My five year old boy loves Halloween and his excitement gets my creative juices flowing, so as part of a sponsored post for Collective Bias® and Nestle, I am showing my creative side while having fun with my son! Also, be sure to check out more at http://www.walmart.com/nestle.
I know it sounds weird, but my boy is crazy about zombies and loves his weekly visit to granny’s house to watch his zombie show with her. So, being Halloween, I was trying to think of how I could incorporate his love for the undead and the holiday into a fun and spooky snack for all of us to enjoy.
So, off to Walmart I go to look for some ideas. It was not but a few steps into the store when I walked by the pizzas and saw Tombstone Pizzas with monsters on the packaging. Perfect, dinner is served! My boy picked the pumpkin because he loves his cheese pizza.
Continuing on, I found the candy aisle and saw a whole lot of candy to choose from, but the Nestle Crunch, Butterfinger and Nerds fun size bags just seemed to be screaming out at me. Somehow they told me in their own special candy way that I need to make some cupcakes and a cemetery out of them. Looking around to complete the graveyard, I picked up a few odds and ends and headed to the register, paid, and off to the house we go.
Once home, I started by melting down a big bag of Nestle Tollhouse Semisweet Chocolate Chips with a spoon of vegetable oil. Spread it out over some parchment in a cookie sheet and put it in the fridge to set up. I grabbed a box of cake mix, and whipped it up adding some crushed butterfingers, YUMMY! As they cooked I started to unwrap the Crunch bars with the help of my trusty assistant.
Once the chocolate set, it was time to build a graveyard. Using some green frosting, I marked off all the grave sites, placed a Crunch bar at the top of each for the headstones, and laid a Butterfinger across the grave for the coffins. I found some sugar skulls to represent the dead rising from their graves and no graveyard would be complete without the army of gummy monsters standing guard at the front of the cemetery.
After the cupcakes cooled, the boy and I frosted them with some orange frosting and grabbed up some nerds to sprinkle over the top. I love to incorporate several textures into everything, and the Nerds provided a well needed crunch to the cupcakes as well as looking nice on top. My boy kept saying that his cupcakes were better than mine because he is an artist! How do you argue with that?
Pizza is done! Time to eat some dinner and then go straight for the sugar high and eventual crash. Thank goodness it is close to bed time!
- 1 box yellow cake mix
- 3 Large eggs
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1 cup water
- 2 cups Butterfingers (coarsely chopped)
- 1 can Cream Cheese Frosting
- Few drop Orange Food Coloring
- 1 cup Nerds (various colors)
|Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine cake mix, butter, eggs and water. Mix together until all lumps are gone.|
|Fold in coarsely chopped Butterfingers until well incorporated.|
|Put liners in each spot of a mini cupcake pan, and spoon in batter about 2/3 of the way up each liner.|
|Bake at 350 degrees for fifteen minutes. Take out and allow to cool before frosting.|
|In a small bowl spoon out frosting and adding just one or two drops of orange food coloring at a time, mix together until desired color is achieved.|
|Get your children and frost some cupcakes, and top with Nerds candy.|