6 Creepy Cocktails To Get You Into The Halloween Spirit (Recipes)

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By Cooking Panda

It’s always a treat when Oct. 13 lands on a Friday!

The wildly unlucky day (or extra lucky one, to some!) is a great excuse to celebrate. Grab some friends and go wild on the second spookiest day of the year! Here are some fabulously spooky cocktails you can keep by your side as good luck charms:

1. Monster Mash Slush

With honeydew melon, orange liqueur, citrus and tequila, this tastes a bit like a sweet margarita. Have a couple of them and you’ll surely be doing the mash!

2. Black Cat

With easily blendable vodka, sweet cherry brandy, tart cranberry juice and bubbly cola, this drink sure is an easy sipper. If you want to make it even more festive, consider using some black vodka or a drop of food coloring.

3. The Broken Mirror

With Absinthe, Green Chartreuse, bitters and lime, this well-balanced drink gets a welcome pop of herbal flavors. Plus it’s BRIGHT GREEN!

4. Booger Beer

Gross!! Booger beer sounds like something that would put you off your dinner, but once you taste the dark, rich stout (any type is fine, although Guinness mixes well with sweet things) combined with a bit of Apple Pucker and topped with green marshmallow cream and surprisingly tasty sugared green pea chunks, it’ll be hard to resist.

5. The Conjuring

It looks terrifying, but take a sip and the sweet licorice creaminess of this unusual mix will win you over in a flash!

6. Good Luck Charm

This one is a bit like a good whiskey sour, but it gets an extra kick from limoncello liqueur and a few spearmint leaves for a burst of freshness.

Featured Image: Shanna S/Flickr

Tags: Friday the 13th, Halloween, October cocktails, recipe, Thirsty Thursday
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5 Spooky Desserts To Enjoy On Friday The 13th (Recipes)

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By Cooking Panda

Friday the 13th is always a spooky day, so when it just so happens to fall in October, you’re going to want to make the most of it!

Whether you’re at home having fun with the kids or out partying it up, you might find yourself in need of some sweets.

These cute, tasty recipes are all pretty quick and easy to make, so you’ll have extra time to put together your costume.

1. Frozen “Boo” Nana Pops

Everyone knows frozen bananas are THE BEST! They take on an ice cream-like texture, and the sweet crunch of the white chocolate shell is just heavenly. Add some fun little chocolate eyeballs and you’re good to go!

2. Black Cat Cupcakes

I’m not superstitious, but I do know one thing: if one of these crosses your path, consider yourself lucky.

3. Mini donut spiders

Adorable, easy and fun to make! Does it get any better? Well it must, because these kid-friendly creepy crawlers are ridiculously tasty with the sweet-salty-tender-crunchy harmony that happens when you combine pretzels, mini donuts, M&M’s, and a bit of frosting or chocolate.

4. Poison Toffee Apples

Black apples? Terrifying! These nostalgic kid favorites are perfect for your bank account, which won’t see too much of a dip after you stock up on apples, sugar, corn syrup and black food coloring. In fact, there’s a good chance you have most of these ingredients on hand anyway.

5. Bleeding Heart Cupcakes

White cupcakes with vanilla frosting, strawberry jam and a bit of food coloring are all it takes to concoct this unique masterpiece. And it doesn’t taste half bad, either!

Featured Image: Pixabay

Tags: Friday the 13th, Halloween cupcakes, Halloween desserts, kid-friendly desserts, October dessert recipe
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Happy Friday The 13th! Check Out These 7 Superstitions Related To Food

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By Cooking Panda

Today is Friday the 13th, which means that you are scientifically proven to witness approximately eighteen-zillion more superstitious measures taken against bad luck today than any other day of the year, according to my imagination.

Of course, you know to avoid stepping on sidewalk cracks today, or breaking any of those countless mirrors in your path — and that’s a good start. But are you also well-versed in the multitudinous superstitions connected to food?

For those of you suffering from paraskevidekatriaphobia (fear of Friday the 13th itself), this probably won’t help assuage your fears. However, knowledge is your greatest asset — so here are 7 (a lucky number!) food superstitions you should probably know about.

Have a good holiday!

Garlic

Garlic wards off vampires. It also wards off fellow human beings who are sensitive to smell. Allow me to recommend one of my favorite acts of micro-aggression: If somebody has wronged you, eat a garlicky snack and then sit next to them in an intimate setting (movie theaters, classrooms, and 3+ hour long bus rides all work).

Birthday Cake

As it happens, adorning birthday cakes with burning candles is a tradition that can be traced back to the Ancient Greeks. According to Wonderopolis, they often baked round shaped cakes (meant to symbolize the moon) as a way of paying special tribute to the Greek moon goddess, Artemis. They then decorated the moon with candles to represent the reflected moonlight.

Salt

Spilling salt is, apparently, a harbinger of doom. Luckily, you can counteract the bad omen by tossing a pinch of salt over over your left shoulder with your right hand — this will blind the devil who lurks there, and prevent him from snatching away your soul.

Noodles

According to Wish Good Luck, “what the people of China consider good luck is based on the shape of the ingredient.” As such, long noodles represent long lives; cutting your noodles, therefore, will earn you a shortened life-span and bad luck.

Bread

According to MyFatPocket, if you cut open a loaf of bread and see a hole, you better start prepping: that hole is supposed to represent a coffin, and it means that somebody is going to die soon. 
Funny — I always took that crater as a sign that I should add another tablespoon of my preferred topping to my toast.

Cutlery

An old German saying suggests that if you drop a fork, you should expect a female visitor; drop a knife and expect a child visitor; drop a spoon and expect a male visitor. If you are clumsy and also not in the mood to host, you should probably just stick to eating with your fingers.

Oranges

Forget roses. If you want somebody to fall in love with you, you should present them with an orange, reports Times of India.

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Credit: Macmillan Dictionary, Wonderopolis, Wish Good Luck, MyFatPocket, New Bremen History, Times of India / Photo Credit: Annie’s Eats, Garlic Geeks, Southern Savers, Gigabiting, Lady And The Tramp, LA Mag, Beauty And The Beast, MyanSoffia/Etsy

Tags: culture, Friday the 13th, superstitions
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13 Weekend Slow Cooker Recipes

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By Cooking Panda

You want to indulge in scrumptious desserts this weekend, but the weather is warming up, and you don’t feel like turning on the oven. You want to relax. We hear you! Kick back and enjoy these slow cooker recipes:

1. S’more Cake

You want s’mores, but you also want cake. S’more…cake…s’more cake!

2. Chocolate Marble Cheesecake

Easiest cheesecake ever with minimal hassle — and it’s delicious!

3. Berry Cobbler

Craving cobbler but don’t want to use the oven? Have a ton of fresh fruit and don’t know what to do with it? Throw it in your slow cooker. Feel free to sub any fruit you have on hand, like apples or peaches. Bonus: your kitchen will smell amazing all day.

4. Triple Chocolate Brownies

Seriously. You can make super moist set-it-and-forget-it brownies any time you want.

5. Peppermint Pretzel Candies

Winter may be over, but that doesn’t mean we have to forget about peppermint. These salty, crunchy, chocolatey pretzel bites are pretty much the best snack ever.

6. Triple Chocolate Peanut Butter Pudding Cake

If you can make chocolate cake in your slow cooker, why wouldn’t you?

7. Cherry-Chocolate Clusters With Salted Almonds

Cherries and chocolate are such an amazing combination — you should make these at once!

8. Chocolate Banana Bread Pudding

Bread pudding is the bomb, and it’s oh-so comforting and scrumptious with gooey chocolate and banana melted in. Why not make it in the slow cooker?

9. Fudgy Brownies With Strawberries

This dessert is surprisingly low on calories but tastes super rich, thanks to the genius addition of applesauce.

10. Butterscotch Fondue

Chocolate fondue is good and all, but you should definitely mix things up with this bubbling butterscotch dip. Consider spiking it with rum right before eating (so the alcohol doesn’t cook out) and then dip fruit or brownie cubes into it. Yum!

11. Fruit Compote With Ginger

This decadent combination of pears, pineapples, apricots, dark sweet cherries and brown sugar becomes a super rich, sweet dessert in the slow cooker.

12. Rice Pudding

Feel free to sprinkle in your favorite dried fruit like raisins or dried cranberries, if that’s your thing.

13. Dutch Apple Pudding Cake

Caramel apple pudding on the bottom, moist walnut cake on top. A match made in heaven.

Featured Photo Credit: Grace Parisi/Today

Tags: Friday the 13th, slow cooker, weekend recipes
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