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New York’s craziest Halloween ice cream is available now
Talk about a screaming sweet treat! Enjoy this creepy concoction today!
When it comes to a place to spot some of the world’s creepiest and spookiest exhibits, Ripley’s Odditorium compares to none. After all, where else can you find displays of vampire-killing kits, live cockroaches, mummies, and the largest collection of real human shrunken heads in one place? This Halloween, Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Times Square has partnered with dessert emporium Serendipity 3 to build a terrifying, tasty sundae.v
Available until Oct. 31, 2013, at Serendipity 3, the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Ghoulicious and Skull-tastic Sundae is available to terrify and delight your taste buds! Featuring three scoops of Serendipity’s premium ice cream, this cool treat is served in keepsake skull cup. What makes the sundae extra creepy begins with the "graveyard" of hot fudge followed by a burst of blood-red raspberry sauce. The "spine-chilling creation" is topped with goo-filled gummy brains and bugs, then covered with a mountain of sugar-blackened whipped cream, and doused with candy-blood-filled skull gummies. As if that weren’t enough, the ooey-gooey concoction also features a protruding bone lollipop, a frightening giant sour gummy spider, and candy blood bag to keep the creepy Halloween theme going strong!
27 Sweet Ice Cream Sundae Bar Ideas
Summer sun means ice cream fun! If you want an afternoon of deliciousness, you can’t top an ice cream sundae bar. With creative cones, tasty toppings and whimsical decorations, it’s enough to make anyone scream for ice cream. We’ve got the scoop on ice cream sundae bar ideas that include homemade sundae cups, magical menus and even homemade ice cream that you’ll love.
3 SIMPLE WAYS TO MAKE THIS HALLOWEEN EXTRA SWEET
Eeeeeekkk, we’re so excited! Halloween is just around the block, and we’re counting down some ways to make this holiday extra fangtastic. So, check out these ghoulishly good ideas for making this Halloween a scream.
BUT FIRST, DON’T FORGET TO ENTER OUR PUMPKIN CARVING CONTEST!
We’ll be selecting 3 lucky winners to win a special shipment of their favorite flavors. So, don’t miss out. The deadline to enter is October 31 at 9 AM Eastern.
Simply choose one of the three entry categories listed below, snap a picture of your pumpkin and share it with us on social media by posting it to our Facebook Page or tagging us on Instagram.
- Paint a pumpkin. Pick up some mini pumpkins and paint each one like a scoop of your favorite ice cream. Stack them on top of each other and hot glue an ice cream cone on top.
- Use our printable stencil. Simple yet sweet, this idea is great for kids (or kids at heart). Click here to download a pumpkin carving stencil you can print at home.
- Make your own “ice scream” inspired design. The possibilities are endless! Not sure what to do? Pop over to Pinterest for some inspiration and let your imagination run wild.
1. HAVE FUN WITH YOUR FOOD
Not sure what to make for dinner? Never fear! These meals are fun to make and even more fun to eat. So, before your little goblins and ghouls head out to trick-or-treat, send them away with a snack, like hotdog mummies or pumpkin pizza! To make hotdog mummies, cut up pastry rolls, wrap them around hotdogs and top with edible googly eyes. For pumpkin pizza, place your pizza ingredients into a jack-o-lantern design.
2. MAKE AN “ICE SCREAM” SUNDAE BAR
Once the trick-or-treating is done, there are still plenty of ways to have fun. As the kids are sorting out their candy, break out your favorite Hudsonville Ice Cream flavors and set up an ice “scream” sundae bar. Then, let them use their Halloween candy as the toppings. This idea is so simple, it’s almost scary.
3. HAVE A HALLOWEEN MOVIE MARATHON
End the night by cozying up and watching your favorite Halloween-themed movie. Here’s a list of our favorite flicks.
We could all use a little more fun in our lives right now, and one simple way to get there is to elevate the everyday whenever we can. Take ice cream, for example. You could put a scoop in a bowl and call it good, or you can go a couple of steps further and create a DIY ice cream sundae bar that will delight your ice cream lovers of all ages. Everyone will enjoy creating and customizing their choose-your-own ice cream adventures that rival any ice cream shop. Here&aposs everything you need to make a sundae bar at home:
You can go two ways here. Either set out three or four ice cream flavors to mix and match, or stick to one basic flavor and let everyone use it as a blank canvas for their sweet masterpieces. Whichever way you go, keep ice cream frosty cold by setting the containers into deep baking dishes, buckets, or bowls filled with ice. Make sure each flavor has its own dedicated ice cream scooper. Or try this: Scoop and freeze individual servings of ice cream in cupcake liners.
- 4 bananas, halved lengthwise
- 1 (8 ounce) package refrigerated crescent roll dough
- 8 scoops Neapolitan ice cream
- 8 teaspoons chocolate syrup (Optional)
- 8 teaspoons caramel sauce (Optional)
Freeze banana halves for 2 hours.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
Wrap each frozen banana half with crescent roll dough until each is completely covered arrange on a nonstick baking sheet.
Bake in the preheated oven until golden brown, 10 to 14 minutes.
Place each wrapped banana in a serving dish and top with 1 scoop ice cream, 1 teaspoon chocolate syrup, and 1 teaspoon caramel sauce.
12 Sugar-Free Dessert Recipes That Definitely Don’t Skimp on Flavor
Those with a creative eye know firsthand that inspiration is all around us. Whether you're energized by the earth tones of nature, a color-filled walk through a local farmer's market, or even by a quick scroll through Instagram, you never know what might spark a new creative project.
In the spirit of inspiring your next masterpiece, we're excited to partner with Bounty to fuel the next generation of artists and designers forward by launching a national design competition. We're calling on graphic designers to apply for a chance to see their work featured on a new Brit + Co and Bounty paper towel collection, set to launch in 2022.
Aside from the incredible exposure of having your illustrations on paper towels that'll be in stores across America next year, you'll also receive $5,000 for your art a scholarship for Selfmade, our 10-week entrepreneurship accelerator to take your design career to the next level (valued at $2,000) and a stand alone feature on Brit + Co spotlighting your artistry as a creator.
The Creatively You Design Competition launches Friday, May 21, 2021 and will be accepting submissions through Monday, June 7, 2021.
Who Should Apply: Women-identifying graphic designers and illustrators. (Due to medium limitations, we're not currently accepting design submissions from photographers or painters.)
What We're Looking For: Digital print and pattern designs that reflect your design aesthetic. Think optimistic, hopeful, bright — something you'd want to see inside your home.
How To Enter: Apply here, where you'll be asked to submit 2x original design files you own the rights to for consideration. Acceptable file formats include: .PNG, .JPG, .GIF, .SVG, .PSD, and .TIFF. Max file size 5GB. We'll also ask about your design inspiration and your personal info so we can keep in touch.
Artist Selection Process: Panelists from Brit + Co and P&G Bounty's creative teams will judge the submissions and select 50 finalists on June 11, 2021 who will receive a Selfmade scholarship for our summer 2021 session. Then, up to 8 artists will be selected from the finalists and notified on June 18, 2021. The chosen designers will be announced publicly in 2022 ahead of the product launch.
For any outstanding contest Qs, please see our main competition page. Good luck & happy creating!
Warm ice cream scoops cut through ice cream more efficiently, so place a few glasses of hot water on the sundae bar. Or speed up the sundae line by pre-scooping ice cream. Place scoops on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and freeze for two hours or until firm.
Turn up the fun by offering a selection of cookies for making ice cream sandwiches. Or pop a few bottles of soda and some straws on the table to create an ice cream float station. Cherry soda, root beer and orange soda are classic favorites.
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Pumpkin Ice Cream is a must around Halloween because of all the Jack O’ Lanterns displayed in front of peoples’ homes. Pumpkin is a relatively new flavor for me. I had never tried it until as few years ago since I moved to California from Ireland. Today, I just love it around the Holidays. The color is great and I love the spiciness of pumpkin desserts, too.
10 Out-of-Control Grown-Up Sundaes
You don't need the luck of the Irish to whip up&mdashpun intended&mdashthis amazing sundae-float hybrid.
Get the recipe at Half Baked Harvest.
Rose water brings out the flavor in fresh raspberries, and piping-hot chocolate sauce is never a bad idea.
Get the recipe at Dessert for Two.
This sundae calls for "sprinkles out the wazoo" and red wine hot fudge, which will have you wondering how you ever used plain, wine-less hot fudge.
Get the recipe at How Sweet It Is.
Unlike many store-bought vegan ice creams, this recipe uses only whole ingredients and is super-simple to make. Top with almonds, coconut, and vegan chocolate chips, and it will fill you up on the spot.
Get the recipe at Vegan Family Recipes.
Socially Distant Halloween Party Tips
Still want to throw a small, socially distant Halloween party but not sure how to make it work? The &ldquoin&rdquo thing is to have it outdoors- plenty of heaters, a bonfire, and warm clothes + masks help make this happen. Here are a few ideas that can keep kids feel connected without getting too close.
Spooky Socially Distant Snacks
Gone are the days where you can put out a bowl of communal chips and dip and call it a party. These days, snacks need to be individually packaged, and many parents are concerned about allergies. My solution is to have individual snacks whose ingredient list is short and simple. You can create a &ldquotreat tree&rdquo and hang applesauce pouches and bags of snacks from the branches.
Either buy a pre-made tree or spray paint some branches black and prop up in a weighted pail. I found this tree for $1.99 at Goodwill and with a little black spray paint transformed it into something haunted forest-worthy.
GoGo squeeZ came out with Halloween-themed packaging, which makes it easier for you- no need to decorate (I found them at Target). If you have older kids, grab the GoGo Big squeeZ&ndash they are 33% bigger than the existing fruit pouches. Add a tie to the twist cap and hang on your treat tree.
Create &ldquopumpkins&rdquo from Goldfish crackers! There is a reason daycare and preschools serve these tasty treats- EVERYONE loves them and few are allergic to their ingredients. Just buy clear treat bags, draw a Jack o&rsquo Lantern face on with a permanent marker. Tie on the top and hang on the tree!
Boo-tiful Individual Beverages
Punch bowls are NOT a good idea- one sneeze and your beverage choice is toast. Individual beverages are best. Jones Soda makes a yummy Orange Cream Soda that has zero caffeine (ahem, &rsquocause kids hopped up on sugar don&rsquot need a caffeine high). Add a cute themed straw or ones made from paper and you are good to go! You can also pour into fun cups and top with whipped cream.
Socially Distant Monster Ice Scream Sundaes
What could be better than an ice cream sundae? A DIY MONSTER Ice Scream Sundae! Give kids a pint of ice cream and all of the creepy toppings to make their own MONSTER ice scream sundae. Kids love to personalize, and this can count as an activity and dessert. Nightfood has cartons of ice cream with monsters on them to keep with the theme, and you can portion out scary candies into individual condiment cups with lids. Raspberry jam becomes monster blood.
Since Nightfood is a relatively new product, I wanted to make sure it tasted good and wasn&rsquot just cute packaging. I tried their Cookies n&rsquo Dreams and Midnight Chocolate flavors and this ice cream craver gives them two very enthusiastic thumbs up!
Their ice cream is formulated with fewer calories, less fat, and lower sugar as well as more protein, more fiber, and a lower glycemic index. Overall, this is a smarter way to cure the ice cream cravings at night. It doesn&rsquot contain sleep-inducing drugs or sleep aids, just a delicious way to eat a little healthier before bed. You can find it locally at Jewel, or find a location near you.
Socially Distant Party Crafts
Keeping kids entertained helps them stay out of each other&rsquos faces! Individual crafts are a great way to bring out their creativity and help them focus on the task at hand, creating a socially distant Halloween party WIN!
Start saving spaghetti sauce jars and sanitizing them. These can be made into Halloween-themed lanterns or just colorful fall ones with pieces of tissue paper glued to the exterior. Just insert an electric candle or glow sticks inside to light up the night! A fun addition is to create a silhouette or with black tissue paper cut out eyes and watch the eerie glow.
Monster Book Marks
While searching for crafts that little kids could do with minimal assistance, I came across the website Happy Camper Live. Their website and app bring tons of after-school activities right to kids&rsquo homes 365 days a year. It is a place for you and your kids to discover new passions, skills, and have the time of your lives without ever needing to leave home. PLUS- raise your hand if your child&rsquos camp experience was canceled or cut short this summer? Yep. Same. Happy Camper Live has real camp counselors helping your kids learn new skills.
They have a bunch of free Halloween resources currently available- from DIY Costume Ideas to DIY Decorations, Creepy Crafts to Spooky Treats, these are tried and tested ideas that are doable for your kids and include simple directions.
Here is what I plan on having at my party, especially for the younger kids:
Image: Happy Camper Live
Halloween Party Goodie Bag
A cute to-go treat with minimal ingredients is a chocolate-covered pretzel skeleton with a marshmallow head. Pop onto a lollipop stick and package individually in cellophane bags.
- Regular size marshmallows
- Mini marshmallows
- Chocolate to melt
- Yogurt or white chocolate-covered Pretzels
- Melt chocolate in a small dish in the microwave. Start at 30 seconds, stir, then continue to microwave and stir at 15-second intervals until completely melted.
- Using a toothpick or skewer, &ldquopaint&rdquo the chocolate into a skeleton face on a large marshmallow.
- Push a mini marshmallow about halfway down a skewer, add three yogurt-covered pretzels on top, then place the skeleton marshmallow head on the point of the skewer.
These can be made days in advance while wearing a mask and gloves, and eliminate the plastic junk that usually plagues parents in goodie bags. I am all for cute take-home items to help transition kids towards the door! Sometimes it is hard for kids to leave the party, but if you entice them with a parting gift the going gets easier. Bribery? Nah. Just greasing the exit wheels.
If you want to create a display like this (but with cellophane bags over the treats for COVID safety), find a trough-like dish and add apples. Cover with decorative paper shreds. Skewer the treats into the apples so they are free-standing.
Cheers to a socially distant Halloween party with your family and friends, and doing it in a healthy way!
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