Monday, 17 October 2016

Peanut Butter Ghosts - No Bake Halloween Treats



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 

Ingredients 
340g Skippy Peanut Butter Crunchy 
100g Crunchy Nut or Regular Cornflakes 
150g Icing Sugar - sieved 
25g Butter, softened 
300g White Chocolate 
Edible Eyes 

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.
#SpookySkippy


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.

Have you spotted my spooky seasonal logo on my social media accounts? As always designed by www.mimihammill.com


Disclosure : This is a commissioned recipe for SKIPPY. As always, all views expressed are my own. 
Thank you for supporting the brands who make it possible for me to continue to share my Edible Scottish Adventures with you.

21 comments :

  1. I absolutely love these. Spot on for a Halloween party!

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    1. Halloween themed food really is the best and combined with Peanut Butter makes it even better!

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  2. These are fabulous Claire, not too scary and perfect for Halloween parties.

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    1. Definitely more cute than scary and work equally well 'out of season'

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  3. These are just so super cute, I can't help smiling at their little faces! And a great one for kids to get involved in making, I bet!

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    1. We had such a giggle at all of their different expressions. So much fun.

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  4. That black & white photo is amazing, so much atmosphere! I used to adore Skippy as a teenager and would get through jars of it on toast. I think these ghosts are a brilliant idea for my kids to have a go at next week x

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    1. I also had a teenage peanut butter habit! The black and whit pic does spook them up a bit more.

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  5. These ghosts are so cute! The recipe sounds very easy and delicious and I love SKIPPY, it's my favourite :)

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    1. Unbelievably easy to make, perfect for half term with the kids.

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  6. These look so straightforward and SO delicious! I guess once Halloween is over, you could just make them into peanut butter truffles instead :)

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    1. Yup, the rest of the year they are perfect as plain old peanut butter bites.

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  7. These are so utterly adorable!!! I need to make these for my kids, they'd love them!

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    1. They did kinds take on their own personalities which is what makes them so adorable.

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  8. Yum these sound delicious - and I had no idea you could buy edible eyes!! Thanks for linking up to #CookBlogShare :-) Eb x

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  9. These are definitely in the non-scary ghost category, perfect for little ones. The sound yummy too!

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  10. These ghost are so cute! They sound tasty too :) Thanks for linking up with #TreatPetite

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  11. These little ghosts are so cute and so easy to make too! I'm quite tempted to have a go at them with my two little ones although it may need to wait until after Halloween now!

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  12. These look delicious. Thank you for entering #TeaTimeTreats!

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  13. These are so cute... especially the little guy sitting on top of the pot!

    Have pinned because others should see this a awesomeness too-wooo-oooohhh!

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