As you may have noticed, there's a little holiday called Halloween comin' up...And while it's mostly for the kids—aside from that "candy tax" you so kindly offer to calculate and deliver directly to the IRS from their full-to-busting pillowcases—part of the fun can be co-opted by us old, boring adults.
To an extent, anyway. In my mind, part of the fun of Halloween is getting super-goofy: indulging in massive amounts of sugar-bomb candy, punning it up (spook-tacular!), and generally behaving with childish abandon.
So how does that translate into adult treats? I'm so glad you asked! Here are three ways to grown-upify your Halloween without feeling like an old fuddy duddy.
Indulge In The Fancy Stuff
To me, the most obvious place to start is to go to the pros. After all, they've been doing this for a while. More and more serious chocolatiers are offering seasonal Halloween specialties; and they're really giving it some thought.
New Hampshire's L.A. Burdick is already known for their squee-inducingly adorable ribbon-tailed mice, which is certainly a good enough place as any to start; though I have to confess that I think their ghosts give the mice some stiff competition, squee-wise. They also have bats, which—as a fan of the critters—I especially appreciate.
And LA-based L'Artisan du Chocolat has pumpkins made of chocolate, filled with more chocolates. Meta-Halloween genius, if you ask me.
If you're looking for something a little more elegant, Bond St. Chocolate in NYC has always had beautiful silver-dusted chocolate skulls, and now they have a giant 3D one, too! But my favorite? Chocolate fangs. They're much tastier than the wax version, and classier-looking to boot. (Sorry, wax fangs; I love you, but. Come on.)
Make It Up!
If you're feeling a little more ambitious, why not head into the kitchen? There are all kinds of amazing fall-appropriate recipes out there—and you really should try making candy one of these days. Our own intrepid (and hilarious) BraveTart has loads of awesome DIY recipes and tutorials for stuff like peanut butter cups, Nutter Butters, and even cereal marshmallows (and who says you can't cut them into wee ghost and pumpkin shapes? Nobody, that's who.)
I've also been eyeing this gorgeous pumpkin caramel recipe from Food52 that one of our employees pointed out to me, which I think is brilliant. I get bored of pumpkin pie really easily (I know, I'm, clearly the devil), but caramel? With salt? And pepitas? I'm in. Who wants to make them, dip them in chocolate, and send them to me?
In between buying and making is making-out-of-store-bought. There's no shame in using a few your favorite mass-produced treats to make fun, extra-sugary treats for Halloween.
And it doesn't have to just be "crush; sprinkle over brownie batter; bake" either. Cakes, cookies, more cakes, trifles, custards, and something I really (no, seriously) want to make called 3 Musketeers Puffs (though I think after my last 3M experience I'll stick with the minis).
Or, you could just do the sensible thing and deep-fry the suckers.
And put them on a stick. And then put it in a pie. And cover it in chocolate!
Whoa. Sorry—I've started dipping into my Candy Tax early.