1 cup (6 ounces) NestlÈ Toll House Premier White Morsels
2 tablespoons vegetable shortening
18 to 20 plastic spoons
Assorted candies for decorating
Festive plastic wrap or clear lollipop bags (found in craft stores)
Orange and black ribbon
LINE baking sheet with wax paper.
PLACE morsels and shortening in medium, microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on MEDIUM-HIGH (70%) power for 1 minute; STIR. Morsels may retain some of their original shape. If necessary, microwave at additional 10- to 15-second intervals, stirring just until melted; cool slightly.
DIP one spoon into melted morsels; shake off excess. Place on prepared tray. Make ghostly face with candies. Repeat with remaining spoons. Refrigerate until set.
WRAP each spoon in a sheet of plastic wrap. Gather at base of spoon; tie with orange and black ribbons. Trim ends of plastic wrap, if desired.
Jenny Harper is Consumer Test Kitchen Project Manager for the NestlÈ Test Kitchens and VeryBestBaking.com.
Fact BoxHave a Frightfully Fun Halloween
(Family Features) Make no bones about it - Halloween is a great time to scare up some fun! I enjoy hosting (and attending!) Halloween parties - and these easy ideas make it a treat to do:
* Make a cereal-box graveyard. Take black-and-white tempera paints and mix them into three shades of gray: light, medium, and dark. Paint empty cereal boxes with the medium gray. Use sponges to mottle the gravestones with light and dark gray spots. Once they're dry, write names and dates with a marker.
* Don't forget the goodie bags. Use markers, paint and crayons to decorate goodie bags for handing out. Spooktacular Spoons are perfect for Halloween party bags.
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