Pumpkins & Chocolate (plus a Cadbury Screme Egg giveaway!)

With an October 31st birthday, I would be remiss not to love Halloween.  In fact, I think I love it even more as an adult (especially as a mother, seeing it through my children’s eyes) than I did as a child myself.

My 9-year-old daughter, 6-year-old son and I love decorating our NYC apartment for Halloween.  We may not have a front porch or yard at our disposal, but inside our four walls we manage to make our home look very festive each Halloween season, especially with DIY pumpkin painting & decorating.  In this post, I want to share how to make our latest pumpkin creation (it’s very pretty and soooo easy) plus I want to tell you about our newest Halloween candy obsession (plus, I’ll be giving the same to 20 lucky readers)  Reader on.

I’m no Martha Stewart, so I’m always on the lookout for deceptively easy ways to decorate beautiful pumpkins.  Thanks to a Halloween decor magazine at the supermarket checkout (I apologize I can’t remember which one), this year we perfected our “Zebra Pumpkin.”  Take a look:

Amazing, right?  When I posted this to my private Facebook account, friends wrote things like “Wow”, “You are so talented” and “how did you do that???”

I fessed up and told them the secret–Duck Tape.  You, too, can make a gorgeous pumpkin that will fool your friends into thinking you are the best artist on earth, when in fact all you did was show some good taste in choosing a roll of tape.

Here’s all you need to do.  Buy some zebra duck tape (available at Amazon.com for $7.80 for a 10 Yd. Roll)

Then, starting from the top of the pumpkin just below the stem, carefully unroll the tape one strip at a time down the length of the pumpkin.  Repeat one vertical strip next to the other (don’t worry if the strips start to “swerve” as you follow the contour of the pumpkin, but try to match up the pattern as best as you can).  Flatten any air bubbles as you move along the pumpkin with the tape, too.

In no time at all, you’ll have a masterpiece like this:


Of course, while you are crafting you may want to snack, too (especially if you are crafting with a fourth grader who has a major sweet tooth-  ahem). While R. and I made our zebra pumpkin, we each enjoyed a Cadbury Screme Egg, a brand-new Halloween version of the popular Easter confection, this time with seasonally appropriate white-and-green fondant filling instead.

I had received several from Walmart and they are just as delicious as the Easter version. We are trying not to eat them all right away. (R., age 9, quipped, “I know why they call they call them Screme Eggs. Because I screamed from happiness when I saw them!”)

Indeed. Enjoy.

Cadbury Screme Eggs are available at Walmart and other national chains–perhaps you’ve seen them by now. Read more about them the new Cadbury Screme Egg Facebook Page.

To celebrate Halloween and the Hershey’s® Boo Boulevard campaign (a fantastic new section of the Hershey’s website, chock full of crafts, activities, and recipes for a fun Halloween), Hershey’s (which owns Cadbury) is giving TWENTY (20) MyMomShops readers each a half dozen Cadbury Screme Eggs. Your kids are gonna love these (and I have a feeling you will, too). Save them for Halloween if you dare….but I think you’ll devour them sooner.

Win it! TWENTY (20) MyMomShops readers will win prize packages of Cadbury Screme Eggs. 

Here are the contest rules:

1) Simply leave a comment on THIS post (click on “comments” below) telling me what your favorite trick-or-treat candy is (mine are Reese’s Peanut Butter cups–I put ’em in the freezer. Mmmmm.)

2) You may leave up to FOUR separate entries- 1 entry with a comment as described in #1, 1 entry if you are already a MyMomShops e-mail subscriber (to subscribe, email me with “subscribe” in the subject line), 1 entry if you follow MyMomShops on Twitter, and 1 entry if you follow MyMomShops on Pinterest.

3) You MUST also include a valid e-mail address so I can contact you if you’re a winner.

4) Post your entries by 11:59pm EST, Monday, October 22nd. Maximum 4 entries per person (as described above), please. US addresses only.

5) TWENTY (20) winners will be chosen at random (using Random.org) and will be contacted by email on Tuesday, October 23rd.

5) If any prize is NOT claimed within 72 hours, the next random winner (using Random.org) will be contacted.

6) Hershey’s will be shipping all prizes directly to the winners.

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Hershey’s as part of the Hershey’s® Boo Blvd.TM – campaign arranged by Mom Bloggers Club. All opinions expressed are, as always, entirely my own.

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72 Responses to Pumpkins & Chocolate (plus a Cadbury Screme Egg giveaway!)

  1. Jill says:

    At this time of year I cannot resist Reese’s pumpkins. There is something about the shape of the pumpkin–perhaps simply the elimination of the hard ridged edge of a regular peanut butter cup–that improves upon the chocolate/peanut butter ratio. I recently discovered the mini version–perfect!

  2. Jill says:

    Here is my second comment, because I also get the newsletter. (However, I just checked my account and it looks like I haven’t received anything since April. Weird?)
    Anyway: I also like mini Snickers and Milky Ways, which I freeze. Not the teeny teeny tiny ones. The ones that used to be called fun size (maybe they still are, I don’t know, but there is a new size that is too mini).

  3. Shani Ferguson says:

    Twix bars. OMG.

  4. Shani Ferguson says:

    I’m on the e-mail list, too! 🙂

    If I’m being slightly healthier, Peppermint Patties, which are fat-free! And dark chocolate contains anti-oxidants, right? 🙂

  5. Aileen says:

    I like Butterfingers and Nestle Crunch bars

  6. Aileen says:

    email subscriber

  7. Aileen says:

    Follow on Twitter @monkeygrl59

  8. Aileen says:

    Follow on Pinterest as Aline

  9. Karen says:

    My favorites are mini snickers because I love them frozen and they’re so teeny tiny, I don’t feel bad about eating one (or two or three…).

  10. Karen says:

    This is my extra entry because I receive your newsletter. I’ve already told you my favorites are mini snickers, but mini kit kats aren’t bad either!

  11. Karen says:

    And finally, my twitter follower comment. Good thing I like lots of different kinds of candy! (It’s nice that finally came in handy!) For my third favorite… mini reese’s cups.

  12. Ally says:

    I am one of those people who LOVE candy corn!

  13. I love 1000 dollar bars!!! Love them frozen too :O) But reese’s are a close second.

    I have had the pleasure to create rings for you in the past. I have followed you through the years as a subscriber to your wonderful blog, and on twitter, and now on pinterest.


  14. Angie E A says:

    This week my favorite candy is the fun size nestle crunch bars. Last week it was the 3 musketeers. And I’ve had 3 of the Screme Eggs, very yummy! I blame my sweet tooth on being very pregnant, so it’s ok! Lol.

  15. Angie E A says:

    I get your newsletter. Another favorite are caramels.

  16. DEBIJOT says:

    I love candy corn.

  17. DEBIJOT says:

    already an email subscriber

  18. DEBIJOT says:

    follow on pinterest – deborah t

  19. Lisa Friedman says:

    I love York Peppermint Patties and Twix!

  20. Lisa Friedman says:

    I subscribe via e-mail (I think at this e-mail address but if not you’d have LLevenson07 at gsb dot columbia dot edu).

  21. Jennifer says:

    Hi Joanna:
    I just loved your pumpkin idea with the duct tape! Since my apt is mainly decorated in black and white, this zebra pattern is perfect for halloween! Will surely try it this season! Hope all is well with you and S.!
    Jennifer (Sophia’s mom)

  22. Jennifer says:

    Great idea with the duct tape on the pumpkin! Must try it this season!

  23. Mama Zen says:

    Snickers are my favorite!

  24. Jennifer G says:

    I love 100 Grand bars. My favorite!

  25. Jennifer G says:

    My second favorite is Twix. I subscribe to the newsletter.

  26. jane perillo says:

    Love butterfingers!!!!

    Jane (at snanimals dot com)

  27. jane perillo says:

    Subscribed (did it again because I don’t know if I re did it after you switched providers, so may be subscribed twice!)

    Jane (at snanimals dot com)

  28. jane perillo says:

    follow on Twitter

    jane (at snanimals dot com)

  29. Naomi says:

    I raid the kids’ treat bags for peanut butter cups. Embarrassing, but true!

  30. Naomi says:

    @superdumb follows on Twitter

  31. Mami2jcn says:

    Reese’s Peanut Butter cups are also my favorite.

  32. Mami2jcn says:

    I follow you on Pinterest–http://pinterest.com/mami2jcn/

    My email address is mami2jcn at gmail dot com

  33. Ttrockwood says:

    I actually love candy corn!!

  34. renee says:

    My favorite Halloween Candy are those little bitty Twix bars. I swipe those out of my daughter’s bag right away 🙂

    yeloechikee at hotmail dot com

  35. Meg T says:

    I love the little boxes of Junior Mints. They are always so fresh at Halloween!
    gomeggo[at]gmail [dot]com

  36. Meg T says:

    email subscriber


  37. Pam K says:

    Favorite Halloween candy…..Kit Kat! Happy Halloween and Happy Birthday!

  38. Julie says:

    love hershey kisses thanks

  39. Throuthehaze says:

    following on twitter @throuthehaze
    throuthehaze at gmail dot com

  40. Michelle Potthast says:

    I love plain Hershey bars. Who’s lying – I love anything chocolate. Cadbury Easter Eggs get stashed when they are in season – omg must buy scream eggs!

  41. Michelle Potthast says:

    Added comment for following on Pinterest – same email and maiden name Michelle Petroff

  42. rebecca shockley says:

    I love the 100 grand bars and the butterfingers

  43. rebecca shockley says:

    I follow you on Twitter as @mngirlinssp

  44. rebecca shockley says:

    I follow you on Pinterest as mnmommaof5

  45. Julie says:

    follow on pinterest 321gem

  46. Tim says:

    My favorite is Kit Kat…in the fridge.

  47. Tim says:

    I follow you on twitter as @1brisket

  48. Tim says:

    I follow you on Pinterest as 1porkchop

  49. amanda says:

    My favorite is reeses peanut butter cups

  50. amanda says:

    Following you on pinterest under the name Sweetlikecandy1

  51. David says:

    My favorite are the mini Reeses Cups.

  52. David says:

    I follow you on twitter as 1froglegs

  53. David says:

    I follow you on pinterest as 1froglegs

  54. Kelly D says:

    I follow you on twitter(Kellydinpa)

  55. Kelly D says:

    I follow you on pinterest(kelly saver)

  56. Emily says:

    my favorite is the reese pumpkins – I love how they have more peanutbutter than chocolate when compared to the reg reese

  57. Emily says:

    Im your twitter follower as @emilyreviewscom

    littleheathen9109 @ yah00 d0t c0m

  58. NannyG says:

    Reese’s peanut butter cups are my absolute favorite – not the mini ones, not the giant size, not the various shapes for holidays – just the plain, ordinary, round, milk chocolate covered original Reeses! There is nothing to compare to a bite of one of those, especially if they just left the freezer.

  59. Kimberly Schotz says:

    I love Snicker Bars

  60. Kimberly Schotz says:

    I follow you on Pinterest as Kimberly Schotz

  61. Kimberly Schotz says:

    New email subscriber kims2312@verizon.net

  62. meme says:

    mine is kit kats

  63. Amy Lee says:

    I love twix bars!

  64. Amy Lee says:

    I follow on pinterest (pinterest.com/alee832)

  65. Anna says:

    Love the duck tape pumpkin, my favorite candy to steal from the kids is the milky way dark…. mmmm

  66. Anna says:

    follow on twitter @anna_sandler

  67. Anna says:

    annasandler – following on pinterest!

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