Wednesday, October 20, 2004

Making treats easy trick

The Associated Press

It's a credit to the publication to confirm there are plenty of dreadful ideas in Better Homes and Gardens' Halloween Tricks and Treats (Meredith Creative Collection Publications; $5.99), including decorations, costumes, party plans and even ghost stories.

There are also recipes and enough photos of the prescribed concoctions to entertain Halloween fans of all ages.

Here's a witch's hat, for example, that against all the odds charms with its chocolate flavor and, far from gobbling up small children, can be devoured with delight and no danger.

It's made from an ice cream cone dripping with chocolate coating. The pointed headgear sports a hatband of colorful candy-coated gum squares, and the base is a doughnut to really sink your teeth into.

Witch Hat

2 ounces semisweet chocolate

Chocolate-rolled sugar ice-cream cone

Candy pumpkins

Waxed paper

Purchased unfrosted plain or chocolate-cake doughnut

Canned chocolate icing

Nonpareils or sprinkles

Orange, yellow and green Starburst candy or candy-coated gum (mini-Chiclets work well)

Melt semisweet chocolate according to the package instructions. Holding the open end of the cone, dip the bottom half at an angle into the melted chocolate. Immediately press candy pumpkins into the chocolate. Place the cone on waxed paper and let sit until the chocolate sets.

Frost the top and side surfaces of the doughnut with icing. Sprinkle the icing with nonpareils or sprinkles.

Center the open end of the cone on the frosted doughnut. Use a sharp knife to cut candies or gum pieces into quarters and stick them around the bottom of the hat with icing. Makes 1 "Witch Hat."

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