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With Halloween (very) quickly approaching, it’s all we’ve been thinking and talking about in our home. Both of my boys are so excited for a day packed full of fun this coming weekend and they have their timing planned out to maximize the sweet treats they are able to stock up on. But that’s not the only thing they are excited about because while costumes and candy are awesome, we have a tradition in our family that has them even more ready to celebrate….baking a spooky treat in the week before Halloween.
Since this is something we’ve done for years, my little guy was really expecting it this year. But I’ll be honest, I had dropped the ball and hadn’t really even thought too much about it. That’s right…there were no spider cookies or eyeball sundaes in the mix and let’s just say that my lack of a spooky creation was getting majorly noticed. With both boys begging to see what this year’s sweet treat would be, I had to come up with something quick. And come up with something I did! In fact, with just a little creativity I was able to outdo all of my past year’s creations with super cute and slightly spooky Fanta cupcakes with OREO spiders!
Now, this idea wasn’t one that just popped into my head. In fact, I’d be lying if I said it didn’t take a little prodding to come up with it. But on a recent trip to Walmart to stock up on Halloween essentials, my littlest helper saw something new. While he can’t read yet, he’s all about things that look super spooky and the orange Fanta cans and fun packaging of the Glow-in-the-Dark OREOs caught his eyes.
After looking them over, an idea instantly popped into my head! I had made cupcakes with soda in them for years and an OREO cookie could be easily transformed into a spider. In that moment of spooky dawning, my creation was born. After stocking up on Fanta (yup, it’s a favorite drink in my house) and Glow-in-the-Dark OREOs, I headed home to see how I could take these two awesome items and turn them into the perfect Halloween treat.
After ensuring that our Glow-in-the-Dark OREOs truly did glow (it’s crazy cool ya’ll) and cooling off with a can of Fanta Orange soda, I got to work putting together my spooky surprise.
What You Will Need:
2 Sticks of Butter
2 Cups of Sugar
4 Cups of Flour
1 Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract
1/2 Teaspoon of Baking Soda
1 12-ounce Can of Fanta Orange Soda
How to Make It:
To start my super spooky cupcakes, I wanted to find a way to inject some extra flavor. So I used a basic cupcake mix with a little twist. I started by adding my softened butter and sugar to my mixer and creaming it together. Then I let my little guy help me add four eggs and blend it all together.
Next, my flour, baking soda and Fanta went in. I found that the best way to do it was by adding my baking soda first and then alternating between cups of flour and fourths of the can of Fanta Orange Soda.
I continued to mix my batter until it was a fluffy texture and then I added scoops of it (I use an ice cream scooper for ease) to my lined cupcake pan.
I could see a slightly orange color from the Fanta Orange Soda and I knew it would add a fun flavor to my cupcakes that would really set them apart. With all of my liners filled with my delicious cupcake batter, we were ready to pop them in the oven.
After baking my cupcakes on 350 degrees for fifteen minutes, they came out perfectly cooked and looking amazingly delicious. I quickly transferred them from my cupcake pan to a cooling rack and let them cool completely.
While my cupcakes were cooling, I set to work on my bright orange icing that once again had a little hint of Fanta in it!
Fanta Cream Cheese Icing:
What You Will Need:
8 Ounces of Cream Cheese
2 Sticks of Butter
4 Cups of Confectioner’s Sugar
2 Tablespoons of Fanta Orange Soda
Orange Food Coloring
How to Make It:
Whipping up the icing was as easy as adding my softened cream cheese and butter to my mixer and blending it together. It was a super thick consistency so I added in my Fanta Orange Soda. Once my mixture became slightly liquid, I added my confectioner’s sugar one cup at a time and mixed in my orange food coloring once it was the consistency I was looking for.
With my icing cooling in the fridge so it would pipe on correctly, I pulled out my bags of Glow-in-the-Dark OREOs and heated a few black candy melts. Then I used a little of the melted candy to secure two candy eyes to each OREO, beginning the process of creating my spiders.
Finally, I used the remainder of my candy melts in a piping bag with a small tip to create “legs” by piping curved lines of candy and letting them harden.
Finally, with all of the components of my spooky cupcakes ready, it was time to take my many pieces and turn them into the perfect Halloween creation. To start, I added my orange icing to a piping bag with a star tip. Then I piped icing on each of my cupcakes, added a few orange sprinkles and pushed my (legless) OREO spider gently onto the top.
Next, I gently removed my candy legs from the sheet they had been drying on and used a small drop of candy melts to attach the legs to the OREOs, letting them curl around the cupcakes for a super fun look.
And just like that, my cupcake creation was done! While it may have taken a little prep as far as baking and mixing, my fun Halloween treat came together quite seamlessly! And I do have to say, they were just about the cutest spooky snack I had ever seen! In fact, they came out better than I had imagined as I came up with my creation!
While I was proud of my spooky snacks, my boys were even more excited! As they looked at what they had helped to make, I could see pride and excitement and above all, hunger in their eyes!
As they pulled off their wrappers and took in our fun creation, I could tell that I had truly created more than cupcakes…I had created a Halloween memory they won’t soon forget.
And as they bit into the first bite, I watched as they tasted the hint of Fanta Orange soda and OREOs combine for a treat that was anything but scary!
With huge grins and happy bellies they asked me if we could make more and well, of course I said yes.
Because while I had created this special treat just for them, I instantly knew that is was a spooky snack that was definitely worth sharing!
This Halloween, I encourage you to get spooky in the kitchen and try out our fun spider cupcakes snacks! But don’t stop there! Because I think you’ll soon discover like I did that Fanta Orange Soda and OREOs are the perfect snacking combination. And Evette Rois, host of the CBS show Recipe Rehab agrees! In fact she has been busy in the kitchen creating custom, Walmart-exclusive recipes that combine both Fanta and OREO products! So get ready to get spooky and then check out her fun ideas on the #SpookySnacks Social Hub!
Then take her inspiration, my inspiration or your own inspiration and discover a way to make Halloween not only spooky but also sweet!
Now that I’ve shared how I’m using Fanta and OREO products to create a Spooky Snack, I’d love to hear you fun ideas for doing the same!