As part of a sponsored post for Collective Bias® I made this blondie recipe and other treats for Halloween. All words and thoughts are my own.
Halloween is almost here, and that means it’s time to start getting ready for Halloween celebrations! I love hosting, whether it’s for a crowd or just a fun night in with our immediate family members. Putting together a spooky (or a fun-spooky, with a toddler) table filled with candy, delicious sweets, and refreshing drinks is something I look forward to doing each year.
Every year I always buy a couple big bags of candy, usually the Mars Variety packs. My husband’s favorite candy bar is Snickers, I love Peanut M&Ms, and we both like Twix and Plain M&Ms so this particular mix is a good choice for us.
I pick our favorites because after the trick-or-treaters have had their fill, we often have some left over. This year, though, I thought of a way to avoid the extra. I decided to swap out the white chocolate chips in my favorite blondie recipe and add in some of the Halloween candy.
- ⅓ C butter, melted
- 1 C packed brown sugar
- 1 T vanilla extract
- 1 egg
- 1 C flour
- ½ tsp. baking powder
- ¼ tsp. salt
- ⅛ tsp. baking soda
- 4 mini bags of Fun-Size Plain M&Ms
- 4 Fun-Size Snickers, chopped
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Mix together the melted butter, brown sugar, and vanilla until combined.
- Add in the egg; beat well.
- In a separate bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda.
- Add flour mixture to the wet ingredients and mix until just combined.
- Fold in candy.
- Spray an 8x8 pan with cooking spray and pour in batter. Use a spatula to spread it evenly in the pan.
- Bake 25 minutes. Let cool completely before cutting.
I also wanted to create a fun drink, too. Normally growing up Halloween parties meant soda or hot apple cider. But I wanted to do something a little cuter and more themed. While I was in the juice aisle to pick up some juice boxes I noticed the Hawaiian Punch. I hadn’t had any in years, but it really brought me back to my childhood.
It also immediately made me think of the drink I wanted to make: Vampire Juice. Just pour the Fruit Juicy Red Hawaiian Punch into an dry, empty ice cube tray. Just before serving, place a number of the ice cubes into a glass, then pour 7UP over them. You’ll get a nice fizz and the flavor combination of Hawaiian Punch and 7Up is delish.
Add a few spooky – or fun – Halloween decorations to the table and you’ll be party-ready in no time. You can save a little money, too, by printing out this Mars candy coupon. And check out the Pinterest board below with lots of pins from fellow bloggers, all who have lots of Halloween recipes and other great ideas for your Halloween celebrations.