One Halloween tradition of mine for the last 6 years or so has been to have donuts and apple cider on Halloween. Yes, donuts instead of candy. Maybe that seems weird, but maybe not. All kinds of bakeries, brands of baked goods and donut shops celebrate the season by dressing up their donuts with pumpkin flavoring or icing decorations.
Dunkin Donuts has done an exceptional job of it this year…
In years past, I’ve used Dunkin Donuts as my “go to” for donuts on Halloween, but I’m going with Entenmann’s Soft’ees this year! I generally don’t care for Entenmann’s products, but their Soft’ees donuts are amazing (I only get the regular cake and powdered sugar kinds).
Anyway, the reason I started doing this is because while listening to late 1930s/early 1940s episodes of Jack Benny’s radio show they would make mention of Halloween parties and serving apple cider & donuts. So I decided that make a new tradition for myself of doing that. Who doesn’t love apple cider & donuts?
Check out this ad from the October 1944 edition of Woman’s Day for A&P’s Jane Parker brand of donuts. This ad obviously sets the scene for a fantastic Halloween party and I’m willing to bet those glasses are filled with apple cider!
I was in Walmart a few days ago and tucked away in the cookie aisle I found Pepperidge Farm’s pumpkin spice Milano and pumpkin cheesecake cookies. Obviously, I had to have them. They’ve become standard for the fall season over the years, but man, it’s so nice to see retailers embracing the season as early as the first week of August.
Well, if you thought my last post featured some fun Halloween-theme shaped snacks (and please don’t get them confused with what I’m about to show you), you haven’t seen anything yet!
You know a company has REALLY gotten into the spirit when they release Halloween dog treats! Now, see… this is the kind of dedication to a holiday that I enjoy to see. These days, you’ll often see brands like Nestle, Hershey, Mars, etc. put in very little effort with their Halloween candy. It’s more often than not that you’ll see someone take their regular boring candy with its regular boring wrapper and sell it in a giant bag and call it day. The 1980’s were different though. Companies even wanted the dogs to get in on the Halloween festivities!
It’s a little hard to read, but I strained my eyes so you wouldn’t have to. Milk Bone really went to town all for the sake of getting your dog into the Halloween spirit with dog snacks shaped as ghosts, the Frankenstein monster, bats, and jack-o-lanterns. What, no witches or skulls?
Not only that, but it looks like Milk Bone even took the time to assign specific flavors and colors to these treats. Pink bacon-flavored ghosts, red meat-flavored Frankenstein monsters, orange cheese-flavored jack-o-lanterns, brown liver-flavored bats, white milk-flavored ghosts (milk?), yellowish poultry-flavored bats, and green vegetable-flavored Frankenstein monsters!
Okay. Obviously, nostalgia is playing a huge part in me saying this (especially when Panera Bread’s pumpkin cookies exist), but the cookies pictured below are my favorite Halloween-themed cookies of all time:
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Came across these the other day when I was browsing Target’s Halloween goodies. They have pumpkin spice as well, but that’s being done to death. I love apple cider. Either cold or hot. I wasn’t sure how apple cider yogurt pretzels would taste, but they’re actually pretty good. Honestly, it’s really more of an apple cinnamon flavor to me, which I guess isn’t wrong since apple cider is basically apples and cinnamon. It gives me flashbacks to those old TMNT graham cookies:
Apple cider or not, it’s still good and better than the typical chocolate/white chocolate yogurt you typically see pretzels covered in. Definitely worth picking up if apple cinnamon is your thing.