Halloween Gets Scary with Pumpkin, Ghost Pepper and Voodoo Bunnies

Ten Twists on Treats from National Association for the Specialty Food Trade

(New York, N.Y.) - Specialty food makers are scaring up plenty of treats for Halloween this year, with new twists on pumpkin and holiday classics. There's pumpkin linguine, ketchup and salsa, plus enough foods with ghost pepper to frighten even the toughest palates.

The latest research from the National Association for the Specialty Food Trade (NASFT), a not-for-profit trade association for food artisans and entrepreneurs, shows that more than two thirds of consumers purchase specialty foods as a treat, and Halloween is expected to be no exception.

"Creativity is the hallmark of specialty foods, and our members are going all out this fall," says NASFT President Ann Daw. Following is a selection of Halloween foods from NASFT members to perk up parties, give as gifts, and liven-up home-cooked meals. Some are literally eye-popping!

  • Lillie Belle Farms Hand Made Chocolates: Chocolate Eyeballs; Voodoo Bunnies
  • McSteven's: Vampire Brew Blood Red Hot Chocolate
  • Monaco Baking Company: Haunted House Cookie Kit
  • Jelly Belly: Gummi Pet Tarantulas
  • Nirvana Chocolates: Belgian Chocolate Halloween Pumpkin
  • Real Torino: Pumpkin Linguine
  • Frontera Foods: Chipotle Pumpkin Salsa
  • Skillet Street Food: Skillet Pumpkin Ketchup
  • Danielle Foods: Crunchy Pumpkin Chips
  • Almondina: Almond and Pumpkin Seed Biscuits

One member, Somebody's Mother's in Houston, has a contest to create a classic Halloween treat. The grand prize is a hotel getaway, scary movies, and more. Learn more at foodspring.com, NASFT's portal for food enthusiasts.

Scare guests with Mrs. Renfro's Ghost Pepper Salsa or Ghost Pepper Hot Sauce from Dave's Gourmet. Learn about these heat-packed offerings in a new foodspring video. For the timid yet curious, try a hint of heat in Theo Chocolate's Ghost Chili Caramels, winner of the 2011 sofiT Award for the outstanding confection of the year.

About the NASFT
The NASFT is a not-for-profit trade association established in 1952 to foster trade, commerce and interest in the specialty food industry. Today there are more than 2,700 members in the U.S. and abroad. The NASFT's website for consumers, foodspring.com, provides an insider's look at specialty foods and the companies, entrepreneurs and artisans behind them. For information on the NASFT, go to foodspring.com/about/nasft. For information on the NASFT's Fancy Food Shows, go to foodspring.com/about/fancy-food.