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Charmingly Chocolate, Issue #17 - Deliciously Scary Ideas
October 04, 2008

Welcome to Chocolate Candy Mall's monthly chocolate candy newsletter,
Charmingly Chocolate. Enjoy some deliciously scary ideas that will spice up your holidays this month. With Sweetest Day and Halloween on the agenda, you'll be in the market for something extra tasty.

October 4, 2008 - Issue #17 - Deliciously Scary Ideas

We’ve got two holidays this month that are generally associated with gift giving and special treats. Whether you are looking for something romantic, adorable, or deliciously scary, there’s something for you.

Sweetest Day – October 18

Not everyone celebrates Sweetest Day, but I always love an occasion where I have an excuse to spoil my loved ones. Sweetest Day fits that criteria nicely. For those who live close to me, I often like to make them something sweet for Sweetest Day.

Here are some of my favorite recipes for this special holiday…

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If none of my favorites is just what you’re after, browse around Chocolate Candy Mall and find one to your taste. If you have a favorite of your own, please take a moment and add your recipe to our chocolate candy favorites page.

For loved ones who live too far for homemade gifts, I usually try to locate a bargain online and have it delivered.

This year, may I suggest either flowers by Just Flowers or a chocolate gift basket from Gourmet Gift Baskets. Who wouldn’t be impressed?

Halloween – October 31

I’m not a huge Halloween fan these days, but it’s a good excuse to do something unusual and fun with the kids. Pick up some chocolate and Halloween molds from Candyland Crafts and have a great time making up special goodies for the kids to take to school for all their friends.

It’s quite inexpensive and a lot of fun! There are wonderful step by step tutorials at One Stop Candle if you’ve never done it before. They also have great bargains on molds and chocolate.

How About Some Scary Recipes To Add To The Excitement?

Here’s a couple quick recipes for Halloween desserts. Make them with your children, or surprise the kids with the finished treats.

Chocolate Spider Cookies chocolate spider cookies by Betty Crocker

You’ll need:

  • 1 package of cream filled chocolate cookies (like Oreos). If you can find the cookies with orange cream filling, they look really cool.
  • 1 small package of M&M’s or similar candies
  • 1 package of thin black licorice ropes
  • 1 Tbs. frosting (from a ready made can is fine)

Snip the licorice rope into 1 ½ inch pieces. Poke 4 pieces on each side of the cookies for legs. Use the icing to ‘glue’ on 2 M&M’s for spider eyes.

- Recipe from Betty Crocker.

Marshmallow Cats marshmallow cats candy

You’ll need:

  • 1 package of large marshmallows
  • 1 package of chocolate chips
  • Red Hots, M&M’s or similar candy nonpareils
  • Thin black licorice
  • Candy Corn

To Assemble:

  1. Melt chocolate chips in microwave for 30 seconds. Stir and repeat until melted and smooth. Don’t overheat.
  2. Dip marshmallows in chocolate and set on waxed paper. When they are almost set, stack them two high to form the body of the cat. If you’d like to add feet to your marshmallow cat, just cut a marshmallow into smaller pieces and dip them separately.
  3. Before chocolate sets, attach 2 candy corn on top for the ears, and 2 M&M’s for the eyes. Cut off the tips of some candy corn for the nose. Don’t forget to add pieces of the licorice for the whiskers and tail. If the chocolate sets too quickly, use a little extra melted chocolate as ‘glue.’

- Recipe from Cooking With Gramma

Visit Chocolate Candy mall for more Halloween recipe ideas.

Just like I promised last month, I’m adding a little section here at the bottom of Charmingly Chocolate as a courtesy to you and to help support the newsletter publication. I’m going to try to find free offers, contests, and services that you might be interested in.

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- Angie :)

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