Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Edible Witches' Brooms for a Healthy #Halloween by author Cleo Coyle #healthykids

Sweep away your Halloween munchies with these tasty, healthful snacks in the shape of witches' brooms. They not only look cute, they're delicious!

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Easily made with string cheese, mini peppers, and celery sticks, they're great for adult parties, too, because they pair beautifully with a chilled glass of white wine...oops, I mean...that magic "feel good" potion made from the juice of crushed vine-ripened orbs...

Now let's make some edible brooms!

Cleo's Witches' Brooms

Yields...as many as you like!

String cheese 
Celery stalks 
Mini Peppers (or large pitted black or green olives)

Directions: To make each broom, cut the string cheese into thirds. Slice celery stalks into thin but sturdy slivers. Cut mini peppers (or large olives) into thin rings. 

Make a shallow incision at the top of the string cheese cylinder and insert one end of the thin celery stick. You now have a broom handle. Slip the pepper ring around the cheese and slide it near the handle. 

Now all you have to do is slice the cheese into broom bristles. The best way to do this is with sharp kitchen shears. 

Serve them up on a pretty plate and watch them quickly fly away...into hungry mouths!

STORING NOTE: If making a few hours in advance of a party, store in the refrigerator. Be sure to cover the plate or tray with plastic wrap to prevent the cheese from drying out, and...

May your Halloween be...

~ Cleo Coyle

New York Times bestselling author of  
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  1. The witches' brooms are just too cute! :)

  2. Very clever.
    You could "sweep" some tasty dip or salsa into your mouth with one of these.

  3. Thanks for the nice comments, everyone. I felt like a kid again, putting this post together. It's fun to play with your food--one of the best things about Halloween. What other holiday are you expected to shape goodies into ghoulies, cover apples with candy, and carve up pumpkins, which reminds me, we still need to buy a jack-o-lantern worthy squash!

    Have a Happy Halloween, everyone!
    ~ Cleo
    Coffeehouse Mystery.com
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  4. My granddaughters live with us, and I can't wait to try these out on Halloween. I may be able to get something healthy into them before they set off on their rounds. These are absolutely adorable! The girls will have such fun with them, especially 5 year old Molly, who is going to be dressed as a witch.

    1. Stephanie - Oh, you made my day! I loved hearing about your granddaughters, and I can just see your Molly, dressed as a tiny witch. I hope they enjoy these tasty little broomsticks and have a fantastic time trick-or-treating. Thanks for dropping in today, and...

      May your Halloween be delicious!

      ~ Cleo Coffeehouse Mystery.com
      “Where coffee and crime are always brewing…”
      Cleo Coyle on Twitter

  5. These are just the cutest things, Cleo. I wondered what is used to "tie" the cheese. Just adorable!

    1. Krista - Halloween is such a great time to play with food, isn't it?! Thanks for dropping by, and I hope your Halloween is spooky good fun!

      ~ Cleo Coffeehouse Mystery.com
      “Where coffee and crime are always brewing…”
      Cleo Coyle on Twitter