramel has dripped and dried, cut a wedge out of the apple for a mouth with a paring knife. Then, cut the marshmallows into teeth shapes. Finally, use the remaining caramel to stick the teeth to your vampire apple, and watch out!

2.) Graveyard Cups



These graveyard cups are a cinch to make, and always worth the looks on your coworkers faces! Inspired by a recipe from MyRecipes.com, this version requires just a few ingredients. Though you do have to make an individual cup for every coworker, we guarantee you will be the hit of the party. These cups are great handheld treats for touring all the cool modern office cubicles decked out for Halloween. They're also excellent themed treats for watching reruns of The Walking Dead, just be sure no one is coming out of the graves!

Ingredients and Directions:

Stovetop or instant pudding (chocolate, mocha, fudge or butterscotch looks best)
Oreos with the filling removed (or another dark colored cookie)
Flat, oval shaped cookies (such as lady fingers or milano cookies)
Black icing from the store
Small, clear plastic cups to hold everything

Whip up some of your instant or stovetop pudding (you could even just go ahead and buy chocolate pudding cups if you wanted to skip out on the cooking). The size of the cups determines how much pudding you will need. When the pudding is ready, pour it into the small plastic cups, making sure you have enough for your coworkers. Then, take your Oreos and remove the filling with a knife (heating up the filling in the microwave makes a great dip for dipping strawberries and other treats!) Take the Oreo cookie wafers and smash them up in a plastic bag until it resembles dirt. Use it to top the pudding cups. Finally, use the store-bought icing to write "RIP" on your lady fingers or milano cookies, then stuff them into the pudding cups to make the tombstones. Refrigerate and serve!

3.) Whipped Cream Ghosts



Probably the easiest recipe on our list, these little ghosts can go just about anywhere! Use them to top cupcakes, cocoa, coffee, or another yummy beverage that could benefit from a swirl of whipped cream. Just keep them in the freezer until you need them and put a sign up that lets coworkers know they are in there. They'll be the surprise that everyone has been looking for!

Ingredients and Recipe:

Store-bought or your own whipped cream recipe
Mini chocolate chips
Cookie sheet

Use a spray whipped cream to make swirls on a cold cookie sheet. Alternatively, you could use spoonable whipped cream or your own whipped cream recipe, and pour it into an icing tube to make your own swirls on a cookie sheet. Top each swirl with two mini chocolate chips for the eyes and freeze for a few hours until solid. Toss one on a cupcake or coffee mug for a delicious ghostly snack!

4.) Slimy Jello Surprise



Another easy Halloween recipe, this one comes to us from Laura Himmelstein of Parenting.com. This treat can be a spiked spooky cocktail for adults, or a simple sweet recipe that children will love. Not everyone will  know what it is, but it will certainly be a sweet treat everyone will appreciate!

Ingredients and Recipe:

2 different kinds of jello (make sure the two you get are different colors)
Gummy worms
Clear pastic cups

Fill your plastic cups halfway with the first kind of jello and drop in a gummy worm or two. Let it set in the refrigerator. After the first jello has set, drop in another two gummy worms and fill with your second jello flavor all the way up. Hang a gummy worm over the side of the cup as garnish, then pop 'em in the refrigerator to set again, and voila! You have a spooky cocktail your work friends will rave about!

5.) Mummy Dogs



Need something savory to balance out all that sweet? This recipe is the perfect thing! For anyone who loves pigs in a blanket, mummy dogs are an excellent savory Halloween snack from Scoochmaroo on Indestructibles.com. Set up shop on the office break room tables, and let guests get a scare from these delicious Halloween hotdogs!

Ingredients and Recipe: 

Hotdogs
Biscuit dough (store-bought or your own)
Mustard

Unroll your biscuit dough and cut strips about one inch wide. Wrap your hotdogs in the biscuit dough strips. It's okay if it looks a little sloppy - these are mummies after all (just make sure you leave a space in the wrapping where the hotdog shows through to put eyes). Bake for around 12 minutes at 375 degrees, or until golden brown. After the dogs cool, put some pinpoint eyes with the mustard for a scary mummy dog snack!

6.) Bloodshot Ice Cream Eyeballs



Watch out! Or these jelly eyeballs will more than likely melt all over you, but they certainly make an eye-popping delicious dessert for a long night of partying at the office! Once again, this recipe also comes to us from Laura Himmelstein of Parenting.com (just like the Slimy Jello Suprise!) This ice cream recipe is perfect for those who like comfortable mesh chairs for their cooling effect in a warm office. Best of all, this recipe is so quick, you can easily serve it up right in the break room! Enjoy it in a bowl for a cool sweet treat!

Ingredients and Recipe:

Vanilla ice cream
Strawberry syrup or jelly
M&Ms
Black icing or decorating gel

Freeze your cookie sheet so the ice cream doesn't melt so fast, and use a scooper to get a perfectly round eyeball of ice cream. Freeze them for about another 20 minutes. Drizzle the strawberry syrup all over the eyeballs, and top each eyeball with an M&M and a little black dot for the pupil. Serve it up in bowls and pretty soon your coworkers will be dining on the most delicious bloodshot eyeballs they've ever tasted!

7.) Pizza Fingers




You can never go wrong with pizza at a party, but for the office shindig, you might have to call Human Services to make sure this pizza doesn't get a little handsy! This recipe from CuteFoodForKids.com is always a hit with both children and adults on Halloween. Surrounded by expensive office supplies and accessories, these easy-to-eat finger foods rarely make a mess, so you don't have to worry!

Ingredients and Recipe: 

Cheese pizza (you can use store-bought, frozen, or your own!)
Bell pepper slices

Once you've found a finished cheese pizza (we don't care where you get it), go ahead and slice it up into strips to make the fingers. Once, that's done, cut up some red, orange, or green bell pepper slices into triangles to make the fingernails. Place your creepy pizza fingers on a plate and enjoy!

8.) Nacho Spiderweb Dip



Who in this world doesn't like nachos at a party? Yeah, we didn't think so. Everyone loves nachos, and on Halloween, this delicious messy dip from StylishlyEverAfter.com is always a hit. Set up some folding event chairs and everyone in the office will be in the break room eating up this savory Halloween snack!

Ingredients and Recipe:

Refried beans
Nacho cheese (melted or shredded... or both!)
Tomatoes or pico de gallo
Guacamole
Mild taco seasoning
Sour cream in an icing bag
Nacho Chips
Plastic Spider

Mix up your refried beans with the mild taco seasoning on a tray as the first layer. Pour or sprinkle your shredded/melted nacho cheese as the second layer. Top the cheese layer with diced tomatoes and pico de gallo, or any other veggies you'd like, then smear guacamole in a circle on top of that! Using the sour cream in an icing bag, pipe out a spooky spiderweb all over the layered dip. Whip out your nachos and warm everything up in the oven for a few minutes, then top the dip with your plastic spider and wait for the screams!

9.) Pumpkins?



These alternative pumpkins will definitely keep your coworkers guessing, but for those in the office that want a healthier Halloween snack to save on their dental bills, this easy no-cook recipe is one of the best! Keep them on cool corner office desks for decoration that's both cute and yummy!

Ingredients and Recipe:

Clementines, oranges, or grapefruits
Sharpie

Simply take your all natural citrus fruits and draw on some spooky faces and phrases to give your coworkers a good laugh!

10.) Witchy Cookies



These witch hat cookies are both delicious, cute, and frightening! Three ingredients, and you can have an excellent Halloween appetizer as the final sweet treat to impress your coworkers. With little prep time and hardly any time spent decorating these cookies, they're the perfect last minute snack for the Halloween office party!

Ingredients and Recipe:

Fudge stripe cookies
Orange or purple icing
Hershey kisses

Lay your fudge stripe cookies down so the chocolate covered bottoms face up. Put a dab of icing down in the center of each cookie to glue on the hershey pointed hats, and your treat is complete!

We hope you've enjoyed these work-friendly Halloween treats. Have fun and stay safe from OfficeFurnitureDeals.com! 

Happy Halloween!


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