Halloween is such a fun holiday, especially with trick-or-treating, but a lot of candy is loaded with artificial colors, flavors and even heavy metals. We like to make spooky, sweet treats that are made from healthier ingredients but still lend to the sweet fun of this month. One of our favorites is Meringue Ghosts, which are very easy to make.
- 5 pastured egg whites
- 1 1/2 cups organic cane sugar
- 1/4 tsp. sea salt
- semi-sweet chocolate mini chips for painting the ghosts
Preheat the oven to 210 degrees F. In a large mixing bowl, add salt to egg whites; beat with a hand mixer until they start to foam. Slowly add sugar while continuing to mix on high speed. Beat egg whites until stiff peaks form. Put the mixture into a plastic bag, and snip off the bottom corner, making a piping bag. Pipe meringue onto Silpat parchment-covered baking sheets. Bake for 40 minutes or until firm. Remove them from the oven; cool completely. Melt chocolate chips over low heat in a small pot, and add cream to thin if necessary. Using a small paintbrush (never used for actual paint) or a toothpick, paint faces on the meringues to resemble ghosts.
Tip: Enjoy a bit of candy on Halloween, but save the rest to use while decorating gingerbread houses in December.
Kate Doubler of Deephaven is a nurse and online health influencer. Taste more at realfoodrn.com.