After carving a ghoulishly great jack-o’-lantern, don’t toss aside the seeds from the pumpkin. Transform them into Pumpkin Seed Clusters to share with Halloween doorbell ringers.
One small tip: Pumpkins vary in size, and this recipe is made with a cup of seeds in mind. If you have two cups of seeds, for example, simply double the chocolate and marshmallows.
Trying to stop eating these tasty treats? That’s a harder trick.
Adult’s help: Some
Hands-on time: 45 minutes
Total time: 2 hours
Makes: About 24 treats
•1 cup measuring cup
•baking tray covered with aluminum foil
•large mixing bowl
•pumpkin seeds scooped from a pumpkin
•olive oil baking spray
•pinch of salt
•1½ cups of mini marshmallows
•1 cup of milk-chocolate chips
STEP 1. Remove any pumpkin bits from the seeds with your fingers, then place them in a measuring cup. (This way you’ll know the amount of seeds for the recipe.)
STEP 2. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees. Pour seeds into a colander, place the colander in a kitchen sink and rinse with water.
STEP 3. Spread the seeds across a cutting board, then pat dry with a dishcloth. (It’s okay if they’re not completely dry.)
STEP 4. Transfer the seeds onto a baking tray. Spread into a single layer with a spoon. Squirt a few times with baking spray, then sprinkle with salt. Turn seeds with the spoon to make sure they are evenly covered.
STEP 5. For the next two steps, use oven mitts when handling the baking tray. Place the tray on the oven’s center rack. Bake 20 minutes. Remove the tray and put it on the stovetop. Gently stir the seeds with the spoon, then return the pan into the oven to bake 20 more minutes.
STEP 6. Remove the pan from the oven. Seeds should appear toasted golden. If not, stir and bake a few more minutes. Allow the seeds to cool 10 minutes. Lift the aluminum foil, with seeds on it, off the tray. Bend the foil in on itself to pour the seeds (like a chute) into a large mixing bowl.
STEP 7. Measure 1½ cups of mini marshmallows and add to the seed bowl. Place a sheet of wax paper onto the cooled baking sheet.
STEP 8. Measure 1 cup of chocolate chips, then pour them into a microwave-safe bowl. Cover with a paper towel and heat on high in the microwave oven for 45 seconds. After removing, stir quickly with a spoon to make a melted mixture. If the chips aren’t melted, microwave at 15-second intervals, stirring after each time, until the chocolate is smooth.
STEP 9. Add melted chocolate to the seed and marshmallow bowl, stirring to mix. When done, plop rounded spoonfuls of the mixture onto the wax-paper-covered tray. Afterward, place the tray in a refrigerator for 30 minutes so candy hardens.
STEP 10. Boo yeah! Your Pumpkin Seed Clusters are ready. Share them on a plate or place them in small treat bags.