After hours of searching for a unique Halloween treat, I decided to create my own. Our family has some allergen requirements when it comes to treats, and it sometimes can get a little tricky for Halloween. This witch’s brew, made with activated charcoal colored pudding, and Spun Paradise champagne cotton candy, is free from gluten, dye, and artificial flavor. With four ingredients and minimal appliances used, this Halloween dessert was ready in about 20 minutes (that’s a big deal for this busy mamma of four). Not only was black pudding unique and fun, but everyone loved the sweet smoke bubbling up from the brew.
I love when I can top something with cotton candy. It is impossible to top drinks as the cotton candy dissolves instantly. Cake is generally out of the question for me as cakes usually sit out for an extended period time (as part of the party decoration) and cotton candy melts fairly fast. This witch’s brew was perfect! The cotton candy doesn’t melt instantly when it touches the pudding, and since it was a cold dessert, the pudding wasn’t sitting out for a long time before consumption. It took about 15 minutes for the cotton candy to start melting into a mess, and honestly, there were only two cups left at that point!
Whimsical and spooky all at the same time, it was a crowd pleaser with kids and adults!
Grab your black hat and let’s get cooking!
Halloween Cotton Candy Witch’s Brew
Servings: 15 (I used mini cups, slightly larger than a shot glass)
Cooking time: 20 minutes
2 boxes vanilla Simple Mixes pudding mix
3 cups almond milk (OR 4 cups whole milk)
2 TBS Viva Doria activated charcoal
In a blender or mixer, mix up pudding mix, milk, and activated charcoal. Put the mixture in the refrigerator for 5 minutes to thicken. Once the pudding is thickened, spoon the pudding into small clear cups or containers. If you are using pre-packaged cotton candy, tear it into small puffs of “smoke” and place on top of your pudding. If you are making your own cotton candy, spin up the floss sugar according to the manufacturer’s directions and place small fluffs on each pudding cup.
And there you go friends! I think this is the quickest, easiest Halloween dessert I have ever made. This witch’s brew is sure to be a new October standard at our house. If you decide to brew some up, let me know how it turned out!
Is eating activated charcoal bad for you? While has been shown that activated charcoal is harmless when eaten in small quantities, it is recommended that activated charcoal not be eaten daily. Daily consumption of activated charcoal could eventually lead to malnutrition, as the activated charcoal does absorb important nutrients from the body.