Halloween Treats: Black-Cherry Bats & Citrus-Orange Pumpkins


Looking for a Halloween treat that’s easy on your teeth


Today’s recipes for Black-Cherry Bats and Citrus-Orange Pumpkins won’t screw up braces, fillings or crowns. The key ingredients are natural flavored gelatin (right) and fresh fruit juice. 

Each recipe makes 2 dozen treats, and all of the ingredients should be available at a well-stocked natural and organic food store. 

These recipes have been adapted from The Braces Cookbook by Pamela Waterman.

Black-Cherry Bats 

2 packages (3 ounces each) natural black-cherry gelatin (dry)
3/4 cup water
1/2 cup grape juice
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice

  1. Empty both packages of dry gelatin powder into a large bowl.
  2. In medium saucepan, stir together water and grape juice. Bring to a full boil, and then remove pan from heat.
  3. Slowly pour hot juice mixture into the bowl, stirring constantly with a large spoon. Keep stirring for 2 minutes, or until all gelatin granules have dissolved.
  4. Add lemon juice, and stir to mix.
  5. Pour mixture into a 9-inch round or square pan, and place pan in refrigerator. Chill for at least 3 hours or until firm.
  6. Cut into squares with a knife or into bat shapes with cookie cutters dipped in hot water. If pieces are hard to remove, set the entire pan for 1 minute onto a cookie sheet filled with a quarter-inch of hot water.
  7. Keep treats chilled.

Citrus-Orange Pumpkins

2 packages (3 ounces each) natural orange gelatin (dry)
3/4 cup water
1/2 cup orange juice (no pulp) or lemonade
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice

  1. Follow the directions for Black-Cherry Bats, substituting the ingredients listed above.
  2. Cut into squares, or use pumpkin-shaped cookie cutters, as desired.

Photos: American Association of Orthodontists, Natural Desserts

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