Halloween is one of my favourite holidays when it comes to getting crafty with food and drink, it is second only to Christmas in this respect. There is just so much to play with in terms of ghosts, pumpkins, witches and wizards, guts and gore. Admittedly I'm a bit nostalgic for the Scottish Halloween of my youth with guising, neeps and well rehearsed turns. Not sure that trick or treat, pumpkins and a knock knock joke quite cuts it. However pumpkins are definitely easier to carve than neeps and their burning flesh smells much better so it's not all bad. As well as giving us Trick & Treat and Pumpkins, the US of A has also given us SKIPPY Peanut Butter. I absolutely bloomin' LOVE the stuff and simply can not get enough of it. Their Extra Crunchy Super Crunch is my personal preference over the Smooth variant and despite not having a particularly sweet tooth I can't resit a PB desert, milkshake, cake or cookie. Check out my recipes for Peanut Butter Ice Lollies, Peanut Butter Oreo Milkshake and Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies.
SKIPPY® is the iconic Peanut Butter brand who have been manufacturing in the USA since 1932. They challenged me to come up with a Halloween sweet treat incorporating their authentic American Peanut Butter as part of the 'SPOOKtacular SKIPPY Bake Off'. The recipe below is a no bake treat that would be perfect to make with kids. My daughter reckoned that the ghosts are friendly, like Casper or the Pac Man ones rather than scary Harry Potter Dementors. I tend to agree with her and depending on how you position their eyes and how the chocolate sets they can take on different expressions and personalities. If you can't track down any edible eyes they could be substituted with chocolate drops or small sweets.
The recipe is based on my recollections of a childhood treat that I remember my Great Aunt Nellie serving up. I reckon Peanut Butter must have been a pretty exotic ingredient in Scotland in the late 1970's and early 1980's! Her recipe specified the ingredients in Cups which makes me wonder if like SKIPPY it also hailed from the USA? By using orange chocolate or candy melts you could transform them into Halloween Pumpkins, and for all year round Peanut Butter treats simply roll into balls and fully or partly cover in your preference of white, milk or dark chocolate. But for now, I ain't afraid of no ghosts!
Halloween Peanut Butter Ghosts
Makes approx 25
340g Skippy Peanut Butter Crunchy
100g Crunchy Nut or Regular Cornflakes
150g Icing Sugar - sieved
25g Butter, softened
300g White Chocolate
Put the Skippy Peanut Butter, cornflakes and softened butter into a bowl and sieve in the icing sugar.
Mix until thoroughly combined, you may find it easier to use your hands.
Cool in the fridge for 30 minutes before shaping into approximately 25 small balls the size of a walnut.
Place on a baking tray topped with greaseproof paper or a reusable non-stick liner and return to the fridge for a further 30 minutes.
Break up the white chocolate into a bowl and melt in the microwave or over a bain-marie.
Remove the peanut balls from the fridge and shape them into 'ghostly blobs' and space out well.
Spoon over the white chocolate until the peanut mix is completely covered, allowing some to drip down to form an ectoplasm base!
Once the chocolate is starting to set press two edible eyes into each ghost.
Return to the fridge to chill before serving.
Some of my food blogger friends have also been whipping up spooky Halloween treats with Skippy. Check out Diana's oh so cute Halloween Peanut Butter Cupcakes complete with spiders and spiderwebs and Elizabeth's spectacular spooktacular Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl Halloween Cake.
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Disclosure : This is a commissioned recipe for SKIPPY. As always, all views expressed are my own.
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