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SWEET TREATS Giving Back in the Spirit of Halloween
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October is filled with plenty of opportunities for scary movies, ghost stories, and sweet candy, but it can also be a great time to give back. Try some of these philanthropic approaches to Halloween, and learn just how sweet it can be to help others. GIVE THE LOOT AWAY One of the easiest ways to give back this season is to donate your leftover candy to Operation Gratitude. The organization sends care packages to troops serving our country overseas, and each package includes a small handful of candy. Donations through Operation Gratitude’s Halloween Candy
Miso Caramel Apples
Inspired by Bon Appétit
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4 Granny Smith apples 1/2 cup raw pistachios 1 1/2 tsp plus 1 cup sugar
Give-Back Program are one of the biggest contributions to this program. Many dentists, local businesses, charities, and families choose to donate candy each year, so check with local locations that may even offer cash for the candy! If you want to ship your own box to Operation Gratitude, learn more about their guidelines at OperationGratitude.com. SPREAD TREATS, NOT TRICKS Trick-or-treating is the best part of Halloween for most kids, but for children in the hospital, it can be impossible to hit the neighborhood and collect candy. You and your family can change that! Contact your local children’s hospital or pediatrics wing, and ask about ways you can make Halloween a little sweeter for their kids. Maybe your family could go trick-or-treating there, or you could donate bags of candy to help the hospital cut costs. You could even reverse this idea and spend Halloween at a nursing home facility, trick-or-treating at residents’ doors and filling their evenings with memories. DRESS UP RESPONSIBLY Arguably the most memorable part of Halloween is the costumes and personas we all take on for one night. Instead of scouring department store racks for pre-made costumes, support secondhand stores that help your community. Stores like Savers and Goodwill offer those with disabilities employment opportunities, and reusing old materials is an easy way to be eco-conscious. In addition, don’t let your old costumes collect dust. Donate these items, and check out a few used-costume racks to find this year’s masterpiece.
3 tbsp sesame seeds
2 tbsp white miso, divided
4 Popsicle sticks
2 tbsp light corn syrup 1/4 cup heavy cream
1/4 tsp kosher salt
1. Heat oven to 275 F. 2. In a food processor, pulse pistachios and 1 1/2 tsp sugar. Add sesame seeds and 1 tbsp miso, pulsing until miso is fully broken up. Spread evenly on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake for 15–20 minutes and let cool. 3. Meanwhile, insert a Popsicle stick into the center of each apple. 4. In a saucepan, bring corn syrup, 1 cup sugar, and 2 tbsp water to a boil. Boil for 5–7 minutes, swirling infrequently, until caramel is a light amber color. 5. Add cream and salt to caramel, whisking to combine. Transfer to a large mixing bowl and quickly whisk in remaining miso. 6. To assemble, first roll apple in caramel, then in pistachio mixture, before resting on greased baking sheet. 7. Let cool 30 minutes and serve.
Begin your season of giving with Halloween! Look for more local opportunities by searching online or in your local newspaper.
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