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September/October 2004
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Spooktacular Halloween Fun
(and Healthy, Too!)

Recipes by Eden Foods

Kids expect sweet treats at parties and especially so at Halloween time. If we’re conscious of our kids’ health and the effect sugary treats have on them, we can provide goodies for classroom or neighborhood parties that are delectable and still, oh so healthy. These recipes provided by Eden Foods are so yummy the kids will never know how healthful they are! Make them with organic ingredients and you’ve done your little ghosts and goblins an even greater favor.

FRUIT PUNCH (Serves 6)

Create a spooky atmosphere with “cauldron punch.” The kids will squeal with delight as ‘smoke’ pours from this witch’s brew. (Not really, but it sure looks like it.) Take a large metal pan or bowl and place some dry ice inside. Position your punch bowl inside that, allowing the dry ice to surround the exterior. If you desire a more authentic effect, check out your local party decor store for a genuine plastic cauldron. For safety reasons, don’t let wee ones near the dry ice. Best to let an adult serve this one.

1 quart Eden Organic Apple Juice, 32 oz.
1 quart Eden Cherry Juice, 32 oz.
1 quart sparkling spring water, 32 oz.
1 cup orange slices
1/2 cup lemon slices
1/2 cup lime slices

Mix juices and sparkling water together in a punch bowl or large pitcher. Add fruit slices and let sit 5 minutes or so.


POPCORN BALLS (Yields 12 to 13 popcorn balls)
Looking for entertainment for the party? How about combining food and fun? Making popcorn balls as a group activity is a great way to pass the time and fill their tummies too! Use colorful plastic bowls with cold water for hand dipping to keep the popcorn moist and the hands cool. Have each child make one for eating now and bundle up another in rainbow-hued plastic wrap to take home as a favor. Tie shut with black ribbon and decorate with a plastic spider ring. How fun is that?!

16 cups popped organic popcorn
1/2 cup Eden Organic Barley Malt Syrup
1/2 cup pure maple syrup
cold water, for dipping hands

 

Combine the barley malt and maple syrup in a small sauce pan. Bring almost to a boil over a high flame. Reduce to medium-low and simmer, stirring constantly, for 7 minutes. Pour the hot syrup over the popcorn and mix thoroughly. Moisten your hands slightly with cold water and take a handful of the mixture and form into a ball while packing firmly with your hands. Repeat the above steps, making sure to moisten your hands before making each ball.


Cereal Grain Bars with Mixed Nuts, Seeds and Fruit
(Yields 40 grain bars)

6 cups organic puffed wheat cereal
6 cups organic crispy rice cereal
2 cups Eden Dried Montmorency Cherries, chopped coarsely
2 cups tamari roasted mixed nuts and seeds, chopped coarsely
1/2 cup pure maple syrup
1/2 cup Eden Organic Barley Malt Syrup
1/3 cup organic peanut butter, almond butter, caschew butter, or any nut butter



 

Mix all dry ingredients and cherries together in a large mixing bowl and set aside. Place the syrups and nut butter in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Reduce the flame to medium, and continue stirring for about 5 to 7 minutes until the mixture does not drip off the spoon easily.

Quickly pour the syrup mixture over the dry ingredients and mix well until all dry ingredients are evenly coated with the syrup. Take two 13” x 9” baking dishes and lightly moisten with water. Place half of the mixture in each dish. Moisten your ands with cold water and firmly press the grain mixture down evenly in the dishes until firm. Place in the freezer for 10 minutes to harden. Cut into bars or squares and enjoy!

The bars may be individually wrapped and kept in the freezer to store. Remove when ready to eat. They will thaw out quickly.

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