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Gluten-free Entertaining: Halloween Edition Part 2

Dare you to try eating this with braces.

Remember those horrid high school years when braces were so ingrained in your existence that some of your friends couldn’t tell what was different about you the day after you got them taken off?  Let’s not dwell on that for too long.  But back in those days, I longed to get my braces off so I could run out and get a caramel apple into which I would sink my straightened-to-perfection teeth.  When that day came, it was…not as glorious as I wanted it to be.  The apple was a Granny Smith, my least favorite of apples, and the caramel was tough to chew, even by caramel’s standards.  I haven’t paid for a caramel apple since. 

Caramel apples, whether they be plain-old-caramel or topped with chocolate or white chocolate swirl or even walnuts, are the perfect gluten-free indulgence come Fall.  Plus it’s really funny to watch your friends try to eat them with class.

What you’ll need:

1 package Brach’s Milk Maid caramels (they just happen to come with apple-stickin sticks)

1 bag of Mott’s apples (if you’re making a lot, otherwise you can buy by the pound.) These can be whatever apples you fancy.

2 tbsp. water

Toppings optional: melted chocolate, melted white chocolate, crushed walnuts, red hots, sprinkles

What you’ll do:

Melt the caramels in a medium sauce pan with 2 tbsp. water.

Stick your apples through the top so they can stand up on their own during the cooling process.

Dip 1 apple into the caramel, submerging it. Lift the apple out, allowing the extra caramel to drip back into the sauce pan. Turn the apple up and hold it for several seconds to help set the caramel around the apple. Place this coated apple on parchment paper or greased foil. Repeat with remaining apples and caramel, spacing apples apart (caramel will pool on foil).

Let the apples cool for about 5 minutes. Push the caramel that has pooled around the apple back up against the apple.

Before the caramel cools completely, top with your favorite topping.

Let cool for an hour, then sink your braces-free teeth into the caramely goodness. Or chop it into pieces and eat it the un-fun way.  Or chill for up to a week.

-Taylor

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Gluten-free Entertaining: Halloween Edition

Even corn of the candy variety is GF

Even corn of the candy variety is GF

Whether you’re GF and throwing a party or throwing a party with GF guests, gluten-free entertaining is kind of a no-brainer.  I’m not going to list every Celiac-friendly candy on the market as of Sept. 2010 because a million other people have done so already, but here are some highlights :

Nestle: Butterfinger (original only), Sno-caps, Raisinets and WONKA products (excluding Oompas and Wonka Bar)

Hershey’s  does not publish a gluten-free candy list because “the ingredients can change at any time.”

Jerks.

Mars: All M&Ms except pretzel (and crispy if you live in Holland), Snickers, and Dove products

In the fruit sector, Skittles and Starbursts are safe.

Oh, and Peeps, for those of you who just can’t wait until normal Peep-season, which is Easter by the way.

If you really want your Halloween party to last, you probably don’t want to stuff your guests full of candy or else the sugar crash is going to kick in before the Oregon vs. USC game is even over.  Supplement the overflowing bowls of October goodness with some tasty, somewhat nutritionally valuable snacks:

Original Chex Mix

What you’ll need:

1 Big-ass baking sheet (maybe 2 if you’re really popular)

1 box of Rice Chex

1 box of Corn Chex

1 and a half cups of mixed nuts

1 package GF pretzels

A stick and a half of butter

2 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce

1 1/2 tsp. seasoned salt

3/4 tsp. garlic powder

1/2 tsp. onion powder

What you’ll do:

Preheat oven to a tepid 250 degrees.

Mix the dry ingredients together (Add M&Ms and whatever the heck else you want).

Melt the butter stir in the seasonings.

Pour butter mix over the dry mix.

Pour Chex Mix onto baking sheet and bake for 1 hour – stirring every 15 minutes.

Your house will smell awesome.

Puppy Chow (not actual Puppy Chow)

Probably shouldn't feed this to your dog.

What you’ll need:

1-2 boxes of Rice Chex (again, this can vary depending on how cool you are)

1-2 cups chocolate chips (I prefer Semi-sweet, as it accurately reflects my personality)

1/2 to 1 cup peanut butter (Moms like yours chose Jif)

1/4 to 1/2 cup butter (let’s shoot for 1/3)

1/4 to 1/2 tsp. vanilla

1 1/2 to 3 cups powdered sugar (You can eyeball this. If your kitchen is covered with powdered sugar, you’ve done your job right)

What you’ll do:

Put cereal in a large bowl.

Melt chocolate chips, peanut butter, and butter. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.

Pour over Chex cereal, put into a large plastic bag with powdered sugar and shake well to coat. If you have little ones, feel free to let them do the shaking.

Spread mixture evenly on wax paper (or newspaper. Go ahead, buy one for old times sake) and allow to cool.

Obviously this doesn’t have to be a Halloween-only snackfood. It’s good for pretty much any occasion, up to andincluding being alone in your house all weekend in your pajamas watching old episodes of Gilmore Girls.

Check back tomorrow for more (dare I say healthier?) goodies.

-Taylor

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