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Man-in-the-moon cake & Tadpole tea for Halloween (1957)

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Halloween apple recipes

National Apple Week and Halloween occur at the same time… in fact, they’re synonymous! They each pay tribute to a top American favorite — the best loved and healthiest of fruits… the apple. Your little goblins will love this Man-in-the-Moon Cake and this Tadpole Tea. They’re different, and mighty good.

Everyone looks forward to the games, fun and traditional parties that accompany Halloween, a festival that began more than 1,200 years ago as “All Hallows’ Eve.” Now, of course, this delightful time is associated with harvesting and the joyful celebration of bounty, with the children making it a special event.

Games, such as bobbing for apples or putting faces on pumpkins or apples, have developed into traditions over the years. Apples can be used, too, for fresh eating or as part of the trick-or-treat bag.

The Tadpole Tea is wonderfully healthy and in Halloween colors, and the Man-in-the-Moon Applesauce Cake, a favorite, has orange-tinted icing.

Man-in-the-moon cake

1 cup sugar
1/2 cup shortening
1 egg
1 teaspoon soda
1-3/4 cup flour
1 cup chopped raisins
1 teaspoon cloves
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup applesauce

Cream sugar and shortening, add egg and spices. Mix applesauce with soda and combine with first mixture. Add flour last. Bake in moderate oven 350 degrees F for 35 to 40 minutes. Make 2 8-inch layers.

Tadpole tea

2 quarts ginger ale
1 quart apricot nectar
1-1/2 quarts apple juice
1/4 cup lemon juice
6 sticks cinnamon
12 cloves
Raft of ice with apple slices frozen in

You may prepare the ice raft ahead, simply by lining an ice tray with freshly cut apple slices dipped in lemon-juice, and barely cover with water. Freeze thoroughly. Complete filling, of tray with water and return to freezer. When unmolded, apple slices will appear to “float” on top of the ice raft. Combine chilled juices and cinnamon sticks. When ready to serve, add gingerale and ice raft.

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Float cloves on top of punch, for a colorful orange and black “Tadpole Tea.”

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