As we make our way through September into October, Food Network Magazine is now on newsstands nationwide.In their latest edition they have gumdrops, candy corns, marshmallows, cotton candy, M&Ms and royal icing to make pumpkins as cute as they are creepy. With little to no carving it means less mess, safer for little hands and quick decorating for today's busy families.
Check out today's issue online from Food Network Magazine and see more photos of pumpkins. Whether you get gourds, ghost pumpkins or the traditional variety you will have a fun time with these great ideas.
To create the Mad Scientist Pumpkin
For the hair: Pull apart cotton candy and attach small tufts to the pumpkin with royal icing.
For the eyes: Separate 2 chocolate sandwich cookies and, using royal icing, attach the 2 pieces that have filling on them to the pumpkin, filling-side out. Stick 1 M&M into each cookie filling.
For the ears, nose and mouth: Attach Circus Peanuts with royal icing for the ears and nose, then draw a mouth and eyeglass rims with the icing and cover the lines with red and black licorice strings.
To create the Alien Pumpkin
For the eyes: Use a spoon to carve out small holes, then push in gumballs so they fit snugly. Draw pupils with an edible marker. For the eyelids, attach pieces of sour belt candy with royal icing.
For the ears and mouth: Attach 2 sour watermelons with royal icing for the ears, then add a sour apple ring or a peach ring for the mouth.
For the antennae: Push 2 lollipops into the top.
To make Royal Icing
Sift 2 tablespoons meringue powder (found in the baking isle or at craft stores) and 1 pound confectioners’ sugar into a large bowl. Beat in 6 tablespoons water with a mixer until glossy with soft peaks. Transfer to a resealable plastic bag; snip the tip of one corner to pipe.
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