Halloween is next week everyone! Does everyone have their costumes ready? Anyone going to throw a party? I was really thinking hard since it’s almost the unofficial end of “pumpkin season”, which seems weird to me since the pumpkin’s growing season ends in December, and I decided to make a simple sweet treat to go with this week’s Pumpkin Ale.
The Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin bottle screams Halloween. It’s all orange and black with a jack-o-lantern right in front. Is it the drink for a spooky good time?
Style: Ale with natural flavor with 9.0% alc/vol.
Color: Light amber, though more yellow than orange
Aroma: Lightly spiced pumpkin pie
Taste: It’s light a light pumpkin pie. Spicy, but not sweet. It has a small kick.
Level of Recommendation: A strong beer to have before a spooky night out.
I’m calling these mini cauldrons. They’re really simple to make and great for parties. I might have been watching Practical Magic quite a bit since it came back on Netflix which helped to inspire this one. After all, there’s a little witch in everyone.
What you’ll need:
- Chocolate Chips/Chunks
- Pretzel Sticks
- Dried Cranberries
Melt the chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl in the microwave. Start with 15 to 20 second intervals. Stir chocolate between cycles in the microwave.
Poke holes into the top center of the marshmallows with a pretzel. Dip the marshmallows into the chocolate in the bowl and swirl around. Place on more pretzel sticks and dried cranberries. Make sure to put the chocolate covered marshmallows onto something they won’t stick on.
The spices in the beer complement the sweetness of these treats. There’s definitely more of a pumpkin pie feeling to this pairing. It’s a nice themed pairing if you really like sweets.
Level of Recommendation: It’s a spooky sweet combination.