Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Vegan Wednesday! Halloween Fun!

Halloween is one of my favorite times of year. I love going to Halloween stores, decorating for Halloween, and passing out candy to trick-or-treaters. If you're planning a festive get together this holiday season, here are some ideas for vegan treats:

Steaming Hot Chocolate
Yield: about 2 to 3 servings
3 cups (720 ml) plain or vanilla soymilk
3 to 4 tablespoons organic sugar
3 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder
2 teaspoons dark brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Combine all the ingredients in a 3-quart (3 liter) stockpot and stir with a wire whip to mix well. Heat to almost boiling over medium high heat, stirring occasionally and watching carefully to prevent a messy boil-over.

Pour the Devil's Brew into mugs and serve immediately.

NOTE: To make enough for 20 people, use the proportions below and heat in a 12-quart (12 liter) crockpot.
2 1/2 quarts (2.5 liters) plain or vanilla soymilk
1 1/4 cups (300 ml) unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup (240 ml) plus 2 tablespoons to 1 1/2 cups (360 ml) organic sugar
4 tablespoons dark brown sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Vegan Caramel Apples
You will need: Granny Smith apples
popsicle sticks or candy apple sticks
2 tbsp. vegan margarine
1 c. lightly packed brown sugar
1/3 c. corn syrup
1 c. sweetened condensed milk (use vegan recipe here )

To prepare, you should poke the wooden stick into your apples and set a cookie sheet covered with wax paper to the side of your work space.

Also, you can dip them into chopped nuts, cookie crumbs, sprinkles, and just about anything else with the same texture if you like.

In a small saucepan over low heat, melt margarine.Stir in sugar and corn syrup.
Bring to the boil and stir in condensed milk.
Stirring constantly, cook over medium heat until boiled and thickened.
Use once it is thick and has cooled slightly. If the caramel has had time to harden, reheat until just melted.
Holding the stick, dip each apple into caramel and turn to glaze each side.
Roll in any nuts or toppings, and then set onto wax paper to cool.


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