Halloween Celebrations– Have a #SpookyCelebration Inspired by the Queen of Hearts

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Can I just tell you how excited I am that Halloween is only TEN days away?  Halloween Celebrations are some of my FAVORITE throughout the entire year!  Candy, fun costumes, lots of Halloween Baking— I love it all.

This year, we’ve made plans to spend Halloween evening with some of our favorite neighbors.  There will be dinner and time to hang out together before we begin trick-or-treating around sundown.  When we decided upon dinner, the first thing that came to my mind was DESSERT.  While I love cooking and preparing meals for my family, my passion truly lies with whipping up tasty treats for after the meal.

I turned to my favorite villain– the Queen of Hearts.  I’ll admit– she hasn’t always been my favorite.  The first time we took a family trip to Walt Disney World, Raileigh was 2.  The Queen of Hearts was the ONLY character she was scared of– and that holds true to this day.  I figured that there must be something truly scary about this villain for my daughter to be so scared of her.  So, she became my favorite, simply because I think she is the scariest of them all.

I decided to use her as inspiration to whip up some Halloween Recipes fit for a queen… or a spooky Halloween celebration.

You’ll need several key ingredients, including Mars candies, Hawaiian Punch, and 7UP.  What you’ll have is two tasty treats that will be a true hit with any crowd.

Let’s start with the featured drink recipe.

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Bleeding Hearts Drink

You’ll need:

  • Hawaiian Punch Fruit Juicy Red
  • 7Up
  • Heart Shaped Ice Cube Tray
  • Optional: Heart Print Paper Straws

This might be the easiest recipe I’ve ever shared with you.  However, it is truly a ton of fun and perfect for the Queen of Hearts.  You’ll begin by filling your heart-shaped ice cube tray with Fruit Juicy Red Hawaiian Punch.  Freeze it in your freezer.

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When the Hawaiian Punch is adequately frozen, remove the cubes from the tray.  Put them into a glass {I recommend clear so you can see them better}.  Fill your glass the rest of the way with 7Up.  Since this soda is clear, you’ll be able to see the heart ice cubes floating inside.

Optionally, you can finish the look the drink with a heart-printed paper straw.

The best thing about this drink is that as the red “ice” cubes melt, the flavor infuses with that of the 7Up.  It is so, so good.  And– it looks like lots of bleeding hearts, something I know the Queen of Hearts would enjoy.

Now, let’s move onto our treat– Milky Way Chip cookies, also inspired by the Queen of Hearts.  For this recipe, I finely chopped up little Fun-Size Milky Ways to use as the “chips” in the cookies.  With each cut, I couldn’t help but hear “Off with their heads”– one of the infamous lines spoken by the Queen of Hearts.  So, these Milky Way Chip cookies are a nod to the Queen and her most repeated line in Alice In Wonderland.

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Milky Way “Chip” Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Butter Flavored CRISCO (no substitutes)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups unsifted flour
  • 2 cups well chopped Fun-Size Milky Ways

Preheat oven to 375º F. Use a mixer to cream the Crisco, sugar, and light brown sugar.  Be careful not to over-cream.  Add eggs, vanilla, salt and baking soda. Blend well with mixer.  Gradually add the flour, stirring it in by hand.  Fold in the Milky Way “Chips”.

I always refrigerate the dough for about half an hour before baking.  This helps with the cookies spreading.

Form dough into balls that are roughly an inch in diameter.  Bake about 7 to 9 minutes until lightly browned—–mostly around the edges. Center will still be soft. Let sit on pan for a minute or 2 before carefully transferring to a cooling rack.

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While these cookies are delicious right out of the oven, they are honestly best a day or two later.  So, feel free to make ahead and don’t feel rushed at the last minute.

Now… you may have noticed tags around our treats that say “Drink Me” and “Eat Me”.  If you’re familiar with Alice in Wonderland, then you’ll know this is a nod to an early scene in the movie.  When Alice falls down the rabbit hole, she’s greeted by a drink and a snack that each of a tag on them.  One says “Drink Me” and one says “Eat Me”.  So, I made tags for our treats to mimic this!

I decided to offer the tags as a FREE Download so you can utilize them as well.  There is 6 of each tag on the sheet I created.  You’ll need to cut the tags out and use a hole punch to create the hole in the top of the tag.

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Download the “Eat Me” and “Drink Me” tags

I hope that our spooky, yet delicious Queen of Hearts Inspired recipes serve as inspiration for you to create your own tasty Halloween Recipes.  A quick note– our Milky Way candy came from the Mixed Miniatures Bag, available from Mars.  The bag also contains Fun Size Twix, 3 Musketeers, and Snickers.  So, if Milky Ways aren’t your thing, feel free to substitute on of the other candy types.  After all, you can say “Off with their heads!” no matter what candy you’re chopping up!

To give you even more inspiration, I wanted to share a few of my other recipes that feature Mars candy.  They can ALL be made using this bag of Mixed Miniatures.

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Stay tuned later this week for several more Halloween Baking ideas that use Mars candy.

In the meantime, check out these coupons to save you some money on the things you’ll need for my recipes.  Also visit the Bright Ideas website for many more Halloween-inspired treats.

7 comments

    • Desi says:

      I LOVE Milky Ways, too and these cookies are really good! I have a recipe for Milky Way Cupcakes and Milky Way Puppy Chow as well. You should check them out!

  1. Becky VanGinkel says:

    Awesome pictures of your creations!! My favorite are the heart straws and the decorative tags.. they definitely add a special touch. And I like that you put the drink in a Mason Jar.. and I also wouldn’t mind eating one of those Milky Way cookies! lol Thank you so much for sharing and Happy Halloween to you and your family.

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