Hiland's Halloween Has Treats For All

Looking for Halloween snacks for kids that are fun and easy? Chocolate milk makes it simple and delicious to scare up some yummy (or mummy) Halloween treats for kids or let them get creative with spooky DIY Halloween crafts. From Halloween desserts to decor, these recipes and projects can help your family connect to celebrate this fun fall holiday.

Not only does chocolate milk have nine essential nutrients kids need, including 8 grams of high-quality protein, it adds flavor and a new twist to fall favorites, like pumpkin oatmeal and pancakes. And the milk cartons and jugs scream "reuse me!" for jack-o'-lantern projects to light up your night. Get going on fall fun with these creative snacks and crafts using the official drink of Halloween — chocolate milk!

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Meet Kasim.
He's Awesome.

And he's a huge fan of Hiland Chocolate Milk. Kasim has created two delicious recipes we're excited to share.

S'mores Cocktail (For the Adults) Double Chocolate Ganache Cake

S'mores Cocktail
(For the Adults)

Ingredients

  • 1-2 oz solid chocolate
  • graham crackers, finely ground
    substitute with molasses cookies or cinnamon toast crunch for a fun spin
  • marshmallows
  • 4 fl oz Hiland Dairy Chocolate Milk + 1 tablespoon for rim
  • 2 fl oz chilled espresso
  • 2 fl oz Kahlua or coffee liqueur of choice

Directions

For Rim Garnish

  • Pour an inch of water in a small pot and bring to a low simmer. While water comes to a simmer, chop the chocolate into small pieces then place in a heat-safe bowl over the simmering water. Make sure the bowl does not come in direct contact with the water.
  • Stir constantly until all the chocolate has melted. Mix in 1 tablespoon of Hiland Dairy Chocolate Milk to thin out consistency. Dip the glasses in the melted chocolate then dip in your preferred crust: crushed graham crackers, molasses cookies, cinnamon toast crunch or whatever your heart desires.

For Cocktail

  • Grab a shaker and fill three-quarters full with ice. Add Hiland Dairy chocolate milk, chilled espresso and Kahlua. Give it a healthy shake to combine. Strain into your preferred cocktail glass filled with or without ice. Garnish with a freshly roasted marshmallow and enjoy!

Double Chocolate Ganache Cake

Ingredients

For Cake

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cups Hiland Dairy Chocolate Milk
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • butter for greasing cake pan

For Frosting

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 ½ cups powdered sugar
  • about 2-4 tablespoons Hiland Dairy Chocolate Milk

Directions

For Cake

  • Before diving into this luscious chocolatey creation, preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and butter a 9-inch cake rounds. Set aside. Mix together all of your dry ingredients: flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder and salt either by hand or in a stand mixer using a low speed until well combined.
  • Note: for a lump-free batter, add all dry ingredients using a sifter to break down any clumps.
  • Add all wet ingredients to bowl of mixed dry ingredients: egg, buttermilk, warm Hiland Dairy Chocolate Milk, oil and vanilla. Either mix by hand (prepare for a workout) or beat on a medium speed until smooth. Pour batter into greased cake round. Pop into oven and bake for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Allow to cool for 15-20 minutes before removing from cake pan.
  • Note: for a flat top cake, like the one pictured, slice off the ‘cake dome’ before topping with frosting.

For Frosting

  • In a large bowl, beat together butter and cream cheese until light and fluffy. While this could be done by hand, I highly recommend using a stand or hand mixer. Add in cocoa powder and vanilla extract. Beat for 3-4 minutes or until well combined.
  • Note: the next steps are crucial to create a velvety ganache-like frosting.
  • Beat in powdered sugar but only 1/2 cup at a time. After every cup of powdered sugar, add in about a tablespoon of Hiland Dairy Chocolate milk. You want to end up with a frosting that isn’t thick or thin but at a perfect middle ground between the two. However if you prefer your frosting thicker add more powdered sugar-less milk and for a thinner frosting add less powdered sugar-more milk.
  • Note: this frosting will thicken once refrigerated and allowed to stiffen.

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MILK JUG-O'-LANTERNS

Freaky faces aren't just for pumpkins anymore. Upcycle your chocolate milk jugs so you and your kids can create more lanterns to light the way to the Halloween festivities.

Materials

  • Empty chocolate milk gallon jugs
  • Orange paint (acrylic)
  • Black marker
  • Box cutter or scissors
  • Orange LED flameless tea lights
  • Hot glue gun
  • Green foam craft sheet for leaves or vines

Directions

Pour about 1/4 cup of the paint into the milk jug and shake, with lid on, to cover the inside of the jug. Allow to dry.

Use the black marker to fashion a fun, scary or creepy face on the side of the milk jug. For inspiration, check out Pinterest for ideas and templates.

Carefully cut out a square opposite the face on the milk jug.

Cut leaf shapes or vines from the green foam. Affix with glue.

Place the flameless LED light inside the Jug-o-Lantern to display at night.

MILK CARTON HALLOWEEN LANTERNS

When you want a Halloween glow, these DIY paper lanterns will scare up a fun or frightful mood. The milk carton serves as the frame and your choice of paper determines how the light diffuses.

Materials

  • Half-gallon chocolate milk carton or half-pint chocolate milk carton
  • Lightweight paper (tissue paper, paper napkins, wax paper, white copy paper, parchment paper or vellum)
  • Construction paper
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Hot glue gun
  • Box cutter or scissors
  • Black paint (chalkboard, spray or acrylic paint)
  • Battery-powered candle

Directions

Wash the chocolate milk carton; set aside to dry completely.

Open the carton top and use a box cutter or scissors to cut according to the fold lines on the top and trim off the bottom of the container.

Use a ruler to measure a rectangle on the carton that is ½ inch on the right and left sides and 1 inch from the top and bottom.

Glue the new bottom of the lantern shut with a hot glue gun. Use a scrap of the milk carton to cover the screw top if needed.

Use several coats to paint both the inside and outside of the milk carton black and allow to dry.

Cut four pieces of paper that are ½ inch wider and taller than the side openings.

Spread a thin layer of glue around the inside of the side milk carton openings.

Lightly press the paper into the glue inside the lantern with the design faces out.

Allow glue to dry completely.

MUMMY MILK

Pour a few glasses of delicious chocolate milk before the party starts and you can stir up some fun when you make this yummy milk mummy.

Materials

  • Bubble chewing gum tape or adhesive gauze tape
  • Self-adhesive craft "googly eyes"
  • Tall clear glass
  • Decorative paper straw

Directions

Remove backing from google eyes and adhere them to the side of the glass.

Take a long strip of bubble gum or gauze and wrap the glass with the bandage. Make sure the eyes peek out from behind the "dressing."

Pour chocolate milk in the glass and add a decorative straw.