Happy Halloween, boys and ghouls! The studly demon to the right is Justin, gorging on the Witches' Brew Ale I bought him as a birthday gift. He so outdid me in planning costumes this year. Halloween crept up fast and had me rummaging yesterday afternoon for what to wear to last night's party. I borrowed a black and purple striped witch hat attached to a shiny violet wig and a silver hip scarf from my mom. I threw on a cape, midnight blue velour dress, and one of my many pairs of striped stockings.
Then slipped on my sparkly silver shoes, and abracadabra - Wicked Witch of the East, before she got the house dropped on her, of course. The magical shoes were originally silver in L. Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz book, not ruby as they were changed to pop for Technicolor on The Wizard of Oz film.
After my outfit was covered, it was time to concoct a treat to bring. I was inspired by a conversation I had Friday night at the 16 Mile Brewery's release party for their tasty Harvest Ale. A few of the J/R's Ribs staff were serving their famous pulled pork (you may remember me raving about the sandwiches at their annual Women Supporting Women fundraiser in September) and the topic of pudding shots was breached. *drools*
I've crafted many a Jell-O shot for parties in the past, but hadn't even heard of using pudding mix instead! After googling recipes to get an idea of the liquid measurements, I combined the following from ingredients in my arsenal.
Creamy Espresso Chocolate Pudding Potion
5.9 oz Instant Chocolate Pudding Mix
3/4 cup Milk
1/2 cup Three Olives Triple Shot Espresso Vodka
1/4 cup Saint Brendan's Irish Cream Liqueur
1/4 cup Cask and Cream Chocolate Temptation Liqueur
8 oz Extra Creamy Cool Whip
I stirred the liquids together, mixed in the pudding powder and folded in the Cool Whip. It was instantly, dangerously delicious. The consistency was much too thick to pour, and trying to spoon it into the skinny 3 oz cups I usually use was messy. So I just stuck it into a recycled Chinese food container and drew a spiderweb on the lid with a Sharpie. Next time I will have to invest in more shallow dessert cups ... or perhaps just make it into a pie with a graham cracker or Oreo crust. And I'll have to quadruple the recipe, because it was a monster hit and was devoured in moments. A Greek Goddess and cowgirl even had an epic battle over licking the bowl.
Much fun and treats were certainly consumed this weekend. I hope all of you had as bewitching a time as I!