This easy Halloween Jelly is great fun to make and kids love to decorate their own – the spookier the better!

Halloween Jelly Recipe

 

Halloween jelly recipe

Ready in: 4 – 6 hours or overnight

Serves: 4

Halloween jelly ingredients:

4 leaves of gelatine

8 tbsps bottlegreen Cox’s Apple and Plum Cordial

2 clementines

Selection of jelly sweets, i.e., wriggly worms, false teeth and snakes

Halloween jelly method

· Place the gelatine in a bowl, add 3tbsps water, leave to soak for 10 mins.

· Peel the clementines, removing any pith and seeds, segment.

· Place the bottlegreen cox’s apple and plum cordial into a large measuring jug, add the softened gelatine, pour on 500ml boiling water, stir until dissolved, cool.

· Divide between 4 serving dishes; add the clementine segments, leave to set in the fridge for approx 4-6 hours or overnight. Decorate with the sweets.

Cook’s tip: To stop the clementine segments floating to the top wait until the jelly has set a little then press them in.

 

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My Random Musings

Simply follow our step-by-step guide and create the scary spiders in their glow-in-the-dark web! All you need is your Dremel Glue Gun and some special glow-in-the-dark hot glue sticks which are re-activated by light to make this spooky addition to your porch or window.

Materials required :

Dremel Glue Gun
7mm Glow-in-the-Dark glue sticks x 5 packs of 15 sticks
38cm wide non-stick baking parchment
Black marker pens, standard and thick
Long ruler or straight edge

Difficulty rating :

One star – easy

To make the spider’s web

Step One
Cut a 70cm piece of the baking parchment and fold it in half lengthways. Make a mark on the folded edge approximately 3cm in from one end. Then measure 62cm along the fold from this first mark. At right angles from this point, measure in 17cm on the parchment and mark this. Then simply draw a line to connect the 3cm mark on the fold with the 17cm in mark using a straight edge and marker pen, as shown below.

Step Two
Then, turn the folded paper over and trace the line to transfer it onto the opposite side of the paper so that you end up with a V shape, as shown below. Using our picture as a guide, draw five slightly curved lines between V shape, making sure they begin and end at equal points on the V.

Step Three
Now, insert a 7mm Glow-in-the-Dark glue stick into your Dremel Glue Gun and set it on the high temperature. Turn the paper over and ‘pipe’ lines of glue along the long lines marked, repeating the process two or three times to thicken the lines and create a stronger result. Connect the long lines of glue by ‘piping’ the short curved lines in between, making sure the lines connect effectively where they meet. Repeat this process five more times to make a total of six web sections.

Step Four
You need to end up with 12 sections, so place a section of web either side of another V drawn onto the paper parchment as before, matching the edges. Use more glue to ‘pipe’ the curved lines in between the two sections to connect them together. This will create the first quarter of the web. To complete your web, repeat with the other sections, then join the three larger sections altogether using the same technique of aligning the sections on either side of the original drawing and using more lines of glue to fill in the gaps. Your web should be complete.

Hanging up your cobweb
To hang up your cobweb, use a staple gun to staple the ends of your web onto the corners of an outside porch or stick over a window.

Attaching your toy spiders
Now, buy either a giant toy spider or lots of small black furry ones from your local toy shop or online, and highlight them with glow-in-the-dark glue. Attach them to the web by tying them to lengths of black cotton or black wool.
Beyond that it is simply a question waiting for darkness to fall! Your web should automatically start to glow as darkness falls because it has absorbed daylight. It may only last for around 30 minutes at a time but you can reactivate it by taking pictures of it using a strong camera flashlight.

The Dremel Glue Gun is available from DIY and craft shops and also online at http://www.dremel-direct.com

Spooky Halloween Craft Project

Frankenstein Fingers and Sheep’s Eyes

For a bit of Halloween fun, try these spooky ideas! They are quick and easy and get the kids eating veg too!

Fill a small bowl with ready-made guacamole, houmous or other favourite dip. Take 5 baby carrots and take a thin slice off the tip of each. Then use the knife to make a small incision at the base of this cut and push a flaked almond into the slot to look like finger nails! Arrange the carrots into the dip so they look like fingers.

For the sheep’s eyes, peel 4 carrots and thickly slice. Slice a few green stuffed olives and red grapes. Top each carrot slice with a blob of sour cream and the sliced grapes or olives. Arrange the eyes in pairs on a serving plate.

Gruesome Halloween Treats

My Random Musings

Try this all-time favourite at home but take care when making as the toffee gets very hot! Children can help to weigh out and melt the ingredients but should let mum do the boiling and coating…

Makes 6

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 10-15 minutes

Ingredients

6 eating apples

175g (6oz) light buttery spread

100g (3½oz) maple or golden syrup

225g (8oz) light brown soft sugar

200g (7oz) Carnation Condensed Milk

Method

Dunk the apples into a large bowl of boiling water for 30 seconds, remove with a slotted spoon and allow to cool slightly before wiping the skins with kitchen paper – this will remove any wax from the apples and allow the toffee to stick better to the skin!

Holding the apple firmly, insert a chopstick or lolly stick into the apples near the core. Place a piece of parchment onto a baking sheet.

Place the remaining ingredients into a large pan and melt gently over a low heat. Then bring to the boil for about 15-20 minutes stirring frequently – if you have a food thermometer the temperature you need is about 130C! IT IS VERY HOT SO BE CAREFUL! It will be quite a deep brown caramel colour and will have a cinder toffee smell.

Remove from the heat, and very carefully take each apple and roll in the toffee to coat completely. Leave to set on the parchment until hard.

Tips

If your caramel doesn’t set hard on the apples – it will be because the toffee did not get hot enough. It still makes a lovely chewy caramel but a good test of ‘readiness’ is if you drop a small bit of the toffee into ice cold water and it forms very hard toffee. Small strands should shatter, if it is soft and chewy then it needs to get hotter

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