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Halloween has become infinitely more times fun since becoming a mom. I’ve always preferred the cutesy-spooky side to the holiday over the downright terrifying and now that we have a little one in the house, my preference totally flies.
To get us in the Halloween spirit this year, I surprised my family with two spooky snacks — an OREO graveyard dessert and some spooky Shirley Temples made with Fanta.
The OREO graveyard is a fun twist one of my favorite childhood desserts. When we were growing up, the dessert never really had a name, but my mom always knew she could get some big smiles out of my brother and I if we came home to find our favorite “OREO pudding chocolately goodness thing” in the fridge. I’m all about bringing big smiles to my family, especially when it has to do with yummy food, so when I saw the OREO packets as part of a spooky snack pack at Walmart, I knew exactly what I was going to do.
To make an OREO graveyard of your own you will need: 1 package of OREO cookies, 1/2 cup of melted butter, 2 boxes of instant chocolate pudding mix (this requires milk), 1 cup of powdered sugar, an 8 ounce block of cream cheese, a large container of cool whip and some candy/cookies to decorate with.
Start by making the chocolate pudding and putting in the fridge to set. When your pudding is ready, place most (I saved about 6) of your OREO cookies into a large resealable bag and crush with a rolling pin. Pour cookies into the bottom of a 9×13 pan, combine with melted butter and press down to form a crust.
Next, place your cream cheese into the bowl of a stand mixer and beat on low speed. Slowly add powdered sugar and mix until well combined and creamy. Fold in half of the cool whip and set aside.
Now it’s time to layer. There is no “right” or “wrong” way to do this part but, if you are wondering, mine looked like this… cookie crust, cool whip/cream cheese mixture, 1/2 chocolate pudding, plain cool whip, and then the remaining chocolate pudding.
To turn the dessert into a graveyard, I made some dirt with my leftover OREO cookies that I sprinkled over the top and then added candy pumpkins and some cookie tombstones. It was equal parts delicious and spooky and definitely brought out some big smiles from all of us.
In true Natasha fashion, I got pretty excited about all of the opportunities for fun Halloween snacks at home and decided that we needed a spooky drink to go along with our graveyard dessert. And, judging by how cute these spooky Shirley Temples turned out, I think I was right 😉
My mind was already on a trip down memory lane with the OREO dessert so when I was thinking up drink ideas, I immediately went to another childhood favorite of mine — a Shirley Temple.
I knew I had grenadine at home so all I needed to make the drinks was some soda. I decided on orange Fanta instead of a traditional colorless soda to give it that extra Halloween flair. The mini Fanta cans were perfect size for portion control and I was easily able to find an 8-pack in the beverage aisle at Walmart.
To make a spooky Shirley Temple of your own, simply place some ice cubes into a glass, splash in some grenadine and pour in the orange Fanta. That’s it! You can make them extra spooky by dressing up the cups with some skeleton friends and/or some cotton candy like I did.
^^ You can find everything you need to make your own spooky snacks at your local Walmart
Make sure you check out the spooky snack social hub for more fun Halloween recipes as well as a custom, Walmart-exclusive recipe using both OREO and Fanta created by the host of CBS’s TV show Recipe Rehab – Evette Rios.
What is your favorite part of Halloween?