Creepy Pumpkin Seed Brittle is a great seasonal party sweet and perfect for wrapping up to give as gifts to teachers, friends and coworkers. The crunchy pumpkin seeds toast and pop in the syrup as it cooks and caramelizes, flavoring the buttery brittle.
When my girls were quite young, we lived in a small oilfield town in Brazil where we were one of very few American families. Our little neighborhood was just four or five blocks square, with the tiny international school within its perimeter.
Halloween was not celebrated in Brazil, at least when we lived there, so if I wanted my daughters to experience that great American tradition as I had when I was little, it was up to me to organize it myself.
I started in early October by asking neighbors I knew to give out candy then I’d make a map of all the participating houses and pass them out at the beginning of the evening. Some had children so one parent would also join the groups going from house to house, leaving someone at home on candy duty. Others didn’t have kids but they got into the spirit with enthusiasm, decorating their front doors and more, to welcome the trick or treaters.
After trick or treating, everyone would come back to our house where we had decorated the backyard for a spooky Halloween party and set up a table with cupcakes, sandwiches, chips and punch. We’d bob for apples the old-fashioned way in a big basin of water, pass oranges or small balloons under chins and play other fun games. And, of course, the kids would sort out their candy, trading for their favorites and eating much of it in the process. It was a festival of sweetness and fun!
One of my favorite candies to make for a Halloween party was, and still is, peanut brittle. This week I made it seasonal, using pumpkin seeds as we celebrate Halloween with Dixie Crystals sugar. Your Halloween party guests will love it! Or make some as a gift for your favorite teacher or neighbor. Add a creepy chocolate spiderweb for decoration!
- 1 cup or 200g Dixie Crystals sugar
- 1/2 cup or 120ml light corn syrup
- 1/4 cup or 60ml water
- 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
- 1 1/4 cups or 180g raw green hulled pumpkin seeds (not toasted)
- 2 tablespoons butter softened, plus more for greasing the pan
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/3 cup or 66g semi-sweet chocolate chips for spider web - optional
Cover a large pan with foil and grease it liberally with butter. Set aside.
In a heavy pot, heat the sugar, corn syrup, water and salt over a medium heat, stirring until the sugar dissolves.
Separate out a tablespoon of the pumpkin seeds and set them aside.
Stir in the remaining pumpkin seeds.
Continue cooking, stirring frequently until the pumpkin seeds start popping and the liquid turns caramel colored.
If you use a candy thermometer, you are looking for a temperature of 300°F or 149°C. Alternatively, you can drop a small amount into very cold water. It’s ready when it separates out into hard and brittle threads.
Remove the pot from the heat and stir in the butter and soda. The syrup will froth up but just keep stirring till the butter is melted.
Pour the bubbling pumpkin syrup into your prepared pan.
Holding the pan securely, shake it from side to side and front to back, tipping it carefully this way and that so the pumpkin seed brittle spreads out.
Quickly sprinkle on the reserved pumpkin seeds.
Leave to cool.
Melt the chocolate chips with a few quick zaps in a microwave or in a double boiler.
Fill a icing bag with the melted chocolate. Using a number 3 tip, pipe on a spider web following these instructions here.
Set the Creepy Pumpkin Seed Brittle out on your party table whole, then break it into pieces with a little hammer to serve.
If you enjoy getting creative in the kitchen with your kids, you’ll love the recipes we are sharing below as well as the craft projects, recipes and sweet science experiments on the Dixie Crystals website Kids in the Kitchen section. Like Sunday Supper, Dixie Crystals goal is to help families spend time together in the kitchen and around the table making memories through food.
Check out the link list of great Dixie Crystals sugar recipes for Halloween by our Sunday Supper tastemakers:
Bewitching Breakfast Treats
Fang-tastic Candy Treats
- Creepy Pumpkin Seed Brittle by Sunday Supper Movement
- Easy Halloween Fudge by The Dinner-Mom
- Soft and Chewy Apple Cider Caramels by Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch
Boo-tiful Cakes and Pies
- Cheesecake Mummies by Bobbi’s Kozy Kitchen
- Cinnamon Frosted Pumpkin Spice Layer Cake by Crazed Mom
- Gluten Free Spooky Chocolate Cupcakes by Fearless Dining
- Graveyard Cupcakes by Peanut Butter and Peppers
- Halloween Cupcakes by Recipes Food and Cooking
- Halloween Whoopie Pies by The Chef Next Door
- Mini Jack-O-Lantern Cakes by Renee’s Kitchen Adventures
- Mummy Apple Hand Pies by Eazy Peazy Mealz
- Pumpkin Chocolate Ganache Cake by Taste And See
- Pumpkin Cupcakes by Flour On My Face
- Gingerbread Zombies by Family Foodie
- Halloween Spider Cookies by Moore or Less Cooking
- Halloween Sugar Cookie Bars by Savory Experiments
- Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies by Alida’s Kitchen
- Witch Hat Cookies by Dizzy Busy and Hungry
Other Bone-chilling Goodies
- Bloody Crème Brûlée by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Haunted Halloween Ghosts by Shockingly Delicious
- Individual Candy Corn Fruit Salad Dessert by Hot Eats Cool Reads
- Monster Munch Popcorn Snack Mix by A Dish of Daily Life
- Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Cobbler by The Gold Lining Girl
- Vampire Collins Cocktail by kimchi MOM
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While there are plenty of other sweeteners on the market these days, in my opinion nothing is as versatile for every use as sugar. Dixie Crystals sugar is pure and natural and non-GMO but the thing that is most important to me is the taste. Dixie Crystals sugar tastes good, with no weird aftertaste. It’s perfect for use in baking, candy, jams and jellies.
You can find plenty of sweet recipes and even vintage cookbooks available for download on the Dixie Crystals website too. While you are there, make sure to enter their scary scramble contest for a chance to win one of five KitchenAid stand mixers they are giving away!