Hemp oil can be used to replace part of the oil in a baking recipe. The oil needs a stronger oil with it to help protect it during the baking process. These haunted treats using hemp oil will take center stage at your Halloween gathering.
Why Use Hemp Oil?
Hemp oil is an easy ingredient to incorporate in recipes that already call for oil. The carrier oil varies per manufacturer. Canna Trading Co. uses MCT oil, which is a medium-chain triglyceride oil. This oil works well in many recipes.
Popcorn Ball Spiders
3 bags microwave popcorn
¾ cup butter
12 cups marshmallows
3 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
12 oz. melted dark chocolate
6 Tablespoons vanilla hemp oil
6 Tablespoons coconut oil
Pinch of sea salt
Start by melting your butter and marshmallows in a sauce pot. Pop the popcorn while these melt together. Add 3 teaspoons of vanilla extract.
When the marshmallows are completely melted, add the popcorn but make sure to remove the seeds. Fold until all of the popcorn is coated. Form into spider body shapes and set on a wax paper lined baking sheet.
Make your chocolate coating by melting the chocolate, and adding the hemp and coconut oils. When melted, stir in the ½ teaspoon vanilla extract.
Dip the spider bodies into the chocolate. Set on the baking sheet to set.
Poke holes in the sides of the popcorn balls with a dowel or chopstick. Cut the licorice laces to create legs. Use more pieces of the licorice laces to add drama to the mouth.
Find small candy eyes to give the spiders a face. You could also use toasted hemp seeds and hemp hearts to make fun faces on the spiders.
Hemp seeds for the eyes
4 large egg whites
½ teaspoon clear vanilla extract
¾ cup sugar or sugar substitute
½ teaspoon cream of tartar
Start by preheating the oven to 200 degrees. Next, line a baking sheet with parchment paper or use a silicone baking sheet.
Place the egg whites and cream of tartar in a bowl and start to beat on medium speed using an electric mixer. Add the vanilla extract. Once the egg whites start to get a little body, slowly add the sugar. Increase the speed to high. Beat exactly 6 minutes or until there are stiff peaks.
Place the meringue mixture in a piping bag and pipe into ghost shapes.
Bake for 1.5 hours. Check at 1 hour and 15 minutes to see if the meringues are dry and feel “crispy” to the touch. Turn the oven off and leave them in there for another 2 to 3 hours.
To attach the hemp seed eyeballs, use the above recipe for chocolate coating and use just enough to coat the back of a hemp seed. Affix the seeds and place in the fridge so the candy coating can harden.
Chocolate Covered Drunken Cherries
12 oz. cherries with stems
6 ounces amaretto, rum or whiskey for soaking
6 ounces dark chocolate candy shell (use the recipe from the popcorn ball spiders)
3 Tablespoons orange and green sprinkles
3 Tablespoons hemp seeds
Pit your cherries but leave the stems intact. Place the cherries in a mason jar and cover with the chosen alcohol. Leave these in the jar for at least one week.
The day of your party, drain the alcohol from the cherries (save it for a cocktail later). Warm your chocolate candy shell and dip the cherries ½ of the way. Roll them in the sprinkles and hemp seeds. Place on wax paper to harden in the fridge.
The drunken cherries can also be used to fill your spider popcorn balls, can be placed inside your meringue ghosts or could become part of a spine chilling cocktail later in the evening.
Bloody Hemp Oil Cake Bites
2 sticks softened, unsalted butter
1 ¼ cups milk
1 Tbsp. vanilla paste or pure extract
4 large eggs
1 ¼ cups sugar or sugar substitute
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 Tbsp. baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
½ cup blood orange juice
¼ cup sugar
1 Tbsp. hemp oil
2 teaspoons cornstarch
Green and orange food coloring
Orange and black buttercream frosting (take a shortcut from the grocery store if you’d like)
Use cooking spray to grease your cake pans. Use square pans to create equal square shapes. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
In a bowl, whisk your flour, salt and baking powder. In a separate bowl, cream the butter and sugar until fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time. Scrape the bowl after each egg is added. Add the vanilla. Add the dry ingredients in 3 batches and alternate with the milk. Mix until combined.
Split the batter up into bowls for each cake pan you’ve greased. Make ½ of the batters green and the other half orange. Spread into pans and bake for 30 to 35 minutes.
Set the cakes aside to cool completely.
Make the blood sauce while the cakes bake. Squeeze the juice of the blood oranges and remove any seeds. You’ll need at least ½ cup. When making coulis, the rule is to use ½ the amount of sugar as you have juice. So, if you have ½ cup of squeezed juice, you’ll use ¼ cup sugar.
In a saucepan, add the sugar and hemp oil. Then add your juice. Cook on medium low heat until the sugar is dissolved. Add the cornstarch and allow it to simmer until the blood thickens slightly. Add red food coloring if the color is not red enough.
Once the cakes cool, stack and frost them. Cut into small squares. Drizzle the blood sauce over the top.
Make these more festive for Halloween by adding candy eyes to the top, fingertips made from rice cereal treats or edible worms. The blood sauce can also be used as an addition to the middle layer to add more blood.
Consider cupcakes if that is easier. The “blood” could be used as a filling or could remain a drizzle.
These Halloween treats are fun to make, fun to eat and are fun to watch guests react to. These can be made without hemp oil if your children need a treat for a school Halloween party. The spiders can be made fancier with luster dust to give them a little shimmer. Have fun with these recipes and consider making a Halloween scene on the table for the treats to be displayed on.