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Halloween- Tricks AND Treats

Halloween is just around the corner. No Halloween would be complete without some spooktacular sweets. If you are into DIY, we got some ideas for you. But if this crisp fall weather is making you just want to curl up with a blanket and watch some classic horror movies, we got you covered with some desserts from our site.

TREATS from Sweetist

Boo-tiful Rice Krispies
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Order this fun Halloween pack from Treat House on Sweetist

Halloween-themed Cupcake
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Deliciously spooky! Order it from Billy’s Bakery on Sweetist!

img_2822 Order either a 12-pack or 6-pack spooky cupcake set from Buttercup Bakeshop! More fun to go around and share! Perfect for Halloween parties!

Pumpkin Pie
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Get this classic fall favorite! Order online through Sweeist so that you can use that precious time creating your costume instead!

TRICKS - D.I.Y Ideas

Acorn Candy Cookies
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(Source: http://www.mastercook.com/app/recipe/WebRecipeDetails?recipeId=4561276)
Grab a box of vanilla wafers to make this simple treat! Heat the bottoms of Hershey and peanut butter kisses and attach each one to the cookie, respectively. If you don’t want to deal with melting chocolate/peanut butter, grab a tiny dollop of icing to use as glue. Prepare to amaze your friends!

Ghosts
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(Source: http://www.onecountry.com/halloween-desserts-2055552080.html) A healthy fruit treat! Grab some melted white chocolate and generously coat the strawberries. Set the strawberries on a plate so that the white chocolate trails on the plate, resembling a ghost’s body. Then, take some baking chocolate chips and apply them to a strawberry to resemble a ghost’s face! Spook out your friends with how great this treat tastes.

Caramelized Pumpkin Seeds
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(Source: http://cookingwithmykid.com/2010/10/11/caramelized-pumpkin-seeds/) A great dessert idea to make with kids! Nutritious and also irresistible! After carving your wonderfully decorated pumpkin, make sure to save the seeds. Let the seeds dry overnight and sprinkle as much brown sugar as you’d like on the seeds. Bake the seeds for around 8 to 10 minutes, making sure to adjust the seeds every now and then to allow for even cooking. Enjoy – this treat is addicting!

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(Source: http://www.iheartnaptime.net/halloween-treats/) How cute are these! Another super simple dessert idea for parties. Take any cookie with a chocolate coating and use it as the base of the witch’s hat. Then place a dollop of orange icing in the center of the cookie and place a Hershey’s kiss on top. Viola!

Chocolate Mice
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(Source: http://happyhourprojects.com/christmas-mice/) This is a simple and easy treat that resembles a cute mouse! All you need is some chocolate, cherries, and almond slices. Take one candied cherry and coat it in melted chocolate. While the chocolate is still warm, attach the cherry to 2 almond slices and a Hershey’s kiss. Make sure that the Hershey’s kiss is pointing outwards, so that the Hershey’s kiss resembles the mouse’s nose!

Have a boo-tiful weekend!
Sweetist Team

The 5 Best Ice Cream Shops In NYC for Summer ‘16

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There is nothing quite like the sweet aroma of a New York ice cream shop. Step inside and you’ll be greeted with a wave of milky goodness before you can close the door. Instead of ordering your typical vanilla bean ice cream cone, here are a few that we recommend for you to try this summer!


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Thai Tea Ice Cream Roll – 10Below  

Originating from Thailand, rolled ice cream might be the hottest frozen dessert of the summer. First and foremost, ice cream crafters pour milk and a couple ingredients of your choosing onto a cold plate. What happens afterwards is a spectacle to behold: the components are then chopped, smushed, laid out, and rolled into a creamy confection. The Thai tea rolled ice cream hits the sweet spot: the smooth texture matches well with its light and airy consistency.

Sweetist Tip: Oreos and a roasted marshmallow go perfectly with Thai ice cream!

Address: 10 Mott St


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DIY Ice Cream – Magnum 

Magnum has opened its divinely doors in SoHo! In addition to their signature chocolate flavor, Magnum differentiates from all the other ice cream shops with this special characteristic: customization. From rich ice cream flavors to decadent toppings to crunchy, creamy coatings, customers from all over the world have their eyes on this.

Sweetist Tip: you better get them quick – Magnum closes its NYC doors in August! You can’t find rose petals and goji berries in any ice cream bar.

Address: 134 Prince St  


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Ice Cream Sandwiches – Melt

Ever imagine a Good Humor ice cream sandwich on steroids? Well, you can find them in Melt. They have truly stepped up the ice cream sandwich game. One-upping the traditional ice cream sandwich, Melt uses soft cookies instead of chocolate wafers. It’s your provocative. Your choice for cookie and ice cream combinations are endless!

Sweetist Tip: you can’t leave the shop without trying out the red velvet cookie with vanilla ice cream!  

Address: 132 Orchard St


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Cereal Milk Soft Serve – Momofuku 

Who would have ever thought to have Frosted Flakes milk with a soft serve when we were younger? How can an ice cream be so light, yet so full of sugary goodness (with a sprinkle of Frosted Flakes)? Well, these ideas are brought to life at the magnificent Momofuku Milk Bar! This can be found in various locations throughout the city, where Momofuku’s classic creations are both parts unique and nostalgic.

Sweetist Tip: their sweet yet salty crack pie is the perfect complement for this sugary soft serve.

Address: 561 Columbus Ave


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Lychee Rose Ice Cream - Chinatown Ice Cream Factory 

when it comes to exotic Asian-themed flavors, the Chinatown Ice Cream Factory is an ice cream connoisseur. From red bean to Zen butter, this petite mom-and-pop shop will have you wanting more. The rose lychee ice cream is the perfect fix for those with full stomachs from dinner and need a fragrant yet delicate dessert. The lychee on its own is rich and creamy, but the rose accent gives the ice cream a little tea taste.

Pro Tip: lychee rose not your thing? Other exclusive, Asian-themed flavors include: black sesame, almond cookie, Zen butter, and pandan.

Address: 65 Bayard St

Red Velvet NYC

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There’s something magical about creating your own dessert from start to finish. It’s crazy how heating up a mixture of eggs, sugar, salt, vanilla extract, and butter can create a cake. Baking is so satisfying. The process may take a while, but in the end, its worth it. Each bite takes you on a journey to explore every ingredient you've added. To those who enjoy baking or want to learn, Red Velvet NYC is where it’s at. We’re super excited to be partnered with this confectionary company soon!!! Red Velvet NYC is a rare gem offers DIY bakery boxes that contains directions and most of the ingredients needed to make a dessert (besides delicate perishables like eggs). 

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Red Velvet NYC were kind enough to let us try one of their boxes containing the contents to make a FLOURLESS chocolate cake… Gluten-free peeps unite! They even laced it with a beautiful red bow and a thank you note.

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First time bakers, have no fear - Red Velvet is here. Making flourless chocolate cake is not as hard as it looks. The ingredients (save the eggs) are all in the box, and it only takes 20 minutes to prep! 

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Believe me. You’ll start wanting to bake cakes every other week if you knew how easy it was. 

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Now it’s time to mix and melt! Following Red Velvet’s directions is straightforward and easy. Just look how amazed our intern is.

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Once it’s all mixed and melted and baked, voila! A flourless chocolate cake with a nice strawberry.  

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Thank you SO much to Red Velvet NYC for letting us try out one of your bakery boxes. In less an hour, we got to make a flourless chocolate cake from start to finish and eat it.  Who knew baking could be so fun and simple?