Purple People Eater Punch

Purple People Eater Punch/Taste of Home.com
Photo by Taste of Home

This Taste of Home Test Kitchen punch recipe was inspired by the hit novelty hit song “Purple People Eater,” as recorded by Sheb Wooley.

Singer and acter Sheb Wooley appearing  in July 1958 issue of LIFE magazine.

Singer and acter Sheb Wooley appearing in July 1958 issue of LIFE magazine. Shown here with a Purple People Eater.

Yield: 5 quarts/approximately 26 Servings

Ingredients:

  • 2 quarts red grape juice, chilled
  • 4 drops neon purple food coloring
  • 2 liters club soda, chilled
  • 2 quarts vanilla ice cream, softened

 

 

Directions:

Pour grape juice into a 6-quart punch bowl; add food coloring.  Slowly pour in club soda.  Gently spoon ice cream into the punch and whisk to swirl.  Serve immediately.

 

Originally published as Purple People Eater Punch in Taste of Home Halloween Food & Fun 2008, p47

 

 

 

Mint Chip Ice Cream Pie

Mint Chip Ice Cream Pie
Photo by Yunhee Kim

Yield:  8 Servings

Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces chopped semisweet chocolate, melted
  • 4 cups crisped rice cereal (such as Rice Krispies)
  • 2 pints mint chocolate-chip ice cream, slightly softened

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, combine the chocolate and cereal until the cereal is completely coated. Transfer to a 9-inch springform pan. Press the mixture into the bottom and 1 inch up the sides of the pan. Freeze just until firm, 5 to 10 minutes.
  2. Spread the ice cream in the prepared crust and freeze, covered, until firm, for at least 2 hours and up to 3 days.
By Sara Quessenberry , July, 2009. Real Simple

Delicious Uses for Candy Canes

Candy canes aren’t just for sucking… to give one fresh breath in a pinch before meeting the (future or present) in-laws and/or greeting the folks at church.

Candy Cane Cake

Candy Cane Cake

Have your cake and candy canes… Eat them too!

Take an angel food cake….”frost” it with whipped cream and top it with crushed candy canes. YUMMY! (And, a way to impress a few of your family members at the holiday meal without a lot of effort…. but don’t tell them that!)

Another idea…

Sprinkle your crushed candy canes like it was “fairy dust” on goodies like cookies and brownies… making your favorites more festive.

…yet another idea…

Candy Cane Ice Cream

candy cane ice cream

Candy Cane Ice Cream….fast and easy!

If you’re late in getting to the grocery store to grab the “Special Edition” peppermint ice cream, no worries. Crush some candy cane “dust” to top a scoop (or two) of  vanilla ice cream…. or mix it up with chocolate ice cream.