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Halloween Dinner Recap

Our 4-night Halloween Dinner celebration was a success! We hope everyone had a great time being surrounded by the decorations and eating delicious pumpkin desserts. Thank you to all the staff in Martin, Garden, Maplestreet, and Western Commons for doing such a great job!

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Join us for our next special dinner, Healthy Miami Dinner, on November 8th from 5 -8pm at Western Commons!


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Favorite Halloween Candy

Happy Halloween! Costumes will wander the streets tonight, spooky haunted houses all around, and most importantly, CANDY! People fixate on an important question around this time of year – a question with a not-so-easy answer. “Which Halloween candy is your favorite?” From the throwback Flavored Tootsie Rolls and Twizzlers to the all-time classics such as Snickers, Skittles, Candy Corn, M&M’s, Starburst, Milky Ways, the list could go on and on – but the debate never ends.

We decided to ask a couple hundred students what their favorite candy is to see who the real winners are! The results are in…. *drum roll*

The winner is KIT KATS!

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Out of all the students we surveyed, over 56% loved some crunchy Kit Kats!

Right behind the delicious Kit Kat is the famous Reese’s Peanut Butter cup with about 53% who said they love it.

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And finally in third place is the caramel filling, crunchy heaven. Twix! This candy bar was loved by 43% of the students surveyed.

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And finally, our favored members below the top three (in order of most to least votes):

M&M’s, Skittles, Starbursts, Snickers, Milky Way, Butterfingers, Nerds, Nestle Crunch, Candy Corn, Smarties, Twizzlers, Almond Joy, Tootsie Rolls, Jolly Ranchers, Jr. Mints, and Whoppers.

Now you know what to grab before it’s gone on the shelves! Happy Halloween!


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Trick or Treats

One of the reasons why Halloween is such an enjoyable holiday is because it gives us some opportunities to get creative. Whether it’s turning your place into a haunted house, designing the perfect costume, or creating creepy and terrifying treats for your guests, Halloween gets our brain-goo flowing. Here are a few impressive Halloween food ideas for revolting, yet delicious, treats and meals you can serve to guests or just make it to scare yourself.

What’s cool about these foods is that they are all delicious AND they look absolutely disgusting/terrifying. Whether it’s a murdered meatloaf, some crunchy slithery snakes, or oozing skeletons, these recipes are sure to wreak delicious havoc.

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Dead Man Meatloaf

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Freaky Hot Dog Fingers

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Pizza Skulls

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Bloody Good Cheesecake

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Slimy Jell-O-Snacks

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10 Food-themed Halloween Costumes

Halloween is right around the corner and we know you’re scrounging for some costume ideas. It can be tough enough with all the options out there online. Should it be clever? Should it be funny? It can be tough. Well, we have a better idea. Why not have something funny, clever, AND food related? We all love food and you are what you eat, right? Here are 10 food related costumes with ideas for either yourself or with someone who loves food as much as you.

1.Chipotle Bowl

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Chipotle is a staple uptown so show your Chipotle pride.

2. Cap’n Crunch

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His full name is Horatio Magellan Crunch. Or Cap’n Crunch for short.

3. Milk and Cereal

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Speaking of cereal, why not dress as actual milk and cereal with someone? Couple goals.

4. Taco Belle

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Taco… and Belle… Taco Belle. Get it?

5. Bacon

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Life goals: literally become bacon.

6. Starbucks

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What brings a group of friends together better than coffee? Obviously the shortest person get the espresso bean.

7. Deviled Egg

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Make a giant cardboard egg, throw on some devil horns, and you’ve got yourself the punniest costume in the room.

8. Corn on the Cob

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You could have the corniest costume in the room.

9. Chopped Salad

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Maybe you don’t eat salad, but you can pretend to be one.

10. Double Stuffed Oreos

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For you and your bestie.

 

Recapping a Week of Halloween Dinners

Halloween is a holiday of creative costumes, spooky creatures, startling scares, and haunted houses. We hope everyone had the opportunity to take a break from school work and enjoy the special Halloween-themed menus available during our four Halloween dinners!

Monster Mash, at Garden Commons, kicked off the festivities on Monday, October 24. Martin Dining Hall hosted Club Villain on Tuesday, with Harris Dining Hall hosting Haunted Harris the next night. Western capped it off with Superhero Dinner on Thursday.

If you missed out, be sure to follow @MiamiUDining on TwitterFacebook and Instagram! Our Thanksgiving Bash is only a month away!


Monster Mash Dinner

October 24, 2016 – Garden Commons

Garden Commons hosted Monster Mash, which featured a station for mashed potato bowls and a variety of Halloween-themed goodies, including cupcakes, cookies and a “dirt” dessert pizza. Oh, and plenty of “Monster Mash” music was played.


Club Villain Dinner

October 25, 2016 – Martin Dining Hall

Club Villain took place at Martin Dining Hall with the highlights including “bat wing” boneless wings, “piranha” tilapia, “brain cubes” (tofu), and fried calamari. Halloween treats like apple cider soaked apples with caramel sauce, cupcakes, cinnamon roll pizza and more were on hand to satisfy those with a sweet tooth.


Haunted Harris Dinner

October 26, 2016 – Harris Dining Center

Haunted Harris, at Harris Dining Hall, featured “bat wing” wings, ice cream floats, “road kill” stew, and more. Of course, the Halloween-themed sweets were plentiful with vegan pumpkin pie, cookies and cupcakes on the menu.


Superhero Dinner

October 27, 2016 – Western Dining Commons

Western Dining Commons hosted the final Halloween dinner of the week with Superhero Dinner. Between “Avengers” tater tot casserole, “The Incredible Hulk” braised kale, and a variety of other “super” menu offerings, guests had an excellent assortment of food to fill their plates. Of course, there were plenty of Halloween sweets as well, highlighted by superhero cookies and cupcakes.

Thank you again for joining us at our Halloween dinners! We had a blast hosting them!

Wickedly Good Halloween Recipes

So many people stress over finding the perfect halloween costume, but when it comes to halloween snacks, they miss the mark. If this sounds like you, or you’re just ready to try something new this Halloween, try one of these recipes:

Don’t Tell Your Mummy (About This Brie)

Actually, maybe you should tell her because this delicious appetizer is so easy – and an instant hit to boot.

First, line a baking sheet with parchment paper. While preheating the oven to 400℉, cut a sheet of pastry puff into narrow strips and wrap them around a wheel of brie like a mummy. Next, brush the puff pastry with an egg and milk mixture and place it on the baking sheet. Bake for about 25 minutes, until the puff pastry is a deep golden and the brie is warm and gooey.

Place two mini pepperonis into two sliced olives, use these as the eyes, and that’s a wrap! Find the full recipe here. 

Brownie Bat Truffles

Chocolatey delights that will make your taste buds soar.

First, bake a pan of fudgy brownies and allow them to cool while you lick the bowl (don’t worry, we won’t tell). Then, line a pan with parchment paper and grab a large mixing bowl. In the bowl, use your hands to crumble the brownies. Mix in some chocolate frosting and knead until the entire mixture is evenly moistened.

Use a cookie scoop or a spoon to measure out about 1 Tablespoon balls of this mixture. Break an oreo in half and stick one half in each side to create the wings of the bat. Repeat this until you’ve used up all of your brownie/frosting mixture. Place each bat on the baking sheet and freeze them for approximately two hours.

Once the truffles are firm, melt some chocolate, wait about 15 minutes until they come to room temperature, and dip the truffles in. Decorate them as spookily as you please. You can find the whole recipe here… if you dare.

Frozen Boo-Nana Pops

These delicious treats won’t ghost you. 

These under-100-calorie treats will trick your taste buds with how delicious they are. After preparing a baking sheet with wax paper, quarter a banana, stick a popsicle stick in the end of each quarter- and freeze.

After they’ve frozen, melt white chocolate, dip the bananas in, and add milk chocolate chips for eyes. Pop the pops back in the freezer until you’re ready for a fright (or just a yummy snack). The full recipe can be found here.

Dracula’s Dentures

A dessert good enough to sink your teeth into.

After baking some chocolate chip cookies and letting them cool, cut them in half. Frost the bottoms of each cookie half and add six marshmallows along the curved edge of the halves.

Cover with the other cookie halves and put two almond slivers in between two pairs of “teeth” to make fangs. You’ll be getting too many compliments to count with this recipe.

Pumpkin Cheese Ball

This may sound cheesy, but making this is a ball.

Combine shredded cheddar cheese, regular cream cheese, onion and chive cream cheese, and paprika in a bowl. Cover this mixture and place it in the refrigerator to chill.

Once the mixture is firm enough, shape it into a pumpkin-like ball. Remove the florets from a stalk of broccoli and shape it to resemble the stem of a pumpkin.

Slice up a few apples to pair with the cheese ball and serve to all the boys and ghouls at your Halloween gathering. 

13 Foodie Approved Halloween Costumes

1. Dunkin Donuts

“Three Pointer! Nothin’ but net” – Aaron Carter

What do you need? – Basketball Jersey, Pool Floatie, Basketball (any size)


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2. Deviled Eggs

Hopefully your friends will get the yolk.

What do you need? – White T-shirt, yellow paper or felt cut into an oval, devil horns

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3. Hawaiian Punch

Talk about a punch line.

What do you need? – Hula skirt or hawaiian shirt, lei, boxing gloves

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4. Cereal Killer

Less H.H. Holmes, more Honeycombs.

What do you need? – Empty cereal boxes, plastic knife, fake blood (optional)

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5. Pig In a Blanket

It’ll hard to be humble like Babe with a costume as great as this one.

What do you need? – Pig nose, pig ears, blanket

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6. Spice Girls

Everyone will Wannabe in your squad.

What do you need? – Red Top Hat, Large paper with McCormick and Schmick spice label printed on it

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7. Taco Belle

People will taco bout this costume all year.

What do you need? – Belle costume or yellow dress, your favorite Taco Bell order

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8. Bag of Eminems

Better than mom’s spaghetti.

What do you need? – Trash bag, a variety of printed out pictures of Eminem

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9. Sushi

With this costume, you’ll be on a roll.

What do you need? – A pillow striped with washi tape, a black strip of cloth

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10. Croquembouche

Oh la la! This costume is à la mode.

What do you need? – Light brown fabric, pillow stuffing, sewing machine

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11. Bag of Jelly Beans

They’re not jumping beans, but people will be jumping for joy when they see you.

What do you need? – Clear plastic bag, balloons, printed out Jelly Belly logo

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12. Nutella

NuTELLa your friends about this fun idea.

What do you need? – Brown Shirt, Print out of Nutella Logo, White hat

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13. Morton Salt Girl

Don’t be salty because you don’t have a costume. Try this.

What do you need? – Yellow dress, Mary Jane shoes, umbrella

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Four Nights of Halloween Dinner

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Guess what???

Halloween is almost here!

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This year, we are happy to be hosting not one, not two, not three, but four special dinners to celebrate the beloved holiday of spookiness! Running from Monday, October 24 until Thursday, October 27, guests will have the chance to enjoy themed events that are sure to get you into the Halloween spirit!

So, pull out your calendars and plan on joining us for the spooky and fun activities! We look forward to seeing you there!


October 24, 2016 – 5-8pm – Garden Commons

Monster Mash Halloween Dinner

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October 25, 2016 – 5-8pm – Martin Dining Hall

Club Villain Halloween Dinner

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October 26, 2016 – 5-8pm – Harris Dining Center

Haunted Harris Halloween Dinner

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October 27, 2016 – 5-8pm – Western Dining Commons

Superhero Halloween Dinner

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