Halloween has always been a fun time of tricking and treating for my family. My children’s Catholic school holds a costume parade for all the kids followed by class parties. When my kids come home at noon, they eagerly count down the hours until the sun begins to sink in the sky, waiting for that moment when Mom and Dad say it’s time to trick or treat.
Unfortunately, not every kid can enjoy Halloween safely like mine. Nearly 6 million kids in the US have food allergies according to the CDC with the most prevalent being nut allergies. Close to half of fatal allergic reactions are due to foods being eaten outside the home.
Fortunately, parents can find nut-free candies to hand out at Halloween. Caramel Creams® and Cow Tales®, made by Goetze Candy, are made in a dedicated, nut-free facility in the United States. Since Goetze’s Candy products are sometimes re-packaged in a 3rd party facility under a non-Goetze’s branded bag, with other candy products, or sold by a retailer in a bulk display, always check the bag for allergen information before buying and handing out at Halloween.
Since Cow Tales have become a favorite candy for my family, especially because they’re made in the USA, my husband and I came up with an easy sundae recipe for Halloween. You can put this together while the kids are out trick or treating and surprise them when they get home, giving you time to go through their candy haul for safety reasons.
My husband and I took the classic banana split and transformed it into an easy sundae recipe made with vanilla ice cream, half a banana, chocolate sauce, Cow Tales, whipped cream, and of course a maraschino cherry all in a 8 oz. glass. While one parent takes the kids around the neighborhood for trick or treating, the other parent can scoop the ice cream in glasses and add in the banana slices, and set up a make-your-own sundae station for the kids.
Fun fact: Did you know that the first banana split was made in my home state of Pennsylvania? David Strickler, a young apprentice pharmacist at Tassel Pharmacy in Latrobe came up with the recipe in 1904. It quickly became popular with students of the nearby college, St. Vincent.
Cow Tales come in 4 flavors: Vanilla, Strawberry, Chocolate, and Caramel Apple. Since they are made to be chewy, it’s easy to slice the Cow Tales into small pieces to sprinkle on the banana split sundae.
If you have extra time, you can melt the Cow Tales and make a caramel sauce for your sundae. The secret to making the sauce is adding in evaporated milk and butter and melting the caramels on low heat. You can find the caramel sauce recipe on the Goetze Candy site.
After dropping in your favorite flavor of Cow Tale, drizzle chocolate syrup on the sundae. Or, take the Chocolate Caramel Cow Tales and make them into a one-of-a-kind Chocolate Caramel Sauce. Top off with whipped cream, a maraschino cherry, and Halloween sprinkles.
- Vanilla Ice Cream
- Favorite Flavor of Cow Tales cut into small pieces
- Chocolate Syrup
- Whipped Cream
- Maraschino Cherries
- Halloween Sprinkles
- Using 8 oz glasses with wide openings, put 2 scoops of vanilla ice cream in each glass.
- Cut a banana in half. Cut each half in half length-wise. Place 2 pieces of banana in the glass, next to the ice cream.
- Drop pieces of your favorite Cow Tale flavor in the glass.
- Drizzle chocolate syrup over the ice cream.
- Top with whipped cream, a maraschino cherry, and Halloween sprinkles.