Line up between four or five mini marshmallows along that peel edge of one apple slice and place the second slice on top, peanut butter side down.
Make sure to use creamy peanut butter because the crunchy stuff doesn’t spread as thinly as you need. Also, stick with the processed peanut butter. It’s stickier and tends to hold its form a little better than natural peanut butter, which is more oily and lends itself to slipping and sliding.
Keep in mind your apple slices will start to brown the longer they sit out, so you might want to coat them with a little bit of lemon juice before construction.
• WHAT: Apple chompers
• DIFFICULTY: Easy, but not sturdy
• TIME: 10-15 minutes to assemble an entire apple's worth
• RESULT: Pin it, but not great if they're going to sit out for a while
— Danielle Haynes
The gelatin worms recipe is one I see floating around Pinterest every Halloween season. It’s eye-catching — the darned things look disgustingly real — and purports to be quite easy. Somehow, I doubted that the finished product would be quite so eerily real-looking or anywhere near that easy.
I was a little bit right, little bit wrong on the latter, but turns out the former is quite valid. These things are disgusting. And this time of year. that’s a good thing. They actually taste pretty good.
To make gelatin worms, you need two 3-ounce packages of raspberry gelatin (such as Jell-O), a package of unflavored gelatin (such as Knox), 3 cups boiling water, 3/4 cup whipping cream, green food coloring, 100 flexible straws or so and a tall container. Extend all the straws, then gather them close together with a rubber band. Get them as close as possible. Actually, I used duct tape for mine, which worked admirably as a straw adhesive, but was a pain to remove after the fact. I also put a few pieces of duct tape across the bottom of my straws, something most recipes for these things don’t mention. I think it helped, but who knows?