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October 18, 2011

WW: Spooktacular Treats made with Dairy {recipes}

If your kids are like mine, then Halloween rates right up towards the top of the list when talking holidays.  Why?  For us, it all has to do with the decorating and the ghoulishly ghouls that are spotted everywhere from school to the neighborhood library and of course the candy they collect has a little something to do with it as well. 

When I received recipes for these kid-friendly, spooky and fun confectionery-free treats from the California Milk Advisory Board, I just had to share with you!  All the recipes in the photo are made in 30 minutes or less, and use Real California dairy products.  Food is so much more fun to eat when it looks like this, whether you're a kid or an adult, right?!

I think any of these would be perfect for a Halloween party at school, at home or just as an after school snack!  My kids are gonna love the Spider Web Pizza, the Toasted Ghosts and the Yogurt Ghost Pops for sure.

• Toasted Ghosts: Frightfully good. Choose your favorite cheese such as Monterey Jack, Cheddar, Colby or Swiss and cut into a ghost-like shape with a cookie cutter. Place the cut-out cheese on two slices of bread and toast, open-faced under the broiler.

• Eyeball Salad: Ghoulish and gooey! Create a bed of spinach topped with bocconcini (small mozzarella balls) cut in half, decorated with sliced olives for pupils and ketchup lines to look “blood shot”. Use a tomato or red bell pepper strip to create a mouth.

• Pumpkin Shake: Spice up the season by blending milk with canned pumpkin, orange juice, honey and pumpkin pie spices; serve in a tall glass topped with whipped cream and grated nutmeg.

• Spider Web Pizza: A boo-tiful and delicious dish. Using pre-baked pizza crust, spread pizza sauce evenly. Create a web pattern made with string cheese and bake until bubbly and golden brown. Decorate with a black olive “spider”.

• Cottage Cheese Brain: Frankenstein beware! Mix blueberries, diced strawberries and chopped nuts with cottage cheese, form into two lobes of a “brain” on a plate or platter.

• Frozen Ghost Pops: For a ghostly delicious frozen treat try freezing vanilla yogurt in traditional popsicle-shaped molds. Once frozen, remove yogurt popsicles and design faces made with licorice or black jelly beans.

• Witch Sticks: Spear cheese cubes of any flavor with chunks of pepperoni or salami on fun Halloween picks – a snack on a stick befitting any ghost or goblin!

For the locals:
Dairy products – including cheese – made with California milk can be identified by the Real California Milk and Real California Cheese seal, which certifies that the products are made exclusively with milk produced on California dairy farms.
For more recipes, information and coupons, go to Real California Milk!

photo and recipes by CMAB
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