Braces-friendly Halloween Recipes

Halloween cookies.

Halloween is around the corner, and Families First Orthodontics wants to provide you with a treat of our own! Many brace wearers are dreading the upcoming Halloween holiday simply because they feel like they can no longer indulge in the delicious treats that come along with the holiday. This, however, is not true! There are plenty of delicious treats that you can enjoy while keeping your braces intact. Below we have listed just a few of our favorites.

Candy Corn Jello Treats

This recipe is great for brace-wearers, especially since real candy corn is not recommended for those with braces!
You will need:

  • Package of lemon gelatin
  • Package of orange gelatin
  • 8 clear 8-ounce glasses
  • Whipped cream for garnish (optional)

1. Prepare lemon gelatin according to package instructions. Set aside in medium bowl to cool off.
2. Prepare orange gelatin according to package instructions. Set aside in medium bowl to cool off.
3. Pour about half of the lemon gelatin into a container. Divide this amount into the 8-ounce glasses. Refrigerate until gelatin is set (about 20 minutes).
4. Remove glasses from refrigerator. Divide all orange gelatin among the glasses, pouring on top of lemon gelatin. Refrigerate until the orange gelatin is set (about 20 minutes).
5. Remove glasses from refrigerator. Divide all remaining yellow gelatin among the glasses.
Refrigerate until the yellow gelatin is set (about 20 minutes).
6. Just before serving, spoon a dollop of whipped cream on top of each serving.

Halloween Parfait

This is a different take on your classic fruit parfait, with delicious treats in every bite.
You will need:

  • 3 boxes of instant vanilla pudding (enough to make 12 one-half cup servings)
  • 1 teaspoon of red food coloring
  • ½ teaspoon of yellow food coloring
  • One 9-ounce package of plain chocolate wafers
  • 6 cups milk
  • Chocolate syrup to taste
  • One 8-ounce can mandarin oranges, drained

1. Combine pudding mix and milk in a large bowl as directed on the package. Refrigerate until firm.
2. Crush chocolate wafers into crumbs using a food processor, or put the wafers into a zip-lock bag and crush.

3. Combine red and yellow food coloring in a small bowl. Pour into the pudding and stir thoroughly until the pudding is orange.
4. Alternate layers of pudding with layers of cookie crumbs in a parfait cup or glass for a total of three layers of pudding. Top each layer of crumbs with chocolate syrup to taste before adding the next pudding layer. Top each parfait with mandarin oranges and additional chocolate wafer crumbs.

Skull and Ghost Cookies

These cookies are just as delicious as they are festive! This easy recipe is sure to be a crowd favorite.
You will need:

  • 12 Nutter Butter cookies
  • 12 ounces vanilla (or chocolate) candy coating
  • 24 chocolate (or vanilla) chips
  • Black (or white) food coloring marker

1. Follow the instructions on the package to melt the candy coating.
2. Completely dip each cookie into the candy coating, carefully removing two forks onto a baking sheet lined with wax paper.
3. Before the candy coating begins to harden, add chocolate chip eyes for ghosts and black food coloring marker for skulls.
4. Place in the freezer for 15 minutes until the candy coating has hardened and ghost and skull faces are set. Serve at room temperature.

Mummy Hot Dogs

For a more filling snack, try these mummy hot dogs. You can try to expand on the recipe by cutting arms and legs for the mummies!
You will need:

  • One 1-ounce tube of refrigerated breadstick dough
  • 12 hot dogs
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon of water
  • Mustard (or ketchup) to garnish

1. Separate dough into thin strips. Wrap one strip of dough around each hot dog, leaving a ½ inch uncovered for the mummy’s face.
2. Arrange on a lightly greased baking sheet.
3. Whisk together egg and water and brush over the dough.
4. Bake at 350 degrees for 14 to 16 minutes or until golden brown.
5. Dog mustard (or ketchup) on hot dogs with a toothpick to form eyes.

Micah Mortensen, DDS, MSD

Micah Mortensen, DDS, MSD

Micah practices orthodontics in our Stansbury Park Pediatric Dental office.

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