Halloween has become one of the most celebrated holidays in this country as well as in Canada, Australia and Western Europe. What attracts people to celebrating this holiday is a fun environment and freedom of acting out silly things while being dressed up in the weirdest costumes ever during the length of the year!
Here are a few facts about Halloween you may find entertaining.
Chocolate is the most popular treat found among the loot that trick-or-treaters collect. This is quite a contribution to the National Confectioners Association that keeps the numbers for earnings. Halloween usually is the second biggest holiday when people spend money to buy chocolate treats.
By the way, dark chocolate can last up to two years, whilst milk chocolate is good for about 8 months. Make sure you keep your Halloween candy is stored in a dry place.
Soft candy needs to be stored away from direct light and heat and could be enjoyed in the next six months after your little goblins have collected and brought a ton of candy home.
The candy corn has been in circulation since around 1900s. Manufactured by the Jelly Belly Candy Company, candy corn is made of sugar, corn syrup and marshmallow.
Based on the reports by the National Confectioners Association, more than 35 million pounds of candy corn sweets were produced in 2005. Can you guess how many kernels could be found in those 35 Mil pounds? – 9 Billion!
It is fun and a great time spent with kids going around the neighborhoods and collecting the loot, talking to peoples, observing behavior and spotting some grandiose costumes during Halloween.
We also like to spend some precious time in the kitchen cooking up our favorite cookies, muffins, and yes, trying out some new recipes, too.
This Apple Cake with Maple Frosting is delicate and delicious. A flavorful frosting adds an amazing aroma and light texture. Kids can help you in preparation of the ingredients list and then mixing ingredients up in separate bowls. Feel free to add your own decor and food coloring to the frosting.
Decorate Your Apple Cake Slices In Any Way You Want!
Add Herbs And Other Seasonal Fruit to the Decor
Experiment With Display Areas.
It Is Fun To Get Unusual & Unexpected Plating Looks!
- 1.5 cups (181g) all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp ground cloves
- 1/4 tsp ground ginger
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 cup (1 stick/113g) unsalted butter, softened
- 1 cup (217g) brown sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs
- 2/3 cup (160ml) buttermilk
- 2 cups (120g) Granny Smith green apples, spiralized
- 1/2 cup (57g) coarsely chopped walnuts
- Cream Cheese Maple Frosting, see below
- 6 oz (170g) cream cheese, softened
- 3 Tbsp (42g) unsalted butter, softened
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/8 tsp maple extract
- 1/8 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp ground ginger
- Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
- Pinch of slat
- 1 cup (115g) confectioners' sugar, sifted
- Preheat oven to 350F. Grease the bottom and sides of a 9-inch square baking pan. Dust the pan with flour.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon cloves, ginger, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
- In the bowl of an electric mixer, using paddle attachment, beat the butter at medium speed until cream (about 1 minute). Gradually add the sugar and beat until well blended (2 minutes). add the vanilla extract, then add the eggs one at a time.
- Reduce the speed to low an add the flour mixture and buttermilk.
- Remove the bowl from the mixer stand and stir in the apples and walnuts.
- In the bowl of an electric mixer, using the paddle attachment, beat together the cream cheese and butter at medium speed until smooth.
- Beat in the vanilla and maple extracts, spices, and salt.
- Reduce the speed to low, add the confectioners' sugar, and beat until well blended. Raise the speed to high and beat until light and creamy (apprx. 2 minutes)