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Halloween for Diabetics: Tips and (Safe) Treats

Published by Ardella Slovacek

trick or treat bag. Or look for miniature sugar free candies, and snack on those instead. There are lot of delicious miniature sugar free candies out now, including those by major brand names like Life Savers and Jolly Rancher. Even Pez makes a sugar free candy now, as does Tootsie Roll.

If you are invited to a Halloween party, or just looking to indulge your sweet tooth, consider trying some of these Halloween themed recipes for diabetics.

Hot Spiced Witches Brew

1 cup dried sugar free breakfast drink mix, orange flavored

½ cup sugar free iced tea mix

1/4 cup sugar free lemonade mix

½ teaspoon cinnamon

1 tablespoon cloves

1 orange peel

1 lemon peel

2 gallons of water

Combine all ingredients in a large pot and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, and let sit for 20-30 minutes. Strain out the peels, and serve with cinnamon sticks. Makes approximately 32 servings.

Ghoul’s Breath Dip

1 pound fresh tomatoes, cored, seeded, and diced

1/4 cup diced red onion

1 diced chile pepper (remove the seeds if you like things less spicy)

1 minced clove of garlic

3 tablespoons cilantro

3 tablespoons lemon juice

Hot sauce to taste

1 cup of sour cream

Mix together all ingredients except the sour cream in a large bowl. Cover and store in the refrigerator for at least an hour. Just before serving, fold in the sour cream, and serve with tortilla chips. This is a nice alternative to regular salsa.

Halloween Gorp

3 tablespoons melted butter or margerine

½ teaspoon of chili powder

½ teaspoon ground cumin

½ teaspoon garlic powder

Hot sauce to taste

2 quarts hot popcorn

1 cup small pretzel sticks

1 cup golden raisins

½ cup peanuts

½ cup sunflower seeds

Heat together the spices, butter, and hot sauce over low heat. Combine the dry ingredients in a large paper bag, and ass the melted butter mixture. Toss together quickly, and immediately pour into a bowl and serve.

One of my favorite foods from Halloween is popcorn balls, and now you can make a diabetic reduced sugar version.

Diabetic Popcorn Balls

½ cup butter

40 big marshmallows

1 teaspoon vanilla

16 cups unsalted popcorn

Mix together the butter and marshmallows in a small pan over low heat until melted. Add the vanilla, and a few drops of food coloring if you like. Pour the popcorn into a large bowl, and cover with the marshmallow mixture, tossing lightly to coat. With greased hands, quickly form small popcorn balls and let sit on wax paper until cool. This recipe can make up to 32 popcorn balls.

Try a few of these recipes the next time you get a craving during the Halloween season.

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