Time consuming: nah.
For Halloween at school, I didn't dress up, I didn't decorate my room. I had a sad attempt at decorating my door. And maybe 3 of my kids actually did Halloween related activities. Not that I don't enjoy the holiday, but the month really got away from me. I did manage to carve pumpkins and make pumpkin seeds, but that's pretty much the extent of it. I did however dress up for the belated Halloween party this past Saturday and dressed as a rugby player (courtesy of hubby's closet). I had a really clever costume planned around some Jay-Z lyrics, but hubby was a funhater and went as a sad hobo clown (dumb!). But anywho. For Halloween I did manage to whip up a treat for all the fantastic teachers at my school: Cookies and Cream Popcorn with Reese Pieces. I doubled the recipe and it was almost completely gone by lunch. I was told that my boss hi-jacked a container and didn't return it until it was empty.
The great thing about this recipe is that it is so adaptable. You can add Reese Pieces, M&M's, or other candies. You can use colored vanilla melts like red or green for Christmas, orange for Halloween (unless you go to Walmart and they only have lime green colored Wilton candy melts), red and blue for the Fourth of July, you get the idea. And everyone will love you for bringing it. I promise.
1 bag of kettle corn, popped; or regular unbuttered popcorn
6 oz vanilla candy melts or white chocolate
12 chocolate wafer cookies, like Oreo's, crushed
3/8 cup (give or take) candy like Reese Pieces (optional)
additional chocolate or vanilla candy melts for drizzling (optional and decorative)
1. Pop kettle corn in the microwave. Be careful not to burn it! Put popcorn in the largest bowl you have (I used a bowl that I make party mix in) and sort out as many unpopped kernels as you can (you don't want to chip a tooth).
2. Melt the vanilla candy melts - put into bowl and microwave on 50% power for 30 seconds, stir, and repeat until melted and smooth. Or you can melt over a double boiler. Pour over popcorn. Add Oreos and candy if you are using them.
3. Using a spatula, gently fold the popcorn and white chocolate together until everything seems evenly coated.
4. Line some cookie sheets or counter tops with wax paper and spread popcorn mixture over it. Spread out and let dry, about 20 minutes. Serve and eat immediately, at or store in an airtight container.
Recipe from Sweet Tooth plus I added Reese Pieces