Are you freaking out this Halloween?
We don't mean mentally; we mean socially... like dressing up in costumes and partying. If so, here's a fun punch with all the trimmings and atmosphere to go with it.
Preparation Time: Whatever time it takes to do your shopping, freeze a few candy gummy worms and spiders, and chill some juices.
Cooking time: Enough time to boil water; that's all!
CAUTION: If kids are helping with the preparation, it must be done under adult supervision. This recipe calls for DRY ICE... (Dry ice will burn skin, so handle it with gloves and tongs and keep it away from kids and pets!)
- 1 Package lime gelatin (6-oz)
- 2 Cups boiling water
- 3 Cups chilled pineapple juice
- 1 Bottle chilled lemon-lime soft drink or ginger ale (2 liters)
- For adults: 2 cups chilled vodka (optional)
- 1 Large black plastic cauldron (available at party or craft stores)
- 1 Punch bowl that fits inside the cauldron
- 1 Plastic hand (available at party supply stores), sterilized in hot water
- 1 Block dry ice (available at supermarkets, ice cream shops or ice companies)
Pour the gelatin mix into a large bowl. Slowly stir in the boiling water. Stir at least 2 minutes, until the gelatin is completely dissolved. Stir in the pineapple juice. Let cool to room temperature.
Wearing heavy duty gloves or using tongs, place the block of dry ice in the bottom of the cauldron.
- Use an ice pick to break the block into smaller chunks, if necessary.
- Fill the cauldron with just enough water to cover the dry ice. It will begin to ‘fog’.
- Place the punch bowl inside the cauldron, on top of the dry ice. The cauldron will appear to be magically smoking.
For more Halloween effects:
- Freeze candy gummy worms or spiders in ice cube trays (1 per cube) filled with fruit punch instead of water and when frozen add to punch bowl.
- Or wedge a plastic hand (from a craft store) between the cauldron and bowl (hot glue to cauldron if necessary) so the hand is sticking up through the fog.
- For some treats to go with the witches brew make some Witches Hats and Ghoulish Goodies
Dry ice is the best way to make those spooky, foggy punches. It can be added directly to your favorite punch recipe, provided you're using food-grade product... or the carbon dioxide used to make the dry ice is the same quality used for soda fountains. This class of dry ice is most often sold at grocery stores and can also be used to transport food and produce. The recipe above calls for the dry ice to be placed in the bottom of a cauldron and the punch bowl placed on top of the dry ice.