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Braces-Friendly Halloween Treats
Posted on 10/26/2017

Braces-Friendly Halloween Treats

One of the biggest drawbacks of braces – as our patients often tell us – is that there are many foodsgirl-with-braces-and-a-cookie that have to be avoided in order to keep the braces from getting damaged. This is never recognized more than around the time of Halloween – a holiday that’s most known for delicious candy and other desserts. While a patient with braces may feel a bit heartbroken that he or she can’t partake in the same sugary goodness as everyone else, we at Shults Orthodontics want to make sure that the holiday is still something that you can celebrate to its fullest extent. As your Wellington and West Palm Beach, FL orthodontist and orthodontic team, we’d like to give you a few recipes for some sweet Halloween treats that are as good for your braces as they are for your taste buds. Just make sure to eat them in moderation!

Black Halloween Punch 

While it may not necessarily be a “snack,” this black Halloween punch recipe will certainly get you in the mood for Halloween. This haunting drink is simple to make, refreshing to drink, and it even makes for a great decorative piece during Halloween.




  • 1 (.13 ounce) envelope unsweetened grape soft drink mix

  • 1 (.13 ounce) envelope unsweetened orange soft drink mix

  • 2 cups white sugar

  • 3 quarts cold water

  • 1 liter ginger ale



To make a frozen hand, wash a disposable glove, fill with water, seal with a rubber band and freeze until hard.

Stir together grape soft drink mix, orange soft drink mix, sugar and water until solids are dissolved. Combine with chilled ginger ale just before serving. Dip the frozen hand briefly in warm water, then peel off the glove. Float the prepared hand in the punch bowl for a ghastly effect.

Iced Pumpkin Cookies

It wouldn’t be this time of the year without pumpkin-flavored treats – and we’ve certainly got your back when it comes to that! Try out this iced pumpkin cookie recipe; it’ll satisfy all your pumpkin cravings.




  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ½ cup butter, softened

  • 1 ½ cups white sugar

  • 1 cup canned pumpkin puree

  • 1 egg

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar

  • 3 tablespoons milk

  • 1 tablespoon melted butter

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract



Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, ground cloves, and salt; set aside.

In a medium bowl, cream together the 1/2 cup of butter and white sugar. Add pumpkin, egg, and 1 teaspoon vanilla to butter mixture, and beat until creamy. Mix in dry ingredients. Drop on cookie sheet by tablespoonfuls; flatten slightly.

Bake for 15 to 20 minutes in the preheated oven. Cool cookies, then drizzle glaze with fork.

To Make Glaze: Combine confectioners' sugar, milk, 1 tablespoon melted butter, and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Add milk as needed, to achieve drizzling consistency.

Creepy Halloween Skull Cupcakes


Halloween isn’t just about the treats though – it’s about the scary as well. Why not combine them both with this creepy Halloween skull cupcake recipe. It’s as tasty as it is menacing!




  • 1 (18.25 ounce) package devil’s food cake mix (such as Duncan Hines)

  • 1 cup water

  • 3 eggs

  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil

  • 1 ½ (16 ounce) packages prepared vanilla frosting

  • 1 (7 ounce) pouch prepared chocolate frosting



Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line two 12-cup muffin tins with paper liners, preferable dark-colored or Halloween-themed ones.

Combine cake mix, water, eggs, and oil in a large bowl; beat with an electric mixer on low speed until moistened, about 30 seconds. Beat at medium speed until batter is smooth and creamy, about 2 minutes. Spoon batter into the prepared muffin cups, filling each 3/4 full.

Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 18 to 21 minutes. Remove from oven and cool tins on a wire rack for 15 minutes. Remove cupcakes from the tins and cool completely on a wire rack before decorating, about 1 hour.

Frost each cupcake with a thin layer of white vanilla frosting and refrigerate for 30 minutes to make decorating easier.

Remove cupcakes from fridge and apply a second layer of white frosting. Fill a piping bag outfitted with a small round tip with chocolate frosting and draw a skull face on the cupcakes: pipe large ovals for the eyes, two dots for the nostrils, and a large "stitched" smile for the mouth.

Visit Your Wellington and West Palm Beach, FL Orthodontist!

If you’d like to schedule an appointment with your orthodontist, we encourage you to give us a call at (561) 793-9888. Alternatively, you can fill out our online appointment request form to do so through our website. We hope to see you soon and we wish you a Happy Halloween!