It’s not just vampires and werewolves who’ll be searching for sustenance this Halloween, and the nation’s cafes and shops have produced a spooktacular selection of ghoulish treats for all the family this year.
So, pop your witches hat on and whizz your broomstick down to snap up one or two of these naughty but nice Halloween-themed offerings.
Starbucks are selling Vampire Frappuccinos - a “frightfully fun” crème-based chocolate Frappuccino blended drink smothered with whipped cream and dripping with a blood-like strawberry sauce. But quench your blood-thirst for this one by 31 October, as once Halloween ends, so does the drink.
Starbucks are also offering a Pumpkin Spice Latte - an espresso, pumpkin pie flavoured sauce and steamed milk, topped with whipped cream and pumpkin pie spices. And if you’re prepared to disregard the autumnal chill, there’s an Iced Caramel Macchiato with pumpkin sauce instead of vanilla syrup – although this is one you need to ask your spooky barista for as a special request.
And to munch with your blood-curdling drinks, there’s the Starbucks gingerbread flavoured Mummy Cookies (that’s the type of mummy wrapped in bandages, not the one who gave birth to you) or Pumpkin Cookies.
Marks & Spencer
At Marks & Spencer, children’s chocolate cake Colin The Caterpillar has had a Halloween makeover, and is currently sporting a freaky vampire face complete with fangs and a big Dracula collar. The spooky theme is topped off with a drizzle of red icing ‘blood’.
M&S have also spooked up their sweets range, and the popular Percy Pig sweets are now Percy Pumpkins, joined by Freaky Frogs, Vampire Fangs and Zombie Owls.
High street bakery chain Greggs is offering Halloween-themed treats including chocolate covered Bat Biscuits – a ginger flavoured bat shaped biscuit covered in a chocolate flavour coating - plus Spooky Ring Buns - little cupcakes dipped in colourful fondant, rolled in sugar sprinkles and decorated with either a plastic ghost, zombie, vampire or pumpkin.
Asda are selling spooky crumpets with pumpkin faces on them, while Tesco are offering 10 Chicken Witches Hats With Dip - shaped chicken breast in a Southern fried coating with a black ketchup dipping sauce.
Or there’s Tesco’s 12 Witches Fingers – bread crumbed mozzarella cheese with an oozing tomato and herb centre - or Hubble Bubble Pumpkin Pasties and Spooky Custard Slices.
At Sainsbury’s there’s a pack of 12 Halloween Cupcakes - sponge cakes topped with flavoured frosting and seasonal decorations, and Waitrose has a spooky savoury offering of a pumpkin and porchetta sourdough pizza, which is a hand stretched, wood-fired pizza base topped with pumpkin sauce, mozzarella, ricotta cheese, sage pesto and spinach.
And if your broomstick’s out of order, Betty’s will deliver Halloween treats to your door - you can order a box of four Halloween Marzipan & Sponge Pumpkins - Genoese sponge filled with vanilla buttercream, coated with marzipan and sporting a mischievous Halloween icing face. The pumpkins are available for delivery to your home from 26 October.
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