Quick and Easy Happy Halloween Treats

Shadows of a thousand years rise again unseen,
Voices whisper in the trees,
‘Tonight is Halloween!’  ~ Dexter Kozen

Halloween is the night for tricks and treats! Take a break from all the candy, and create these fun and tasty treats for your family!

Quick and Easy Pumpkin Ice Cream

pumpkinicecreamWhat You Will Need:

  • 1/2 gallon Vanilla Ice Cream, softened
  • 1 can 100% Canned Pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 1/2 cup Brown Sugar, packed
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ground Ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon Nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon Orange Juice
  • 1 Large Bowl
  • 1 Medium Bowl
  • Mixer (vintage, of course!)
  • Vintage Glass Refrigerator Dish (optional, but delightful)

What You Do:

  1. Place ice cream in a large bowl and set aside.
  2. Mix canned pumpkin, sugar, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and orange juice with a mixer on low speed.
  3. Blend pumpkin mixture into ice cream, stirring well (it’s okay to lick the spoon when you are done – LOL)
  4. Cover mixture and freeze for several hours until firm. TIP: Place your prepared mixture into a vintage glass refrigerator dish – it makes the ice cream look even better when it’s ready to be served.
  5. When you are ready to serve, let the ice cream soften slightly before scooping and serving. Enjoy!

Variations:

  • Serve your ice cream in a pumpkin glass! Click this link for a quick and simple way to convert a vintage glass into a pumpkin!
  • Serve your sweet pumpkin ice cream with a slice of pumpkin bread.
  • If desired, sprinkle a small amount of nutmeg, pumpkin seeds, or colorful Halloween sprinkles over the ice cream before serving.
  • TIP: If you use pumpkin pie filling (which usually already has spices added), make sure to adjust the spices in this recipe to taste.

Candy Corn Trifles

candycornWhat You Will Need:

  • Angel Food Cake (store-bought or homemade)
  • Prepared Vanilla Pudding (plus milk needed to prepare)
  • Orange Food Coloring (mix red and yellow food coloring if needed)
  • Prepared Lemon Jell-O
  • Clear Vintage Trifle Bowl

What You Do:

  1. Crumble the angel food cake into the bottom of a clear glass serving bowl. This forms the white layer found on a piece of candy corn.
  2. Layer prepared vanilla pudding, tinted orange with food coloring, on top of the cake layer. This forms the orange portion of a piece of candy corn.
  3. Top the orange pudding layer with a layer of prepared lemon gelatin. This forms the yellow layer of the candy corn.
  4. Serve and enjoy!

Variations:

  • There are many ways you can easily vary this cute and delicious recipe. For example, use a yellow cake recipe to form the cake layer – this will be the yellow layer of candy corn. Top the cake layer with orange-tinted vanilla pudding – the orange layer. Then top the treat off with a layer of whipped cream – the white layer. Embellish with a piece of real candy corn!

JayDee / ThirdShiftVintage.com

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