Quick links: Worm’s Wort Soup | Snake and Spider Stew | Gingerbread Men | Halloween Candy Canes | Sugar Cookies | Hot Chocolate | Pineapple Upside-down Cake | Verdict
Welcome ghouls and goblins to the Halloween special of Disney Meals. We’re taking a break from our normal Walt Disney Studio’s animation and looking at Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas–a Halloween and Christmas classic. So go gather some spiders and severed limbs and get ready for some spooky treats!
Worm’s Wort Soup
Sally is some cook there. She makes the evil scientist his favorite, Worm’s Wort Soup.
Since Worm’s Wort doesn’t really exist and frog’s breath can’t really be considered and ingredient, I had to improvise. Now, something I found out is that wort is different than wart. Wart is the skin condition, but wort is a medicinal plant. So, I came up with my own green soup with plenty of Worts.
- 1 3/4 cups water
- 3 cubes chicken bouillon
- 1 (10 ounce) package frozen chopped spinach
- 1/4 cup fresh aloe (Worm's Wort)
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 1/2 cups milk
- 1/2 cups cream
- 1 tablespoon dried minced onion
- 1 tsp basil (frog's breath)
- 1 clove garlic
- salt and pepper to taste
- In a medium saucepan, combine water, bouillon, aloe and spinach.
- Bring to a boil, and cook until spinach is tender and aloe has dissipated.
- Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat.
- Add garlic
- Stir in flour, and cook for 2 minutes.
- Gradually whisk in cream then milk.
- Season with minced onion, basil, salt, and pepper.
- Cook, stirring constantly, until thickened.
- Stir in spinach mixture.
- Serve with crushed bones or spider legs.
Snake and Spider Stew
This might be Oogie Boogie’s favorite meal. After eating bugs for Lion King last week, I wanted to take a break. So no spiders or snakes. But here’s a chili-esque stew with meatball spiders and noodle snakes!
- 2 Medium Onions
- 2 tsp minced garlic
- 1 tbs olive oil
- 3 cans of black beans
- 1 can hot chili beans
- 1 can great northern beans
- 3 diced green peppers
- 2 cans of corn (drained)
- 2 cans petite dice tomatoes (lightly drained)
- 1 1/2 tsp apple cider vinager
- 1 tbs dried oragano
- 3 tsp red chili peppers
- 2 tsp salt
- 2 tsp black pepper
- 1 tps paprika
- 1 tbs chili powder
- 2-3 tsp cumin
- 1 package meatballs
- pretzel sticks
- 1/2 package Bucatini
- Mix all of it (besides the meatballs, pretzel sticks and bucatini) in the slow cooker and cook for 6 hours. Or cook on stove top until, heated thru, simmer for awhile to let flavors soak together.
- While that is cooking, prepare the meatballs.
- Break the pretzel sticks in half and jab them into the cooked meatballs. 4 to a side to make spider legs.
- Cook the bucatini in a pot of boiling water until mostly cooked through
- 30 minutes before the stew is done, stir in the cooked bucatini, then place the meatball spiders on top.
During the making Christmas song we see little elves batch making gingerbread men.
- 3 cups flour
- 2 teaspoons McCormick(R) Ginger, Ground
- 1 teaspoon McCormick(R) Cinnamon, Ground
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon McCormick(R) Nutmeg, Ground
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup butter, softened
- 3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
- 1/2 cup molasses
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon McCormick(R) Pure Vanilla Extract
- Mix flour, ginger, cinnamon, baking soda, nutmeg and salt in large bowl. Set aside.
- Beat butter and brown sugar in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy.
- Add molasses, egg and vanilla;mix well.
- Gradually beat in flour mixture on low speed until well mixed.
- Press dough into a thick flat disk. Wrap in plastic wrap.
- Refrigerate 4 hours or overnight.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Roll out dough to 1/4-inch thickness on lightly floured work surface.
- Cut into gingerbread men shapes with 5-inch cookie cutter.
- Place 1 inch apart on ungreased baking sheets.
- Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until edges of cookies are set and just begin to brown.
- Cool on baking sheets 1 to 2 minutes. Remove to wire racks; cool completely.
- Decorate cooled cookies as desired.
- Store cookies in airtight container up to 5 days.
Halloween Candy Canes
We also see some elves putting candy canes in stocking as well as a monster carrying a box of Halloween Candy Canes.
It being halloween, we went with the halloween canes. These were difficult to make….and burnt my hands. But it was fun.
- 1 teaspoon butter
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup light corn syrup
- 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
- 1/4 tsp rum extract
- 1 tsp maple extract
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 2 drops red food coloring 6 drops yellow
- Grease 2 large baking sheets with butter. Set aside.
- In a large saucepan, combine sugar, water, corn syrup and cream of tartar and bring to a boil. Let boil, without stirring until a candy thermometer reads 280F.
- Remove pan from heat and stir in the extracts, nutmeg, cinnamon and food coloring
- Immediately pour onto prepared pans in 8x1 in strips. You have to be quick or else it will harden.
- Let stand until cool enough to touch (1-2 minutes). It will still be very hot so move fast and/or wear gloves.
- Work very quickly and roll each strip into a rod and curve the top for the cane. It helps to have 2-3 sets of hands helping.
- Let cool completely and store in an airtight container.
Oogie Boogie Sugar Cookie
Not really Oogie Boogie’s sugar cookies. The police man that keeps on getting calls has sugar cookies on the desk.
But sugar cookies can be halloweenish too.
- 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1 1/2 cups white sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). In a small bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, and baking powder. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in egg and vanilla. Gradually blend in the dry ingredients. Roll rounded teaspoonfuls of dough into balls, and place onto ungreased cookie sheets.
- Bake 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until golden. Let stand on cookie sheet two minutes before removing to cool on wire racks. Let cool completely before frosting.
Radio Broadcaster’s Hot Chocolate
He also has some hot chocolate sitting on his desk.
I made some very yummy homemade hot chocolate
- 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 3/4 cup white sugar
- 1 pinch salt
- 1/3 cup boiling water
- 3 1/2 cups milk
- 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup half-and-half cream
- Combine the cocoa, sugar and pinch of salt in a saucepan.
- Blend in the boiling water.
- Bring this mixture to an easy boil while you stir.
- Simmer and stir for about 2 minutes.
- Watch that it doesn't scorch.
- Stir in 3 1/2 cups of milk and the half-and-half and heat until very hot, but do not boil!
- Remove from heat and add vanilla. Divide between 4 mugs. Add the cream to the mugs of cocoa to cool it to drinking temperature.
Pineapple Upside-down Cake
At the very end, Santa saves Christmas and brings a yummy Pineapple Upside Down cake. MMM
- 1 (18 ounce) box yellow cake mix
- 3 eggs (or as called for by your cake mix)
- 1⁄3 cup oil (or as called for by your cake mix)
- 1 1⁄3 cups water (or as called for by your cake mix)
- 1 cup dark brown sugar
- 1⁄4-1⁄2 cup butter
- 1 (20 ounce) can pineapple slices
- 1 (8 ounce) jar maraschino cherries (optional)
- Follow instructions on cake box for making an oblong single layer cake.
- Prepare cake batter and set aside.
- Cut up butter in small pieces and place all over the bottom of the oblong pan specified on cake box.
- Sprinkle brown sugar generously over the butter.
- Place pan on the stove (or in the oven) and heat slowly until butter and sugar melt to a liquid then remove from heat.
- Evenly space the pineapple slices around the bottom of pan in the heated sugar and butter.
- Place the cherries and nuts between the pineapple slices (Tho the cherries and nuts look nice and taste great, they are optional).
- Pour cake batter on top of the pineapple/cherry/nut mixture.
- Place in oven and bake as directed on cake box.
- As soon as cake is done place a plate over the cake and turn upside down and carefully remove pan.
- If you wait too long the sugar will harden and be difficult to remove.
This is Halloween?
All the food was really good. Some good Halloween dishes. I really loved the Hot Chocolate, sugar cookies and gingerbread cookies. But it was all very yummy.
Worm’s Wort Soup – 7/10
Snake and Spider Stew – 8/10
Gingerbread Men – 9/10
Halloween Candy Canes – 6.75/10
Sugar Cookies – 9/10
Hot Chocolate – 9/10
Pineapple Upside-down Cake – 9.5/10